New Canaan Nature Center Reconnect to your GREAT OUTDOORS

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

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


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

Run 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.

Learn more the Family MUDRUN.

Register today!

Please call (203) 966-9577

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Great American
Backyard Campout
Sat., June 27 to Sun., June 28
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.

Come and take part in our Great American “Backyard” Campout – NCNC’s 6th year participating in the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, a nation-wide celebration of camping as a way to connect to nature & wildlife. Join us for an evening full of fun, camp tunes, a night hike, and the adventure of camping in New Canaan’s favorite backyard!

Spend a unique evening and night here at the New Canaan Nature Center, under the stars and with the night creatures (all harmless). Participants are welcome to set-up their tents in the afternoon between 3:30-5:30 P.M. . From 5:30-7:30 P.M. , we’ll provide a classic camping-style barbeque dinner of hotdogs, grilled corn & chips (with watermelon for dessert). Lemonade and water will be available for all ages; adults are welcome to BYOB. As folks are finishing up the tasty treats from the grill, all are invited to enjoy field games, music and all around fun on the Green!

As the sun begins to set, get ready for the night time adventure to begin. We’ll fire up the campfire ring and head off into the darkness for a special early summer night hike experience. Upon our return we’ll be sure to fill our bellies with some fireside S’mores before dozing off to sleep. Participants are encouraged to bring along musical instruments to join in and create classic campfire music.

In the morning, awake to fog over the meadow, deer browsing nearby and the promise of another magical day! A light breakfast of bagels, juice, and coffee will also be served.

Bring your own camp gear and snacks. Access to bathrooms will be available through the night.

NCNC has a limited number of tents for rent at $25/tent.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited!

Saturday
3:30-5:30 P.M. Family Campsite Set-up on the Green
5:30-7:30 P.M. Cookout BBQ Dinner with Music, Games & Fun on the Green
8:00-9:30 P.M. Campfire & Night Hike
9:30 P.M. Conclude Campfire

Sunday
7:00 A.M. Coffee Time
7:30-8:30 A.M. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 A.M. Pack Up

Please call (203) 966-9577 x20
Members: $85 per family / Non-Members: $110 per family

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Night of 1,000 Fireflies
Saturday, July 18
8:00 - 9:30 P.M.

Come and enjoy the magic of the midsummer night at the Nature Center. With the frog chorus singing softly and the warm balmy breezes of July, this night hike will inspire all ages! Join our Naturalists as we search for woodland creatures (wiggly worms & aquatic amphibians) and other enchanted mysteries of the evening.

Program will include a guided night hike throughout the Nature Center grounds and some refreshing lemonade to stay cool on a hot summer night. We will wrap up the evening with the opportunity to delight in the awe-inspiring beauty of our meadows aglow with the soft light of 1,000+ fireflies!

Please no flashlights (they lessen the experience of the night-time experience). For safety, staff will have emergency lights. Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required, so register early!

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
Members: $7/person / Non-Members: $10/person

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Friday Family Fun Night: Once Upon a Blue Moon
Friday, July 31
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

Once upon a blue moon, astrological events align perfectly with our Friday Family Fun Nights here at NCNC! A Blue Moon is what we call the 2nd full moon of a single month. This July, this rare event just so happens to be occurring on a Friday - what better time is there for your entire family can come on down to NCNC to learn all about the wonders of the night sky? Join our Naturalists as we share some of our favorite stories of the stars, before exploring the night sky in search of some of our favorite summer constellations. The sky’s the limit for what we might discover!

Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required, so register early.

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
Members: $10/family / Non-Members: $15/family

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Creatures of the Night…HIKE!
Saturday, August 22
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for a guided night hike and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First we’ll put your night vision to the test to find out if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we’ll focus on your sense of smell, hearing and touch!

Please no flashlights (they lessen the experience of the night-time experience). For safety, staff will have emergency lights. Come dressed for the night weather & able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour. Check in at Visitor Center Front Desk.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required, so register early!

Please call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.
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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Secret Gardens Tour
Friday, June 5
10:00A.M. - 4:00P.M.
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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, June 11, 18 and 25
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
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