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: Icky, Sticky, Slimy Animals!
Friday, May 19
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Join our Naturalists for this wonderfully gross animal program and evening of outdoor exploration! Learn all about some super icky critters and get the chance to meet bugs, frogs and maybe even one or two animals that will surprise you. Then we’ll hit the trails in search of one of the most mysterious micro-habitats - the Rotten Log, home to salamanders, snakes, insects, and arachnids! Who knows what creepy crawlers we will find!

*Rain or Shine*

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Ages: Perfect for ALL ages!.
Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/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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Great American Campout!
Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, June 25
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.

Come and take part in our Great American Campout, NCNC's 8th 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 barbecue 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.

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 by Thursday, June 22nd, is required and space is limited!

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

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

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Please call (203) 966-9577 x42 with any questions
Members: $85 per family / Non-Members: $110 per family

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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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Don't wait space is limited.

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

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2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29
10:00A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
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NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening
4 Tuesdays, April 18 - May 9
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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NYBG: Growing a Culinary Herb Garden
Saturday, May 20
10:00am - 1:00pm
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NYBG: Whip Your Garden into Shape
Monday, May 22
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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NYBG: Plants for Landscaping
6 Tuesdays, May 16 - June 20
10am - 12:40pm
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