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 Summer Season here at New Canaan Nature Center! Come and enjoy the trails & all that summer has to offer!
Winter is just around the corner, but don't let the cooler temperatures keep you inside! You won't want to miss all the outdoor family fun we're having here at New Canaan Nature Center! Join us for our 11th annual Winter Wonderland to celebrate the holiday season and then stay tuned for more great programs coming in the new year!
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).

Holiday Market

November 28th/Preview Party

November 29th /Shopping Day

The New Canaan Nature Center will kick off the holiday season by hosting our Holiday Market! The Holiday Market was such a success last year, we are bringing it back! There will be unique gifts items including jewelry, clothing, chocolate, and much more. This year it will take place on Thursday, November 29th, with a preview party on Wednesday, November 28th.

Preview Party Ticket: $55.00 per person

Preschool Parent Preview Party Ticket: $40.00 per person

Shopping Day Ticket: $10.00 per person

Lecture & Luncheon

Peter Pennoyer + Katie Ridder May 3, 2018 – Thank you for coming! 

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.

Secret Gardens Tour

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.

Harvest Festival

September 2019

The New Canaan Nature Center will be hosting our 8th Annual Harvest Festival in 2019!

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 Jazzholes.

Fall Fair

October 18 & 19, 2019

In October 2019, join the New Canaan Nature Center for two days of traditional family fun at our 50th annual Fall Fair! Come and enjoy carnival rides, a crazy maze, spooky stroll, pumpkin decorating, fire truck rides, apple sling shot, zip line, and so much more! Food, drinks, & snacks will be available for cash purchase as well.

Glass House & New Canaan Nature Center Present: Deborah Nevins

May 31, 2018

Landscape designer Deborah Nevins will discuss her work and recent projects. Her talk is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception.

Deborah Nevins is the president of Deborah Nevins & Associates, the New York-based landscape design firm she founded over 25 years ago, and a principal of Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture. Her firm’s recent work includes the 40-acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center and Park in Athens (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), and the ongoing expansion of the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including landscapes for new buildings by Steven Holl Architects. She also designed the Pritzker Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago. The firm’s extensive residential work includes significant gardens and estates throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. The work of Deborah Nevins & Associates is noted for exciting visual experiences, a sophisticated use of plants, and a dedication to sustainability. A historian of landscape and architecture, Nevins lectures often and her writing has appeared in numerous books, journals, and periodicals.

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