Summer Drop-In Programs and National Hot Dog Day at Stamford Nature Center | Greenwich Moms

Heckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet
Mondays through August 14 | 2:30 – 3 pm
Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Have you ever given a pig a belly rub? Join us each week for an up-close look at one of our farm animal groups. Discover how we care for and enrich our animals’ lives, and have a chance to touch them, too! One animal/animal group per week.
A Day in a Farmer’s Life
Tuesdays through August 15 | 10 – 10:30 am
Learn about the day-to-day life on Heckscher Farm by taking a peek at some of the different chores that have to be done throughout the year. We might milk goats, wash and card wool, create enrichment items for one of our Farm animals, or walk a donkey.

Summer Corn-ucopia!
Wednesdays through August 16 | 3:30 – 4 pm
Celebrate our a-maize-ing new exhibit, MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain, by exploring the curious case of corn. We’ll discover the importance of corn, how it has been used, who likes to eat it, how to cook it, and why this ancient grain continues to surprise us. We might cook corn muffins over the campfire, learn how to grind corn, meet animals that eat corn, create a corn craft, or plant some corn relatives to take home. Meet in the Stamford Museum galleries.
Heckscher WILD! Animal Meet & Greet
Wednesday – Fridays through August 18 | 11 am & 2:30 pm
Stop by Heckscher WILD! to meet one of our teaching animals from around the world and discover how they are adapted to their native habitat. Animals will vary depending on the day; programs will be approximately 15 minutes.
WILD! Feeding
Saturdays through August 19 | 11 am – 11:30 am
Ever wonder how we feed our exhibit animals in Heckscher WILD!? Help make salads for our tortoises, lizards, and other fruit- and veggie-loving friends. Spaces for this program are limited and are first-come, first-served. Ages 5 and up.
Market Madness Sundays & Edible Science
Sundays through August 13, 10 am – 2 pm
Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Sadie, our North American River Otters. At 12:30 pm join us for Edible Science, where we’ll explore the science behind some of our favorite foods, such as pizza, S’mores, and ice cream.
10 am – 2 pm Self-guided craft (weather permitting at Farm Market)
10:30 am Meet a Farm Animal (at Farm Market)
12 pm Animal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
12:30 pm Edible Science (at Farm Market)
1 pm Otter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)
Summer Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays through August 20 | 2 – 3 pm
Search the summer night sky … during the day! Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and the stories behind them. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. Doors open 15 minutes before scheduled program. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No strollers, please. Shows start promptly; no late admission. Parents must accompany children.
National Hot Dog Day
Sunday, July 16 | 11 am – 2 pm
Join staff from Fleishers Craft Butchery in Greenwich to celebrate another great food holiday – National Hot Dog Day. Fleishers meats come from local farms, are pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free, and all around tasty! Join us for a sampling of some amazing hot dogs, and discover how much better tasting locally farmed meats are and learn about Fleishers’ nose-to-tail approach to butchery. Fleishers hot dogs will be available for sale, as well as a variety of local meats from Truelove Farms, our local meat vendor.

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