Weekend Waddle GIVE
Summer Camp

Winter Wonderland Come See Santa


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

Our Mission…
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.


Nature Center

Imagine what 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.

Come to Our Preschool Open House
Wednesday, December 3, at
10:00 A.M. or 7:30 P.M.

Learn more about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool.

Weekend Waddle

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle

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!

Join us on Saturday, November 29
Hikes at 10:30 A.M., 11:30 A.M. & 1:00 P.M.
Click here for details. Naturalists will be departing with groups from the Sugar Shack for Trail Treks.


The Nature Center offers a wide array of innovative environmental educational programs serving youth, families and adults.
Click the below links to view upcoming programs.

Youth & Family Programs

Adult Programs


Winter Wonderland

Santa's Coming!
Come and be transported into a whole new world as the New Canaan Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with fun and exciting seasonal activities for the entire family. Come down the lane and enjoy the warm festive feel the Nature Center puts on this time of year!

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 13 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Click here for all the details.


Little Brown BAT

Throughout this October let's flap our wings for the Little Brown Bat, our honorary "Bird" of the month. But first we should clarify that the bat is not a bird, but actually the only true flying mammal on Earth! Myotis, the Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus, is one of the most common species of bat in North America. Anyone lucky enough to see one swooping and diving through their backyard knows about the benefits this insectivore can bring.

To learn more about Myotis lucifugus and other bats check out the Bird of the Month kiosk by the birds of prey exhibit!


Upcoming Youth &
Family Programs

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

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

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 13
11:00A.M. - 2:00P.M.
> Learn more

NCNC Trail Map

Visit the
Nature Center

Enjoy a hike on our two miles of trails that criss-cross the site (including a 350-foot marsh boardwalk).

Play in the leaves! 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.

Mommy, Me & Nature

Mommy, Me & Nature

It's NEVER too early to get your child outside! Come explore the wonders of nature together with your little one at the Nature Center. You and your toddler (18-36 months) will sing songs, listen to stories and experience all the delights of nature in an unhurried atmosphere created by our Early Childhood teachers. Mommy, Me and Nature classes will be led by our beloved Judy Gilroy in our age appropriate Marsh Room.

Click here for details and schedule of classes for Children and a Caregiver this fall!