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Youth Volunteer Group

Thursdays, June 22-August 10

10:00 – 3:00

Are you between the ages of 14 and 18? Make a difference in your own community by joining the Nature Center's Summer Youth Volunteer Group! Get your hands dirty, by tackling projects such as trails and grounds maintenance, pond habitat restoration and invasive species removal.

Not only will you be helping out your local nature center, but you will also be getting the chance to make new friends, gain new experiences and feel good about yourself?

For more infomation contact Michelle Hips at

Camping New Canaan

Great American Campout

Saturday, June 24
Sunday, June 25

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!

Click here for more details and to register today!

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Visitors Center Hours
Monday – Saturday
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The New Canaan Nature Center is an environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.

The Nature Center offers a wide array of innovative environmental educational programs serving youth, families and adults.

Camping New Canaan


Are you ready for summer camp FUN and ADVENTURE? WE ARE!

Summer Camp is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Not signed up yet but don’t want to miss out on the adventure of a lifetime? No worries! Limited spaces are still available for the remainder of the summer. Be sure to sign up today!

Click here for more details!

Spring & Summer NYBG

Various dates April-June

This spring and summer, join us here at NCNC for a variety of new and exciting NYBG programs!

These classes offer you a great new way to engage with the natural world, whether you want to experiment with container gardening, create a culinary herb garden, or incorporate perennials into your landscape.

Click here for more details!



Great American Campout!
Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, June 25
3:30 P.M. Sat. to 9:30 A.M. Sun.
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Night of 1,000 Fireflies
Saturday, July 8
8:00 - 9:30 P.M.
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Friday Family Fun Night: Reptiles of the World
Friday, July 28
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
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Nature Center

Your child will experience while learning in an outdoor classroom filled with ponds, woodlands and fields. Our unique program offers invaluable resources not to be found in any other early childhood education setting to build each child's foundation for life-long learning and success.

Learn more about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool Programs.

NCNC Trail Map

Visit the
Nature Center

Come enjoy the Nature Center! Take a hike on our two miles of trails that criss-cross the site (including a 350-foot marsh boardwalk).

Go on a scavenger hunt. The New Canaan Nature Center is located on a 40-acre site which features unusual habitat diversity offering a variety of horticultural experiences for the visitors as well as a live Birds of Prey Exhibit, a variety of gardens, a Greenhouse and a Visitors Center which houses our Discovery Room, Art Exhibits and the Nature Gift Shop. Come explore!

Click here to download the Trail Map.