Barnes Nature Center is opening for the season

Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 09:48


BRISTOL – The Barnes Nature Center is opening for the season starting Saturday with a Spring Fair.

The free to enter Spring Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nature center at 175 Shrub Road. It will serve as a kickoff event for the summer line-up of community programs and activities.

Fern Vaughn, program coordinator for the Barnes Nature Center, said that the Spring Fair will include live music by Derek Monahan, who will begin performing at 1 p.m. Food and drinks will also be provided by the Bristol Rotary Club. Guests can also look forward to nature walks and a bird of prey exhibit indoors at the Center.

“We will also have a craft activity for the kids where they can make their own ‘fairy garden’,” added Vaughn. “The activity kit is $7.”

Vaughn said that the community has been looking forward to the opening of the Barnes Nature Center.

“We were closed this whole winter and we have been getting a lot of calls with people asking when we will be open,” said Vaughn. “Hopefully, it will be a busy season this year with more programs and activities.”

Vaughn said that children are always interested in coming to the Barnes Nature Center to see their live reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey.

Lauren Prior, naturalist at The Barnes Nature Center, said that experiencing nature provides children with a “sense of wonderment.”

“They also love it when they’re looking out at the pond behind the Center and they see a frog jump and splash in the water,” she said. “They immediately want to share that they saw something cool with their family members and friends.”

The Barnes Nature Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. starting this Saturday.

For more information, visit or or call 860-583-1234.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 09:48. Updated: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 09:51.