The town of Darien is home to a variety of wild places ready to be discovered.
The Darien Nature Center is located in Cherry Lawn Park, a 26.5-acre park in the center of Darien. Fields, gardens, a playground, pond, stream and trails make it a “jewel” of a park and the Darien Nature Center is fortunate to have access to all the park has to offer.
A small walking trail system may be accessed at the rear of our building. A kiosk marks the beginning of the trail and features a map highlighting all of its features.
Although technically two different properties, Selleck’s Woods (28 acres) and Dunlap Woods (22 acres) are one large nature preserve. Nearly two miles of trails wind through a wonderland of ecologically diverse faunc and flora. You can discover 7 distinct ecosystems in the densely wooded areas to ponds, marshes, swaps, streams, and prairie pockets. The woods also serve an important role in maintaining local wildlife populations by providing critical sanctuary for songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and small mammals.
Woodland Park Nature Preserve is a public nature park in Darien, with 64.7 acres of land ripe for exploring. The attractions of the park consist of multiple trail systems, two ponds, a stream, a footbridge, an archaic stonewall and ornamental plantings. Many bird species, turtles, amphibians, ducks, rabbits, other mammals and insects call Woodland Park home.
The Olson Woods Nature Preserve can be accessed from Heather Lane or Echo Drive North. This quiet and peaceful Nature Preserve lies adjacent to the Noroton River on the Stamford border. The river creates a lagoon where ducks and other shore birds can be observed from the well maintained trails. The property is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Dogs must be leashed at all times.