Youth and 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. Click here for more information about youth and family programming.

Upcoming Programs

The Great Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration
Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12
Saturday, April 19

Join us for The Great Egg Hunt 2014 & Spring Celebration. Our Egg Hunt programs are for smaller groups (approx. 25 per hunt) and will explore the miracle of SPRINGTIME. Meet warm and fuzzy spring animals (baby chicks and rabbits, plus our friend from Hop Along Hollow – a Rabbit Rescue group) & enjoy the spring weather with a self-guided scavenger hunt on our wooded trails. Up for more of a challenge? Try your hand at our Spoon/Egg Obstacle Course.

For kids ages 2-10 only. Program times fill fast so register early. Pre-payment required.

Eggs will contain nature-themed prizes and nut-free sweets.

BYOB = Bring Your Own Basket for collecting eggs.

Rain or shine.

Egg Hunt Tickets Available Now!

FRIDAY, April 11
Session A: 12:30-1:15 P.M.
NCNC Member Ticket $10 per child

Session B: 1:45-2:30 P.M.
NCNC Member Ticket $10 per child

Session C: 3:00-3:45 P.M.

SATURDAY, April 12
Session D: 11:00-11:45 A.M.

Session E: Noon-12:45 P.M.

Session F: 1:30-2:15 P.M.

Session G: 2:30-3:15 P.M.

SATURDAY, April 19
Session H: 11:00-11:45 P.M.

Session I: Noon-12:45 P.M.

Session J: 1:30-2:15 P.M.

Session K: 2:30-3:15 P.M.

Ages: Ages 2 - 10.
Members: $10 per child / Non-Members: $15 per child

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Spring Celebration Night Hike
Saturday, April 26
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Come explore the magic of spring with us as we wrap up Earth Week with a Spring Celebration Night Hike! We’ll journey through the woods and into the meadows in search of some of our favorite pollinators, butterflies & bats. We’ll also visit the nature center’s vernal pools and ponds to listen for the beautiful cacophony of frogs & salamanders calls that let us know spring is in full swing. If we’re super lucky, we might even get a chance to spot a critter or two! Join our Naturalists for this fun, interactive and earth aware night hike to learn why these indicator species are so important to our local ecosystem.

Program will include an interactive night hike (with games!) and the chance to use “bionic” ears to help amplify the mystery of a spring night in New Canaan.

Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour.

Please no flashlights (they lessen the impact of the night-time experience). For safety, staff will have emergency lights.

Please call (203) 966-9577 to register by 4:00P.M. on Thursday, April 24.
Advanced registration required. Limited number of spots available.
Ages: Families welcome! Young children must be comfortable in the dark.
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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Saturday, May 17
10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Member Pre-Sale 9:30 A.M.
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Secret Gardens Tour
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10:00A.M. - 4:00P.M.
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