Welcome to the Darien Nature Center. Sited in a small town park, we are blessed to have a magnificent facility, built by the generous citizens of our community. We have a grand exhibit gallery, small theater, library and multiple program rooms for children. But we like to spend most of our time outdoors, exploring the fields, pond and trails that surround us. Please come visit us soon – we’d love to show you around!
Registration for our Summer Program
is underway. Sign up now!
The Darien Nature Center Camp is a weekly camp from 9 am-1 pm for ages 3 to 7. The 2 year olds come from 9:30 am-12 pm three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) or 2 days per week (Thursday/Friday). Each week has a theme and kids will enjoy exploring Cherry Lawn Park, doing experiments, crafts and playing games.
Week 1 – June 20-June 24, 2016 – Wandering Roots and Green Shoots
Week 2 – June 27 – July 1, 2016 – Wings and Webs
Week 3 – July 5 – July 8, 2016 – The Earth Beneath Us **
Week 4 – July 11 – July 15, 2016 – Anyone for Animal Fun?
Week 5 – July 18 – July 22, 2016 – The Sky Above Us
Week 6 – July 25 – July 29, 2016 – Deep Blue Sea
Registration for Junebugs Vacation Camp
begins February 22, 2016 at 9 am
Registration for the 2016-17 School Year
begins March 14th, 2016
Knee High to Nature is a Guardian and Me program for 2 year olds. Children and their Guardian will explore trails, learn about animals and enjoy craft projects together.
Nature Time for Twos is our drop off program for two year olds. Children take hikes on the trails, meet a variety of animals and do craft projects.
Nature’s Playroom is the popular nature discovery program for 3-5 year olds. Outdoor exploration, live animal encounters, stories and songs are all a part of this hands-on program.
Critters and Kids is another program for 3-5 year old children which focuses on the Nature Center’s animals and those animals living outside.
50% refund if we CANNOT fill your space, 75% refund if we CAN fill your space.