Adult Programs

The New Canaan Nature Center provides a wide variety of programming for adults. Pre-registration is recommended.

To register for NYBG classes please call (718) 817-8748 or call (800) 322-6924 and ask for the Continuing Education Department.

For all other programs and classes please call (203) 966-9577. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.


Adult Adventures: Backyard Homesteading
Saturday, March 11
10:30am - 12:00pm

Join us for a different adults-only nature adventure on the Second Saturday of every month!

This March...
Are you raising chickens? Managing a bee hive? Growing vegetables? If you're dreaming of becoming a modern homesteader and enjoying the freedom & satisfaction of a healthier lifestyle, then come on down to NCNC to learn how to turn your very own backyard into a mini-homestead right here in New Canaan!

Spaces are limited & advanced registration online is highly recommended.

Register Online Adult Adventures: Backyard Homesteading!

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Don't wait space is limited!

Members: $10/person / Non-Members: $15/person

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NYBG: Intro to Landscape Design
3 Thursdays, March 9-23
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC for an introductory 3-session landscape design series, led by Sheri Forster. Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two- dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home or who are considering a Certificate.

Class dates are as follows: Thursday, March 9th, Thursday, March 16th and Thursday, March 23rd.

Rain or shine.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $185


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NYBG: Designing Winning Plant Combinations
2 Saturdays, March 18 & 25
10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with year-round interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices.
Join us here at NCNC to learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. Tours of the Seasonal Walk and Perennial Garden are included.

Dress for the weather.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $79


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NYBG: Landscaping with Perennials
Thursday, March 30
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join us here at NCNC to learn the basics to successfully cultivate perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools and planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics.

Please bring lunch.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $139


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Adult Adventures: Intro to Fly Fishing
Saturday, April 8
10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for an adults-only nature adventure on the Second Saturday of every month!

This April...
Have you ever wanted to go fly fishing but didn't know where to begin? Join us for this introductory class where we'll go over the basics and show you how easy it is to get started! We'll cover the lingo, accessories and skills needed to get you out on the water and landing fish on a fly.

Register Online for Adult Adventures: Intro to Fly Fishing!

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Don't wait space is limited!

Members: $10 per person / Non-Members: $15 per person

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*NEW* NYBG: Residential Garden Design Primer
Saturday, April 8
10:30am-1:30pm

Whether you are installing on your own or working with a professional, you must understand the fundamental principles of residential garden design. Review actual projects from start to finish. Familiarize yourself with a plant palette of deer resistant, drought tolerant, native, & low maintenance selections for our zone.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $59


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NYBG: Container Gardening
2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29
10:00A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous-and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout all four seasons. Please bring lunch to classes meeting all day.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $249


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NYBG: Fundamentals of Gardening
4 Tuesdays, April 18 - May 9
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control.

To book, please call the New York Botanical Garden (800)322-6924 or visit NYBG.org/adult education.

Cost per person: $325


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