Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center A community center where people of all ages learned about the importance of the natural world. Hiking Trails open dawn to dusk daily. Donations appreciated.

The Visitor Center is now open Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.

Operating as usual

Photos from Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut's post
09/26/2021

Photos from Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut's post

The Nature Center will be closed this weekend, 9/25 and 9/26, as staff will be at the Mum Festival on Saturday and parti...
09/22/2021

The Nature Center will be closed this weekend, 9/25 and 9/26, as staff will be at the Mum Festival on Saturday and participating in the Mum Parade on Sunday. Come visit our booth on Saturday and wave to us as we drive by on our Float on Sunday. As always, the hiking trails are open and free, dawn to dusk!

The Nature Center will be closed this weekend, 9/25 and 9/26, as staff will be at the Mum Festival on Saturday and participating in the Mum Parade on Sunday. Come visit our booth on Saturday and wave to us as we drive by on our Float on Sunday. As always, the hiking trails are open and free, dawn to dusk!

https://fb.me/e/1CvNJqnGUWho is ready to walk a cute-as-pie goat along one of the trails at the Nature Center tomorrow? ...
09/17/2021
Bradley Mountain Farm

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Who is ready to walk a cute-as-pie goat along one of the trails at the Nature Center tomorrow? 22 spots left, as of 10am this morning. Reservations are made through Bradley Mountain Farm's website. Tap the bradleymountainfarm.com/barnes-nature-center. See you there!

Goat Milk Soap, Goat Walks, Goat Therapy, Goat Yoga, Soap Making Classes, Birthday Parties, Farm Camp, and Farm Weddings

Space still available for the Goat Stroll this Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a Goat for a walk on our trails! Rese...
09/13/2021

Space still available for the Goat Stroll this Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a Goat for a walk on our trails! Reservations required via Bradley Mountain Farm at https://bradleymountainfarm.com/barnes-nature-center?entityDomainId=8&secure=True

Space still available for the Goat Stroll this Saturday at the Nature Center. Take a Goat for a walk on our trails! Reservations required via Bradley Mountain Farm at https://bradleymountainfarm.com/barnes-nature-center?entityDomainId=8&secure=True

UPDATE: Only 12 Buff Orpingtons left and ready for new homes!Looking to add to your chicken flock or start one? The farm...
09/09/2021

UPDATE: Only 12 Buff Orpingtons left and ready for new homes!
Looking to add to your chicken flock or start one? The farm at Indian Rock Nature Preserve has 25 adorable and friendly established chicks for sale. These breeds will lay large brown eggs, are cold-hardy and are curious, calm birds that would be a great addition to your backyard flock. Blonde colored- Buff Orpington. Black and White-Dominique.

UPDATE: Only 12 Buff Orpingtons left and ready for new homes!
Looking to add to your chicken flock or start one? The farm at Indian Rock Nature Preserve has 25 adorable and friendly established chicks for sale. These breeds will lay large brown eggs, are cold-hardy and are curious, calm birds that would be a great addition to your backyard flock. Blonde colored- Buff Orpington. Black and White-Dominique.

08/21/2021

Due to the upcoming storm,
The Barnes Nature Center visitors building will be closed to visitors
Sunday August 22nd.
Stay dry and be safe! 🐾

08/09/2021

UPDATE: The DEEP Wildlife Division continues to collect reports and submit samples for testing as the search for the cause of the songbird mortality event continues. Two more birds (a European starling and a chipping sparrow) were submitted to the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) this week. Final results for the three cases submitted previously are still pending.

While we have received recent reports of dead birds, that is not necessarily unusual for this time of year. As young, inexperienced birds leave the nest, they frequently die from impacts with windows or are killed by housecats and other predators. Birds, especially fledglings, are also susceptible to known diseases like West Nile Virus and avian influenza. The birds submitted to CVMDL for testing have been consistent with symptoms of the mystery die-off reported in other states.

There has been a lot of speculation regarding what is causing this die-off. One initial thought was that the emergence of the Brood X cicadas and possible bioaccumulated toxins may have played a role since the early geographic extent of the disease was similar to the range of the cicada emergence. Expansion of the reported geographic extent of the songbird die-off and lack of detection of toxic agents to date, make this unlikely. Wildlife health labs are actively testing many hypotheses, looking for both toxins and pathogens, but have not found a causative agent. The cause of this illness remains unknown, but many typical avian illnesses have been consistently ruled out.

