New Canaan Nature Center Reconnect to your GREAT OUTDOORS


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

Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 4
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC on Saturday, June 4th, to reconnect to your local nature center!

Naturalists will be leading Guided Nature Walks around our beautiful 44-acre property at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Borrow a Discovery Pack (they have everything you need for your next BIG adventure!) and pick up a scavenger hunt or two at the Visitor Center for even more fun.

You also won't want to miss our Birds of Prey Shows on the Green at 11am and 1pm. During these interactive programs, you’ll get to meet raptors, like our Barn Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk, up close & personal.

No pre-registration necessary, just drop in!

Please call 203-966-9577 x10 for more information
Members: FREE / Non-Members: FREE

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Great American Campout
Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.

Come and take part in our Great American Campout, NCNC's 7th 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. Participants are encouraged to bring along musical instruments to join in and create classic campfire music.

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 has a limited number of tents for rent at $25/tent.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited!

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

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 x20
Members: $85 per family / Non-Members: $110 per family

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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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