Our After School Programs

We host a variety of seasonal after school programs during the year, please see our event calendar page for upcoming events.

Trail Trekkers – An Outdoor Adventure Program

  • Grades K-3, Mondays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • March 6 – March 27 (4 weeks)
  • $120 per session
  • Membership is required

Afternoons will be spent exploring outdoors and having fun in the woods and stream in Cherry Lawn Park. Muddy shoes, grass-stained knees and huge smiles – guaranteed!

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March Early Dismissal Programs

Afternoon with the Animals

  • Wednesday March 15, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Grades 1-5
  • $40 per day
  • Membership is not required

Early dismissal at your elementary school?
Come spend the afternoon with the animals of the Darien Nature Center.
If time and weather allow, we will also go outside and explore the park in search of native wildlife.
Please come dressed for outdoor play.

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Adventures in Science

  • Thursday March 16, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Grades 1-5
  • $40 per day
  • Membership is not required

Early dismissal at your elementary school?
Spend the afternoon learning basic scientific principles through simple, hands-on experiments. Explosions, rockets and magic tricks will all be a part of our afternoon.

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ANIMAL CARETAKERS CLUB

Chopping salads, cleaning habitats and exercising animals are all among the duties of the members of the Animal Caretakers Club. At the end of the session, participants will share what why have learned during a special presentation for friends and family.

2016 Fall Session

  • Grades 2-6
  • Sept 19-Dec 15, 2016 (12 weeks)
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (choose one day)
  • 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays $396

Closed

2017 Winter Session

  • Grades 2-6
  • Jan 9-April 6, 2017 (11 weeks for Monday class and 13 weeks for Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday
  • 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Monday-$363, Tuesday & Thursday $429

Closed

2017 Spring Session

  • Grades 2-6
  • April 18-June 8, 2017 (6 weeks for Monday class and 8 weeks for Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday
  • 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Monday-$198, Tuesday & Thursday $264

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NATURE UNLIMITED

A nature discovery program for children with special needs and their families.

Join us for a series of hands-on nature programs for children with special needs and their families.  We will gather once a month to explore the natural world using all of their senses. Walks through the woods, indoor games and stories, live animals and crafts are all a part of this fun family program. Space is limited.

Please contact Emily to inquire about dates and times for the Nature Unlimited program. emily@dariennaturecenter.org or 203-655-7459.

"My son's love of animals, particularly the lizards and the bunnies, has blossomed from his participation in Animal Caretakers. He loves it so much!” "

– Parent