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


Winter Break Program Ages 3-8
Wednesday-Friday, February 17-19
9:00 A.M. - Noon
Noon - 1:00 P.M. Lunch Bunch

Out of school and looking for some wintry fun and adventure in the great outdoors? Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff lead a variety of Winter themed adventures throughout the 40-acre expanse of NCNC.

Each day campers will discover different wonders of the winter season while they traverse the property and let nature surround them. Daily activities are subject to change based on daily weather forecasts. Program emphasizes hands-on outdoor activities and educational nature games and art experiences that engage the mind and body.

Themes include:
· Mitten Mania & Winter Survival
· Winter Woods & Animal Tracks
· Frosty Friends & Their Frozen Homes

As weather permits we will also have sledding adventures & good old fashioned fun in the snowy powder (ie. snow forts, snowmen building). We will keep a close eye on whatever weather Mother Nature has in store for us and adjust our adventures accordingly.
Healthy snack will be provided. Please dress appropriately to be outdoors in the winter weather (snow suits, boots, jackets, hats, mittens, layers, etc).

Extend your stay and join us for Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1:00 A.M. for $15/day (bring your own lunch).

Similar to camp, kids are placed in groups based on age (ie. AGE 3, AGE 4-5, AGE 6-7) Placement is ultimately dependent upon enrollment demographics.

Enroll now – limited space available!

Please call 203-966-9577 x 10
Ages: 3-8.
Members: $48 per day; Lunch Bunch - $15 per day / Non-Members: $64 per day; Lunch Bunch - $15 per day

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Adopt-A-Tree
Community Sugaring Program
Saturday, February 13 Kick-off Event
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

This is the eighth year for this program that has fast become a community favorite!

Families/individuals/groups get a chance each year to adopt the New Canaan Nature Center’s sugar maple trees and enjoy the nature center from a unique and exciting perspective where they actually participate fully in this time honored tradition of New England. The New Canaan Nature Center taps nearly 50 trees throughout the property with some trees being robust enough to handle 2-3 taps each!

This program begins with the Adopt a Tree Kickoff Event on Feb. 13th. Syrup families/groups come for one time block to take part in choosing and tapping a tree for the season (takes approx. 45-60 minutes).

Participants then collect sap 1-3 times a week (depending on sap flow conditions) for the entire syrup season (typically 4-6 weeks) and take part in boil downs where REAL maple syrup is made right here at NCNC.

At the end of the season, all participants will be invited to our Maple Syrup Pot-Luck Dinner on a date to be determined, where each family/group will receive their own bottle of New Canaan Nature Center maple syrup. We will also showcase participants’ culinary prowess and creativity as everyone is encouraged to bring a maple syrup themed food item to the pot-luck.

Participants in this unique program are also invited to attend our March 19th Syrup Saturday Festival - a pancake brunch with tons of fun syrup-related activities!

Please note, due to the nature of the syrup season, sap collection can last 4-7 weeks typically. It all depends on the weather conditions!

The cost to participate in this program is $75 per group/family. Multiple families can adopt the same tree and share the cost. However, at the end of the program, only one jar of syrup is provided.

Please call 966-9577 x20 with questions or to register and reserve your maple tree and bucket. There will be three tap times on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., and 1:00 P.M.. Please sign up for a tap time in advance.

Can't make it on the 13th but still want to participate? No worries! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to set up a makeup date for you and your family/group to come select your tree.

Ages: All ages.
Members: $75 per family / Non-Members: $75 per family

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Saturday Boil Downs
Saturday, February 27 and March 5
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Grab the entire family and come on down to the Sugar Shack to see how we turn Maple Sap into delicious Maple Syrup! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Green or stop by the Visitor Center to warm up.
Learn about the history of this New England tradition, what syrup grades really mean, what causes sap to flow in winter.

Saturday Boil Downs are drop-in programs, open FREE to the public.


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Syrup Saturday & Pancake Brunch
Saturday, March 19
10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Bring the whole family and join us out by the Sugar Shack as we celebrate the bounty from this year’s Syrup Season! The day will include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap “boil down” using sap from our resident Nature Center maples, plus a look into the past of historic and native methods of producing Maple Syrup.

And of course we’ll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) at our famously delicious Pancake Brunch.

Take a Real v. Fake Syrup taste test and gather 'round the campfire to share tall tales of this winter’s adventures while roasting a marshmallow or two!

In fine syruping tradition we’ll also have bottles of NCNC Maple Syrup for sale in our Nature Shop!

This event is primarily outdoors, although brunch is indoors.

Kids 2 & under are FREE!

Ages: All ages.
Members: $8/person / Non-Members: $12/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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Winter Farmer's Market in the Greenhouse
Every Saturday thru March 26
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
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