Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

This 150-acre sanctuary is home to meadows, fields, streams, ferns, wildflowers, and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Groups can enjoy hands-on seasonal activities such as learning about owls, studying what lives in the local pond, and tapping a tree for syrup. 10 Deerfield Ln., Ansonia, CT 06401. New Haven County. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Audubon, Greenwich

613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, Connecticut 06831. 203-869-5272. 295-acre sanctuary includes a Nature Education Center, wildlife viewing window, honey bee hive exhibit, and a hawk watch. Fee/Free.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106. 860-424-3000. State parks and forests provide many opportunities to fish, hike, boat, paddle and other recreational activities. Free/Fee.

Darien Nature Center

20 Brookside Rd., Darien, CT 06820. 203-655-745. This nature center offers hour-long programs consisting of live animal demonstrations, games, and activities. Students can also see the natural science library and theatre, or go outside to explore the marshes, woods, rivers, and meadows. Fee.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355. 860-536-1216. Includes a wildlife sanctuary and a natural history museum. Fee.

Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut

Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol, CT 06010. 860-583-1234. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, 175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010. 860-589-6082. Offering a ­variety of hands-on experiential programs that encourage the conservation and ­enjoyment of the natural world. Fee.

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. 203-263-3711. Discover the natural world on a 200-acre campus with activities such as barnyard tours, themed hikes, planting, learning about pollination and birds, and more! Activities vary by season. Fee.

Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. 203-245-2785. Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf. Be sure to visit the Meigs Nature Center, located within the park. Fee.

Roaring Brook Nature Center

145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. 860-285-1886. Hands-on discovery activities, Nature Center & Animal Barn scavenger hunts, and nature hikes. Fee/Free.

Sharon Audubon Center

325 Cornwall Bridge Rd. (Route 4), Sharon, CT 06069. 860-364-0520. Explore nature and learn about the habitats with 1,147 acres of scenic trails, hiking, forests, and conservation issues. Free/Suggested Donation.

West Rock Nature Center

1080 Wintergreen Avenue. Hamden, CT. 06514. 203-946-8016. 43 acres of upland woods containing over 300 different plant species and a nature center with animal exhibits and hands-on science activities. Fee.