Summer program offers two weeks of nature discovery and fun

A Shelton mother said her child had a good time at the Discovery Summer program he attended at Webb Mountain Discovery Zone in Monroe.

“Andrew is excited to attend every day,” Lauren Moore said of her first-grade son. “I would pay for him to go every week if you offered it.”

The Discovery Summer program was for children ranging from 3 years old to the fourth grade. Daily activities included exploring the Discovery Zone’s diverse property and nature-inspired games, crafts, books and songs.

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone is a municipal-owned 171-acre nature preserve and outdoor classroom in Monroe, near East Village Road.

Program lasted for two weeks

The half-day program ran for two weeks and was the Discovery Zone’s first summer program. Charity Danjczek was program director.

Both weeks were filled to capacity, forcing registration to be closed weeks in advance of the start date, Discovery Zone officials said. Enrolled children came from Shelton, Monroe, Newtown and Trumbull.

“Anyone wondering if kids today enjoy spending time outside in nature should have seen these kids-finding slugs, tadpoles, salamanders and of course plenty of mud,” said Tom Ellbogen, director of Webb Mountain Discovery Zone. He said the summer program may be expanded next year.

About the Discovery Zone

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone is a town-owned 171-acre nature preserve and outdoor classroom accessed at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe, off East Village Road. It opened in 2007 to promote outdoor exploration and learning in a fun, hands-on environment.

The site has more than four miles of easy-to-walk trails, with 28 learning stations and a self-directed scavenger hunt that was created by Hank Gruner of the Connecticut Science Center with assistance from Connecticut State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni.

The Discovery Zone entrance is separate from Webb Mountain Park, a nearby town-owned park in Monroe. Learn more at