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Summer Camp Registration March 5

Summer Camp
has begun!

Are you ready for summer camp FUN?


Summer Camp is officially under way and already we’ve been having a blast! Not signed up yet but don’t want to miss out on the adventure of a lifetime? No worries! Limited spaces are still available for the remainder of the summer.

Click here for camp details.

Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the Night... Hike!

August 27
7:30 - 9:00pm

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for a guided night hike and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First we'll put your night vision to the test to find out if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we'll focus on your sense of smell, hearing and touch!

Space is limited - register early to guarantee your spot! Call 203-966-9577 x10 to register now.

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

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.

The Nature Center offers a wide array of innovative environmental educational programs serving youth, families and adults.

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Summer Youth Volunteer Group

Thursdays, June 23 - August 11
10:00am - 3:00pm

Are you between the ages of 14 and 18? Make a difference in your own community by joining the Nature Center’s Summer Youth Volunteer Group!

Get your hands dirty, by tackling projects such as trails & grounds maintenance, pond habitat restoration and invasive species removal. Not only will you be helping out your local nature center, but you will also be getting the chance to make new friends, gain new experiences and feel good about yourself! Contact Michelle Hips at for more information today.

Wildlife Watch

American Kestrel

We're currently highlighting the American Kestrel! Did you know...? The American Kestrel is the smallest species of falcon in North America. Found continent-wide, Kestrels are most often spotted perched or hovering over open meadows. Be on the lookout for them hunting for prey (mice, dragonflies, etc.) this summer. Then click here to find out more about the American Kestrel.

Learn even more about about these amazing animals, be sure to check out our Wildlife Watch kiosk out by the Sugar Shack!



Creatures of the Night... HIKE!
Saturday, August 27
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
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Family Nature Adventures: Ponds & Picnic
Saturday, September 3
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Cider Saturday
Saturday, September 17
11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
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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.

Learn more about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool Programs.

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

NCNC Trail Map

Visit the
Nature Center

Come enjoy spring at the Nature Center. Take a hike on our two miles of trails that criss-cross the site (including a 350-foot marsh boardwalk).

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.