Events at Barnes Nature Center

Information: Thursday, April 29, 2021
FREE Webinar

This program, led by Gary Melnysyn, avid outdoor enthusiast and certified Master Naturalist, covers Yellowstone National Park’s geological as well as wildlife resources. Discussions will include the various thermal features and their origins as well as everyones favorites: wolves, bears and bison. Gary will share his Park Ranger experiences with the audience along with a variety of photos he has captured over the years.

As well as being an avid outdoor enthusiast and award-winning photographer, Gary has been interested in wildlife from a very young age. As a certified Master Naturalist, Master Wildlife Conservationist and National Park Ranger, he has led and narrated eco tours as well as taught adults and children alike about the coastal ecosystem of Florida, the wildlife of New England and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

To register and obtain virtual link, please contact Kirsten Tomlinson at (860) 583-1234 or

Information: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Early May is the perfect time to see and hear birds that are returning from their winter home to their summer breeding grounds. Some will stay and some will continue north to raise their family. Join John Correia, ELCCT Volunteer and Surveyor for the CT Bird Atlas, as we search for our resident birds as well as those jewels passing through. This walk is suitable for any experience level and beginners are encouraged. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear appropriate clothing for hiking in the woods.

Pre-registration Required. To pre-register, please call (860) 583-1234 ext. 103 or email:

Information: Saturday, May 22, 2021
10am-3pm (ongoing)
Raindate: Saturday, June 5, 2021
10am-3pm (ongoing)

Fun for the whole family! Welcome in Spring with a day of activities including: guided walks and talks including pond study, birding by ear, and Shinrin Yoku (just to name a few), a fundraiser tag sale, local artists and craft vendors, live animals, music and more! This is our grand reopening of the Barnes Visitor Center.
Social distancing and facemasks are required.
For more information, please call 860.583.1234 or email

The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center is located at175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010.

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