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Harvest Festival, Get Your Tickets, October 4


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.

Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival
Sat., October 4
7:00-10:00 P.M.

It's time for Harvest Fest! Bring your friends and join us as we sample a variety of beers, wine, sparkling seltzer and gluten free beer this year from a variety of regional brewers, delicious food and live music by the Jazzholes under tents in the meadow at the New Canaan Nature Center.

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Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.
Adults 21 years or older.

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Fall Fair


Join us for the 45th Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, October 18.

We open early for NCNC Members only at 9:30 A.M. and to the public at 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS & KIDS OF ALL AGES: We'll have pony rides, hay maze, games & crafts, live music, great food, bungee jump, apple sling shots, pumpkin decorating and more!

NEW! Starting at 11:00 A.M. SOAR ON A ZIPLINE across the meadow 30 feet high for 100 feet. Must weigh 60 lbs. to ride.

Great food, beverages and baked goods will satisfy hungry appetites as children and families listen and dance to live music.

No DOGS Permitted.

Click here to become a member today!


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


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
October 7, Tuesday, or December 3, Wednesday, at
10:00 A.M. or 7:30 P.M.

Learn more about the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool.

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular

Get into the Halloween spirit by joining us for this spooktacular celebration, NCNC-style. Well learn about and meet some creepy critters who remind us of All Hallows Eve (spiders, bats, snakes, & more), before getting the chance to make our very own slime. Well wrap up the evening beside a roaring campfire (whilst enjoying a roasted marshmallow or two!). Costumes encouraged & welcome!

Join us for Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 25
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Click here for details.


Upcoming Youth &
Family Programs

FALL FAIR 45th Annual
Saturday, October 18
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Early Entry for NCNC Members 9:30 A.M.
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Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, October 25
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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Friday Family Fun Night: Stump the Naturalists
Friday, November 14
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
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September marks an important time of year for the Osprey. As the air gets cooler and students return to school, these unique North American birds of prey prepare to depart from their summer-time nests here in Connecticut and make their way south for the winter. Be sure to wish our Osprey a safe journey until we see them again at the end of March, when they begin to return to CT from a long winter abroad!

Please visit the kiosk by our Birds of Prey Exhibit for more information on the Osprey.

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!