At this time, we do not have data to support a change in our recommendation on bird feeding. Please continue to refrain from feeding birds, including hummingbirds, and temporarily remove bird baths. Thank you for helping to keep our songbirds safe. More information is at https://today.uconn.edu/2021/08/uconn-lab-helps-track-and-manage-new-songbird-sickness/

Sunday, July 25th on the farm at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve! Information and Tickets available at https://elcct.org...
07/21/2021

Sunday, July 25th on the farm at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve! Information and Tickets available at https://elcct.org/event/music-on-the-farm/ in advance or at the door.
The setting for the event will be on the teaching farm of the 280-acre preserve. This event is rain or shine. Please, no outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed.
**No need to worry about the weather! After having to cancel last year’s event because of Covid, Music on the Farm is alive and well, rain or shine in 2021! In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Indian Rock’s Fuller F. Barnes Education building and the music will be held on our newly constructed covered patio which can hold upwards of 200 people. Additional tents will be set up outside the patio for even more seating. Beer and wine will be served in the beautiful Great Hall complete with indoor waterfall. Vendors will be located there as well, and our food trucks will be on site as planned.**
⁠Beer provided by Firefly Brewing and Counter Weight Brewing. Wine provided by Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Proceeds from this event will benefit Environmental Learning Centers of CT (Indian Rock Nature Preserve and Barnes Nature Center).
Proceeds from this event will benefit Environmental Learning Centers of CT (Indian Rock Nature Preserve and Barnes Nature Center).

Sunday, July 25th on the farm at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve! Information and Tickets available at https://elcct.org/event/music-on-the-farm/ in advance or at the door.
The setting for the event will be on the teaching farm of the 280-acre preserve. This event is rain or shine. Please, no outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed.
**No need to worry about the weather! After having to cancel last year’s event because of Covid, Music on the Farm is alive and well, rain or shine in 2021! In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Indian Rock’s Fuller F. Barnes Education building and the music will be held on our newly constructed covered patio which can hold upwards of 200 people. Additional tents will be set up outside the patio for even more seating. Beer and wine will be served in the beautiful Great Hall complete with indoor waterfall. Vendors will be located there as well, and our food trucks will be on site as planned.**
⁠Beer provided by Firefly Brewing and Counter Weight Brewing. Wine provided by Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Proceeds from this event will benefit Environmental Learning Centers of CT (Indian Rock Nature Preserve and Barnes Nature Center).
Proceeds from this event will benefit Environmental Learning Centers of CT (Indian Rock Nature Preserve and Barnes Nature Center).

07/19/2021
Photos from Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut's post
07/09/2021

Photos from Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut's post

ELCCT is looking for a TerraCorps Service Member to join us as a Land Stewardship Coordinator August 30, 2021 - July 29,...
07/08/2021

ELCCT is looking for a TerraCorps Service Member to join us as a Land Stewardship Coordinator August 30, 2021 - July 29, 2022. Apply TODAY at: https://terracorps.org/job/land-stewardship-coordinator-lsc-with-environmental-learning-centers-of-connecticut/

ELCCT is looking for a TerraCorps Service Member to join us as a Land Stewardship Coordinator August 30, 2021 - July 29, 2022. Apply TODAY at: https://terracorps.org/job/land-stewardship-coordinator-lsc-with-environmental-learning-centers-of-connecticut/

06/29/2021
Let the Goat Stroll begin!
06/26/2021

Let the Goat Stroll begin!

06/17/2021

This year we are looking for one TerraCorps Member to join the Environmental Learning Centers of CT team! As a Member you will be part of the 2021-2022 TerraCorps program and join up to 80 other members serving with nonprofit partner organizations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. As a TerraCorps member serving with ELCCT, your focus will be to assist with the construction of a new mile-long Universally Accessible Trail at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, take a leadership role in the design of education material related to the Universally Accessible Nature Trail Project and coordinate outreach efforts to draw attention to the Universally Accessible Trail Project.

Members serve in full-time (38 hour/week) position from August 30th, 2021- July 29th, 2022. These 1,700-hour AmeriCorps positions receive a living allowance and are eligible for health insurance coverage, childcare assistance, education award, federal loan forbearance, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. Application specifics, position descriptions, and additional information about how to apply can be found at https://terracorps.org/apply-to-serve-with-terracorps/.

Dads receive FREE admission this Sunday, June 20th. Come on down :)
06/14/2021

Dads receive FREE admission this Sunday, June 20th. Come on down :)

Dads receive FREE admission this Sunday, June 20th. Come on down :)

Coming up this Thursday! Give Lauren a call at 860-583-1234 x 106 to register
06/07/2021

Coming up this Thursday! Give Lauren a call at 860-583-1234 x 106 to register

Upcoming event! June 10th, 6pm to 7:30pm - Free to attend Leave No Trace Webinar

Leave No Trace is a set of principles and best practices that is promoted by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. These seven principles provide an easy to understand framework to minimize your environmental impact while enjoying all sorts of outdoor activities.

