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

Saturday Boil Downs
Saturday, February 28
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Grab the entire family and come on down to the Sugar Shack to see how we turn Maple Sap into delicious Maple Syrup! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Green or stop by the Visitor Center to warm up.
Learn about the history of this New England tradition, what syrup grades really mean, what causes sap to flow in winter.

Saturday Boil Downs are a drop-in program open FREE to the public.

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Friday Family Fun Night: Boil Down Under the Stars
Friday, March 6
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Join us for a unique and one-of-a-kind Friday Family Fun Night… out at the Sugar Shack! That’s right, our Naturalists are hosting an Evening Boil Down, where you and the entire family will discover how we make delicious maple syrup right here onsite. We’ll challenge groups with fun, interactive maple-inspired games, before sharing native and traditional folklore stories around the campfire. You’ll even get to taste some sweet treats, so don’t miss out!

This family program is FREE. Just drop on by.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Our very own NCNC Maple Syrup will be available for sale!

Ages: Perfect for ALL ages!.

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Boil Down Fridays
Friday, February 27 - the end of Syrup Season
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Have you ever wondered where Maple Syrup comes from? Meet the NCNC Naturalists out at our Sugar Shack to learn how we make our very own Maple Syrup!

Learn about the history of this New England tradition, what syrup grades really mean, what causes sap to flow in winter.

Boil Down Fridays are a drop-in program open FREE to the public.

Ages: All ages.

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Syrup Saturday &
Pancake Brunch
Saturday, March 21
10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Bring the whole family and join us out by the Sugar Shack as we celebrate the bounty from this year’s Syrup Season! The day will include tree tapping demos, a real maple sap “boil down” using sap from our resident Nature Center maples, plus a look into the past of historic and native methods of producing Maple Syrup.

Put your woodsmen skills to the test with our Second Annual Family Lumberjack Challenge! Try your hand at wood heaving (how far can you throw a log of firewood?), before tackling our firewood stacking competition. Does your family have what it takes to complete our entire log rolling obstacle course? Join us to find out!

And of course we’ll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) at our famously delicious Pancake Brunch.

Take a Real v. Fake Syrup taste test, gather round the campfire to share tall tales of this winter’s adventures (and roast a marshmallow or two!), and try your hand at some maple-themed crafts.

In fine syruping tradition we’ll also have an assortment of delicious maple treats and bottles of NCNC Maple Syrup for sale in our Nature Shop!

This event is primarily outdoors, although brunch is indoors. Activities will run throughout the day.

Kids 2 & under are FREE!

Ages: All ages.
Members: $8/person / Non-Members: $12/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: Landscaping with Perennials
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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