Student Leadership in
Environment, Culture and Art Club - 
Programs for Children
Join Trumbull students as they lead these fun, creative activities! No registration required.

Build Your Own Birdhouse
Sunday, May 4; 2:00 - 3:00pm
Welcome spring with a birdhouse of your own!
Wood sponsored through the CT DEEP Bluebird program.
$2 per child donation requested, to offset supply costs.
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
TNAC cannot guarantee that walk-ins will be accommodated. Spaces are limited.
All donations to Student Leadership programs will directly support the projects and activities of the TNAC Student Leadership Team.
Nature and Archery Programs on Sunday, May 4!
Grow Your Own Frog!
Sunday, May 4; 3:00 - 4:00pm. Cost: $15 per child
Discover the fascinating world of frogs and meet some of Trumbull's local specimens. Participants will create a frog habitat to take home, where they can rear their own frog and see first hand their amazing metamorphosis. (Frogs must be returned to their natural habitat upon maturity.)
Instructor: E. Oster
Ages: 5 and up with caregiver, 7 and up without caregiver
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Introduction to Archery
Introduction to Archery
Sunday, May 4, 9:00 - 11:00am. Cost: FREE             Introduction to archery equipment, safety and shooting techniques. Supervised by a CT DEEP instructor
Instructor: J. Massari
Ages: 8 and up
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

The Nature Center
is looking for
volunteer and paid instructors for:
Scout Badges
School Field Trips
Nature Exploration Crafts
Training is available.

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Come Visit: 7115 Main Street, Rte 25, Trumbull, CT 06611 Phone: (203) 452-4421
Mailing Address: Patrons of TNAC, Inc, P.O. Box 110438, Trumbull, CT 06611
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The Power of Environmental Hands-on Learning
The Trumbull Nature and Arts Center touches the lives of thousands of community members through a wide range of programs, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

We offer programs that bring families and the community together for fun and educational experiences. Our hands-on environment and art programs inspire learning, and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. 
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Our playground, built out of recycled detergent bottles, is open year-round for children up to age 12.
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Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 27, 10:00am - 3:00pm
ArtSmart Summer Programs with Kathy Vincent
Join “Miss Kathy” for another great summer of ArtSmart! programming at TNAC!
Each day’s workshop will allow young artists to experiment with professional grade art materials, explore masterworks                                         through lively discussion, critique & art games and discover new techniques in creating mixed media art that promotes                                     self-expression & celebrates the wonders of nature! Unique, charming crafts will complement each day’s lesson. Artists will be working in studio & outdoors on TNAC grounds to inspire their creations and will enjoy a mid-session snack break either at our PLAYGROUND or on our picnic tables in the cool shade of our beautiful maple tree. This popular summer program series is designed for those seeking a quality, creative experience for their child.            Register now… workshops fill quickly & space is limited!

ArtSmart Adventure - Illustration Inspiration      Ages 6 - 10
JUNE 30 - JULY 2 9:00-12:00
$43/DAY OR $129/3 day week Note: Registrants can enroll for the week, or by the day(s)
Many modern day illustrators were influence by famous artists of the past… this workshop week will allow children to make connections between masterworks and the beautiful art found between the pages of their favorite books! Inspired by both nature themed children’s literature & the work of beloved children’s book illustrators, young artists will create expressive works in a variety of mixed media. Media includes watercolor, acrylic on canvas, India ink, pastel, printmaking, paper collage, decoupage & mosaic.
FEATURED ILLUSTRATORS/ARTISTS: Eric Carle, Dr.Seuss, Kandinsky, Klee, Lionni, Picasso, Lois Elhert, Audubon & more!
​Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.
ArtSmart Discovery - The Magic Garden      Ages 7 - 12
July 7-11 9:00-12:00 
$43/day or $215/5 day week Note: Registrants can enroll for the week, or by the day(s)
A wondrous workshop week filled with fine art & crafting inspired by the garden! Projects include a “Farmer’s Market “ still life, Impressionist landscape, floral abstractions, “Trees of Life” , POP ART insects… with crafting favorites such a mosaic garden stones, painted flower pots, garden fairies/gnomes & more! 
FEATURED ARTISTS/MEDIA: Cezanne, Klimt, Monet, O’Keeffe, Matisse, Warhol, watercolor, acrylic on canvas, marbleized paper collage, pastel, charcoal & CLAY!
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.
ArtSmart Explorers - Design in Nature      Ages 8 - 14
August 4-8 9:00-12:00
$43/day or $215/5 day week Note: Registrants can enroll for the week, or by the day(s)
A week of fine art & cool crafting designed to encourage the exploration of design found in the natural world. Individual interpretation will be encouraged through expressive mixed media projects with emphasis on abstraction. Artists will examine natural specimens and use photo reference & masterworks as inspiration for their works of art. 
Projects include “Earth from Above” landscapes, Sumi-E botanicals, animal abstractions, textured tiles, paper collage and a NEW approach to ACTION PAINTING… “Dripped Designs”! Crafts will include a “nature assemblage”, block printed decor & wire/plaster sculpture.
FEATURED ARTISTS/MEDIA: Klee, O’Keeffe, Shackleton, Calder, Giacometti, Moore, Arp, watercolor, India ink, acrylic on canvas, oil on canvas, pastel, charcoal, wire, plaster & CLAY!
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

