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Family Nature Adventures: Breakfast with the Animals

January 7
9:00am - 11:00am

Have you ever wondered what the animals are eating for breakfast? With over 40 ambassador animals at the New Canaan Nature Center it's a daily task to provide healthy food for our creatures. Join us for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy YOUR breakfast at NCNC and then help feed the animals their breakfast too! Pre-registration for this event is highly encouraged!

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New Canaan Nature

Early Morning Yoga

January 14
8:00am - 9:30am

Join us for an early morning yoga class right here at NCNC! Did you know...? Not only does morning yoga help you feel good, it can help you sleep better at night, sets a positive tone for the day and encourages healthy habits. No experience or toe- touching flexibility required!

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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.


Afterschool Fun at NCNC!

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays,
January 23 -
March 27
3:45pm - 5:00pm

Calling all 3rd-8th graders! Are you interested in science and the natural world? What about hands-on wildlife experience? Or maybe you are just itching to get outside? Then join us for our NEW afterschool programs this winter! Our Young Naturalist Science Club (grades 5th & 6th) will meet Mondays, our Wildlife Exploration Club (grades 7th & 8th) will meet Wednesdays, and our Adventures in Nature Club (grades 3rd & 4th) will meet Thursdays. You won't want to miss the fun!

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NYBG: Perennial Plant Combinations

February 2
10:30am - 3:00pm

Join us here at NCNC for a perennial plant combinations class, led by Sheri Forster, longtime NYBG instructor and principal of The Scottish Gardener. Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants to create a harmonious look for your garden come spring.

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OWL MOON Night Hike
Saturday, January 21
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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Community Sugaring Program
Saturday, February 11 Kick-off Event
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
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Family Nature Adventures: Family Boil Down
Saturday, March 4
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 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.