Our Vacation Programs

We offer seasonal vacation programs that coincide with the public school’s vacation schedule. The vacation programs provide fun nature discovery activities designed to peak a child’s innate curiosity for the natural world, while having fun, fun, fun!

Snowbirds Winter Holiday Program

  • Ages 2-6
  • December 18-21, 2017

Join us for this special holiday vacation program. We will be creating special holiday crafts, baking special goodies, exploring on the trails, searching for signs of winter animals in our woods and visiting our collection of animals in our zoo room. Children will have great stories to tell about all of their discoveries!

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Groundhogs February Vacation Camp

  • Ages 2-6
  • February 20-23, 2018

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.

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Crickets April Vacation Program

  • Ages 2-6
  • April 9-13, 2018

Celebrate the start of a new season! Crickets campers will search for signs of Spring in the woods and pond of Cherry Lawn Park. We’ll learn about how the warmer weather affects local flora and fauna. Children will also be creating nature crafts and enjoying the menagerie of animals in our zoo room.

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Junebugs Vacation Program

  • Ages 2-6
  • June 11-15, 2018

Get a head start on summer fun! Junebugs will soak up sunshine and fresh air with lots of outdoor exploration and water games, including mud pit playtime.

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Chipmunks September Vacation Program

  • Ages 3-6
  • 2018 Dates TBD

The Darien Nature Center staff will work with your children to help them understand the natural world around them. Outdoor exploration, stories, songs, live animal encounters and craft projects will all be part of this engaging, hands-on program.

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