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

Friday Family Fun Night: Reptiles of the World
Friday, July 28
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Join our Naturalists for a trip around the world to meet some really radical reptiles! Learn about what makes some of the oldest living animals on the planet so cool: where they live, what they eat, and what makes them so unique. Engage in the hands-on exploration of real reptile artifacts and get the chance to meet lizards, turtles, snakes, and more!

This family program is perfect for ALL ages!

*Rain or shine* (This event will be indoors if it rains)

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is strongly recommended, so register early!!

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Ages: All ages.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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Creatures of the Night... HIKE!
Saturday, August 26
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for a guided night hike and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First we'll put your night vision to the test to find out if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we'll focus on your sense of smell, hearing and touch!

Please no flashlights - for safety, staff will have emergency lights. Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is strongly recommended, so register early!

Rain or shine.

Register for Creatures of the Night...Hike!

Register Today

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Ages: All ages!.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/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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