A member of the Children’s Museum family. Recently renovated exhibits show how changes in land use over the past 500 years have impacted the local wildlife. Live animals and mounts of local animals are displayed throughout the building. A replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse, a beaver wetland exhibit, forest, field and thicket exhibits, information touch screen monitors, a wildlife attraction area, outdoor raptor cages, and display cases offer visitors additional opportunities for learning. A small nature store features a selection of nature-related books and gift items. Five miles of trails on the adjacent state-owned Werner’s Woods property offer opportunities for hiking a variety of habitat areas. This refuge is home to a variety of native wildlife species; over 150 bird species have been sighted on the property. Outdoor gardens provide opportunities for visitors to view native wildflowers, birds and butterflies in season. Self-guiding trail maps, booklets, and wildlife checklists are available in the Nature Center store.
Educational programs are offered year-round for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to Discovery Days, a series of programs offered for children ages 2 to 9 during the school year. For the classroom teacher we offer a wide selection of educational programs both a the Nature Center and as outreach programs in the schools.
Public programs for adults and children are offered throughout the year. These programs include seasonal nature walks, maple sugaring demonstrations, early morning bird walks, summer evening walks, as well as lectures on nature related topics and such special programs as the annual Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween children’s event sponsored by Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center. In addition, Roaring Brook Nature Center hosts Roaring Brook concerts, a music series featuring folk and other fine mine music.