Places in the area to enjoy and learn from nature
Nature is the ultimate classroom. It’s the original authentic learning—providing real-life learning, fresh air, and a world of possibilities. Here are some, well, natural options.
The Trailside Nature Museum, located on the 4,315-acre property of the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, is an invaluable resource in connecting the Westchester community to its natural surroundings.
Fairfield nature lovers can take Master Naturalist Training classes that run from September 15 through November 17 at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield. Topics covered include ecosystems, plant and bird identification, herpetology and trail interpretation. All classes are taught by field experts like James E. Biardi.
Teachers, parents, and children looking to get educated about issues of nature need look no further than Litchfield’s White Memorial Conservation Center, with camps, classes, and workshops for all ages deal with critically important topics like endangered species, food webs, local ecosystems and the responsible use of resources.
The Woodcock Nature Center is the primary resource in the area for environmental education, offering a variety of programs for children throughout the year from summer camps, to school field trips, to wild weekend excursions and scouting adventures. All programs emphasize the importance of conservation and respecting the natural world around us.