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Fun-filled Flanders Festival Being Held on May 18

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is excited to announce that they will be holding their first ever Flanders Festival – A Celebration of Art, Farming and Nature. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 10 AM to 4 PM on the beautiful grounds of their main campus, the Van Vleck Farm & Nature Sanctuary located at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury.

The North Barn will be open, and visitors will be able to interact with bunnies, chicks, piglets, miniature ponies and sheep who make their home there including all the newest spring arrivals. Mini sessions of family goat yoga with instructor Trish Wootton will be offered where guests will have fun being led through some yoga postures right alongside some of the goats engaging in their own funny antics.

Kids and adults will learn more about the importance of protecting animals and their natural habitats with live animal demonstrations.  Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy is presenting their Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations program, bringing a North American Barn Owl, a White-faced Whistling Duck, a Mandarin Duck and a Cape-Barren Goose. The Sharon Audubon Center is presenting their Birds of Prey, which will include a hawk, an owl, and a falcon.

Visitors can hop on a tractor for a wagon ride, go on a nature walk, touch a collection of vintage tractors, participate in fun children’s activities, and buy unique items from local artisans.

When they get hungry guests can fill up on great food being served by local food trucks and comfort food coming out of from our very own Flanders Kitchen.

Experts will host nature and garden talks throughout the day and in the studio visitors will be able to view Flanders founder Natalie Van Vleck’s displayed artwork as well as a photo art exhibit inside the Van Vleck House. Outside on the grounds we invite local artists to come to paint “En plein air” and all guests to participate in a hands on fiber art installation called “yarn bombing.”

There is magic in nature and celebrating that there will be a special Faerie & Wizard Corner where kids can decorate their own fairy house, The CT Wood Carvers Association will be on site creating hand carved wands and Wizard Jeff will be mixing magic goo.

The cost for this full day of entertainment and fun is $7 per person and free for children aged two or under. All proceeds from the day go toward Flanders’ environmental education programming. For more information visit Flanders website at www.flandersnaturecenter.org , click on to their facebook page at FlandersNatureCenter/facebook, or call (203) 263-3711, ext. 10.

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