School Visits

Using the Connecticut State Science Curriculum as our guide, we have developed hands-on science programs designed to complement and enhance your science lessons. We offer hour-long, naturalist-led programs consisting of live animal demonstrations, games and interactive activities. Each of the programs can be modified to your class’s specific unit or learning needs.

We also offer a field trip component for all grade levels. A trip to the Nature Center has much to offer — our pond, forests, fields, animal habitat room, natural science library and theatre can all be a part of your experience.

A classroom membership, for an annual fee of $75, entitles each class to a naturalist-led program as well as three seasonal issues of Nature Matters, a newsletter for students. A one-hour program for non-members is $80 per in-school program.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you’ll consider making the Darien Nature Center part of your students’ learning experience.

Program Information

Program Length:
One hour

Program Cost:
Classroom Member: $75
Non-Member: $80

$20.00 discount for scheduling back-to-back programs or for one teacher scheduling three or more programs for the year.

Cancellation Policy:
The Darien Nature Center reserves the right to send a substitute instructor or reschedule programs in the event that the naturalist is unavailable due to illness.

Class Membership: $75
Membership benefits include:
One in-class visit by our Naturalist
Our student newsletter, Nature Matters

Didn’t find what you’re looking for?
If you’re looking for something special, whether it’s rainforest critters or desert adaptations, our naturalist will work with you to custom-design a program to fit your students’ needs.

To register:
For class memberships, in-school programs and field trips, please contact our Naturalist at 655-7459

Field Trips:
We also invite you to consider making a field trip to the Nature Center. We will design a program of your choice, using our on-site resources including our animals, trails and pond.

Our Naturalist is available to discuss options or schedule a program. This person can be reached at (203) 655-7459 or via email at

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