Planning Your Scout Program

The New Canaan Nature Center offers 40 acres of natural habitats and a live animal collection of Birds of Prey, Reptiles and Amphibians, and Mammals that can accentuate your advancement goals. We have the ability to achieve the requirements needed for specific badges through the programs listed below, or to work with you to customize a program to fit your needs.

Girl Scouts

We can help your troop achieve these particular goals and requirements:

  • Make the World a Better Place - Daisy
  • Outdoor Hiker, Science and Technology, and Naturalist Bugs - Brownie
  • Gardener, Investigation Detective, Flowers, and Animal Habitats - Juniors
  • Naturalist Trees and Animal Homes - Cadette
  • Outdoor Adventures, Water Ambassador, and Naturalist - Seniors

Contact us to discuss other options for your Troops particular Journey or Try-it!

Boy Scouts

Scouts of all ages will find that our programs can help with these particular badge areas:
  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Insect Study
  • Mammal Study
  • Bird Study
  • Nature
  • Plants
  • Reptile and Ampbhians
If your are a leader of Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Weblos troops, please contact us for more information on how we can customize a program for you.

Additional ways we can work together!

Our Nature Center relies on the help of volunteer groups such as the Boy and Girl Scouts to help sustain us throughout the years. Many project ideas are available for you and your troop to participate in at any time and our project list is diverse. Some projects require outside work for an energetic troop or indoor projects for the low key days.
Here is a list of projects we would need assistance with from your troop:
  • Repaint sections of visitor canter and around teh front desk
  • Trail maintenance - this is always a need
  • Invasive species removal in our forests
  • Community garden clean ups
  • Volunteering for one of our special events
  • And many more

Scheduling Your Scout Program

All scout programs are usually held Monday through Friday after school and on Saturdays. Program times run approximately 1 to 2 hours in length, depending on content.

  • 1 hour program for up to 20 scouts - $115
  • 1 1/4 hour program for up to 20 scouts - $145
  • 1 1/2 hour program for up to 20 scouts - $155
  • 2 hour program for up to 20 scouts - $185

  • Registration Information

    Step 1: Choose your program and date from your scout calendar. Programs are usually held Monday through Friday after school and on Saturdays.

    Step 2: E-mail the Education Department Administrator, Debbie Jaeger or Chris Hendershot or call (203) 966-9577 ext. 20 for Debbie or ext. 41 for Chris with the following information:

    1. Troop number & mailing address
    2. Your name and phone number
    3. Number and age of scouts
    4. Preferred program(s) and date(s)

    * We will contact you at the earliest possible time.

    Step 3: Payment is due upon program booking. A minimum of 12 scouts must be registered to hold a program date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy: Please notify the New Canaan Nature Center at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit or your payment will be forfeited. The New Canaan Nature Center will charge a 25% administrative fee and the remaining 75% reservation fee will be refunded only for cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the originally scheduled visit. Payments are transferable if you reschedule a program within two weeks of cancellation.

    For more information, please email Debbie Jaeger, Education Department Administrator or call (203) 966-9577 ext. 20.