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Invasive Species

"Tackle" Our Invasive Species Day

October 12
10am - 12pm

As part of our stewardship initiatives here at the Nature Center we are setting aside a day to "tackle" our invasive species and we would love if members of our local community (YOU) could lend a helping hand and pitch in! Join us for a short presentation on what an invasive species is, a glimpse of our land management goals and an identification of common invasive species in our area. After this short program, we will head out to get to work!

Pre-registration for this FREE event is encouraged in order to help us choose our projects wisely. Please call 203-966-9577 ex. 10 to register by Friday, October 7.

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Birding Walk

October 8
8:30 am - 11am

Fall is the perfect time of year to view songbirds here at NCNC! We’ll enjoy a warm cup of coffee before heading out on our trails in search of these beautiful migratory birds.

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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Family Nature Adventures: Fire Building 101

Saturday, October 1
10:30am - 12pm

Have you always wanted to learn the essentials for building a safe campfire but don't know where to begin? Join us for a lesson in fire building and fire safety! We'll even wrap up the morning by roasting a marshmallow or two in celebration of all of our hard work!

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

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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!



"Tackle" Our Invasive Species Day
Wednesday, October 12
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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47th Annual FALL FAIR
Saturday, October 22
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Early Entry for NCNC Members 9:30 A.M.
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Halloween Spooktacular
Friday, October 28
6:30 - 8:00 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 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.