The Great Give is here once again! It is the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center’s largest fundraising event of the year. Your support helps us take care of our animals, do educational programs, and work on long-term projects. Recently completed projects include our newly renovated Reptile Room, and our Legacy Sugarbush Planting.

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, you will see us make fundraising pushes, but you can donate at any time from 8am May 1st until 8pm on May 2nd. The advantages of donating within this window are matching funds and prizes from the Valley Community Foundation and sponsors, which help your donations have a bigger impact on our organization. Every donation, no matter how small, helps us grow!

Schedule of Events: Our Great Give events are all virtual – tune in to our Facebook page to catch all the action! Learn more about our upcoming projects and goals at https://www.thegreatgive.org/organizations/fanci

May 1st

8:30 AM – Kick-off the Great Give with Ranger Evelyn

12:00 PM – Find out what’s on all our Rangers’ Wish Lists! Donate during Lunch Hour (12 to 1) and be entered in a raffle to win a Trader Joe’s bag of goodies.

5:00 PM – How to Draw Birds with Ranger Evelyn. Grab your pencils and your paper and follow along with this drawing tutorial. Donate during Happy Hour (5 to 6) and be entered in a raffle to win an original art piece!

May 2nd

8:30 AM – Early Bird meets Night Owl. Meet our resident owls here at the Nature Center!

12:00 PM – Take a virtual walk around Redwing Pond with Ranger Dan. Donate during Lunch Hour (12 to 1) and be entered in a raffle to win a Trader Joe’s bag of goodies.

5:00 PM – Special behind-the-scenes Creature Feature with our Director, Ali, introducing our new exhibit space. Donate during Happy Hour (5 to 6) and be entered in a raffle to win a Stappa Vineyard gift basket or Mini-golf pass for 8 people at Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton!

  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. Click here for a trail map.
  • Nature Center Building open Sunday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm; FREE Admission
  • Pavilion rentals are available to be scheduled for group gatherings. Call us for more information.

phone: 203 736-1053, email: ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org

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Our land is a typical Connecticut landscape that encompasses 156 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 p.m.
Click here for a copy of our TRAIL MAP


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.

* Please note: Authorized Vehicles Only are allowed to access the driveway for Pavilion rental or for soccer games. This will be monitored by staff throughout the year and coaches when soccer is in season. Also, please be sure to have your dogs on leash at all times, and pick up after yourselves. Thank you for supporting the ANRC and for doing your part.