New Canaan Nature Center

Access Point: 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
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The Nature Center was established in 1960 on the former estate of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss. This 40 acre site was given to the Town of New Canaan for the study of nature, horticulture and related sciences. The New Canaan Nature Center features diverse habitats, including wet and dry meadows and woodlands, two ponds, dense thickets, an old orchard and a cattail marsh. Two miles of trails criss-cross the site that is one of the six largest tracks of open space in New Canaan. Our trails and grounds are open from dawn to dusk and admission is free to the public. In addition to our natural trails, visitors are welcome to enjoy an arboretum and a variety of gardens including the Sally Waters Herb Garden, James L. Crider Memorial Bird and Butterfly Garden, the Swallen Wildflower Garden, and Susan B. Hanson Memorial Naturalists’ Garden.

Our interactive Discovery Room is located in our Visitors Center. The Animal Care Building houses our live animal teaching collection and a live Birds of Prey exhibit open to the public. The Bliss Education Building and Educational Annex house the NCNC Preschool as well as classrooms used for Summer Camp, Birthday Parties, Scout programs and many other community, youth and family programs. Many of the New Canaan Nature Center buildings are renovated structures from the former Bliss Estate, given to the Town of New Canaan in 1959. Also open to the public are a teaching tropical greenhouse, maple syrup shed, Naturalist’s Garden, Butterfly Garden, Wildflower Garden and Herb Garden.

Species Sightings

+ Amphibians
+ Birds
+ Fungi
+ Insects
+ Lichens
+ Mammals
+ Mosses
+ Plants
+ Reptiles
+ Slime Molds
+ Trees

Misc. Photos from New Canaan Nature Center