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List of nature centers in Connecticut

This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Connecticut.

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Name Location County Summary
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center Ansonia New Haven website, town owned and operated 150-acre park and nature center
Audubon Center at Bent of the River Southbury New Haven website, part of the National Audubon Society, 610 acres with 15 miles of trails
Audubon Greenwich Greenwich Fairfield website, part of the National Audubon Society, main sanctuary is 285 acres with 7 miles of trails
Barnes Nature Center Bristol Hartford website, operated by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut
Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens Stamford Fairfield Contains 91 acres (37 hectares) of parkland, gardens, landscapes and hiking trails
Bauer Park Madison New Haven website, 65 acre park and former farm
Bushy Hill Nature Center Essex Middlesex website, over 700 acres
Chatfield Hollow State Park Killingworth Middlesex 356 acres, Oak Lodge Nature Center open seasonally
Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary Fairfield Fairfield Operated by Connecticut Audubon, 6 acres, natural history museum
Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield Fairfield Fairfield Operated by Connecticut Audubon, 152 acres with 7 miles of trails
Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury Glastonbury Hartford website, operated by Connecticut Audubon, adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, focus is Connecticut River ecosystem
Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point Milford New Haven Operated by Connecticut Audubon, located on an 8.4-acre (34,000 m2) barrier beach and situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area
Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret Pomfret Windham website, operated by Connecticut Audubon, adjacent 702-acre Baffin Sanctuary, also hosts art exhibits
Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Trail Wood Hampton Windham website, operated by Connecticut Audubon, 168 acres, former home of author Edwin Way Teale
Darien Nature Center Darien Fairfield website, located in 26-acre Cherry Lawn Park
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Mystic New London website, maintains 77 acres with 8 miles of trails from the Denison Homestead
Earthplace Westport Fairfield 62 acre sanctuary with 2 miles of trails, natural history museum
Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center Wethersfield Hartford website, operated by the Town
Flanders Nature Center Woodbury Litchfield website, protects 2,000 acres of open space in several towns including seven nature preserves and sanctuaries
Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center Hampton Windham Operated by the CT DEEP in the 2000-acre James L. Goodwin State Forest
Henry Hamel Environmental Center Seymour New Haven website, operated by the Seymour Land Trust
Highstead Arboretum West Redding Fairfield Over 100 acres and 2 miles of trails, open to members
Hungerford Park (Connecticut) Berlin Hartford website, a demonstration farm, exotic animals, trails, and science exhibits; operated by the New Britain Youth Museum
Indian Rock Nature Preserve Bristol Hartford website, operated by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, open only for scheduled groups and programs
Kellogg Environmental Center Derby New Haven website, operated by the CT DEEP, offers workshops, exhibits, nature activities, and lectures for the general public
Meigs Point Nature Center Madison New Haven Located at Hammonasset Beach State Park, open year round
New Canaan Nature Center New Canaan Fairfield 40 acres
New Pond Farm Redding Fairfield website, 102 acres with small working farm
Northwest Park Nature Center Windsor Hartford 473 acres, features natural history, geology and meteorology exhibits, adjacent barn with farm animals
Platt Nature Center Killingworth Middlesex website, 9 acres
Pratt Center New Milford Litchfield website, 201 acres
Oak Grove Nature Center Manchester Hartford 52 acres, open for programs by the Lutz Children's Museum
Old Quarry Nature Center Danbury Fairfield website, 80 acres, building open for programs
Riverbound Farm Cheshire New Haven Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society, 23 acres, center open once a month
Roaring Brook Nature Center Canton Hartford website, adjacent to the 165-acre Werner's Woods state preserve, affiliated with The Children's Museum, Connecticut
Rocky Neck State Park East Lyme New London 710 acre park and beach, small nature center open seasonally
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area Burlington Hartford website, 700-acre state preserve, conservation education programs
Sharon Audubon Center Sharon Litchfield 1,200 acres, includes a raptor aviary, herb garden, bird and butterfly garden, and a sugarhouse
Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center Westport Fairfield Open seasonally, 234-acre park and beach, tidal wetlands on Long Island Sound
Shoreline Outdoor Education Center North Guilford New Haven website, located on 6 acres of town property
Soundwaters Stamford Fairfield website, education about Long Island Sound, located in Cove Island Park
Stamford Museum and Nature Center Stamford Fairfield 118 acres, art, history and nature museum, 10 acre working farm; trails connect to the Bartlett Arboretum
Stratton Brook State Park Simsbury Hartford Nature center is open seasonally
Trumbull Nature & Arts Center Trumbull Fairfield website
Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Monroe Fairfield 171 acres, outdoor learning center, owned by the town
Westmoor Park West Hartford Hartford 162 acres, self-funded, features demonstration farm
West Rock Nature Center New Haven New Haven website, operated by the City, 43 acres on West Rock Ridge
White Memorial Conservation Center Litchfield Litchfield 4,000 acre-preserve, nature museum
Woodcock Nature Center Wilton Fairfield 149 acres with 5 miles of trails including boardwalks and viewing platforms, preserve and trails open to the public year round, self-funded, public programs, and summer camps

Resources

  • Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association

External links

  • Map of Connecticut nature centers and environmental education centers
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