School & Group Programs

General Information


The New Canaan Nature Center is the PERFECT place to provide your school or group with unique nature-based learning opportunities!

Our programs include:

  • Hands-on, engaging activities for students of all ages
  • The expertise of our experienced and dedicated Environmental Educators
  • The opportunity to meet and interact with LIVE animal ambassadors up close
  • Location flexibility– we can come to you (either in-person or virtually) OR you are welcome to join us at our 40-acre nature center!

We proudly work with:

  • Public and Independent Schools
  • After School Programs & Day Cares
  • Libraries
  • Scout Groups 
  • Civic Organizations
  • Corporations & Special Events

School Programs

Our school programs are especially designed to help connect children of all ages with the natural world! Our innovative use of wildlife and science education can bring everyone closer to nature, through the creation of life-long, positive memories. Not only are all programs correlated to state standards, but curricula can also be catered to fit YOUR needs!

Please explore our standard offerings:

Off-Site After School Programs

There is no better way to have students learn about science and the natural world than through one of our Off-Site After School Program series. Over the course of several weeks (typically 3-10 weeks), small groups of up to 12 students can dive deep into a variety of nature-based topics right at your facility, in the hours immediately following school dismissal.

Scout Programs

With 40 acres of nature habitats along with an animal ambassador collection of Birds of Prey, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Mammals, the New Canaan Nature Center if the perfect site to host you upcoming Scouts programs. Our custom Scouts programs can help achieve the requirements for specific Merit Badges OR we are happy to work with you to customize a program to accentuate your advancement goals.

Preparing for Your Visit

For more information about chaperones, having lunch/snack here at the nature center, our inclement weather policy, and how to make the most of your visit with us, please click here:

Standard Group Rates (1 Hour Program)

within 10 miles
Up to 25 Students $175 $195
26-50 Students $215 $255
51-100 Students $255 $305

Additional Charges

Additional fees may apply for programs that:

  • involve more than 100 participants
  • require travel outside a 10 mile radius of NCNC
  • take place outside of normal business hours (9am-4pm, Monday-Saturday)

Program Discounts

We have program discounts available for:

  • non-profits
  • local organizations
  • schools in need
  • schools/organizations booking multiple programs or program series

Please contact us to see how we may be able to accommodate you.

Want to Discuss Program Options? Please contact:

Michelle Hips

Director of Environmental Education
203-966- 9577 x. 1042

Ready to Book? Please contact:

Debbie Jaeger

Program Administrator and Registrar
203-966- 9577 x. 1020

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