Our After School Programs

We host a variety of seasonal after school programs during the year, please see our event calendar page for upcoming events.

Animal Encounters – NEW!

  • Kindergarten-1st grade
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 18 – Dec. 13
  • 9 weeks

Our “Animal Caretakers Club” program, tailored to a younger audience! Children will spend the hour learning about and handling the animals in our Zoo Room. This is a real “hands-on” opportunity for kids who are particularly interested in animal life.

Register Now


Chopping salads, cleaning habitats and exercising animals are all among the duties of the members of the Animal Caretakers Club. At the end of the session, participants will share what why have learned during a special presentation for friends and family.

2017 Fall Session

  • Grades 2-6
  • Sept 18-Dec 15, 2017
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (choose one day)
  • 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Mondays- $429, Tuesdays- $396 or Thursdays- $363

Register Now

Trail Trekkers – An Outdoor Adventure Program

  • Grades K-3, Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Sept. 19 – Oct. 24 (6 weeks)
  • $180 per session
  • Membership is required

Afternoons will be spent exploring outdoors and having fun in the woods and stream in Cherry Lawn Park. Muddy shoes, grass-stained knees and huge smiles – guaranteed!

Call to Register

October Afterschool Event

Pumpkin Decorating

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 or Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Ages 2+ (5 and older can be dropped off)
  • $10 per pumpkin
  • Membership is not required

Using natural materials we will decorate pumpkins for Halloween. Let us keep your creation to display at our annual Hoot n’ Howl party (Oct. 29) and you will receive free admission to that event!

Register Now

December Early Dismissal Programs

Afternoon with the Animals

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Grades 1-5
  • $40 per day
  • Membership is not required

Early dismissal at your elementary school?
Come spend the afternoon with the animals of the Darien Nature Center.
If time and weather allow, we will also go outside and explore the park in search of native wildlife.
Please come dressed for outdoor play.

Register Now

Adventures in Science

  • Wednesday Dec. 6, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Grades 1-5
  • $40 per day
  • Membership is not required

Early dismissal at your elementary school?
Spend the afternoon learning basic scientific principles through simple, hands-on experiments. Explosions, rockets and magic tricks will all be a part of our afternoon.

Register Now


A nature discovery program for children with special needs and their families.

Join us for a series of hands-on nature programs for children with special needs and their families. We will gather once a month to explore the natural world using all of their senses. Walks through the woods, indoor games and stories, live animals and crafts are all a part of this fun family program. Space is limited.

Please contact Emily to inquire about dates and times for the Nature Unlimited program. emily@dariennaturecenter.org or 203-655-7459.

"My son's love of animals, particularly the lizards and the bunnies, has blossomed from his participation in Animal Caretakers. He loves it so much!” "

– Parent