February 17 and 20 at 1pm
Come explore the winter landscape on snowshoes. Learn how to navigate safely while wearing snowshoes and venture out into the winter world to observe signs of wildlife. If there isn’t enough snow we will still go for a winter hike to explore the fields and forests. The hike on Feb. 20 is part of the Fair Haven Winter Carnival and will take place at Fair Haven Beach State Park starting at the Sabin Pavilion. Remember to dress for the weather; snowshoes will be available if needed.
Looking for Spring Walk,
Saturday March 12 at 1pm
What signs of spring are we going to find at the Sterling Nature Center? There could be nesting great horned owls, courting great blue herons, migrating blackbirds or other surprises to discover. Join us for a walk to seek out signs that spring is almost upon us.
Saturday March 19 at 1pm
See what colors you can get from your pantry just in time for the spring table.Go back to nature with this fun and entertaining program using natural dyes to color your eggs.Please bring your own hard-boiled eggs to dye.The program is for adults and children.
Who’s Nesting Now?
Saturday April 9 at 1pm
Many resident and early migrant birds start to nest in early spring. Our main objective will be looking to see if the great horned owl is nesting again this year in the Beaver Wetland Rookery. We will also watching for other nesting birds like the great blue heron, eastern bluebird, and American kestrel.
Exploring a Vernal Pool
Saturday April 16 at 1pm
Vernal pools are small wetlands that provide essential habitat for insects, crustaceans, frogs, salamanders, turtles and many other wildlife species.An indoor presentation on the natural history of vernal pools will be conducted before the outdoor nature study. We will do some hands on exploring of these unique wetlands looking for salamanders, frogs, insects and other wildlife that contribute to this unique ecosystem. Please dress for the weather and wear boots if you want to wade into the wetland.
Creating A Butterfly Habitat
Saturday April 23 at 1pm
Learn how and get started building your own butterfly habitat with a PowerPoint presentation followed by the planting of flower seeds to take home with you. Supplies for the program will cost $10 per participant and includes a 10 peat pellet greenhouse which you will plant two sets of five different butterfly attracting plants. This mix will give you some easy to grow plants, some that will bloom this year and others that will bloom year after year. Please pre-register for this program by April 18th.
Vernal Pool Exploration,
Wednesday April 27 at 1pm
Vernal pools are small temporary wetlands providing essential habitat for insects, crustaceans, frogs, salamanders, turtles and many other wildlife species!!!An indoor presentation on the natural history and vulnerability of vernal pools will be conducted before the outdoor nature study. We will do some hands on exploring of these unique wetlands looking for salamanders, frogs, insects and other wildlife that contribute to this unique ecosystem. Please dress for the weather and wear boots if you want to wade into the wetland.
Work Day CITO Beach Cleanup
Saturday April 30; 10am-12pm
The first of our 2016 work days will combines with our annual Geocachers’ spring beach cleanup. Geocachers unite with the public to clean up the lakeshore; bags and gloves will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. For the Geocachers participating there may be a geo-coin and other unique rewards and for everyone a snack or lite lunch after the work is done.Non-geocachers are welcome to help as well, please pre-register by contacting the office.
Table Top Day
Saturday April 30; 1pm and 4pm
In honor of International Tabletop Day the Sterling Nature Center is hosting its fourth annual Board Game Extravaganza. This program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your family & friends while seeing what new or old games others are playing while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center.
Saturday May 7 at 1pm
As the weather warms and the tree buds swell the woodland warblers return to their breeding grounds. Many of these small and very colorful birds are just passing through the Sterling Nature Center while others will stay and nest. Join us for a relaxing walk along the trails in search of the woodland warblers.
Saturday May 14; 11-1pm
Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle?Need to thin out those perennials but hate to just toss them away?We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinning at our annual Plant Exchange.You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home
Woodland Wildflower Walk
Saturday May 14 at 1pm
Don't miss your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center.Many flowers like colt’s foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center.Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion.The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
Backyard Bees, Getting to Know and Appreciate Them
Saturday May 21 at 1pm
In the world of bees the honey bee gets all the good press and the hundreds of native species get ignored or maligned. Do you know how much good they do in our ecosystem and which species are living around us, doing their work and never bothering us? Through this program you will get to know some of the benefits that our backyard bees provide to us and the surrounding ecosystems.
Work Day—Gardens & Grounds
Saturday May 28; 10am-12pm
On this last Saturday of the month work day it is time to spruce up the gardens and grounds of the Sterling Nature Center. There may be a trail or other work project too.
Inspiration: A Festival of Nature and the Arts
Sunday June 5; 11am to 4:30pm
The Sterling Nature Center’s Inspiration:, is Sunday, June 5, 11:00am-4:30pm.Our annual Festival of Nature and the Arts will feature the live musical entertainment. There will also be local artists and authors as well as rock painting and other hands-on-activities for children and the young at heart as well as a craft fair. For lunch a Bar-B-Q beef sandwich, hotdogs and other food will be available. The event is open to the public; admission and parking are FREE.For more information call 947-6143 or find us on Facebook. Come join us for some good entertainment, exhibits, food and fun for everyone.
Dragonflies, Winged Jewels of the Pond
Saturday June 11 at 1pm
Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an indoor presentation and discussion on dragonflies followed by a hunt for these insect masters of the sky. We will take a hike to wetlands and meadow to observe and identify these amazing creatures.
A Day at the Rookery
Saturday June 18; 11am-3pm
Take a look into the activity at the great blue herons rookery. Naturalist Jim D’Angelo will be stationed at the Beaver Wetland observation deck to answer your questions about the herons, eagles, mergansers and other wildlife utilizing the wetland. Come share in observing and discussing the natural history and habits of the wildlife encountered.
Sunday August 21 Noon to 4pm
Mark your calendar and bring your appetite for our annual summer fundraiser!!! Menu: Roast Pork, salt potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, beverage and dessert!!! A Vegetarian Chili will be available as an alternative to pork for those wanting a meatless option.