A BILLION BRICKS 4: Superheroes in Gotham
Through February 5, 2017
Last chance to see an Amazing LEGO® Cityscape at the SM&NC!
Skylines and superheroes! The ILUGNY team has built a fantasy Gotham City featuring five of the most iconic buildings in New York City – and they are HUGE! LEGO trains, trams, and subways travel over, under, and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes save the day. Bring the whole family to the SM&NC’s ever-popular annual exhibition and be awed by these remarkable architectural landmarks – each made completely of LEGO bricks.
POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways
February 18 – May 29, 2017
Images from Women Photographers of Connecticut
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s latest exhibition, Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut’s Waterways, opens on Saturday, February 18, 2017. How important is water in our lives? How does human activity impact the waterways of Connecticut? How can impacted waterways be reclaimed and natural ecosystems restored? Explore these themes through dramatic and poignant images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state.
The Stamford Museum Galleries are open to the public Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free to SM&NC Members and children age 3 and under. Admission for non-members: $10 per adult; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students (18+, with valid ID); $5 children (4-17).
SM&NC Salon Series Adult Programming
An Evening with Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6 pm
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is pleased to host Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, Ph.D., Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a special Salon Series lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. This past July, Burke was named the 16th Dean of Yale's F&ES — and the first female dean in the School's 116-year history. Burke's lecture is co-sponsored by The Stamford Land Conservation Trust. The subject of her talk is "Collaboration toward Conserving Open Spaces: Strategies for Finding Common Ground."
The Salon Series evening will take place in the SM&NC’s Bendel Mansion, starting at 6 pm with wine and light appetizers. The event is offered free of charge, though donations are most welcome to help support this and other SM&NC Salon Series events. To RSVP and for directions, please visit stamfordmuseum.org.
Winter Farm to Table Supper
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6 -10 pm
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is delighted to host its Winter Farm to Table Supper on Saturday, February 25, 6-10 pm, in the elegant setting of the Bendel Mansion. This exceptional dining experience will feature the cuisine of Executive Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread in South Norwalk, Connecticut. The evening will begin with cocktails and a tour of the Stamford Museum’s latest exhibition, POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut’s Waterways, featuring images by the Women Photographers of Connecticut group.
Tickets for the SM&NC’s Winter Farm to Table Supper, which is sponsored by First County Advisors, the wealth management division of First County Bank, may be purchased online at www.stamfordmuseum.org/farmtotable. Single tickets are $125 per person; $1,500 to sponsor a table (10 people). Seating is limited, and winter casual attire is suggested. Proceeds will support the mission and programs of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. For more information, please call 203.977.6536.
Teddy Bear Tea Party
Saturday, February 11, 2 pm (Snow date: Sunday, February 12, 2 pm)
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bear) to a very special tea for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a variety of tea-time treats and sweets, delight in an enchanting tale from Acting Out with Ms. Karen, and bring home your own Valentine surprise. Don’t forget to dress up your Teddy Bears in their favorite party outfits! For ages 3 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot well in advance.
SM&NC Members: $25 per person / Non-members: $35 per person For questions or to register, call 203.977.6521
Extreme Maple Syrup
Sunday, February 19, 3–4:30 pm
Join us for a special behind-the-scenes look at our Maple Syrup operation and assist with some of the daily tasks that go into turning sap into syrup. Help collect sap and measure how much sugar is in it, learn to use an auger to drill tap holes, tour the sugar bush, and more! Observe the process of turning sap into syrup with the evaporator and do a taste test of the different grades to see which one you prefer. We’ll end our program with a special treat featuring the SM&NC’s very own maple syrup! Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register. Meet at the Overbrook Nature Center.
SM&NC Members: $5/person | Non-Members: $8/person
Sundays, through February 26, 1–4 pm
Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Enjoy our guided farm and trail programs as well as our popular animal Meet & Greets. We also conduct Science Spot programs each Sunday in Overbrook Nature Center, and offer an array of self-guided crafts. Different themes, animals, and stories each week.
1-4 pm Self-guided crafts & open classroom
1 pm Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1:30 pm Guided Hike or Farm Program
2:30 pm Science Spot
3 pm Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
Recommended for ages 5 and up.
SM&NC Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission
Winter Break Out Days
No school? No problem! Enjoy a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages during these school vacation days. Come for a few activities or stay for the day. The complete schedule of events will be posted on site and on stamfordmuseum.org. Registration is not necessary.
Monday, February 20, 11 am–3 pm
Is it true that everything that goes up must come down? Join us to discover what is up in nature in mid-winter! Learn how the upflow of sap allows us to make maple syrup in our Sugar House, investigate the science behind catapults as we launch things into the air, and make your own mini catapult to take home. Discover the winter birds in our area and make a recycled bird feeder to take home. Explore the winter constellations in our night sky in our planetarium, create some great crafts, and end the day with vanilla ice cream topped with our own maple syrup! A complete schedule will be on our website closer to the event.
SM&NC Members: FREE | Non-Members: Included with admission
Winter Home-School Day:
Nature’s Numbers (ages 5–12)
Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am-3 pm
Our winter home-school day will focus on the numbers found in nature—from the ratio of sap to syrup for maple sugaring to the amount of hay our farmers feed every week to our animals. A lab-based class will cover many other numbers, from the 8 legs of arachnids to the 14 different types of snakes in Connecticut. Plus, we’ll take a journey through our solar system to explore some really out-of-this-world numbers! Limited enrollment to enhance the small-group experience. No charge for teachers/chaperones and non-participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas. To register, please call the Environmental Education office at 203.977.6540 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SM&NC Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of its unique site. Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.322.1646 or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.
Hours: Heckscher Farm, daily 9 am – 4 pm; Nature’s Playground, daily 9 am – 5 pm; Stamford Museum (main building), Mon. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm; Sun. 11 am – 5 pm; Heckscher WILD!, Tues. – Fri. Noon – 4 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 4 pm.
Admission Fees*: SM&NC Members – Free; Adults $10; Seniors (65+) $8; Students (18+ with valid ID) $6; Children (4-17) $5; Children (3 and under) Free
*excludes festival days & special events