MYSTIC, Conn. – The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) in Mystic announces programs for the month of January. For more information, call (860) 879-0753 or visit www.dnpc.org.
This four-part workshop for adults on Saturdays or Mondays takes participants through the steps of keeping a bee colony and will be led by Stuart Woronecki, owner of Stonewall Apiary in Hanover, Conn. Stonewall Apiary has approximately 240 colonies located throughout eastern Connecticut. During this course, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a Stonewall Apiary bee yard to purchase equipment. Package bees can be reserved. All sessions meet in the J.X. Barn at Coogan Farm.
Saturday sessions will take place: Jan 5, 12, 19, and 26, with Feb. 2 as a snow make up class if needed, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Monday sessions will take place: Jan 7, 14, 21, and 28, with Feb. 4 as a snow makeup class if needed, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Session 1: Getting Started with Equipment Basics – wooden ware, frames, tools, protective clothing, ordering and assembling equipment.
Session 2: The Honey Bee: The Queen, Workers and Drone – changes throughout the season; the brood cycle.
Session 3: Pests and Diseases – mice, wax moths, small hive beetles, foulbrood, chalkbrood, nosema, tracheal mites, varroa destructor; integrated pest management.
Session 4: Odds and Ends – wrap up unfinished topics; pollinator friendly plantings, honey harvest and processing, time permitting.
Cost for members and nonmembers is $110 per session.
Discover the magic of winter, Jan. 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This program is for ages 2 to 5 with special needs and a caregiver. Each class we will explore a new topic through activities, live animals, crafts and lots of time outside. The program incorporates social time for children and caregivers. Meets at DPNC.
Cost for members is $12.75 per class, nonmembers, $15 per class.
New Year’s resolution hike
Make your New Year’s resolution to spend more time in nature and get started with a wonderful winter evening hike at DPNC, Jan. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. We’ll explore the trails discussing points of interest as we hike. We’ll wrap up the hike by writing our resolutions and releasing them to the world in a roaring campfire. This program is suited for adults and older, interested children.
Cost for members is $5.95, nonmembers, $7. Visit https://dpnc.org/calendar for more information.
Each month children, ages 6 to 12, will explore what’s in season at the Kitchen Garden at Coogan Farm and using fresh ingredients each class we’ll cook up something wonderful, Jan. 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meets in the Lattner Kitchen at Coogan Farm.
Cost for members is $17 per class, nonmembers, $20 per class.
Explore nature with your little one ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver in this classic parent and child class, Mondays from Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nature in winter will come alive each week through stories, songs, activities and lots of time outside! Meets at DPNC.
Cost for members: $61.20 per session, nonmembers: $72 per session.
Eager Explorers programs are a popular start for children ages 2 ½ to 5 that are ready for their first class on their own. Each class has a different winter theme, from tracks to hibernation, which students learn through circle time, free nature play, meeting animals, playing games and lots of time outside! Sign up for one or multiple days. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle! Meets at DPNC.
Cost for members: $127.50, nonmembers: $150. Visit the website for details.
Downtown Birding Mystic
The best winter birding can be right in town. Head to the heart of Mystic with Nature Center birders and explore downtown locations to look for resident and migratory birds, Jan. 8 from 5 to 9:30 a.m. Meet at Bartelby’s Cafe. This program is suited for adults and older, interested children.
Cost for members: $10.20, nonmembers: $12.
Wild Crafts and Brews
Create an amazing art project using the natural world for inspiration and guidance, Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This class we’ll be making stick art using a silhouette of an owl and moon design with bittersweet, bark, sticks and stones as the foundation for this amazing natural project. Add to the fun and bring your favorite craft brew, we’ll provide snacks! This program is suited for adults.
Cost for members: $21.25 per class, nonmembers: $25 per class.
Vegetarian Main Dishes
You don’t need to be a full-time vegetarian to help the planet. Eating meatless once a week can have a positive impact on the planet and your own health.
Each month, a different chef will demonstrate how to make a favored recipe and help you eat good food with a positive impact.
Meets in the Lattner Kitchen at Coogan Farm, Jan. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program is suited for adults and older, interested children. Cost for members: $17 per class, nonmembers: $20 per class.