Booking a Program
Programs run approximately 60 minutes in length and work great around most school and scout schedules. Programs can be adjusted or extended into longer segments (e.g. 90 minutes, 120 minutes) to accommodate different ages, create space for ”Teachable moments” while on the trail, or simply better meet the needs and educational goals to explore topics of particular interest.
Please notify us at the time of registration if you know that you are planning to stay on property for lunch or snack so we can better accommodate your group and assist you in making the most of your time here with us. If you require an indoor space for lunch/snack, please reserve this space in advance at the time of registration as access to indoor space is limited. The New Canaan Nature Center is a peanut/tree nut aware campus.
We are happy to have chaperones join in the learning and the fun of your program. As we know the value of chaperones to the overall educational experience, we encourage their participation in accompanying your group at no additional charge. We recommend one chaperone for every 8-12 students.
If you choose to cancel your visit because of undesirable weather conditions, please call (203) 966-9577 x1020 as soon as possible to notify us of your change in plans. If you get voicemail, please leave a best contact phone number so we can follow up. If we have already received a deposit or full payment, we will be happy to work with you to reschedule your program as our calendar allows. Refunds are issued only if the Nature Center or your school/group’s location is closed or has a delayed opening because of inclement weather.
Your program isn’t the only exciting and educational part of your visit to the New Canaan Nature Center. Make sure to schedule extra time during your visit because there are so many exciting and engaging things to discover. Your group will want plenty of time to explore our outdoor and indoor wildlife exhibits plus our trails, ponds and more. Below is a sampling of the extras we have to offer your group when you are here with us.
Please see our rates on this page for standard programs and large group presentations. We require the presence of at least one teacher/group leader/adult from your school or group for all program bookings. For afterschool groups, the adult need not be present for the duration of the program, but must be easily reached if need be. There is no additional cost for teachers/group leaders or any chaperones that may attend the program.
Please have all of the following information ready:
In order to hold a reservation:
Max 25 students
within 10 miles
Max 20 scouts
within 10 miles
|25 – 50||$165||$185|
|51 – 100||$205||$225|
|101 – 150||$245||$265|
|More than 150||Call for pricing|
Booking after traditional program hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Saturday
$100 per staff needed
More than 20 scouts
$7 per additional scout
Program travel outside 10 mile radius of NCNC
|Title 1 School Groups||35% off|
|Multiple Programs (5 or more)||15% off|
|Local Community Groups or Orgs||10% off|
Extra Afterschool Programs
(2 or more Afterschool Series)