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Bankwell in New Canaan
Summer Camp

Summer
CAMP

Dreaming of Summer Time!

All this cold weather and snow has us thinking about and dreaming of some awesome summer camp fun.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION has started!.

The only place to take SUMMER IN is…
OUTSIDE!

Adventure Campers Ages 10 and up: Sign up with a friend. Receive $50 off one session. Must register together. One rebate per camper.

Click here for camp details.

Preschool

FAMILY MUDRUN
Saturday,
JUNE 6

Save the Date

Get ready for the 1st Annual FAMILY MUDRUN here at the Nature Center.

For the fun of Sport and getting Muddy!

Encounter 12-15 obstacles on a course through the trails and meadows. Appropriate for families and children ages 5-13.

Register as an individual, family or team. Check in opens at 7:45 A.M. Gates open at at 8:15 A.M.

Registration and details coming soon.

   NIGHT HIKE    WILDLIFE WATCH

GROUNDS OPEN DAILY
DAWN TO DUSK

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.

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

Upcoming Adult Programs

Trails

Spring Peepers
Night HIKE

Come explore the magic of spring with us!

We’ll visit the Nature Center’s vernal pools and ponds to listen for the peeps and croaks of frogs and other amphibians that let us know spring is in full swing. We’ll also journey through the woods and into the meadows in search of some awesome invertebrates, birds, and bats. If we’re super lucky, we might even get a chance to spot a critter or two!

Saturday, April 25
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Learn more about the hike.

Please call (203)-966-9577 x10 to register today. Space is limited and advanced registration is strongly advised.

Wildlife Watch

Spring Peepers

Have you ever heard a woodland chorus in early spring while exploring the Nature Center grounds? The high-pitched peeps you are hearing are not birds but the sounds of male Spring Peepers trying to attract female mates. One of the first frog species to begin calling after the winter, Spring Peepers will congregate to mate & lay eggs in a very specific habitat called a Vernal Pool. Temporary seasonal wetlands, Vernal Pools are a safe breeding area for many amphibians as they are devoid of predators such as fish.

Did you know that the Spring Peeper is an example of a tree frog in our very own backyards? Click here to find out more.

Be sure to check out our new "Wildlife Watch" kiosk next to the Sugar Shack for more information.

   VISIT THE NATURE CENTER    PRESCHOOL

Upcoming Youth &
Family Programs

Family MUDRUN
Saturday, June 6
Check in opens at 7:45 A.M.
Gates open at at 8:15 A.M.
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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 snow! Go on a winter animal tracks 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.

Preschool

Nature Center
PRESCHOOL

Preschool registration is open and tours are available by appointment. 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.

New to our program is a two year old class beginning in September.

Click here for Preschool Application Forms and to learn about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool.