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.


Secret Gardens Tour
Friday, June 5
10:00A.M. - 4:00P.M.

Mark your calendars and save the date for this spectacular celebration. Join your friends and venture on tour to very unique and stunning homes in New Canaan with gardens and landscape designs to take your breath away.

You're invited to spend a day touring spectacular New Canaan gardens.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (203) 966-9577 x50 or click on the link below to order them online today.

Tour & Lunch Ticket: $75 ORDER NOW >

Tour Only Ticket: $50 ORDER NOW >

Tickets will be available at the Nature Center for $60 on the day of tour.

Click here for more information.

Ages: Adults.

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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, June 11, 18 and 25
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.

Every home should have a garden! Join horticulturist Shanyn Siegel and learn the basics of organic gardening. Whether you're looking to simply harvest some tomatoes and fresh herbs from your patio garden or envision creating a suburban homestead, understanding some basic horticultural principles will help you get from seed to table.

In three consecutive classes at New Canaan Nature Center, learn everything you need to know to feel confident growing organic vegetables at home. All classes are appropriate for beginner gardeners, or more advanced gardeners new to growing vegetables organically.


Class Themes Include:
• Garden Planning
• Organic Gardening Basics
• Organic Pest & Disease Management

About the Instructor

Shanyn Siegel was the Collection Curator for Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and promoting America's culturally diverse but endangered food crop heritage for future generations. While Curator, Shanyn oversaw the evaluation and preservation of thousands of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable varieties, and implemented a program to ensure their long-term preservation at the organization's seed bank. Currently, she is working in the Hudson Valley of New York to foster the preservation of heirloom seeds and to educate the public on sustainable gardening. She has been gardening, teaching, and saving & sharing seeds for over 15 years and is the editor of The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving, a 400-page, lavishly illustrated book that explains seed-saving techniques for more than 75 garden vegetables, herbs, and grains.

Please call (203)-966-9577 x20
Members: $110 / Non-Members: $125

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