Group Education Programs

What are School & Group Education Programs?

The New Canaan Nature Center's School & Group Education Programs bring nature-based adventures to groups of all sizes and ages. Our dynamic and innovative programs turn the outdoors into our classroom, creating the perfect backdrop for hands-on interactive discovery and learning.


Who Do We Serve?

The New Canaan Nature Center environmental education department works with all kinds of schools, groups, and events. We've even taken our Birds of Prey and Owl programs to many New York City public libraries:
  • Public Schools
  • Parochial/Independent Schools
  • Boy & Girl Scouts
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Libraries
  • Civic Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Special Events

Where Do They Happen?

Programs can take place onsite, immersing participants in our 40-acre nature preserve, or offsite at a location of your choosing.

Why Choose an Onsite Program at NCNC?

Onsite programs take advantage of all our 40-acre sanctuary has to offer. Learning comes alive amidst natural forest, pond and field habitats. Our property includes more than two miles of trails, multiple gardens, a greenhouse, educational facilities like our Discovery Room and several multi-purpose activity rooms.

What Do We Offer?

We bring age appropriate programs to your group that engage the mind and body utilizing all the senses in dynamic and creative ways through the interaction with nature, science, and art. We can customize programs to suit your needs!
  1. LIVE ANIMAL PROGRAMS
    We bring age appropriate programs to your group that engage the mind and body utilizing all the senses in dynamic and creative ways through the interaction with nature, science, and art. We can customize programs to suit your needs! Learn More!

  2. SPECIALTY & SEASONAL PROGRAMS
    Our Specialty Programs highlight some of the best we have to offer at NCNC through unique, seasonal programs. Programs can take place at NCNC, or a natural outdoor location near you. Learn More!

  3. ENVIRONMENT LITERACY & STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS
    Our Environmental Literacy Programs can be done here at NCNC or a school, church, etc. These programs focus on our human connection to the natural world through sustainability education, lessons from native cultures, civic role playing, service projects, and the use of science in nature. Excellent for Scouts and Civic Groups! Learn More!

  4. IN-DEPTH HABITAT STUDY
    Within in our 40 acres center we are fortunate to have a wetland, field, ponds, and forests for you to use as your outdoor classroom. This program (or a series of programs) provides all involved a chance to participate in field experiments up close! Learn More!

  5. AFTERSCHOOL & PROGRAM SERIES
    There is no better way to have students learn about science and the natural world than through one of our afterschool or program series. Kids will dig deep into topics in ways that can't be accomplished in one program. Plus, our educators are able to forge meaningful relationships with students, making learning even more fun! Learn More!

  6. EDUCASE TEACHER TRUNKS
    Our unique traveling resource trunks for the classroom come complete with lessons, interactive activities, artifacts, and more. Check one out for your group! Learn More!

Meet the Staff

Meet our team of dynamic environmental educators!