• 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
  • 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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  • 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.

    Give Today
  • Landscapes and Abstracts 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

    Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 pm

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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 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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