The Nature Center will be OPEN Wednesday, Dec. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 30 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM for holiday visitors!

  • Donate to the Annual Fund

    We are supported 100% by donors and program participants. Your generosity enables us to provide quality educational programs for children, enrichment classes for adults, and a safe environment for our resident animals.

  • Santa Visits the Nature Center!

    Santa will make a special visit to pick up a Toys for Tots donation in a Noroton Fire Dept. engine! Bring a new, unwrapped gift to help spread the holiday cheer.

    Sunday, Dec. 17

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    FREE but please pre-register

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  • Ornament Decorating!

    Using a variety of natural materials children will create an assortment of beautiful ornaments, just in time for holiday decoration and gifting.

    Wednesday, December 20

    2:30 - 3:30 pm

    Ages 3+

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  • Groundhogs February Vacation Camp

    Don’t spend the school recess at home inside! Join us for wintry fun as we search for animal tracks in the snow, build igloos and go sledding! Inside, we’ll awaken our senses with activities that focus on smell, taste, and touch.

    Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Friday, Feb. 23

    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM or 1:30 PM (depending on age)

    Ages 2-6

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  • Small Tidings Art Gallery

    This exhibit includes more than 130 works from 11 local artists. With holiday giving in mind, all pieces are priced at $250 and under.

    Now - January 19, 2018

    Come view and shop during regular Nature Center hours!

Welcome

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!

Education

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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