Become A Member/FANCI


The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center Inc. (FANCI) exists to support the staff, programs and the vision of the Ansonia Nature Center.

The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization which consists of nature-loving adults and children and was established in 1991.  The Friends have provided volunteer and financial support for the park, it’s programs and staff ever since.

Special events such as the annual EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, the AUTUMN FESTIVAL and the MAPLE FESTIVAL could not be possible without the help of our Friends group.   In addition to this, the Friends maintain the trail system, provide clerical work, stock and staff the nature shop, and write event press releases.

Our wildlife themed birthday parties are run and staffed by FANCI. FANCI members that work a birthday party are given a stipend for their time. We are constantly looking for people with natural history knowledge and experience handling animals to run our birthday parties. If you are interested in working a birthday party, please contact us.

How To Become A Member

You, too can become a member of FANCI! Be one of our Friends!

Included in all FANCI memberships:
 Your membership makes possible FANCI’s mission of supporting the staff, the programs, and the vision of
the Ansonia Nature Center.
 10% of each membership is contributed to the FANCI Scholarship Fund.
 A subscription to the quarterly Calendar of Events and Friends’ Focus newsletter.

Individual (one adult) — $15.00 per year or $150.00 one-time payment for Individual Life Membership
In addition to the items included in all FANCI memberships:
 10% discount on adult programs with membership card
 15% discount on Nature Store purchases of $10 or more with membership card
 Free or discounted admission and/or gift store and program purchases with membership card at more than
180 ANCA Reciprocal Network centers nationwide—such as nature centers and museums. Find the list of
ANCA Reciprocal Network centers at
 Invitation to FANCI monthly and annual meetings; at the annual meeting, members can vote for and run
for the board

Family (up to 2 adults, with children at the same address, or parents/grandparents and their
children/grandchildren) — $25.00 per year or $250.00 one-time payment for Family Life Membership
Includes all the benefits of an Individual membership, plus:
 One additional adult can receive the 10% discount on adult programs
 Children included in membership receive 15% discount on Nature Days
 Members are offered early registration for Nature Days
 One additional adult can vote at the Annual Meeting

Organization (structured group, e.g. school class, scout troop, homeschool group, club, small business) —
$100.00 per year
In addition to the items included in all FANCI memberships:
 One free class or program per membership year (up to 25 people)
 20% discount on one pavilion rental per membership year (up to 75 people)
 One representative can vote at the Annual Meeting

Corporate Sponsor (business or other structured group) — $500.00 per year
Includes all the benefits of an Organization membership, plus:
 Opportunities to advertise in our mailings and at our events.

CLICK HERE for the Friends-Membership-Form here!

Fill it out and mail it with your tax deductible donation to: The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center Inc., (FANCI), 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401

You can also pay your membership dues with Paypal! Click “Add special instructions to the seller” and write “Membership dues” so we know what your payment is for. And don’t forget to email or mail in your form with a note saying that you paid through Paypal. 🙂

FANCI is 501c3, so your donation is tax-deductible!






Redwing Pond House Pre-school

The construction of the Redwing Pond House, a pre-school learning center, and the town’s green public building, has been the Friends’ most ambitious undertaking to date.  Taking ten years of fundraising and construction, this unique building incorporates roof-integrated photovoltaic panels, geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, a trombe wall, and earth friendly landscaping.  To foster a love for fresh food and gardening, the Inch by Inch children’s garden is located just across the road.

To learn more about the Redwing Pond House Nature-based Preschool operated by the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI)   Contact Jackie at 203 734-7974 or visit the Redwing Pond House website or Facebook  for more information.


FANCI Seasonal Newsletters

Friends Focus Spring 2016

Friends Focus Summer 2016

Friends Focus Fall 2016

Friends Focus Winter 2016

Friends Focus Spring 2015

Friends Focus Summer 2015

Friends Focus Fall 2015

Friends Focus Winter 2015

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