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

Friday Family Fun Night:
Games & Star Gazing
Friday, August 8
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.

Gather the entire family and come on out for some good ole’ fashioned FUN with the NCNC Naturalists! Join us for a field night of fun! We’ll enjoy some classic games of summer (along with a few Naturalist-led challenges), before exploring the night sky in search of some of our favorite summer constellations. Who knows what we will discover!

This family program is perfect for ALL ages!

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required so register early! Call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.

Ages: All ages.
Members: $10/family / Non-Members: $15/family

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Creatures of the Night… HIKE
Saturday, August 23
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.

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required so register early!

Call (203) 966-9577 x10 to reserve a spot.

Members: $6 / Non-Members: $10

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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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