Monday, April 27, 2009

Women's Hiking Group Week of April 27

The Discovery Center Women's Hiking Group will meet Tuesday (4/28) and Thursday (4/30) at 9:30 am and hike Pine Mountain in Ridgefield. Meeting place: Take Pine Mountain Road, near the end of the road there is a parking area on the right.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Women's Hiking Group Week of April 20

The Women's Hiking Group will meet this week Tuesday (4/21) and Thursday (4/23) and hike Bennett's Pond. Parking area is off Bennett's Farm Road off Route 7.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Great day for a Bluebird Program on April 18th

We had a beautiful day for our Bluebird Program Saturday. Naturalist and Discovery Center Co-President Lars Cherichetti gave an introduction on bluebirds, then we headed out on the Rec Center trails to install a bluebird box. These boxes have played an important role in bluebird conservation, and we hope to help attract future bluebirds to the area with this new box. Adults and children helped install the box, then we used our new binoculars (bought with a grant from the Lions Club of Ridgefield) to look for bluebirds in the area. While we did not find bluebirds Saturday, we did see a beautiful red-winged blackbird that sat perched in a tree near the lake long enough for everyone to take a turn viewing him through our spotting scope. There were also seventeen turtles all lined up sunning themselves on a tree branch in the lake!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Break Kids Hike on April 14

The weather held out, and 15 of us headed out for a walk through Peterson Gorge to Snake Lake to look, or listen, for spring peepers. We learned about frogs and how Snake Lake is the perfect place for the females to lay their eggs. The kids seemed surprised to hear that spring peepers lay about 800 eggs! We also read the old favorite "The Caterpillar and the Polliwog," a book about the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly, and from a polliwog to a frog.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Women's Hiking Group Week of April 12

The Discovery Center Women's Hiking Group will not hike this week because the Ridgefield schools are closed for Spring Break.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Women's Hiking Group Week of April 5

The Discovery Center Women's Hiking Group will hike this week, Tuesday (4/7) and Thursday (4/9) at Weir Farm. Please meet at 9:25 am in Ancona's store parking lot on the corner of Routes 7 (Ethan Allen Highway) and 102 (Branchville Road).

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Legos Contest was a great success

The turnout was huge, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Check out our pictures.

Let's hear from some folks who were there. What did you like? What do you suggest could be done differently? Any other comments, feedback, or pictures?


Friday, April 3, 2009

Astronomy at Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra on April 4th

The Discovery Center will have telescopes set up outside Ridgefield High School before and after the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra's performance on Saturday, April 4 at 8:00 pm. As part of the International Year of Astronomy, the Orchestra will be performing Gustav Holsts's The Planets. Hopefully we will have a clear night for viewing the skies.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Discovery Center’s 12th Annual Lego Contest on Saturday, April 4

The Discovery Center is holding its 12th Annual Lego Contest on Saturday, April 4th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Ridgefield Rec Center. There will be Lego creations of all kinds on display built by local Legomaniacs, and prizes will be awarded. Entertainment will be provided by magician Danny Diamond performing strolling magic, and there will also be face painting, a door prize, and the popular Guess the Legos game. Admission is free for visitors to the contest. For those interested in entering their own Lego creation it is not too late. Find all the details about entering the Lego Contest at The Lego Contest is co-sponsored with the Ridgefield Parks & Rec Dept and underwritten by Union Savings Bank. For more information please contact The Discovery Center.