Join us at one of our many Special & Community Events. Where we embrace the seasons and enjoy our amazing 40 acres of natural wonders.

See below for our featured events.
Celebrate the Fall Season here at New Canaan Nature Center! Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon of family fun, or leave the kids at home and come have a local beer at the Harvest Festival.
Get into the Halloween spirit by joining us for a Spooktacular celebration.We'll learn about and meet some creepy critters (spiders, bats, snakes, & more), and make your very own slime. We’ll wrap up the evening by enjoying a one-of-a-kind jack-o-lantern experience.
You won't want to miss any of our events, trail walks, or search for some of nature's most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees) or treasured wild life (deer, squirrels & birds).

Harvest Festival

September 30th, 2017

Saturday, September 30th
7:00 – 10:00pm

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge

The New Canaan Nature Center would like to invite you to join us at our 6th Annual Harvest Festival!

Last year the event hosted over 500 people and 11 different brewers. This area proves to be a sophisticated micro-brew drinking community. This event is easy, buy a ticket, either beforehand or at the door, dress in jeans, jackets and boots and enjoy a fine evening of sampling beer, wine and food. Returning this year, the Jazzholes will be playing and Bankwell is our band sponsor. Don’t miss out on one of our favorite events!

Fall Fair

October 13th & 14th, 2017

Friday,  Oct 13th
6:00pm -9:00pm

Saturday, October 14th
10:00am – 6:00pm

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge

Join the New Canaan Nature Center for our 48th Fall Fair, kicking off Friday night, Oct 13th under the stars from 6-9pm and Saturday, Oct. 14th from 10-6pm! We will have our traditional crazy maze, spooky stroll, pumpkin decorating, fire truck rides, apple sling shot, zip line and new this year will be fun carnival rides. Friday night only, we will be offering an exclusive unlimited carnival rides wristband for $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Individual tickets will also be available on Friday night. Saturday will be tickets only. Food, drinks, & snacks will be available for cash purchase on both days.

Holiday Market

December 6th & 7th, 2017

Thursday, December 7th
10:00am – 3:00pm

Preview Party & Shop:
Wednesday, December 6th
7:00 – 9:00pm

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge

The New Canaan Nature Center will kick off the holiday season by hosting our Holiday Market! This shopping event will attract hundreds of shoppers to find the right gift for everyone on their list. There will be unique gifts items including jewelry, clothing, plants, and much more.

Rock the Winter Blues

January, 2018

Come join local bands, grab a bite, a beer, and have fun! This event has been a hit and one not to miss because of the local rockers.

Secret Gardens Tour

May, 2018

The Tour & Lecture is a unique opportunity for hundreds of garden enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates the beauty of the outdoors to be inspired by an outstanding garden setting. It is an adult only self-guided tour, allowing the attendees to visit the garden at their own pace. Last year we have added a lecture component, so attendees can learn about the specific gardens and property. We are also excited to open the home so visitors can view the garden from the inside, allowing them to see how the exterior and interior designs come together to create a beautiful setting.

Lecture & Luncheon

 Peter Pennoyer + Katie Ridder May 3rd, 2018

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Woodway Country Club

Join architect Peter Pennoyer and interior designer Katie Ridder for a talk about the design, decoration, and landscaping of their new country house in Millbrook, New York. After decades of building and designing houses and interiors for clients around the world, the couple decided they were ready to build their own dream house. Starting with a promising, but overgrown site set among farms, they have transformed the property and built an exuberant, one-of-a-kind Greek Revival-inspired house with lush woodland, flower and cutting gardens. Peter and Katie chronicle the entire process in their new book, A House in the Country (Vendome Press, September 2016), and now they invite you to hear about their inspirations and process from larger design ideas to specific details and materials.