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

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle
Saturday, November 29
Hikes at 10:30 A.M., 11:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.

Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and stroll on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! Work off that holiday meal by joining the NCNC Naturalists for a healthy, invigorating Discovery Trail Trek. 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. Want to give thanks too? Take a look at our Giving Tree – any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Every item on the tree helps our local Nature Center community!

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

Other fun activities that Waddlers can enjoy anytime from 9AM – 4PM include our Fall Scavenger Hunts, as well as our Self-Guided Activities such as Letterboxing! Stop by the Front Desk for more information or to borrow one of our NEW Favorite Flora & Fauna of NCNC Guide Books.

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

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Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 13
11:00A.M. - 2:00P.M.

Come and be transported into a whole new world as the New Canaan Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with fun and exciting seasonal activities for the entire family. Come down the lane and enjoy the warm festive feel the Nature Center puts on this time of year! We hope to see you there!

· Pictures with SANTA CLAUS – from 11:30A.M. until 2:00P.M. for families, kids and pets. (Donations are greatly appreciated).

· Holiday Express Model Train display depicting the town of New Canaan

· Wacky Winter Scavenger Hunt, Holiday Stories, Crafts & Carols

· Chestnuts & marshmallows roasting on an open fire

· 2nd Annual Family Gingerbread House Creation Contest!!

· Horse-drawn Wagon Ride “Over the Green and through the Woods” ($5 per person, weather pending)

· Waffle Tent with waffles, cocoa, cider & treats!

Ages: All Ages.
Members: Child $8 / Non-Members: Child $12, Adults: Free

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Holiday Break Programs
December 22 & 23
9:00A.M. - Noon

This is an exciting drop-off program for your child (age 3 – 7) reminiscent of camp & right during the holiday break! Catch up on your holiday errands and take a break from the hectic holiday season as your child explores the nature center’s forests, ponds and fields! Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff lead a variety of wintry adventures throughout our 40-acre preserve and celebrate the holiday season in true NCNC fashion as nature intended.

Each day kids will delve into different aspects of the wonderland at NCNC while they traverse the property and let nature surround them. Daily themes include topics such as:
o Seasonal Gifts of Nature.
o Wonders of Winter
o Over the Green and Through the Woods (Trail Exploration)

Daily activities are subject to change based on daily weather forecasts. All programs emphasize hands-on outdoor activities and engaging nature games/crafts geared toward the season so come prepared to be outdoors for some fun!

Healthy snack will be provided.

Children will be divided into groups based on age and enrollment.

Enroll now – limited space available!
Extend the fun and join us for our Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1pm (bring your own lunch)P.M. ($15/day).

Call (203) 966-9577 x10 or stop by the Visitor Center to register today. Registration Deadline is December 19th

Ages: Ages 3-7.
Members: $48/day / Non-Members: $64/day

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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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10:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
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Tuesday, March 3
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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