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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


Families in Nature Club
Kickoff BBQ
Saturday, September 12
11:00 A.M.

Join us for the 2nd year of the New Canaan Nature Center's Families in Nature Club!

Through this ongoing, 12-month program you and your family will enjoy a renewed connection with nature, one another, plus other families in our Nature Center community.

Self-Guided Nature Challenges
Each month, your family will get a NEW nature challenge. These challenges will include art in nature crafts, backyard flora & fauna counts and stewardship projects, all of which can be completed right here on our trails & grounds or in the comfort of your own backyard!

Once your family has completed a challenge you can stop by the Visitor Center Front Desk to have your Nature Passport stamped. Will your family be able to complete all of our challenges and fill your entire Nature Passport with stamps?

Monthly Special Events
Each month, there will be a special hike, naturalist-led activity or animal program just for our Families in Nature Club participants! To see our tentative schedule of exciting events, stop by the Visitor Center today!

Get Involved
NCNC’s Families in Nature Club has been designed just for YOU!
For more information & additional details, please contact Visitor Experience Manager, Michelle Hips, at (203)-966-9577 x42 or mhips@NewCanaanNature.org.

Your final opportunity to register will be October 12th, 2015. Space is limited and pre-registration is required so call Marianne Dec at (203)-966-9577 x20 to join the club today, for only $15/month per Member Family.

Regardless of registration date, your Families in Nature Club membership is good for exactly one year beginning on September 12th, 2015.

Join the club today!
Space is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Please call (203)-966-9577 x20
Ages: All ages.
Members: $180/family / Non-Members: $220/family

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Cider Saturday
Saturday, September 19
11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Celebrate the Fall Cider Season here at NCNC!

Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon of family fun with cider press demonstrations (on the 15s & 45s minute mark every hour), Old Fashioned Games (discover NEW joys by building authentic connections to the past!), small orchard tours with apple picking, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, seasonal harvest crafts for kids, and even bake your own apple filled with sweet goodies! Also enjoy some homemade butter while cooking up some corn bread on a stick over the fire. Do some taste testing of a variety of apples and local honey, plus enjoy a seasonal goodie or two at our harvest bake sale. Then fill your bellies with delicious corn dogs & grilled corn, available for purchase.

Entry includes a cider demo ticket for the whole family and one apple per person (to eat or bake!).

Fresh local cider will be available for purchase by the cup, half gallon & gallon! Enjoy this seasonal beverage with some delicious baked goods.

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 for more information
Ages: Adults & kids of all ages.
Members: $5 per person / Kids under 2 FREE / Non-Members: $10 per person

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Halloween Spooktacular
Friday, October 30
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Get into the Halloween spirit by joining us for this spooktacular celebration, NCNC-style. We’ll learn about and meet some creepy critters who remind us of All Hallows Eve (spiders, bats, snakes, & more), before getting the chance to make our very own slime. We’ll wrap up the evening beside a roaring campfire (whilst enjoying a roasted marshmallow or two!).

Costumes encouraged & welcome!

This program is perfect for ALL ages and ALL members of the family. This is not a drop off program – all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is highly recommended.
(Rain or shine)

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

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Awesome Autumn Day
Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day!)
1:00 - 3:00 P.M.

Vote for Nature this Election Day!

Come on over to NCNC to enjoy a beautiful autumn day with your kids and the NCNC naturalists! Frolic in the leaves and take part in field games, such as pumpkin ring toss, corn hole, and parachute games, anytime from 1-3pm. At 1:30 Naturalists will be leading autumn-themed relay races (like pumpkin broom ball & stuff-a-human-scarecrow) across the Green. Then be sure to stick around for our GRAND FINALE at 2:30, when we bring out our pumpkin slingshots! Who will launch their mini-pumpkin the furthest? Join us to find out who will win this distance competition. You won’t want to miss this day of fall fun & frivolity!

Looking for even more excitement? Have a picnic lunch on the Green, visit our Children’s Play Garden, try your hand at our Awesome Autumn Scavenger Hunt, or enjoy one of our many Self-Guided Activities, such as Letterboxing. Stop by the Visitor Center Front Desk anytime from 9AM-4PM for more information or to borrow one of our Favorite Flora & Fauna of NCNC Guide Books.

This drop-in program is perfect for families with children ages 3-10.
Children must be accompanied by adults. Please note: This is not a drop-off program.

Ages: Families with Children Ages 3-10.
Members: Free / Non-Members: Free / Donations appreciated.

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Friday Family Fun Night: Wildlife Superheroes
Friday, November 13
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Have you ever wondered why some of our most popular superheroes are often named after animals? Spiderman, Batman and Aquaman all share traits with their particular animal namesake whether it be great strength, great stealth or the ability to live underwater. Join the NCNC Naturalists for this night of family fun and delight in getting an up close look at several creatures with an array of “super” qualities that makes each a “wildlife superhero” in its own right.

This family program is perfect for ALL ages!
Dressing up like your favorite superhero is definitely encouraged!!

Spaces are limited & advanced registration highly recommended.

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

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Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle
Saturday, November 28
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and head on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! You won’t want to miss this awesome annual event, a long-time favorite for both members & guests. Join the NCNC Naturalists for a healthy, invigorating Trail Trek to work off that holiday meal. While “waddling” the trails, we’ll search for some of nature’s most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees to name a few) and learn why the end of autumn may not be quite as quiet as you may think. In fact, autumn is a busy time of year for many wild animals such as deer, squirrels & birds!

As an extra Thanksgiving bonus, after our hike, you’ll also get to enjoy a FREE behind the scenes tour of our Animal Care facilities & Birds of Prey Exhibit - our way of saying “thank you” to the community.

Naturalists will be departing with groups from the Sugar Shack for Trail Treks at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM (sign up is on a first come, first serve basis with limited spots for each).

Other fun activities that Waddlers can enjoy anytime from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM include our “Getting Ready for Winter” Scavenger Hunt, as well as Letterboxing – a family favorite, self-guided adventure course across the NCNC property! Stop by the Front Desk for more information or to borrow one of our Favorite Flora & Fauna of NCNC Guide Books.

Ages: This drop-in program is perfect for ALL ages: newborns through 90!.
Members: FREE / Non-Members: FREE / Donations are greatly appreciated

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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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