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

Family Nature Adventures: Mianus River Gorge Hike!
Saturday, April 1
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This April, meet our Naturalists at the first Nature Conservancy land project for a healthy & invigorating spring hike. This two-mile loop will take us through old farmland and along the forested banks of the Mianus River.

Please bring comfortable shoes, layers and a water bottle.

More details will be provided upon registration.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 17th!

(Rain or shine)


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Don't wait, space is limited!

Members: $10 per person / Non-Members: $15 per person

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The Great Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration
April 13, 14, and 15

Perfect for children ages, 2-10!

Join us for The Great Egg Hunt 2017 & Spring Celebration. Our Egg Hunt programs are for smaller groups (approx. 25 per hunt) and will explore the miracle of SPRING. Meet warm and fuzzy animals (baby chicks and rabbits!) and try your hand at our Spoon/Egg Obstacle Course.

Saturday, April 15th ONLY: Hop-a-long Hollow Rabbit Rescue will be here! Baked goods and greens to feed their bunnies will be available for purchase. All donations will go to finding "forever homes" for these rescued rabbits.

All hunts are rain or shine.
BYOB = Bring Your Own Basket for collecting eggs. (Eggs will contain nature-themed prizes and nut-free sweets.)


Session A: 11:00-11:45am!

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Session B: 12:00-12:45pm!

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Session C: 1:30-2:15pm!

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Session D: 2:30-3:15pm!

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Session E: 11:00-11:45am!

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Session F: 12:00-12:45pm!

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Session G: 1:30-2:15pm!

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Session H: 2:30-3:15pm!

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Session I: 11:00-11:45am!

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Session J: 12:00-12:45pm!

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Session K: 1:30-2:15pm!

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Session L: 2:30-3:15pm!

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All egg hunts are approx. 45 minutes/session (includes hunt & then animal meet & greet).

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 Peepers Hike
Saturday, April 22
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Come explore the magic of spring and Earth Day 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 hike to learn why these species are so important to our local ecosystem.

Program will include an interactive hike and hands-on exploration of the nature center’s ponds and vernal pools.

Come dressed for the evening weather. We will be outdoors for over one hour.

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Don't wait space is limited. Registration deadline is 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 20th.

*Rain or Shine*

Ages: Families welcome!.
Members: $10 per person / Non-Members: $15 per person

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Wildlife Exploration Club (Afterschool Program)
6 Wednesdays: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & June 7th
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 6 weeks starting May 3rd, 2017 until June 7th, 2017.

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Don't wait space is limited. If signing up for individual dates please be sure to fill in dates on registration form.

Ages: 7th & 8th grade.
Members: $30 per class ($175 for all 6 weeks) / Non-Members: $40 per class ($230 for all 6 weeks)

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Adventures in Nature Club (Afterschool Program)
4 Thursdays: May 4, 11, 18 & 25
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 4 weeks starting May 4th, 2017 until May 25, 2017

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Ages: 3rd & 4th grade.
Members: $30 per class ($115 for all 4 weeks) / Non-Members: $40 per class ($155 for all 4 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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Upcoming Adult Programs

NCNC Hiking Group: Mianus River Park
Thursday, March 30
9:30 am
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NYBG: Landscaping with Perennials
Thursday, March 30
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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Adult Adventures: Intro to Fly Fishing
Saturday, April 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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*NEW* NYBG: Residential Garden Design Primer
Saturday, April 8
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NYBG: Container Gardening
2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29
10:00A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
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