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

Spring Peepers Night Hike
Saturday, April 25
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Come explore the magic of spring with us!

We’ll visit the Nature Center’s vernal pools and ponds to listen for the peeps and croaks of frogs and other amphibians that let us know spring is in full swing. We’ll also journey through the woods and into the meadows in search of some awesome invertebrates, birds, and bats. If we’re super lucky, we might even get a chance to spot a critter or two!

Join our Naturalists for this fun, interactive and earth aware night hike to learn why these species are so important to our local ecosystem.

Come dressed for the night weather. We will be outdoors in the dark for over one hour.

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

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to register by 4:00P.M. Friday, April 24.
Advanced registration required. Limited number of spots available..
Ages: Families welcome! Young children must be comfortable in the dark.
Members: $7 per person / Non-Members: $10per person

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Saturday, June 6
Check in opens at 7:45 A.M.
Gates open at at 8:15 A.M.

Save the Date

Get ready for the 1st Annual FAMILY MUDRUN here at the Nature Center.

For the fun of Sport and getting Muddy!

Encounter 12-15 obstacles on a course through the trails and meadows. Appropriate for families and children ages 5-13.

Registration and details coming soon.

Please call (203) 966-9577

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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

Thursdays, April 23, May 21 & June 18
6:30 P.M.
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SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Certification Course
Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
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Secret Gardens Tour
Friday, June 5
10:00A.M. - 4:00P.M.
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