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 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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• Registration closes for each class 3 business days prior to scheduled date.
• Classes not meeting minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation.
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 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.

Have fun at TNAC all summer long!
ArtSmart Summer Programs with Kathy Vincent
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The Power of Environmental Hands-on Learning
The Trumbull Nature & Arts Center supports the vision of the Children & Nature Network. Periodically, TNAC will be featuring articles from C&NN and other sources that help support our mission of promoting sound environmental stewardship and enhancing community life through participation in collaborative nature, environment, and art experiences.
Nature & Art News
Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study
July 22, 2014 • Social Sciences, Architecture
Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study.

Working on class assignments or gardening in such settings also provide stress-reducing benefits for youth, according to a paper published in the journal Health & Place. The study is one of the first of its kind to focus on the relationship between student access to green settings and stress.

“Many schools already offer stress management programs, but they’re about teaching individuals how to deal with stress instead of creating stress-reducing environments,” said Louise Chawla, CU-Boulder professor of environmental design and lead author of the study. “Schools are where children spend a major part of their life hours, so it’s an important place to look at for integrating daily contact with the natural world because of the many benefits it brings.”
Introduction to Archery
Sunday, July 27, 9:00am – 11:00am
This is a beginner’s program that will teach the basics of archery equipment, plus safety and shooting techniques. This program is supervised by a CT DEEP instructor.
Cost: FREE
Instructor: John Massari
Ages: 8 and up
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Note: Registration closes 3 days prior to class date.
The ABC’s of Bees – Family Program
The same program will be offered on two dates:
Sunday, August 3, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sunday, August 10, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Learn what all the buzz is about bees! In this 90 minute class, local beekeepers will teach the importance of bees and what you can do to keep them happy. Real live bees will be on hand so you can see for yourself how bees work to make their delicious honey. Special Bonus: One jar of locally produced honey will be given to each pre-registered family!
Cost: $12 per family, includes one jar of honey
Instructors: Lisa and Kyle Peters
Ages: All ages welcome, recommended for ages 6+
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Note: Registration closes 3 days prior to class date.
Jewelry Making: Fun with Beads and Charms
Sunday, August 10, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center Student Leadership team for a fun afternoon making your own one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. Experiment with different beads and charms!
Cost: $2 suggested donation to Student Leadership projects and programs
Instructors: TNAC Student Leadership
Ages: 8+
Pre-registration preferred. Click here to register.
Note: Registration closes 3 days prior to class date.
During recess in a natural-habitat setting, children engage in sensory exploration and discovery. (Photo by Emily Stanley)