New Canaan


Adventure Camp sessions for 8 - 15 year olds offer a range of experiences and new challenges for older campers and outdoor enthusiasts!  Here campers gain a greater appreciation for and connection to the natural world through guided exploration, high adventure outdoor activities, and overnight camping experiences (ages 10 & up). Our expertly trained staff will challenge your child and the group as they journey through a world of self-discovery and personal growth . while creating memories and bonds with other campers.   Campers participate in a variety of fun and unique outdoor activities as they start as Apprentices and strive to become Master Adventurers.

When applicable, travel off-site is coordinated in state-inspected minivans driven by Adventure Camp instructors with clean driving histories.

Read more about the Adventure Camp programs below!

Ages 8-10   |   Ages 10-12   |   Ages 12-15   |   What to Expect!


Ages 8 - 10
Ideal for campers entering 3rd - 5th grade in fall
Learn the basic skills and challenges of nature exploration and what it means to be a naturalist. Each week includes an Extended Adventure Thursday in which campers will embark upon a special theme-related challenge, experiment, or undertaking plus enjoy a campout-style dinner.

June 26- August 18
9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M., plus Extended Adventure Thursday until 6:00 P.M., week long sessions

Each one-week session for Apprentice Adventurers features the following:

  • Challenging outdoor activities throughout the 40 acres of forests, fields and ponds of the Nature Center.
  • Weekly themes incorporating a range of outdoor learning, challenges and adventures.
  • Team challenges and experiments
  • Maximum 16 campers per session with a max counselor-camper ratio of 1:8

Click here for printable version of this summer's Apprentice Adventure sessions and prices.


Ages 10 - 12
Ideal for campers entering 5th - 7th grade in fall
Travel off-site to explore the trails, waterways, and other natural wonders of southwest Connecticut and southern NY. Hone the outdoor skills necessary to become a Master Adventurer. Each week includes an Overnight Adventure Thursday in which campers will embark upon a special theme-related campout on the Nature Center grounds or nearby at a local park.

July 10-August 4, plus Aug. 14-18
9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M., Overnight Adventure Thursday overnight campout

Each week long session for Journeyman Adventurers features the following:

  • Off-site field trips exploring local hideaways, trails, and waterways of southwest CT & southern NY by foot and canoe.
  • One overnight camping experience out in the Nature Center 'wilds" or local park (campers bring their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad & backpack).
  • Dinner, breakfast, and Friday lunch for Overnight Adventure Thursday campout.
  • Maximum 14 campers per session with a max counselor-camper ratio of 1:7
  • Sessions meet from 9:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M. (except when on Overnight Adventure Thursday campout)

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Ages 12 - 15
Ideal for campers entering 7th – 10th grade in fall

Canoe Voyager Expedition (August 7-August 12: (returns on a Saturday)

The New Canaan Nature Center is once again setting course for an adventure of a Lifetime! This year we return to Saranac Lakes region of New York where we’ll be setting up base camp at a paddle-in campsite on a prime peninsula of Lower Saranac Lake. From here we will gear up the canoes each day and set forth on daily adventures exploring the local island chain, fishing for pike and bass, and swimming in the cool lake waters. Easy access back to land, means the crew will also have the choice of tackling other nearby waters such as Tupper Lake and Raquette Pond or even swapping out paddles for hiking boots for an ascent up one of the Saranac Lake 6er's (like Ampersand Mountain) or a visit to Hidden Falls. Each day is action-packed and will give campers stories to share around the campfire and memories they will never forget!

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Since this is Adventure Camp, we highly recommended that campers arrive dressed appropriately and with the right gear. This includes closed-toe shoes that can get wet (we suggest something like a Keen sandal or Crocs) and clothes that can be dirtied. A pack list for our overnight adventures will be provided as we get closer to these days.

The majority of our days will be spent outdoors so we ask you please equip your child with the following:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray (if they are susceptible to bites)
  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear
  • Hat or sunglasses
  • Day pack to carry supplies (including their lunch)
  • Lunch
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Closed-toe water shoes
  • For offsite days, please also include a swimsuit and towel as we will be getting wet on several occasions.

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