Night Hikes

Night Hikes

Each year, the New Canaan Nature Center offers a number of Night Hikes for families. These fan-favorite activities include:

Night of 1000 Fireflies
July 2024

Come and enjoy the magic of the midsummer night at the Nature Center. Join our Naturalists as we search for woodland creatures (wiggly worms & aquatic amphibians) and other enchanted mysteries of the evening, before delighting in the awe-inspiring beauty of our meadows aglow with the soft light of 1,000+ fireflies!

Creatures of the Night… Hike!
August 2024

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for an interactive sensory night hike adventure and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First, we’ll put your night vision to the test to discover if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we’ll focus on your sense of smell, hearing, and touch! We’ll wrap up the night with one of our favorite summer activities… roasting marshmallows around the campfire!

Owl Moon Night Hike
January 2025

Let the light of the FULL moon be your guide as we explore magic in the woods and unravel the mysteries of our nocturnal neighbors, the owls. We’ll discover how owls use their keen senses to navigate the night and learn first-hand how they can hunt in the dark. We’ll even “give a hoot” and see if we can identify owls by their tell-tale calls, before getting to meet a couple owls up close & personal.

Program will include an interactive night hike and live bird of prey presentation.

Registration Details

  • Pre-registration is highly recommended as spaces are limited!
  • Please no flashlights (they lessen the experience of the night-time experience). For safety, staff will have emergency lights.
  • Participants should come dressed for the night weather & be able to be outdoors in the dark for at least 1 hour.
  • All attendees (children + adults) must purchase a ticket.
  • Due to limited spacing at our community programs, fundraising events, and other specialty events, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other time slots or events. For emergency cancellations, please contact the registrar.



Online Pre-registration for the Night of 1,000 Fireflies:

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