• Summer 2017

    Make sure your kids have a summer of fun! The Darien Nature Center bursts with activity and excitement as we open our doors each year for our six week summer program.

    Summer registration is open and we still have some spaces available!

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  • 2017/18 School Year ONLINE Registration

    Opens Monday, March 27th at 9:00am.

    • Create an account in advance for speedier registration. Use your email as your User Name.

    • New to the Darien Nature Center? Create a new account. Use your email as your User Name.

    • $75 Family Membership is required for registration and can be purchased at checkout.

    Please register online.

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  • Birthday Parties
    at the Darien Nature Center!

    Consider having your next birthday party with us.

    The Darien Nature Center hosts birthday parties for children 2 years and older. We provide a “party hostess” to work with you to create the party best suited to your child’s age and interests.

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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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