DEDICATED TO CREATING A LIFELONG CONNECTION TO NATURE
Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship that connects our communities to the natural world of the Lower Naugatuck River Valley, and balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation.
As always, Admission to our Nature Center is FREE!
The Creature Parade Is Coming!
Saturday, February 16th, 12pm-3:30pm
Meet the Nature Center’s Resident Animals Saturday, February 10th from noon to 4pm! Each animal will get its own 20 minute spotlight! Pet a snake, hold a dove, and high-five a tarantula, all during our animal extravaganza! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION!~
Do You Have Injured or Abandoned Wildlife?
The Ansonia Nature Center does not care for injured or abandoned wildlife, but you can click on the “Wildlife Info” tab for more information about helping distressed wildlife.
The Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division and Connecticut’s Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association can help!
CWRA is available to answer all of your questions about wildlife! Find more on their website here: https://sites.google.com/site/connecticutwildliferescue/
Visit Connecticut’s DEEP’s Website to find a wildlife rehabilitator near you: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326228&deepNav_GID=1655
SPRING BREAK NATURE DAYS
Mon. April 15–Thursday April 18, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
For children from 6 to 11 years old who love the outdoors and wildlife, these popular classes will not only be educational but also a chance to explore our 156 acres. We will visit a variety of habitats such as the park’s wetlands, fields, and woodlands. Great time of the year for amphibian searches too! Find our registration form HERE!
TUITION: $125 priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members), $150 all others.
Looking for Something Fun to Do This Weekend?
FUNDRAISER: Creature Parade – Sat. Feb. 16, 12 noon–3:30 pm
Our Nature Center animals serve as ambassadors for their species, here for the purpose of teaching about the natural world. This is a chance to get up close and learn about each animal individually, how they’ve adapted, and where they came from. The cost of their care is considerable; your contributions will help with their specialized diets, daily care, and creature comforts. You’ll get a chance to hold a dove, pet a snake and high-five a spider. Each animal will get a 20-minute spotlight during this fundraiser. A schedule of animal showings will be listed on our website. This program is for all ages. DONATION: $6 per person / $15 per family.
SNOWSHOE SUNDAY: Getting Ready for Bluebirds – Sun. Feb. 17, 1 pm
Need to get outside? Enjoy the winter with this guided hike through our woodlands and fields. Join Ranger Dan and snowshoe around the Nature Center grounds to clean out the bluebird boxes. Bluebirds will start nesting again in March and April. Great exercise and fun for adults and children ages 8 and up. We have snowshoes to borrow! FREE; please pre-register.
WINTER BREAK: Winter Wonderland Activities – Tues. Feb. 19, 1–3 pm
Come for fun outdoor activities on this day off from school. There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on your sled. We’ll take the whole family to our awesome hill for sledding fun; toddlers should ride with a parent. Everyone should be well-bundled in layers to stay warm. After our adventure we’ll come inside for hot cocoa and a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s animals. FREE; for families and all ages. Registration required. Families must bring their own sleds.
FREE Creature Feature every Saturday at Noon! Our Rangers will share fun facts about our Animal Ambassadors while your children get to touch and hold the animals!
FREE Guided Hike every Sunday at 1pm! Join one of our Rangers on a hike around our 150 acre property! See brilliant song birds, croaking frogs, sun-bathing turtles, and more on this epic wilderness adventure!
Connecting Children with Nature
Nature-oriented classes are provided to school-age children on weekdays. The staff makes learning fun by providing lively, age-appropriate topics tied to the Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework and NGSS.
Nature Camp runs during ALL school breaks: spring, summer, AND winter!
We also offer scout programs, call to talk to an instructor!
We offer evening and weekend programs for adults and their families.
Check our seasonal Calendar of Events for upcoming activities
If you’d like to receive a free copy in the mail, just provide us with your name and address by calling 203-736-1053.
Our land is a typical Connecticut landscape that encompasses 150 acres of wooded hills, grassy fields, streams, and a two acre pond of which provides sanctuary to many species of New England flora & fauna.
Join us for a guided hike every Sunday at 1:00. Click here for a copy of ourTRAIL MAP
HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY HERE!
Each birthday party includes an up-close-and-personal encounter with one of our resident Animal Ambassadors!
Birthday Party Package Includes:
* Nature Center admission for up to 40 guests, up to 20 being children.
* Animal presentation with the animal of your choice!
* An up-close and personal meeting with one of our Nature Center’s Animal Ambassadors!
* A craft, hike, or other animal themed age-appropriate activity!
* A FANCI Birthday Party Presenter to help you with set-up, clean-up and to help run your party
* A section of the Nature Center building for 2 hours
How Can I Help The Ansonia Nature Center?
There are many ways!
Purchase Something From Our WishList: http://ansonianaturecenter.org/wish-list/
Become A Volunteer: http://ansonianaturecenter.org/become-a-volunteer/
Become An Intern: http://ansonianaturecenter.org/become-an-intern/
Become A Member: http://ansonianaturecenter.org/support/fanci/
Please fill out a Friends Membership Form and send it with your tax deductible check made out to the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI) to 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401. Thank you!
We are looking for volunteers for a variety of different projects and programs. Please call us to find out how you can help.
Download a copy of ourVolunteer Form
Visiting The Ansonia Nature Center
Parties and organizational groups of more than 15 people visiting the park please call the Ansonia Nature Center (203 736-1053) and talk with a staff member about space availability and are required to rent the picnic pavilion for $125 in addition to a $200 returnable clean up deposit.
Organizations that visit the Nature Center without calling in advance may be asked to leave if space at the Nature Center is limited due to a planned Nature Center event or program.
Scout or other organizational groups must book a separate class or program than those being offered to the public.