Don’t let the last few weeks of winter slip by without enjoying it! Grace Farms offers many new ways to experience nature that might be completely new to you, or at least offer a different venue, amongst our 80 acres, in which to experience them. Celebrate the next (and potentially last) snowfall by joining us for one of the following:
Winter photography – There are plenty of beautiful attractions in nature that we don’t see during other times of the year: vistas covered in snow, landscape views that become apparent only when leaves fall off trees, and the seemingly greater presence of deciduous trees which stay green all year long. All of this makes for beautiful photography that we don’t get to take access year-round.
Animal tracking – Winter is also a great time to get out and see what creatures are prowling around. Plenty of species brave the cold weather without hibernating, and the snow-covered ground allows us to identify those species based on their track-marks. To identify the tracks you find, check out this resource provided by the The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Birdwatching – Did you know that raptors—birds of prey like hawks and owls—don’t migrate south for the winter? Grace Farms is home to over 50 species of birds. During our Great Backyard Bird Count, which was hosted in collaboration with The Audubon Society and Cornell Ornithology at Grace Farms on February 17th, Grace Farms ranked as the #8 hotspot in Fairfield County to birdwatch. Fairfield County has the most confirmed species of birds in the state of Connecticut.
Walking trails – Grace Farms offers a mile of walking trails that allow further exploration of the wonders of winter, whether you are looking to spot winter flora and fauna, animals, or stars. These trails meander around the River Building and out into the landscape around Cattail Pond, providing various walking options, all along trails cleared for your enjoyment.
Firelight read – The Grace Farms Library, one of five glass-enclosed volumes in the River building offers a carefully curated selection of over 1,600 books which you can borrow or purchase, or even enjoy by one of our on-site fireplaces. Titles on a range of subject-matter focus on our five core initiatives: nature, arts, justice, community and faith.
Take in the scenery – Cozy up in the Commons, a community space offering hospitality and expansive views. Furnished with sofas, communal tables built from trees harvested on-site, sofas, and a fireplace, it offers the perfect place to warm up and enjoy the scenery and a little conversation.
The wonders of winter await for all ages, so please come join us at Grace Farms before the season slips away. Plan your trip.