Programs at the Nature Center

The New Canaan Nature Center provides a wide variety of formal and informal nature-based educational programming for students, youth, families and adults. Pre-registration is recommended. To register, please call (203) 966-9577 x20. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

  • School and Afterschool Programs: Each year NCNC delivers over 1,000 school and after-school programs to more than 20,000 school children, ages 2-18, from nearly 20 different communities in Connecticut and New York.

  • Summer Camp: Nearly 1,000 children, ages 3-14, can experience nature each summer through the creative, hands-on activities which make up the Nature Center's unique daytime Summer Camp and overnight Adventure Camp.

  • Preschool: Our nature-focused preschool, New Canaan Nature Center Preschool, is one of the largest in the community and serves over 120 families each year, by providing an unhurried introduction to the joy of learning to 3, 4 and 5 year olds. The professional staff incorporates seasonal themes, daily trail walks and visits with live animals in a curriculum that nurtures each child's social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive development.

  • Youth and Family Programs: which include weekend and holiday public programs, serve approximately 5,500 children and their families through imaginative nature-based activities.
  • Birthday Party: Party themes like Awesome Animals, Garden Magic, Night Hikes, Survival Challenge and more create a birthday party experience your 3-12 year old will never forget at the Nature Center’s 40-acre outdoor sanctuary!
  • LINKS: the Nature Center's largest school program serving over 650 students each year, partners suburban and urban students to experience diversity through its award-winning environmental science curriculum. It is one of the largest and longest-standing Inter-district Cooperative Grant programs in the State of Connecticut.
  • New York Botanical Garden: The New Canaan Nature Center serves as a satellite site for the New York Botanical Gardens horticulture and flower-arranging classes. This cooperative relationship provides close to 300 adults each year with a wide array of first-class programs including NYBG's widely regarded certification classes.
  • New York Public Library: NCNC also delivers over 40 summer programs and multiple after school programs for NYPL branches throughout the Bronx and Manhattan.


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