This 1.5 hour webinar
will serve to introduce the history and 7 principles of Leave No Trace.

This webinar is free to attend. Registration is required. Call or email Lauren at 860-583-1234 x 106 or [email protected] to pre-register!

06/01/2021

We are now open on weekends! Come see the live animals and exhibits in the visitor center Saturdays from 10-4 and Sundays from 12-4.

We're open until 3, come on down to the Spring Fair!
05/22/2021

We're open until 3, come on down to the Spring Fair!

We're open until 3, come on down to the Spring Fair!

Tomorrow's Spring Fair is ON! Sign up for the guided programs at the Information booth when you arrive. Here is our list...
05/21/2021

Tomorrow's Spring Fair is ON! Sign up for the guided programs at the Information booth when you arrive. Here is our listing of programs throughout the day.

10:30: Birding Walk or Senior Stroll
11:30: Forest Meditation or Family Nature Hike
12:30: Pond Study or Medicinal Plant Walk
1:00: Forest Meditation or Guided Hike and live music by Derek Monahan and Molly McLaughlin
2:00: Family Nature Walk or Senior Saunter

ONGOING throughout the day activities include:
Sound Therapy and Reiki sessions, Tour of the Future Accessible Trail at BNC, Lapidary Center tours, Speak with the Artist- Carol Jaspersohn, Kids Craft Activities, & a Tag Sale Fundraiser.

Peruse local vendors including: Autumn Rose Handcrafted products, How Charming Jewelry, K. Creed Candles, LLC, Naturally Wild Shop Candles, Eileen's Originals, Old Smokey's Woodworking and Usborne Books & More.

See you there! :)

Tomorrow's Spring Fair is ON! Sign up for the guided programs at the Information booth when you arrive. Here is our listing of programs throughout the day.

10:30: Birding Walk or Senior Stroll
11:30: Forest Meditation or Family Nature Hike
12:30: Pond Study or Medicinal Plant Walk
1:00: Forest Meditation or Guided Hike and live music by Derek Monahan and Molly McLaughlin
2:00: Family Nature Walk or Senior Saunter

ONGOING throughout the day activities include:
Sound Therapy and Reiki sessions, Tour of the Future Accessible Trail at BNC, Lapidary Center tours, Speak with the Artist- Carol Jaspersohn, Kids Craft Activities, & a Tag Sale Fundraiser.

Peruse local vendors including: Autumn Rose Handcrafted products, How Charming Jewelry, K. Creed Candles, LLC, Naturally Wild Shop Candles, Eileen's Originals, Old Smokey's Woodworking and Usborne Books & More.

See you there! :)

Who knows this handsome fellow? Normally he resides at the Nature Center but he has been staying at Indian Rock Nature P...
03/23/2021

Who knows this handsome fellow? Normally he resides at the Nature Center but he has been staying at Indian Rock Nature Preserve until the Visitor Center reopens. He was really enjoying the sun today!

Who knows this handsome fellow? Normally he resides at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, but he has been staying at Indian Rock Nature Preserve until the Visitor Center reopens. He was really enjoying the sun today!

THIS Saturday from 10-11am Virtually join Jack Swatt, President of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, i...
03/08/2021

THIS Saturday from 10-11am Virtually join Jack Swatt, President of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, in a FREE Zoom presentation titled "The American Chestnut: Can we restore this once dominant tree back to the forests of Connecticut?". To register for this program, please contact Erin O’Connell at [email protected] or call 860-583-1234 ext. 103.

THIS Saturday from 10-11am Virtually join Jack Swatt, President of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, in a FREE Zoom presentation titled "The American Chestnut: Can we restore this once dominant tree back to the forests of Connecticut?". To register for this program, please contact Erin O’Connell at [email protected] or call 860-583-1234 ext. 103.

03/04/2021
THIS Saturday, Free Zoom Program from 2-3pm! Join Master Wildlife Conservationist Maureen Heidtmann as she presents an o...
02/22/2021

THIS Saturday, Free Zoom Program from 2-3pm! Join Master Wildlife Conservationist Maureen Heidtmann as she presents an overview of bats of the world, with an emphasis on our local species. Her presentation will cover the persisting myths and misconceptions about these fascinating creatures, the many roles bats play to ensure a healthy planet, and the perils bats face in their struggle for survival. Registration is required. To register for this program, please contact Erin O’Connell at [email protected] or call 860-583-1234 ext. 103. Login information willbe sent directly to registered participants.

