About The Center

Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship that will connect our communities to the natural world of the Lower Naugatuck River Valley, and balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation

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About Us

The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is a town owned and operated park located in Ansonia, Connecticut.
Use of this facility is free and open to the general public year round from sun up to sun down.
Building hours vary with the season. Office hours are from 9 to 5 daily with the exception of major holidays.

Download our  Trail Map here.

Volunteers are the Backbone of Our Organization

The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center welcomes new volunteers who are willing to help with the reception center, animal care, trail maintenance, mailings and special events.  Volunteers are an essential part of the Nature Center.  Whatever your interest or availability we offer a variety of exciting opportunities throughout the year. Please contact us to learn how you can get involved at 203 736-1053 and  fill out a volunteer form

While providing active & passive recreational opportunities to area residents,
nature oriented education is our focus.
Substantial program and project support is provided by the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc.(FANCI).


Once a small family-owned dairy farm, the park is laced with two and one-half miles of nature trails. The land encompasses almost 150 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields bisected by streams, a two acre pond, wet meadows, and an upland swamp.  The site is a wonderful microcosm of a typical Connecticut landscape which provides sanctuary to many species of New England flora and fauna.    A portion of the park has been dedicated to recreational fields including soccer, baseball, and softball, as well as several acres reserved for community gardening and a large playscape for younger children.

Visitor Center

The Ansonia Nature & Recreation Visitor Center  houses several exhibits, provides space for our animal ambassadors and a Connecticut wildlife rehabiliation clinic.  The unique visitor center, also know as the Schumacher Pavilion, was constructed in 1977 from Connecticut stone and glass is also the hub of the park with classrooms, a nature store, a small natural history library and office space.
Come and see our new Long Island Sound Touch Tank!

Visit us every Saturday at noon for our unique Creature Feature Program featuring our Animal Ambassadors

Picnic pavilions

Available by reservation
Print and fill out a reservation form, read our rules & regulations
Drop off at the Nature Center with $200 clean-up deposit
$125 rental fee is charged for out of town residents

What We Do

Nature-oriented classes are provided to school-age children on weekdays.
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.