Learn About Us
Once an active small dairy farm, the park is laced with over 2 miles of nature trails in typical southern New England habitats. The unique visitor center, also know as the Schumacher Pavilion, was constructed in 1977 from Connecticut stone and glass.
We offer a full compliment of public programs, 150 acres of wildlife sanctuary, a large playscape, and two-acre pond for exploration. Visit us on Saturdays at noon for our popular free creature feature program with our resident animals.
The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc., (FANCI), supports the staff, programs and the vision of the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center by raising tax-deductible support money and providing a variety of volunteer services
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 our TRAIL MAP
A full compliment of public programs for children and adults are offered year-round. School and youth group natural history programs are offered from September to June as well as nature-based day camps (during school vacations). The staff makes learning fun by providing lively, age-appropriate topics tied to the Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework.
Connecting Children with Nature
The Redwing Pond House Nature-Based Preschool located on the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center property, is a licensed, tuition-based preschool operated by the Friends of Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI). We plan our nature curriculum around seasonal themes and include a wide range of age appropriate activities. Contact Jackie the director at 203 734-7974. Visit us at our website or on facebook.
10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401
Route 243, coming from New Haven on Fountain Street to Ansonia Road: After Warsaw Park, turn right onto Benz Street to 2nd stop. Turn right and quick left back onto Benz Street and take next right onto Milan Street to Deerfield Lane which will take you to the Ansonia Nature Center.
Route 34, coming from New Haven: Follow Rt. 34 to Orange, Turn right onto Racebrook Road (Rt. 114). Turn left at Rt. 243 (Ansonia Road) and follow directions above.
Route 8 North, coming from Bridgeport: Take Exit 16 (Pershing Dr.) At 2nd traffic light turn right onto Division St. Go over Naugatuck River to traffic light intersection (Shell gas station left) Go straight onto Elm St. Stay right of the small green (in front of Ansonia Police Dept.) onto Platt, then follow uphill to Prindle Ave. (Do Not bear right onto Derby section of Prindle Ave.) At stop sign continue straight on Prindle Ave. (past Emmet O’Brien Tech. School on left) follow to next stop. (church on left) Take a right onto Benz St. and follow to 2nd stop. Turn left onto Milan St. to Deerfield Ln. which both dead end in the park.
Route 8 South, coming from Waterbury: Take exit 17 (Seymour Ave.). Take the left fork of the exit, go straight through the light onto Atwater Ave. At next traffic light turn right onto Division St. See above directions to continue.
Please fill out a donation 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!
SPONSOR A SPECIES
The animals at the Nature Center serve as ambassdors for their species to teach about the natural world. The cost of caring for wildlife and adopted animals is considerable. Please consider Sponsoring a Species for a minimal cost of $50 to help local wildlife and our resident animals.
We are looking for volunteers for a variety of different projects and programs. Please call us to find out how you can help.