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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


Night of 1,000 Fireflies
Saturday, July 18
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 (they lessen the experience of the night-time experience). 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 required, so register early! Rain or shine.

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
Members: $7/person / Non-Members: $10/person

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Friday Family Fun Night: Once Upon a Blue Moon
Friday, July 31
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

Once upon a blue moon, astrological events align perfectly with our Friday Family Fun Nights here at NCNC! A Blue Moon is what we call the 2nd full moon of a single month. This July, this rare event just so happens to be occurring on a Friday - what better time is there for your entire family can come on down to NCNC to learn all about the wonders of the night sky? Join our Naturalists as we share some of our favorite stories of the stars, before exploring the night sky in search of some of our favorite summer constellations. The sky’s the limit for what we might discover!

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 required, so register early! Rain or shine.

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
Members: $10/family / Non-Members: $15/family

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Creatures of the Night…HIKE!
Saturday, August 22
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 (they lessen the experience of the night-time experience). 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 required, so register early! Rain or shine.

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
Members: $7/person / Non-Members: $10/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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