• Join us for an evening fireside!

    Signature cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing
    under the stars, silent auction, and more!

    October 21st, 6 - 10 PM

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  • Animal Encounters!

    Our “Animal Caretakers Club” program, tailored to a younger audience!

    Children in kindergarten and 1st grade will spend an hour learning about and handling the wildlife in our Zoo Room. A real "hands-on" opportunity for young animal lovers!

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  • Yoga with Danielle Brown

    Danielle Brown of ThumbSUP Yoga will lead an 8-session yoga series on Saturday mornings in the gallery of DNC!

    Saturdays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4 & 11, Dec. 2 & 9

    Time: 8:00 – 9:00 am

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  • Storytime with the Animals

    During these FREE group sessions we will read a book about an animal, then have a hands-on encounter with that type of animal from our Zoo Room. All ages welcome!

    October 10, November 15, December 4

    Time: 10:00 or 10:30 am

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  • Native Landscaping for Adults

    This program offers six sessions, each covering a different topic on how to grow a healthy garden and make the best use of it year-round.

    Learn to identify native plant species and how they benefit our local environment.

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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 Chili Challenge.

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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