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New Canaan Earth Day

Earth Day 2017 Celebrations

Earth Day 2017 is on Saturday, April 22nd!

Join us for our week-long celebration, with events every day beginning Tuesday, April 18th.

Lend a helping hand as part of our Spring Clean-up here at NCNC, stop by the Visitor Center for fun and educational activities, or join us for one of our adults-only evening discussions.

We'll wrap up the week with our annual Spring Peeper Hike on Saturday evening. Don't miss the fun!

For more information: click here!

frog catching

Friday Family Fun Night: Icky, Sticky, Slimy Animals

Friday, May 19th

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

Click here for more details and to register today!

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Visitors Center Hours
Monday – 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.

Camping New Canaan

Great American Campout

Saturday, June 24
Sunday, June 25

Come and take part in our Great American Campout – NCNC's 8th year participating in the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Campout, a nation-wide celebration of camping as a way to connect to nature & wildlife.

Join us for an evening full of fun, camp tunes, a night hike, and the adventure of camping in New Canaan’s favorite backyard!

Click here for more details and to register today!

Spring & Summer NYBG Classes

Various dates April-June

This spring and summer, join us here at NCNC for a variety of new and exciting NYBG programs!

These classes offer you a great new way to engage with the natural world, whether you want to experiment with container gardening, create a culinary herb garden, or incorporate perennials into your landscape.

Click here for more details!



Friday Family Fun Night: Icky, Sticky, Slimy Animals!
Friday, May 19
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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Wildlife Exploration Club (Afterschool Program)
6 Wednesdays: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & June 7th
3:45 - 5:00 P.M.
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Great American Campout!
Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, June 25
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.
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Nature Center

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.

NCNC Trail Map

Visit the
Nature Center

Come enjoy 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.