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 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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Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 12
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

· 3rd Annual Family Gingerbread House Creation Contest!!

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

· Red & Green Café with waffles, cocoa & cider!

Ages: All Ages.
Members: Child $8 / Non-Members: Child $12; Adults & Children under 2: Free

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Holiday Break Programs
December 21, 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! Extend the fun and join us for our Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1P.M. (bring your own lunch) ($15/day). Healthy snack will be provided during the 9:00-noon program.

Enroll now – limited space available! Children will be divided into groups based on age and enrollment.

Call (203) 966-9577 x10 or stop by the Visitor Center to register today. Registration Deadline is December 18th

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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