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

The Great Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration
Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28
Thursday, April 2

Join us for The Great Egg Hunt 2015 & Spring Celebration. Our Egg Hunt programs are for smaller groups (approx. 25 per hunt) and will explore the miracle of SPRINGTIME. Meet warm and fuzzy spring animals (baby chicks and rabbits, plus our friends from Hop Along Hollow – a Rabbit Rescue group) & enjoy the spring weather with a self-guided scavenger hunt on our wooded trails. Up for more of a challenge? Try your hand at our Spoon/Egg Obstacle Course. Eggs will contain nature-themed prizes and nut-free sweets. Rain or shine.

BYOB = Bring Your Own Basket for collecting eggs.

Tickets available here:

FRIDAY, March 27:

  • Session A: 12:30-1:15 P.M. This session if now FULL. Please choose another hunt.

  • Session C: 3:00-3:45 P.M. Online registration no longer available. A limited number of spots remain for Egg Hunt Session C. Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 before 2:00pm on Friday, March 27 to register.

SATURDAY, March 28:

  • Session D: 11:00-11:45 A.M. This session if now FULL. Please choose another hunt.

  • Session E: 12:00-12:45 P.M. This session if now FULL. Please choose another hunt.

  • Session F: 1:30-2:15 P.M. This session if now FULL. Please choose another hunt.

  • Session G: 2:30-3:15 P.M. This session if now FULL. Please choose another hunt.

THURSDAY, April 2:

Photo Release: I hereby give permission for my child's photograph to be taken while participating in New Canaan Nature Center activities and to be used in New Canaan Nature Center publications, website and for advertising and promotions for the New Canaan Nature Center. If I do not want my child’s photo to be taken, then I will notify the NCNC front desk or Registrar so my child will be placed on a No Photo list.

Ages: Ages 2 - 10.
Members: $10 per child / Non-Members: $15 per child

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Spring Fling Break Programs Ages 3-8
April 8,9 & 10 – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 A.M. – Noon
Add-on Lunch Bunch from Noon - 1:00 P.M.

Spring has sprung at NCNC! Out of school and looking for some spring fun and adventure? Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff guide you on a variety of seasonal adventures throughout the 40-acres of forests, fields, and ponds at NCNC.

Each day participants will discover new wonders of the spring season while they traverse the property and explore the delights of nature. Daily activities are subject to change based on daily weather forecasts. All programs emphasize hands-on outdoor activities and educational nature games/crafts that engage both mind and body. Come prepared to be outdoors for some springtime fun!

Similar to Summer Camp, kids are typically placed in groups based on age (ie. AGE 3, AGE 4-5, AGE 6-7) Placement is dependent upon enrollment demographics.

Daily themes include
• Spring Has Sprung (emerging insects & nature’s babies)
• Sprouting Fun (budding trees & flowers plus planting of our own)
• Pond Day (tadpoles galore and more)

Healthy snack will be provided. Please dress appropriately to be outdoors in the spring weather (rain boots & jackets, hats, etc.)

Extend your stay and join us for Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1:00 P.M. for $15 each day (Bring your own lunch.)

Enroll now – limited space available!

Please call (203) 966-9577 x20 to register to register by April 6, 2015.
Ages: 3 - 8.
Members: $48 per day / Lunch Bunch $15 per day / Non-Members: $64 per day / Lunch Bunch $15 per 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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Upcoming Adult Programs

Winter Farmer's Market in the Greenhouse
Every Tuesday
thru March 31
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 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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