Visitor Info


Nature Center/Office Hours: 9am to 5pm, every day (except major holidays)
Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

(203) 736-1053

10 Deerfield Lane
Ansonia, CT 06401

The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is a city-owned and operated park located in Ansonia, Connecticut.

Once a small family-owned dairy farm, the park is laced with two and one-half miles of nature trails. The land encompasses 156 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 that provides sanctuary to many species of New England flora and fauna (Download our  Trail Map here).  A portion of the park has been dedicated to recreational soccer fields, as well as several acres reserved for community gardening and a large playscape for younger children.

There’s lots to do here at the Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center!

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Hiking Trails

Our over 3 miles of trails are open year-round from dawn to dusk. Click for our trail map, and for descriptions of our five trails.
Motor vehicles, horseback riding, and bicycling are NOT permitted.

Early spring sunshine on Raptor Woods trail
Autumn colors in one of our meadows
Snow-shoeing in Raptor Woods

Animals & Exhibits

A panoramic view of the Ansonia Nature Center, showing all seven classroom / exhibit spaces at once.
This panoramic view of the Ansonia Nature Center shows off all our rooms at once!

The Ansonia Nature & Recreation Visitor Center houses several exhibits, and provides space for our animal ambassadors.  The unique visitor center, also known as the Schumacher Pavilion, was constructed in 1977 from Connecticut stone and glass and is also the hub of the park with classrooms, a nature store, a small natural history library, and office space.

E.T., our resident Ball Python
Anson, the English Angora Rabbit
Mary, our Great Horned Owl

Picnic Pavilions

We have two pavilions available by reservation. Call (203-736-1053) for availability. Rental is free for Ansonia residents, with a returnable security deposit (Rental fee is $125 for non-residents). Click for more information about pavilion rental.

Events & Programs

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Here at the Ansonia Nature Center, there’s always something happening! Our two recurring weekend programs are Creature Feature every Saturday at noon, and our Guided Hike every Sunday at 1:00. We also offer a wide variety of programs for kids and adults throughout the year – See our Calendar for upcoming events.

If you are interested in scheduling a class for your school or scout group, see our Educational Programs.