New Canaan Nature Center Reconnect to your GREAT OUTDOORS

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Join us for programs that explore the best features of the New Canaan Nature Center! From dipping in our pond to trekking through the forest to meeting one of our live animals, NCNC offers a variety of fun, interactive and unique of programs for children and family throughout the year.

Upcoming Programs


Great American Campout!
Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, June 25
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.

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!

Spend a unique evening and night here at the New Canaan Nature Center, under the stars and with the night creatures (all harmless). Participants are welcome to set-up their tents in the afternoon between 3:30-5:30 P.M. From 5:30-7:30 P.M., we'll provide a classic camping-style barbecue dinner of hotdogs, grilled corn & chips (with watermelon for dessert). Lemonade and water will be available for all ages; adults are welcome to BYOB. As folks are finishing up the tasty treats from the grill, all are invited to enjoy field games, music and all around fun on the Green!

As the sun begins to set, get ready for the night time adventure to begin. We'll fire up the campfire ring and head off into the darkness for a special early summer night hike experience. Upon our return we'll be sure to fill our bellies with some fireside S'mores before dozing off to sleep.

In the morning, awake to fog over the meadow, deer browsing nearby and the promise of another magical day! A light breakfast of bagels, juice, and coffee will also be served.

Bring your own camp gear and snacks. Access to bathrooms will be available through the night.

NCNC's tents for rent are SOLD OUT. Interested in camping with us but don't have your own tent? Contact us today!

Pre-registration by Thursday, June 22nd, is required and space is limited!


Saturday
3:30-5:30 P.M. Family Campsite Set-up on the Green
5:30-7:30 P.M. Cookout BBQ Dinner with Music, Games & Fun on the Green
8:00-9:30 P.M. Campfire & Night Hike
9:30 P.M. Conclude Campfire

Sunday
7:00 A.M. Coffee Time
7:30-8:30 A.M. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 A.M. Pack Up

Please call (203) 966-9577 x42 with any questions
Members: $85 per family / Non-Members: $110 per family

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Night of 1,000 Fireflies
Saturday, July 8
8:00 - 9:30 P.M.

Come and enjoy the magic of the midsummer night at the Nature Center. With the frog chorus singing softly and the warm balmy breezes of July, this night hike will inspire all ages! Join our Naturalists as we search for woodland creatures (wiggly worms & aquatic amphibians) and other enchanted mysteries of the evening.

Program will include a guided night hike throughout the Nature Center grounds and some refreshing lemonade to stay cool on a hot summer night. We will wrap up the evening with the opportunity to delight in the awe-inspiring beauty of our meadows aglow with the soft light of 1,000+ fireflies!

Please no flashlights - for safety, staff will have emergency lights. Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Rain or shine.

This night hike regularly sells out, so be sure to sign up early!

Register for Night of 1,000 Fireflies

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Ages: All ages!.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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Friday Family Fun Night: Reptiles of the World
Friday, July 28
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Join our Naturalists for a trip around the world to meet some really radical reptiles! Learn about what makes some of the oldest living animals on the planet so cool: where they live, what they eat, and what makes them so unique. Engage in the hands-on exploration of real reptile artifacts and get the chance to meet lizards, turtles, snakes, and more!

This family program is perfect for ALL ages!

*Rain or shine* (This event will be indoors if it rains)

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is strongly recommended, so register early!!

Register for Reptiles of the World

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Ages: All ages.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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Creatures of the Night... HIKE!
Saturday, August 26
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for a guided night hike and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First we'll put your night vision to the test to find out if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we'll focus on your sense of smell, hearing and touch!

Please no flashlights - for safety, staff will have emergency lights. Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is strongly recommended, so register early!

Rain or shine.

Register for Creatures of the Night...Hike!

Register Today

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Ages: All ages!.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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Year Round Family Fun!

Annual/Biannual Events include:

  • Syrup Saturday: a pancake brunch & festival celebrating the maple syrup season! mid March
  • Cider Saturday: a celebration of cider season including cider press demos, apple baking, crafts and more. September
  • Fall Fair: pony rides, apple slingshots, bounce houses and bungee jumps, pumpkin decorating, face painting, food, and fun October
  • Winter Wonderland: horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday trains, chestnuts on an open fire and more December

 

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