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 always FREE!


Check our Facebook page for updates on Events and Programs. 


This week’s Facebook Weekly Schedule

Our daily Facebook schedule

Our daily schedule this week is as follows:

Each week we will update this schedule with a new topic each day! Please tune in and join us!

*Monday 5/11/20-Read a Book with Ms Wendy: Papa, Please get the Moon for me by Eric Carle

*Tuesday 5/12/20-Back to Basics with Ranger and Farmer Dawn-Raising Baby Chicks

*Wednesday 5/13/20-Survival Skills-Making Cordage with Ranger Amie

*Thursday 5/14/20-Love a Tree, Hug a Tree with Ranger Evelyn Kubik

*Friday 5/15/20- Fun Fact Friday- What to do if you find a baby bird with Ali

*Saturday 5/16/20- Creature Feature-Meet E.T. our Ball Python with Wendy

*Sunday 5/17/20- Firecraft #3 with Jeff and Alison Stowe-Rubelmann

Each week we will update this schedule with a new topic each day! Please tune in and join in!

Each week we will update this schedule with a new topic each day! Please tune in and join in!

Link to our Facebook Page below:

Fiber Arts Group – Tuesdays, 6 pm via zoom
Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work—knitting, felting, crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. FREE. If you are interested in Fiber Arts please send Dawn Sotir an email at

VIRTUAL KARATE CLUB-YouTube channel, Dragonpower91

Hello, my name is Adam Rylski and I’m the owner and chief instructor of the Assembly of the Martial Arts Academy. We’ve been established since 1991, and have 30+ programs throughout New Haven and Fairfield County. I’ve been contacted by a number of towns and recreation organizations over the last few weeks asking if I could provide them with a means for children and families to get up and moving during this time, free of charge.

I began recording instructional videos and created the YouTube channel, Dragonpower91. It has a wealth of opportunities for children and families to get active while home, and also experience Martial Arts. I’m happy to share this information with you, and please feel free to share this through your town or organization’s websites and/or social media. Here is the information I’ve provided about the YouTube channel…

Dragonpower91: You can jump right into Martial Arts training just by tuning into our YouTube channel, Dragonpower91. While at home, we’ve been creating videos to demonstrate a variety of martial arts routines, techniques, activities, and more! In addition, we’ve gathered videos from some of our previous classes, belt exams, tournaments, and women’s self-defense workshops. Join us from our home to yours- it’s free and it’s fun!

Be sure to check out the channel! There’s something on there for everyone, from ages 3 to adult. What an active and creative outlet! Subscribe to Dragonpower91 and share the channel with your family and friends! We are continuously adding videos, so check back often. Stay strong, be positive, and keep moving!

Adam Rylski

Chief Instructor (Sabunim) and Owner

Assembly of the Martial Arts Academy


The Nature Center building is CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Free Fun Activities every Weekend?

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 1 pm! 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 our TRAIL MAP



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

You can find out more about our Birthday Parties HERE!


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 Rehabilitators Association can help!
CWRA is available to answer all of your questions about wildlife! Find more on their website here:
Visit Connecticut’s DEEP’s Website to find a wildlife rehabilitator near you:


How Can I Help The Ansonia Nature Center?

There are many ways!
Purchase Something From Our Wish List:
Become A Volunteer:
Become An Intern:
Become A Member:

Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI) MEMBERSHIP
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 our Volunteer Form