Weekend Waddle GIVE
Summer Camp

Winter Wonderland Come See Santa


Visitors Center Hours
Tuesday – Saturday
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Our Mission…
The New Canaan Nature Center is an environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.


Nature Center

Imagine what your child will experience while learning in an outdoor classroom filled with ponds, woodlands and fields. Our unique program offers invaluable resources not to be found in any other early childhood education setting to build each child's foundation for life-long learning and success.

Come to Our Preschool Open House
Wednesday, December 3, at
10:00 A.M. or 7:30 P.M.

Preschool tours also available by appointment.

Learn more about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool.

Weekend Waddle

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle

Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and stroll on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! Work off that holiday meal by joining the NCNC Naturalists for a healthy, invigorating Discovery Trail Trek. While “waddling” the trails, we’ll search for some of nature’s most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees to name a few) and learn why the end of autumn may not be quite as quiet as you may think! In fact, autumn is a busy time of year for many wild animals such as deer, squirrels & birds!

Join us on Saturday, November 29
Hikes at 10:30 A.M., 11:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.
Click here for details. Naturalists will be departing with groups from the Sugar Shack for Trail Treks.


The Nature Center offers a wide array of innovative environmental educational programs serving youth, families and adults.
Click the below links to view upcoming programs.

Youth & Family Programs

Adult Programs


Winter Wonderland

Santa's Coming!
Come and be transported into a whole new world as the New Canaan Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with fun and exciting seasonal activities for the entire family. Come down the lane and enjoy the warm festive feel the Nature Center puts on this time of year!

Pictures with SANTA CLAUS
from 11:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. for families, kids and pets.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 13
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Click here for all the details.

Bird of the Month

Northern Bobwhite Quail

This November we’re giving Turkeys a break and are excited to introduce the Northern Bobwhite Quail as our Bird of the Month!

Thanks to its dappled plumage, this Quail species camouflages perfectly with its habitat, making it extremely difficult to spot. But however hard it is to see, it is not difficult to hear. The distinctive two sharp whistled notes that resemble, “bob-white,” are a dead giveaway. Listen for this call the next time you are taking a walk along our trails!

To learn more about the Northern Bobwhite Quail, check out the Bird of the Month kiosk by the Birds of Prey exhibit!


Upcoming Youth &
Family Programs

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle
Saturday, November 29
Hikes at 10:30 A.M., 11:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.
> Learn more

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 13
11:00A.M. - 2:00P.M.
> Learn more

NCNC Trail Map

Visit the
Nature Center

Enjoy a hike on our two miles of trails that criss-cross the site (including a 350-foot marsh boardwalk).

Play in the leaves! Go on a scavenger hunt. The New Canaan Nature Center is located on a 40-acre site which features unusual habitat diversity offering a variety of horticultural experiences for the visitors as well as a live Birds of Prey Exhibit, a variety of gardens, a Greenhouse and a Visitors Center which houses our Discovery Room, Art Exhibits and the Nature Gift Shop. Come explore!

Click here to download the Trail Map.

Mommy, Me & Nature

Mommy, Me & Nature

It's NEVER too early to get your child outside! Come explore the wonders of nature together with your little one at the Nature Center. You and your toddler (18-36 months) will sing songs, listen to stories and experience all the delights of nature in an unhurried atmosphere created by our Early Childhood teachers. Mommy, Me and Nature classes will be led by our beloved Judy Gilroy in our age appropriate Marsh Room.

Click here for details and schedule of classes for Children and a Caregiver!