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

Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, October 25
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Get into the Halloween spirit by joining us for this spooktacular celebration, NCNC-style. We’ll learn about and meet some creepy critters who remind us of All Hallows Eve (spiders, bats, snakes, & more), before getting the chance to make our very own slime. We’ll wrap up the evening beside a roaring campfire (whilst enjoying a roasted marshmallow or two!). Costumes encouraged & welcome!

Spaces are limited & advanced registration recommended. Reserve your spot today!

Please call (203)-966-9577 x10
Ages: ALL ages and ALL members of the family. This is not a drop off program – all children must be accompanied by an adult..
Members: $6 per person / Non-Members: $10 per person

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Friday Family Fun Night: Stump the Naturalists
Friday, November 14
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Have you always dreamed of being a contestant on a famous game show? Then come on down for a family-friendly version of Jeopardy, focused on our favorite topic – nature trivia! Does your family have what it takes to stump our team of naturalists? Will your family be the last family standing? Join us, to find out!

Spaces are limited & advanced registration required. Register early.

Please call (203)-966-9577 x10
Ages: Perfect for ALL ages!.
Members: $10.00 per family / Non-Members: $15.00 per family

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Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle
Saturday, November 29
Hikes at 10:30 A.M., 11:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.

Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and stroll on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! Work off that holiday meal by joining the NCNC Naturalists for a healthy, invigorating Discovery Trail Trek. While “waddling” the trails, we’ll search for some of nature’s most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees to name a few) and learn why the end of autumn may not be quite as quiet as you may think! In fact, autumn is a busy time of year for many wild animals such as deer, squirrels & birds!

As an extra Thanksgiving bonus, after our hike, you’ll also get to enjoy a FREE behind the scenes tour of our Animal Care facilities & Birds of Prey Exhibit - our way of saying “thank you” to the community. Want to give thanks too? Take a look at our Giving Tree – any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Every item on the tree helps our local Nature Center community!

Naturalists will be departing with groups from the Sugar Shack for Trail Treks at 10:30AM, 11:30AM and 1PM (sign up is on a 1st come, 1st serve basis with limited spots for each).

Other fun activities that Waddlers can enjoy anytime from 9AM – 4PM include our Fall Scavenger Hunts, as well as our Self-Guided Activities such as Letterboxing! Stop by the Front Desk for more information or to borrow one of our NEW Favorite Flora & Fauna of NCNC Guide Books.

Ages: This drop-in program is perfect for ALL ages: newborns through 90!.
Members: FREE- Donations are greatly appreciated / Non-Members: FREE - Donations are greatly appreciated

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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

NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening 1
4 Wednesdays, October 8 - 29
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Pruning: How, When, and Where
Saturdays, November 15
10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
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NYBG: Intro to Landscape Design
3 Tuesdays, November 4-18
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 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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