Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

This 150-acre sanctuary is home to meadows, fields, streams, ferns, wildflowers, and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Campers can enjoy hands-on seasonal activities such as learning about owls, studying what lives in the local pond, and tapping a tree for syrup. 10 Deerfield Ln., Ansonia, CT 06401. New Haven County. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Audubon, Greenwich

613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831. 203-869-5272. The 295-acre indoor and outdoor sanctuary includes a Nature Education Center, art gallery, wildlife viewing window, honey bee hive exhibit, and a hawk watch. Free/Fee.

Darien Nature Center

20 Brookside Rd., Darien, CT 06820. 203-655-745. This nature center offers hour-long programs consisting of live animal demonstrations, games, and activities. Campers can also see the natural science library and theatre, or go outside to explore the marshes, woods, rivers, and meadows. Fee.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355. 860-536-1216. This combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlights the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Fee.

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. 203-263-3711. Discover the natural world on a 200-acre campus with activities such as barnyard tours, themed hikes, planting, learning about pollination and birds, and more! Activities vary by season. Fee.

Northwest Park & Nature Center

145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. 860-285-1886. Features Animal Barn scavenger hunts and nature hikes that explore the Park's habitats. Free.

Sharon Audubon Center

325 Cornwall Bridge Rd. (Route 4), Sharon, CT 06069. 860-364-0520. Explore nature and learn about the habitats with 1,147 acres of scenic trails, hiking, forests, and conservation issues. Free/Suggested Donation.

West Rock Nature Center

1080 Wintergreen Avenue. Hamden, CT. 06514. 203-946-8016. 43 acres of upland woods containing over 300 different plant species and a nature center with animal exhibits and hands-on science activities. Fee.