ArtSmart! Afterschool Crafting Series
Patterned Planters
A perfect MOTHER'S DAY garden gift!
Coffee cans transform into cool planters. Potting soil, flower seed packet and hand painted "garden marker" compete the gift.
Instructor: K. Vincent
Ages: 6 and up
Date and Time: Monday, May 5; 4:15 - 5:15pm
Cost: $15
Have fun at TNAC all summer long!
Gardening Programs
Nature Programs
Wings Galore
Saturday, June 14, 10:00am - 11:00am
Participants will learn to identify common local butterflies and insects. Students will explore the TNAC grounds to trap, identify and release as many different species as they can.
Cost: $7
Instructor: E. Oster
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Ask the Gardener
Sunday, May 18, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday, June 21, 10:00am -12:00pm 
Master Gardener Vicky McCarthy will be on hand to teach the basics of gardening and answer your gardening questions. Topics covered may include: how to best care for your garden, improving garden conditions by planting new varieties, how to take a soil test, improving the soil, and pruning and shaping plants. There will be an opportunity to get your hands dirty by tending to our butterfly garden!
Cost: $5 per person, children under 7 free (100% donation to TNAC) Instructor: V. McCarthy
Ages: Families with children age 5+​                                                        Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Flower Power
Sunday, July 13, 10:00am - 11:00am
Students will learn to identify common local wildflowers and go on a walk around the TNAC grounds to collect flowers for crafts. Students will learn to press flowers and will take their crafts home with them.
Cost: $7
Instructor: E. Oster
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Family Events
Fishing 101
Saturday, June 21, 9:00am - 11:00am
This third annual workshop is designed for families who want to experience fishing, but are unsure where to start. Topics include how to select a body of water, what bait to use, how to use a strong knot, how to cast your bait and how to identify certain freshwater fish.
Cost: $7
Instructor: J. Saccone
Ages:All ages. Ages 6 - 12 require a caregiver present.
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Campfire and Fireflies Night
Friday, July 18, 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Gather at sunset and learn a bit about fireflies as we celebrate this curious insect. Learn why fireflies glow and grab a net and jar before venturing into the summer night to participate in a friendly competition. Then we'll gather 'round the campfire for s'more making, storytelling, and much more fun on a summer's evening. Bring a flashlight!
Cost: $10 per family
Ages: Families with children ages 4+
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Hike Trumbull on Connecticut Trails Day Weekend
Saturday, June 7, 10:00am - 1:00pm (rain date June 8)
We will explore the ridges (high ground) of the Pequonnock River Valley. We may explore some of the caves and walk along the ridge line. Near the old Trumbull Reservoir, we will drop down into the valley and hike along the river for a while. North of the reservoir, we will climb back up to the ridge and explore some of the interesting topography of ridges and valleys in the forest. Without retracing ourselves, we will return on trails to the starting location.
Location: Indian Ledge Park, meet at the commuter lot on Park Street
Cost: FREE
Hike Leader: K. Malone
Difficulty: Moderate (Gently rising/temperate terrain with occasional obstacles)
Ages:All ages. Ages 6 - 12 require a caregiver present.
Pre-registration not required.
Pre-registered families will take home potted seeds!
Gyotaku Fish Prints and Mosaic Wall Plaques
Something special for FATHER'S DAY too!
Using rubber models of natural specimens create a beautiful fish print just like ancient Asian fishermen. Then, design a beautiful bean and seed mosaic fish, mounted on a wooden board, ready for display!
Instructor: K. Vincent
Ages: 6 and up
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 7; 4:15 - 5:15pm
Cost: $15
Come celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly event which will feature earth-friendly exhibitors, nature crafts, fun activities and more!
No registration required.

Activities for the whole family include:
• Go on nature hikes
• Enjoy watching your little ones explore the early-childhood play space
• Discover local organizations that are helping the planet
• Learn to reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably
• Make your pledge for the planet by stating your "Act of Green"

$2 per person donations are encouraged but not required
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