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

Families in Nature Club
Kickoff BBQ
Saturday, September 6
3:00 P.M.

Gather the entire family and join our Families in Nature Club! The New Canaan Nature Centerís newest venture to help YOUR family stay connected to nature all year long.

ē A 12-month program commencing with a Kickoff BBQ on Saturday, September 6th at 3:00 P.M.
ē Fun, interactive & educational monthly challenges, special seasonal events and more!

Through this ongoing program you and your family will enjoy a renewed connection with nature, one another, plus other families in our Nature Center community.

Each month, your family will get a NEW nature challenge. These challenges will range from simple scavenger hunts to more complex family projects, all of which can be completed right here on our trails & grounds!
Once your family has completed a challenge you can stop by the Visitor Center Front Desk to have your Nature Passport stamped. Will your family be able to complete all of our challenges and fill your entire Nature Passport with stamps?

Each season (fall, winter, spring, and summer), there will be a special event just for our Families in Nature Club (FINC) participants. This year families will enjoy a Stroll at Devilís Den, a Bluebird Box Building Bonanza, a Canoe Trip, and a FINC Celebration Picnic. Exact dates and details are TBD.

NCNCís Families in Nature Club has been designed just for YOU! For more information and details, please contact Visitor Experience Manager, Michelle Piazza, at (203) 966-9577 x42 or

Join the club today!
Space is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Please call (203)-966-9577 x20 to register.
Ages: All ages.
Members: $125/family / Non-Members: $165/family

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Cider Saturday
Saturday, September 20
11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Celebrate the Fall Cider Season here at NCNC! Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon of family fun with cider press demonstrations (on the 15s & 45s minute mark every hour), Old Fashioned Games (discover NEW joys by building authentic connections to the past!), small orchard tours with apple picking, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, seasonal harvest crafts for kids, and even bake your own apple filled with sweet goodies! Also enjoy some homemade butter while cooking up some corn bread on a stick over the fire. Do some taste testing of a variety of apples and local honey, plus enjoy a seasonal goodie or two at our harvest bake sale. Then fill your bellies with delicious corn dogs & grilled corn, available for purchase.

Entry includes a cider demo ticket for the whole family and 1 apple per person (to eat or bake!).

Fresh local cider will be available for purchase by the cup, half gallon & gallon! Enjoy this seasonal beverage with some delicious baked goods!

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 for more information
Ages: All ages.
Members: $5 per person / Kids Under 2: FREE / Non-Members: $8 per person / Kids Under 2: FREE

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FALL FAIR 45th Annual
Saturday, October 18
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Early Entry for NCNC Members 9:30 A.M.

Join Us for a Day of Traditional Family Fun!

Pony rides, hay maze, games & crafts, live music, great food, bungee jump and zip line, apple sling shots, pumpkin decorating and more!

Great food, beverages and baked goods will satisfy hungry appetites as children and families listen and dance to live music.

Don't miss the Children's Pie Eating Contest at 1:30 P.M.

Click here to become a member today!

Ages: Adults & kIds of all ages.

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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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Upcoming Adult Programs

Beer, Bites & Wine
Saturday, October 4
7:00-10:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening 1
4 Wednesdays, October 8 - 29
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Pruning: How, When, and Where
Saturdays, November 15
10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
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NYBG: Intro to Landscape Design
3 Tuesdays, November 4-18
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Perennial Plant Combinations
Saturday, February 7
10:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
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