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

Holiday Break Programs
December 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!

Healthy snack will be provided.

Children will be divided into groups based on age and enrollment.

Enroll now – limited space available!
Extend the fun and join us for our Lunch Bunch each day from Noon-1pm (bring your own lunch)P.M. ($15/day).

Call (203) 966-9577 x10 or stop by the Visitor Center to register today. Registration Deadline is December 19th

Ages: Ages 3-7.
Members: $48/day / Non-Members: $64/day

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OWL MOON Night Hike
Saturday, January 31
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 in advance to guarantee your spot!

Please call 203-966-9577 x20 to register by Thursday, January 29 @ 4:00 P.M.
Ages: All ages.
Members: $7/person / Non-Members: $10/person

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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
January 27- March 31
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 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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NYBG: Landscaping with Perennials
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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