The New Canaan Nature Center recognizes the importance of dedicated volunteers who help support our mission. We invite you to join our team by helping out in one of the following ways:

Be a part of our annual special events! Volunteers are an integral part of our events’ success. Help with setup and breakdown, as well as manning ticket tables, concessions, crafts, and many other fun-filled activities. Inquire today for specific dates and times!

Our dedicated Animal Care Volunteers assist with daily feeding and general care of the Nature Center’s many animal ambassadors. All permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent, our animals form a vital part of our educational programs. Inquire today about current openings!

Do you have a green thumb or a general love of plants? Volunteers of all ages are needed to help water plants and prune in the New Canaan Nature Center’s greenhouse and gardens. From spring through fall, volunteer opportunities in the Herb Garden include gardening, propagation,culinary projects using herbs, and record keeping.

Volunteers are needed to help our staff maintain our unique 40 acre property. Seasonally, there is a need for help with pruning of trees and bushes, weeding, spreading wood chips on our many trails, and removing brush and invasive plants.

Lend a helping hand by volunteering to assist with the many administrative duties here at the New Canaan Nature Center. Such duties include mailings (stuffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing, marketing/communications assistance, and visitor center hosting.

Youth Volunteer Group: Are you between the ages of 14 and 18? Make a difference in your own community by tackling projects such as trails and grounds maintenance, pond habitat restoration, and invasive species removal. This group meets every Thursday throughout the summer.

Attention teens age 14 and older! Are you looking for a great way to spend some of your summer vacation? Consider spending it with energetic children while they explore nature up close and personal! Our Summer Camp TNTs spend their time assisting our Summer Camp Staff (college-age & older) with everyday camp responsibilities and learning appropriate ways to work with children ages 3 – 10.

Current & Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Care: Chickens & Goats

Do you love animals? Help out with the daily feeding and watering of our Chickens and Goats. Learn about sustainable backyard farming and get free eggs for your efforts! Perfect for individuals or small groups/families. We currently have an open shift on Saturday Mornings (7:00-7:30 A.M. in summer / 8:00-8:30 A.M. in winter).

Animal Care:
Birds of Prey

Calling all adults! We are currently looking for an adult volunteer who would like to be trained to feed and care for our resident Birds of Prey on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Specific shift time can be flexible to fit your needs!  

Environmental Education

Do you love people? The NCNC Environmental Education team is seeking volunteers to assist in our various education programs throughout the year. Our environmental education programs vary from live animal presentations to large event presentations for the public and can happen at our center or through outreach programs. Previous experience in traditional or non-traditional education is a plus, along with the willingness to train with using live animals. Overall a passion to be in the outdoors and work with all ages is needed!

For more information contact Michelle Hips

Director of Community Engagement

Make a difference in your local community!

With your support, we’ll continue to inspire people of all ages to understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.