NCNC After School Program

General Information

Join us to explore the forests, fields, and ponds of the New Canaan Nature Center during our new after school program! Create hypotheses, conduct experiments, and get ready for some awesome hands-on collaborative learning. Delve into fun and engaging weekly themes while exploring our natural world.

For students in grades K-2 during the 2022-2023 school year.

Program Includes:

  • Bus transportation to the Nature Center from the 3 NCPS Elementary Schools
  • Snack time
  • Outdoor free play (whenever possible)
  • Sustainable nature STEAM activities
  • Homework/quiet indoor time

Nature STEAM Activity:

All New Canaan Nature Center After School participants will enjoy a daily 30-60 minute nature STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activity with a New Canaan Nature Center Naturalist.

Indoor Quiet Time:

Monday through Friday, a quiet time is set aside for all children to do homework. We provide staff assistance and guidance when needed, but are not responsible for your child’s education, completion of assignments, or understanding of their subject matter. We encourage children to engage in other quiet activities such as reading, nature crafts, and puzzles, should no homework be assigned.

For questions or more information please contact Michelle Hips

Director of Environmental Education

Program Dates and Hours

Fall 2022 Program Dates:
August 29th – December 22nd

Regular Program Hours:
*Please see our Handbook (available below) for information regarding Early Dismissal Days, School Closings, and School Vacation Days.

Upcoming Winter 2023 Program Dates:
January 3rd – April 6th

Program Registration

Registration for Fall 2022: 
Spaces still available! Inquire today!

Registration for Winter 2023: Opens Soon!
NCNC Members: November 7th
Non-Members: November 14th

A non-refundable $250 deposit is required for registration.

Availability is first come, first served with priority given to current New Canaan Nature Center After School Program participant families and Nature Center Members.

If interested, please email our Director of Environmental Education. All required registration forms will now be accessible via the brightwheel app.


Fall 2022 Program Price:
5 days/week: $225/week
4 days/week: $180/week
3 days/week: $135/week
2 days/week: $90/week

Winter 2023 Newly Revised Program Price: Stay Longer, Save More! 
5 days/week: $150/week
4 days/week: $140/week
3 days/week: $120/week
2 days/week: $90/week

Add-on Days:
If you would like your child to attend the program on a day that he/she is not normally registered, please contact the Director of Environmental Education to see if we can accommodate your needs. A written request 1 week prior to the requested date should be executed. If space is available, the additional fee will be $50 per day.