Group Education Programs
What are Group Education Programs?
The New Canaan Nature Center's Group Education Programs bring nature-based adventures (we call them Eduventures) to groups of all sizes and ages. Our dynamic and innovative programs turn the outdoors into our classroom, creating the perfect backdrop for hands-on interactive discovery and learning.
Who Do We Serve?
The New Canaan Nature Center education department works with all kinds of schools, groups, and events. We've even taken our Birds of Prey and Owl programs to many New York City public libraries:
- Public Schools
- Parochial/Independent Schools
- Boy & Girl Scouts
- Afterschool Programs
- Civic Organizations
- Special Events
- Birthday Parties
Where do they Happen?
Programs can take place onsite, immersing participants in our 40-acre nature preserve, or offsite at a location of your choosing.
Why Choose an Onsite Program at NCNC?
Onsite programs take advantage of all our 40-acre sanctuary has to offer. Learning comes alive amidst natural forest, pond and field habitats. Our property includes more than two miles of trails, multiple gardens, a greenhouse, educational facilities like our Discovery Room and several multi-purpose activity rooms.
What Do We Offer?
We bring age appropriate programs to your group that engage the mind and body, utilizing all the senses in dynamic and creative ways through the interaction with nature, science, and art. We can customize programs to suit your needs!
- Live Animal Programs
Come explore the amazing world of animals with us - or let us visit you! We have over 50 live animals in our teaching collection and hundreds of hands-on animal artifacts to support program curriculum. Learn More!
- Specialty & Seasonal Programs
Our Specialty Programs highlight some of the best we have to offer at NCNC through unique, seasonal programs. Programs can take place at NCNC, Devil's Den Preserve in Weston, CT, or a natural outdoor location near you. Learn More!
- Environmental Literacy & Stewardship Programs
Our Environmental Literacy Programs can be done both here at NCNC or a school, church, etc. These programs focus on our human connection to the natural world through sustainability education, lessons from native cultures, civic role playing, service projects, and the use of science in nature. Excellent for Scouts and Civic Groups! Learn More!
- Trail Exploration & Habitat Study
Dive deep into the amazing world of nature and explore the awesome interconnections of our environment. We bring science, natural history, geology, watershed studies, biology, ecology and much more to life with hands-on, experiential programs appropriate for kids in PreK to high school. Learn More!
- Afterschool & Program Series
There is no better way to have students learn about science and the natural world than through one of our afterschool or program series. Kids will dig deep into topics in ways that can't be accomplished in one program. Plus, our educators are able to forge meaningful relationships with students, making learning even more fun! Learn More!
- EDUCASE Teacher Trunks
Our unique traveling resource trunks for the classroom come complete with lessons, interactive activities, artifacts, and more. Check one out for your group! Learn More!
Meet the Staff
Meet our team of dynamic environmental educators!
Testimonials from Teachers
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