• Summer Camp

    Each week a different nature-inspired theme reflects our commitment to the natural world around us! New this year - extended day for 2-year-olds!

    Registration opens to the public online February 16th.

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  • Breakfast with the Animals

    A special event for families with a child currently enrolled in a Darien Nature Center preschool program. Enjoy a breakfast with your friends and neighbors, then playtime with our 40+ resident animals!

    March 10, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

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  • Crickets April Vacation Camp

    Celebrate the start of a new season! Crickets campers will search for signs of Spring in the woods and pond of Cherry Lawn Park. We’ll learn about how the warmer weather affects local flora and fauna.

    April 9 - 13

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  • "Two Perspectives" by Tina Duryea

    A harmonious presentation of contemporary landscapes alongside abstract mixed media. At first glance, the two bodies of work might seem opposed to each other, but “the intersection is in their inspiration in the natural world, in their interest in color theory,” says artist Tina Duryea.

    Feb. 5 - March 16

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  • Sponsor an Animal

    Own a pet away from home! Your contribution will directly fund the animal's feeding, shelter and veterinary costs. A unique gift for the person who has everything!

    Sponsor An Animal


The Darien Nature Center is located in the heart of Darien’s Cherry Lawn Park. Built by our generous supporters, the Nature Center boasts a state-of-the-art building designed to foster an interest in and respect for the natural world. Our facility is home to a variety of animals, a grand exhibit gallery, a small theater, a library and several classrooms for our nursery school programs. But we spend most of our time outdoors, exploring the 27.5 acres of fields, pond, and trails that surround us. Please come visit us soon – we’d love to show you around!


The Darien Nature Center offers educational experiences for children of all ages. Our early childhood education program for children ages 2-5 includes weekday classes with options for extended day lunch bunch. In addition, elementary school-age children can take advantage of our after school programs and our educators work closely with area public and private schools to provide nature-based educational enrichment, scouting, and field trip programs. Most popular are our summer programs for children ages 2-7.

Exhibits, Lectures & Events

We house a collection of live animals, including rabbits, turtles, screech owls, reptiles and prairie dogs. Seasonal exhibits, featuring our own collections and the works of area artists also serve to attract people of all ages. In addition, we host several annual community-wide events, including Down on the Farm, Hoot and Howl, and a Fall dinner event for adults.

The Nature Center also co-sponsors environmental lectures and films in collaboration with Darien Land Trust and the Darien Tree Conservancy and works closely with other town organizations and agencies like the Darien Library to support and present nature-based programming throughout the year.

The Darien Nature Center is a not-for-profit membership organization that has served the citizens of Darien for more than 30 years. We raise funds through programs, membership, and contributions from generous supporters like you. We thank you for your continued support.

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