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Summer Camp

Eat, Drink & Learn


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

Preschool registration is open and tours are available by appointment. 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.

New to our program is a two year old class beginning in September.

Click here for Preschool Application Forms and to learn about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool.

Outdoor Winter FUN

Spring Fling Break Programs Ages 3-8

April 8,9 & 10
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 A.M. Noon
Add-on Lunch Bunch from Noon - 1:00 P.M.

Spring has sprung at NCNC!
Out of school and looking for some spring fun and adventure? Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff guide you on a variety of seasonal adventures throughout the 40-acres of forests, fields, and ponds at NCNC.

Enroll now limited space available!
Click here to get all the details.


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


Farmer’s Market

Join us for the Winter Farmer's Market.

Every Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Come shop for local winter produce and sundries from Connecticut based vendors at the Nature Center. You will find produce, eggs, meats, local honey, breads, coffee & tea, soups and more… Stay for lunch and walk the trails.

We will continue to host the Farmer's Market on Tuesday's through March 31. Click here for a list activities for your little assistants and participating vendors.

Wildlife Watch

American Robin

Would you consider this winter to be pretty cold? Then let us take a moment to think about the tiny American Robin, a bird that is commonly believed to migrate south each year. While it is true that some American Robins annually travel as far as the American Southwest and even Mexico, many are actually permanent year-round residents of Connecticut!

Why dont we see them all winter long? Click here to find out more.

Be sure to check out our new "Wildlife Watch" kiosk next to the Sugar Shack for more information.


Upcoming Youth &
Family Programs

The Great Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration
Thursday, April 2
> Learn more

Spring Fling Break Programs Ages 3-8
April 8,9 & 10 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 A.M. Noon
Add-on Lunch Bunch from Noon - 1:00 P.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 snow! Go on a winter animal tracks 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.

Summer Camp


Dreaming of Summer Time!

All this cold weather and snow has us thinking about and dreaming of some awesome summer camp fun.


The only place to take SUMMER IN is…

Adventure Campers Ages 10 and up: Sign up with a friend. Receive $50 off one session. Must register together. One rebate per camper.

Click here for camp details.