Adult Programs

The New Canaan Nature Center provides a wide variety of programming for adults. Pre-registration is recommended.

To register for NYBG classes please call (718) 817-8748 or call (800) 322-6924 and ask for the Continuing Education Department.

For all other programs and classes please call (203) 966-9577. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.


NCNC Hiking Group: Mianus River Park
Thursday, March 30
9:30 am

Join us this March for a hike at Mianus River Park! This 2 hour hike will be led by Peter Sofman, a member of Friends of Mianus River Park.

We will meet at 9:30 at 80 Merriebrook Lane, Stamford 06902.

DIRECTIONS

To get there, take the Merritt Pkwy West to Exit 33 Den Road; left turn onto Bangall Rd; left turn on Riverbank Road; straight onto Westover Road; right turn onto Merriebrook Lane; free parking lot on right, next to Red Barn.

Please register by noon on March 29th to receive advance notice of any rain or snow cancellation. We will cancel if it is raining or school is closed. Also, when registering, please let us know if you are interested in carpooling from the New Canaan Nature Center.

Register Online for Mianus-River-Hike!

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Ages: All ages.
Members: FREE / Non-Members: FREE

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NYBG: Landscaping with Perennials
Thursday, March 30
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC to learn the basics to successfully cultivate perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools and planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics.

Please bring lunch.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $139


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Adult Adventures: Intro to Fly Fishing
Saturday, April 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to go fly fishing but didn't know where to begin? Join us with our special guest instructor's from Trout Unlimited Mianus Chapter, John Field and Bryon Rall, for this introductory class.

"John Field has forty years of fly fishing experience and is a full time fly fishing instructor and author".

"Byron Rall is an expert fly tyer with years of experience instructing".

We'll go over the basics and show you how easy it is to get started! We'll cover the lingo, accessories and skills needed to get you out on the water and landing fish on a fly.

Register Online: Intro to Fly Fishing!

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Don't wait, space is limited!

Registration Deadline: Please register by Monday, April 3
Ages: *Adults Only*.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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*NEW* NYBG: Residential Garden Design Primer
Saturday, April 8
10:30am-1:30pm

Whether you are installing on your own or working with a professional, you must understand the fundamental principles of residential garden design. Review actual projects from start to finish. Familiarize yourself with a plant palette of deer resistant, drought tolerant, native, & low maintenance selections for our zone.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $59


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NYBG: Container Gardening
2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29
10:00A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous-and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout all four seasons. Please bring lunch to classes meeting all day.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $249


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NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening
4 Tuesdays, April 18 - May 9
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $325


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NYBG: Growing a Culinary Herb Garden
Saturday, May 20
10:00am - 1:00pm

Spice up your garden with your own home-grown culinary herbs. Get started right by learning how to grow for flavor, when to harvest at peak, and how to preserve and serve up your bounty in tasty, unexpected ways.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $59


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NYBG: Whip Your Garden into Shape
Monday, May 22
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Make your garden picture-perfect in a few simple steps. Learn tips from a pro on how to assess, clean up, and enhance your garden with basic tasks such as dead- heading, staking, edging, and adding late-season plants. Bring your pruners and gloves—students will receive hands-on, outdoor instruction on all these gardening techniques. Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $59


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NYBG: Plants for Landscaping
6 Tuesdays, April 16 - May 20
10am - 12:40pm

This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate.

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place—based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region.

Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $435


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Saturday, April 1
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