April Events

Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center

Earth Day and Playground Fundraiser

Saturday, April 30th, 10am-4pm

10 Deerfield Road

Ansonia, CT


Major Fundraiser for new playground set for Sat., April 30 at Earth Day Celebration.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


9:00am Native Plants Planting with Bungay School
10:00am Opening Ceremony – with Ranger Dan
10:30am Tree Planting
11:00-3:00 pm Plant a Seed with Ranger Amie
11:00am Bird Walk – with Kathy Gambicini
12:00 pm Tree ID Hike – with Alison Rublemann
12:00 pm Live Animals with James Tully “Featured Creatures”
12:00-2:00 pm Live Music with “Rattlin’ Windows”

12:45 pm Memorial Bench Installation
1:00 pm Nature Games! – in the field – with Ranger Jessica
2:00 pm Amphibian Search – with Ali Rublemann and Wendy
3:00 pm Live Animals – with Jessica & Dan, and James Tully
4:00 pm Raffle Winners Drawn!

End of Earth Day Celebration!


Bake Sale (inside) & Raffle (inside) Crafts for Kids – FREE!

ANC Playground Fund

ACOG (Ansonia Community Organic Gardens)

CT Agriculture Experiment Station (fliers)


DJ’s Grill Food Truck

Electrolux – Laundry Pro by Aerus

Elm City Kettle Corn

Featured Creatures with James Tully

Food Corps.

Jr. Rangers – Ponding Touch Tank

Mr. Softee’s Ice Cream

NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association)

NRRG (Naugatuck River Revival Group)

Regional Water Authority (Fliers)

Roseanne Shaw – Artist

Solar City

Scott Schuldt – Artist (Display Case)

Susan Wilson

USDA (fliers)

Valley Arts Council


Bungay School (Seymour) – Planting

Earth Tones – Plants

Boys & Girl’s Blub Keystone Teachers Leaders Club – Planting

CTTEAM – Recycled crayon donation

Kreative Kastle, LLC – Jenn Tully – Painting Donation

Marcia Cohen – Raffle Items Donations

Joan Bettencourt – Raffle Items Donations

FITNESS AWARENESS JOG –-- Mondays Apr. 4–June 27, ----5 pm

Start your week off by jogging the path to a healthier you. Every Monday, join Ranger Dan on a Fitness Awareness Jog. This is your chance to cruise our trails on foot, sweat out impurities, and enjoy the sights and smells of our 156-acre nature preserve. We kick off at 5 pm with a stretch, then gently jog our 2 miles of trails for an hour and a half. All experience levels are welcome, so be sure to bring a friend or two!

FREE, but please register 203 736-1053

FAMILY ORGANIC GARDEN PROGRAM –------------ Fridays, Apr. 15 –June 17, -----3:30–5 pm

Food Corps and ANC will lead fun, family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you might get water and/or soil on your clothing. Closed-toe shoes, please!

FREE, with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Please register 203 736-1053


Every day is Earth Day at the Nature Center! We invite everyone to honor Mother Earth with our Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center co-hosting this annual event. Enjoy hikes, live animals, environmental exhibitors and much more! Join one of our naturalists for a wildflower walk too. Food and snacks available from local vendors. All ages welcome, young and old—bring family and friends.

NATURE’S CHILD: Birds –---- Fri. May 6, 10 am

If we find a baby bird this spring, what should we do? Join one of our Nature Center naturalists to learn about the life of a baby bird. Hear a short story, make “binoculars,“ and then take a short scavenger hunt hike.

TUITION: $7 per child ($5 for family-level FANCI members and Ansonia residents). Please pre-register for this class for preschoolers and their adults.Please call to register 203 736-1053

WILD EDIBLES –--------- Saturday May 7, 10 am

Backyards, vacant lots, woodlands, and open fields support tons of

food and medicines for the natural collector! Join Rangers Jessica and Dawn for this in-depth study class. The rangers will lead us in identification of wild plants, and we’ll taste and smell some along the way.

Please pre-register 203 736-1053 Class size limited. FREE.

ASTRONOMY: Metonic Calendar -------– Friday May 13, 7 pm

Gaianne Jenkins, a retired mathematician with an interest in paleo-astronomy, will teach us about the lunar calendar and phases of the moon for any date in the past 300 years or for the next 300 years.

Gaianne will be handing out examples of metonic calendars for you to take home. Afterwards, join Bob Carruthers and the New Haven Astronomical Society for a chance to see the first quarter moon and other objects through their high powered telescopes. FREE; please pre-register.

OUTDOOR LIVING SKILLS: Lashing Project II – Sat. May 14, 11 am – 3 pm

Join Ranger Dan in creating Lashing Project series! Summer is almost here and that means campouts, fort-building, imagination, and fun! Using poles from dead trees, natural cordage, elbow grease, and some basic knot-tying, help build a watchtower on the Ansonia NC lawn. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE; please


Our assistant director Wendy will teach this basic orienteering and map reading class, which is a good indoor/outdoor program for families. Once the basics are learned, we will take you outdoors to follow our orienteering course. Class size is limited to 15 children at least 7 years of age, each accompanied by an adult.

TUITION: $5 per person. Call for information about suitable compasses or borrow one of ours. Please register.