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Summer Camp Registration March 5

Summer Camp
Has Begun

Are you ready for summer camp FUN?


We’re excited to announce that we are officially taking registrations for Summer Camp!

It is our goal to Leave No Child Inside this summer, as a world of adventure awaits outside the door!

Click here for camp details.


Prosecco & Planters

Start spring off with a blast of color! Join us for an evening of ideas and inspiration for creative containers.

Deborah Herbertson, an accomplished garden stylist at Terrain in Westport, will be sharing her wit and wisdom while giving demonstrations of a variety of planters.

Thursday, May 19th at 6:30pm - Beverages, cocktails & bites - Sorry, no children. Click here or call 203-966-9577 x20 to purchase tickets by May 12.



Visitors Center Hours
Tuesday – 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.

Icky Sticky Slimy Frog

Friday Family Fun Night: Icky, Sticky Slimy Animals

Friday, May 20 6:30-8:00pm

Join our Naturalists for this wonderfully gross animal program and evening of outdoor exploration!

Learn all about some super icky critters and get the chance to meet bugs, frogs and maybe even one or two animals that will surprise you!

Space is limited- register early to guarantee your spot!

Please call 203-966-9577 x10 to register today.

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Wildlife Watch

North American Beaver

We’re highlighting the North American Beaver! Did you know…? Although North American Beavers are active year round, late winter is an excellent time of year to spot these semiaquatic wetland rodents. Having survived off caches of stored food for a majority of the winter, with spring on its way Beavers will resume feeding on fresh twigs, roots and bark of woody plants. By early spring, they will also begin consuming aquatic plants such as cattails! Click here to find out more about the North American Beaver.

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



Friday Family Fun Night: Icky, Sticky, Slimy Animals!
Friday, May 20
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 4
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
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Great American Campout
Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.
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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.