MYSTIC, Conn. – The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) announces programs and activities for the month of October 2019. For more information, or to register, call (860) 536-1216.
End the work week with a relaxing walk at the Peace Sanctuary, Oct. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. We’ll stroll the hillside enjoying the fall evening and admiring the beautiful view of the Mystic River. Meet at the bottom of the Peace Sanctuary driveway at 233 River Road in Mystic. This program is suited for adults and older interested children. This program is free.
Join us to learn how to recognize and eliminate invasive plants in your own yard, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will walk around Coogan Farm to cover the most common problematic invasive plants at this site and what is being done to manage them to protect biodiversity and restore habitat for wildlife! A few of the invasive species we will identify in the field and discuss include mugwort, black swallow-wort, porcelainberry, multiflora rose, Japanese barberry, Japanese knotweed, Oriental bittersweet and autumn olive. We will also see how to fight plants with plants, using native plantings to help to prevent invasive regrowth and re-infestation. This free program is suited for adults. Meets at Coogan Farm.
Celebrate the full harvest moon during a hike at Coogan Farm, Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please note full moon hikes happen even on overcast nights, and are suitable for adults and older, interested children. Heavy rain cancels this free event. Meet at Coogan Farm.
Looking for something fun for your children, ages 5 to 12, to do while they are off from school? Have them join us for either a full or half day of nature fun, Oct. 14. We will spend the day exploring habitats, meeting animals and playing games around the Nature Center. Have children bring a snack, water bottle, lunch and dress for the weather. Meets at DPNC. Please note different pricing for half day or full day program.
Half day (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Members: $25.50, Non-members: $30
Full day (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); Members: $51, Nonmembers: $60
In this class, Oct. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., you’ll learn how to make these meat substitutes not just palatable, but delicious. Tofu and tempeh are versatile and high in protein (10-16 grams per serving), but they can also be unexciting if prepared incorrectly. We’ll show you the basics through hands-on meal preparation and send you off a few flavorful fool-proof recipes. Meets in the Lattner Kitchen at Coogan Farm. This program is suitable for adults. Must register at least 48 hours in advance of program to ensure supplies. Cost for members is $21.25, $25 for nonmembers.
What will spook you in the woods? Our annual Halloween festivities are sure to haunt your senses as darkness falls. Explore the Nature Center trails, Oct. 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on a self-guided tour with weird and wild animals, glowing jack-o-lanterns and frightful and delightful creatures of all kinds. In addition to the haunted trail, families will enjoy spooky-themed crafts and games for children, as well as close encounters with the cuddly and creepy creatures found at t.he Nature Center. We will have treats and cider available for purchase. Last admission at 7:30 pm. (Mild scare 5:30 to 7 p.m., medium scare 7 to 7:30 pm). Cost is $12 per youth (ages 3 to 12) and $8 per adult (ages 13+), children 2 and under get in free.
Join us for a guided walk at Haley Farm State Park, Oct. 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. We will be on the lookout for fall sparrows and other small song birds as they prepare to head south. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and water. This program will be led by Laura Craver-Rogers and Kevin Rogers. This program is suited for adults and older interested children. Meets at Haley Farm parking lot. Cost is $12.75 for members and $15 for non-members.
Have an evening out while your kids, ages 5 to 12, spend the evening at the Nature Center, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will explore through games, activities, meeting live animals and a night hike. We’ll have pizza for dinner and round out the evening with s’mores around the campfire. Please be dressed for the weather and bring a flashlight! Meets at DPNC. Cost is $25.50 per child for members; $30 per child for non-members. Additional siblings are $12.75 for members and $15 for non-members. Additional siblings must be part of the original registration to receive a discount. For online registration enter the code “sibling”.
Hike with us, Oct. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m., and enjoy the colors of Fall around the more secluded parts of the Groton Reservoir. We will explore acres of the watershed that are closed to the public, part of Groton Public Utilities. Moderate, meet at lookout on Sandy Hollow Road. This free program is suited for adults and older, interested children.