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

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 17
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: 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

*Sing-a-long Caroling with the Bojangler's of CT

*Chestnuts & marshmallows roasting on an open fire

*4th Annual Family Gingerbread House Creation Contest!! (At 12:00 and 1:00 - entry is first come, first serve).

*Horse-drawn Wagon Rides: Over the Green and through the Woods! ($5 per person, weather pending)

*Red & Green Cafe!

Register now to reserve your space

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Ages: All Ages.
Members: Child $10 / Non-Members: Child $15; Adults & Children under 2: Free

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Holiday Break Programs Ages 3-4
December 19, 20 & 21
9:00A.M. - Noon

This is an exciting drop-off program for your child (ages 3-4) reminiscent of camp & right during the holiday break! 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 Animals in Winter.
o Nature’s signs of the Season
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). A 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.



Register for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or All Three Days. Don't Forget Lunch Bunch!

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Members: $55 per day/$150 All Three Days / Non-Members: $75 per day/$210 All Three Days

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Family Nature Adventures: Breakfast with the Animals
Saturday, January 7
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what the animals are eating for breakfast? With over 40 ambassador animals at the New Canaan Nature Center it’s a daily task to provide healthy food for our creatures. This January, join us for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy your breakfast at NCNC and then help feed the animals their breakfast too!

This program is perfect for ALL ages and ALL members of the family. This is not a drop off program - all children must be accompanied by an adult.

(Rain or shine)

Spaces are limited & advanced registration is highly recommended.

*Online Registration coming soon!*

Ages: All ages.
Members: $10 per person / Kids Under 2: FREE / Non-Members: $15 per person / Kids Under 2: FREE

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OWL MOON Night Hike
Saturday, January 21
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Let the light of the FULL moon be your guide as we explore magic in the woods and unravel the myriad mysteries of our nocturnal neighbors, the owls. Owl Moon is what we call the full moon nearest start of the mating season for Great Horned Owls who typically start their calling in late January when the end of winter seems so far away. We'll discover how owls use their keen senses to navigate the night and learn first-hand how they can hunt in the dark. We'll even "give a hoot" and try our luck at some owl call-ins to see if we can bring our feathered friends in closer for observation.

Program will include an interactive night hike and live owl presentation. Participants will have a chance to interact with naturalists and ask questions with a warm cup of cocoa after the outdoor walk.

Check-in at the Visitor Center front desk.

Come dressed for the cold night weather & able to be outdoors for at least 1 hour.

Please no flashlights (they lessen the impact of the night-time experience). For safety, staff will have emergency lights.

Space is limited - register early to guarantee your spot!

*Online Registration coming soon!*

Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 19 @ 4:00 P.M
Ages: All ages.
Members: $7/person / Non-Members: $10/person

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Wildlife Exploration Club (Afterschool Program)
10 Wednesdays: January 11 - March 22 (not including February 22nd)
3:45 - 5:00 P.M.

If you want hands-on wildlife experience with a professional naturalist, then the Wildlife Exploration Club is for YOU! Bill Flynn, Director of Animal Care with the New Canaan Nature Center, will demonstrate ALL he knows about the diverse habitats here at the Nature Center and teach hands-on skills with the Nature Center’s collection of animals. Students will get to help handle and care for the captive animals at the Nature Center. They will also be able to handle and study the native wild animals found in our ponds, fields, and forests.

Join us on the trails and in our Animal Care Center every Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 pm!

Program runs for 10 weeks starting January 11th, 2017 Until March 22nd 2017 (we will not meet February 22nd).

*Online Registration coming soon!*

Ages: 7th & 8th grade.
Members: $30 per class ($285 for all 10 weeks) / Non-Members: $35 per class ($350 for all 10 weeks)

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Adventures in Nature Club (Afterschool Program)
10 Thursdays: January 12th - March 23rd (not including February 23rd)
3:45 - 5:00pm

If you like to get outside, explore the natural world, and have a love for animals, this club is for you! Derick Hips, Environmental Educator and Birthday Coordinator for the New Canaan Nature Center, will lead adventures into the great outdoors and provide a hands-on experience with live animals. We will have the opportunity to explore everything nature has to offer, by looking for wildlife, finding animal prints and signs, and interacting with our animals in our collection.

Adventurers will meet every Thursday from 3:45-5:00 pm at the New Canaan nature Center.

Program runs Thursdays for 10 weeks starting January 12th, 2017 until March 23rd,2017 (We will not meet February 23rd).

*Online Registration coming soon!*

Ages: 3rd & 4th grade.
Members: $30 per class ($285 for all 10 weeks) / Non-Members: $35 per class ($350 for all 10 weeks)

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Young Naturalist Science Club (Afterschool Program)
10 Mondays: January 9 - March 27 (not including January 16th and February 20th)
3:45 - 5:00pm

If you are interested in science and the natural world, this is the club for you! Chris Hendershot, Director of Education Programs for the New Canaan Nature Center, is fascinated by the questions that arise when exploring outside. This club will offer hands-on experiences by conducting experiments, citizen science projects, and just trying new theories! We will learn about bird species and the principles of flight, study how plants defend themselves, and help our environmental team gather facts and data that will be useful for ongoing nature studies.

Experience our “un-classroom” every Monday from 3:45-5:00pm at the nature center.

Program runs for 10 weeks starting January 9th 2017 until March 27th 2017 (we will not meet January 16th and February 20th).

*Online Registration coming soon!*

Ages: 5th & 6th grade.
Members: $30 per class ($285 for all 10 weeks) / Non-Members: $35 per class ($350 for all 10 weeks)

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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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Saturday, December 10
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Saturday, January 14
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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NYBG: Perennial Plant Combinations
Thursday, February 2
10:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Landscape Design
3 Thursdays, March 9-23
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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