THIS Saturday, Free Zoom Program from 2-3pm! Join Master Wildlife Conservationist Maureen Heidtmann as she presents an overview of bats of the world, with an emphasis on our local species. Her presentation will cover the persisting myths and misconceptions about these fascinating creatures, the many roles bats play to ensure a healthy planet, and the perils bats face in their struggle for survival. Registration is required. To register for this program, please contact Erin O’Connell at [email protected] or call 860-583-1234 ext. 103. Login information willbe sent directly to registered participants.

Photos from Indian Rock Nature Preserve's post
02/10/2021

Photos from Indian Rock Nature Preserve's post

The animals that call the Nature Center home have been moved to Indian Rock Nature Preserve for the winter. But they're ...
01/29/2021

The animals that call the Nature Center home have been moved to Indian Rock Nature Preserve for the winter. But they're not hibernating...they're still helping staff teach virtual programming each week. Today is the After School Outdoor Learning Adventures (ASOLA) for ConnectiKids.

Address

175 Shrub Rd
Bristol, CT
06010-2449

Opening Hours

Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(860) 583-1234

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The Nature Center open to the public and our Visitor Center is open Thursday- Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. Hiking Trails open dawn to dusk daily. General Admission for Members is FREE!


Comments

Exhibits, animals and hiking trails! This morning, Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons is live from Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center in Bristol. Bristol is also home to the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" ESPN, and Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in North America. Take a look: https://bit.ly/3bIdTgG
Long list of virtual hello's today to our awesome chamber members. Until we can get together again safely, we wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day weekend from afar. Remember, "Shop Local. Chamber First." Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Butchers & Bakers, Oak Barrel Wine & Spirits, Hill-Stead Museum, Collinsville Bank, Franklin Jewelers, Compassion Dental, The UPS Store 3937, Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Maple End Package Store, Hubbard Florist, Bristol Historical Society, Allied Insurance Center, First Congregational Church, Aldieri Associates, LJ's Pizza, American Clock & Watch Museum, Dr. Biondi/Briar Rose, Dr. Amy Himmelstein, and United Way of West Central Connecticut
Open Space Preservation in Bristol The State of Connecticut is awarding $850,800 to a collaborative project between the City of Bristol and the Environmental Learning Center. Upon project completion, the City of Bristol will own 35.6 acres located in Bristol and the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut will own 28.3 acres located in Burlington. The property is made up of a 45-acre mature, mixed hardwood forest, 9 acres of fields, and 0.6- acre pond. A 304-acre Aquifer Protection Area, owned by the City of New Britain, is located less than 600 feet past the property’s southern boundary. Directly west of the property is The Barnes Nature Center and Seymour Park. Roughly 15 acres of the property are made up of statewide important soils. I thank the governor and state environmental officials for announcing this grant award. Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center
My family and I had a wonderful time walking the trails at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. We are so lucky to have the amazing organization of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut here in Bristol preserving these treasured open spaces. As a city councilor I would fully support the efforts made to preserve open space in a responsible way.
My family and I had a wonderful time walking the trails at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. We are so lucky to have the amazing organization of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut here in Bristol preserving these treasured open spaces. As a city councilor I would fully support the efforts made to preserve open space in a responsible way.
My family and I had a wonderful time walking the trails at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. We are so lucky to have the amazing organization of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut here in Bristol preserving these treasured open spaces. As a city councilor I would fully support the efforts made to preserve open space in a responsible way.
My family and I had a wonderful time walking the trails at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. We are so lucky to have the amazing organization of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut here in Bristol preserving these treasured open spaces. As a city councilor I would fully support the efforts made to preserve open space in a responsible way.
My family and I had a wonderful time walking the trails at Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. We are so lucky to have the amazing organization of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut here in Bristol preserving these treasured open spaces. As a city councilor I would fully support the efforts made to preserve open space in a responsible way.
Anyone know what sort of bird nest this is? It’s only about four feet off the ground. Tight, thin walls of grass and birch bark.
Fun, fresh air & sunshine at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center today!
THIS SATURDAY (5/4): Bristol Rotary Club is holding a can & bottle drive 9am-12pm at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center Proceeds will provide scholarships for two students from the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Bristol Central High. Be there and bring your recycleables! http://bristolobserver.com/2019/04/29/rotary-club-holding-can-bottle-drive-may-4/
Great day at the Easter Egg Hunt! 😄