From wildlife investigations to field ecology and astronomy, the New Canaan Nature Center offers more than 50 interactive programs designed to help girl and boy scouts fulfill requirements needed to complete badges and other advancements. With 40 acres of natural habitats and a live animal collection of birds of prey, reptiles and mammals, the Nature Center provides scouts with hands-on discovery, explorations and activities.
Our teaching staff is composed of professional educators dedicated to providing quality hands-on instruction about the natural world.
Non-badge programs: Cider and
Seeds, Create-a-Critter Workshop, Native American Storytelling, Sugar
and Snow, and Things that Go Bump.
Cadet Interest Projects
Bear: Sharing Your World with
Webelos: Forester Pin, Geologist
Pin, Naturalist Pin
Step 1: Choose your program(s) and pick 2-3 dates from your scout calendar. Programs are usually held Monday through Friday after school and on Saturdays. Sunday dates subject to staff availability.
Step 2: E-mail the Education Department Administrator, Marianne Dec or call (203) 966-9577 x20 with the following information:
1. Troop number & mailing address
* You will receive notification confirming date availability.
Step 3: Payment is due two weeks before program date. A minimum of 12 scouts must be registered to hold a program date.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Please notify the New Canaan Nature Center at least four weeks in advance of your scheduled visit or your payment will be forfeited. The New Canaan Nature Center will charge a 25% administrative fee and the remaining 75% reservation fee will be refunded only for cancellations made at least four weeks prior to the originally scheduled visit. Payments are transferable if you reschedule a program within 60 days of cancellation.
For more information, please email Marianne Dec, Education Department Administrator or call (203) 966-9577 x20.