Events

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

 

FEATURED EVENTS
FEATURED EVENTS
See below for our featured events.
Celebrate the Autumn Season here at New Canaan Nature Center! Come and enjoy the trails!
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Join us here at the New Canaan Nature Center for more outdoor family fun this fall!
EVENTS CALENDAR
EVENTS CALENDAR
Check out our calendar to stay up to date on all of our events, trail walks, and opportunities to search for some of nature's most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees) and treasured wildlife (deer, squirrels & birds).

Annual CT Big Day Birding Challenge Fundraiser

With Frank Gallo & His Team The Raven Lunatics

May 2022 

Frank Gallo & The Raven Lunatics

This May, Frank Gallo will be participating once again in the Annual Connecticut Big Day Birding Challenge fundraiser for conservation organizations statewide, this year to benefit New Canaan Nature Center! Every Spring, Frank, along with his team of premiere birders known as the “Raven Lunatics” – spend 24 hours traveling the highways and byways of Connecticut in search of as many birds as they can identify. The Raven Lunatics goal is to find 200 species in a single day. Their record as it stands is 193 species.

Contact email is Fgallo@newcanaannature.org
Phone: 203 966 9577 x1043

5th Annual
Lecture & Luncheon  

With Christopher Spitzmiller & Ashley Whittaker

May 12, 2022   11:00am – 2:00pm

The Country Club of New Canaan

We invite you to join us at the Fifth Annual Lecture & Luncheon to benefit the New Canaan Nature Center. This year’s Lecture & Luncheon will feature Christopher Spitzmiller & Ashley Whittaker. Christopher Spitzmiller just published his first book, he treats readers to a full year at his country retreat, Clove Brook Farm. He is also known to his many friends and Instagram fans as the ultimate weekend farmer, who raises his own chicks, grows his own flowers, and makes his own jam, cider, and honey. Ashley Whittaker’s work is distinctively classic and sophisticated, but also inviting and warm. Dubbed a neo-traditionalist, she fearlessly marries adventurous colors and patterns in rooms yet still manages to retain a sense of elegance and restraint. In The Well-Loved House, she shares a selection of dwellings, from gracious Connecticut estates to chic Manhattan pieds-à-terre to waterfront beach houses on the Florida coast, most exclusively photographed for this book, including her own house never before seen. The event will take place at The Country Club of New Canaan.

SOLD OUT!!

New Canaan Dog Days

May 21, 2022

Saturday, May 21st
11AM – 4PM

The 11th annual New Canaan Dog Days presented by Pet Pantry Warehouse will once again be hosted right here at the New Canaan Nature Center in Spring 2022.

You won’t want to miss our live demonstrations, lectures, and meet-and-greets. This year’s activities and special event features include, but are not limited to: Dog Lovers Lure Coursing, Radar Run, Kid Zone, Face Painting, Caricature Artist, Bone Bar, Ice Cream Pawlour, All New Sniffari!, and Food Trucks.

Donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit both Adopt-a-Dog and the New Canaan Nature Center.

*This FREE event is rain or shine.*

Harvest Festival

The New Canaan Nature Center is hosting our 9th Annual Harvest Festival! This event will be outside under a tent in the meadow.

This is one of our largest fundraisers for the New Canaan Nature Center, it will take place in the meadow, under a tent with beer, bites, wine, and live music by the Acoustic Quarantine.

Individual Tickets: $75.00

VIP Tickets (2 Tickets & Parking): $250.00

Tickets At the Door: $90.00

COVID Clearance: To ensure the health and safety of all participants. All ticket holders must provide proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID PCR test takin within 72 hours of the event to gain entry. Masks will be required to use the indoor restrooms as well.

Fall Fair

 

Friday, October 1st (5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.)
Saturday, October 2nd (10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

Join the New Canaan Nature Center for two days of traditional family fun at our 51st Annual Fall Fair! Come and enjoy carnival rides, a crazy maze, spooky stroll, pumpkin decorating, apple sling shot, zip line, and so much more! Food, drinks, & snacks will be available for cash purchase as well.

Friday Night Under the Stars: Unlimited Carnival Rides Wristband
Members: $25/wristband
Non-Members: $30/wristband

Online Wristband Sales are now closed.

*Both Unlimited Carnival Rides Wristbands and individual tickets will still be available on Friday night, at the door.*

Saturday: 
Tickets will be available at the door! (No wristband sales)

Holiday Market

Date for 2022 Coming Soon  

The New Canaan Nature Center will kick off the holiday season by hosting our Holiday Market! We are thrilled to be bringing it back! There will be unique gifts items including jewelry, clothing, candles, and much more. School of Rock will also be playing some holiday cheer!

10:00am – 5:00pm – Indoor Full Shopping Day

There will not be a Preview Party this year.

We will be following CDC Guidelines for the State of CT regarding COVID 19

Is Your Dad the Bees Knees?

A Virtual Cooking Event to celebrate Father’s Day

June 17, 2020

6:00 pm

The flowers at the Nature Center are full of honey and so is our menu. Join us for a Virtual Cooking Event to support the Nature Center!  We’ll learn how to prepare a delicious Honey Marinated Chicken, paired with refreshing summer Rose. Julia Deane from Culinary Works will be showing us around the kitchen. Thank you to 84 Sports New Canaan & Stewart Spirits for sponsoring this event!

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A Virtual Lecture with David Sibley

June 25, 2020

7:00pm

This is a free lecture but you must register

Please join us for a virtual lecture with David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and to The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. He will be exclusively discussing his newest book, What it’s like to be a bird. You will also be able to purchase the book from our local book store, Elm Street Books.

Proud to Partner with New Canaan Library & Elm Street Books