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Natural Encounters

Help your family learn about the natural world, and how we can protect it, through these events, museums, aquariums, programs, and more.



CT Folk Festival and Green Expo (New Haven)
The aim of Green Expo is to connect people with products (including yummy food samples), businesses, services, and resources for living green. An interesting and educational stop on your way to hear the wonderful music!

Date: Saturday September 8, 2012 (usually the Saturday after Labor Day)

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride (New Haven)
This huge Earth Day fundraising bike ride between West Rock and East Rock includes celebrations on both sides of the city and tasty food, great music, and wonderful sites and camaraderie along the way. The event accommodates all ages and cycling abilities and includes opportunities for environmental service projects and exploration of New Haven’s parks and neighborhoods. The ride in 2011 raised $50K for 14 environmental groups!

Date: April 20, 2013

Common Ground Farm Festival and Seedling Sale (New Haven)
Strong, healthy seedlings for your home garden grown by Common Ground staff and students. Choose from heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, broccoli, kale, parsley, basil, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, squash, beans, lettuce, melons, and more. Seedlings are priced from $1.00 – $5.00.  At the Farm Festival, celebrate community and the beginning of a new growing season. Festivities include music, face-painting, games, and live sheep shearing! Admission to all events is FREE!

Date: May 18, 2013


Common Ground Environmental Education Center (New Haven)
Summer camps, home school programs, after school programs, school vacation programs, new cooking classes and more!

Nature Pals @Edgewood Park (New Haven)

New Haven Bioregional Group (various locations)
The New Haven Bioregional Group sponsors walks, films, canoe trips, potlucks, and other events to help residents of the Quinnipiac Bioregion connect with their natural and built environment. Check the website or see announcements of kidHaven for family-friendly activities.

Summer Nature Days with the Friends of Ansonia Nature Center (Ansonia)
Week-long segments on the theme of Earth Education beginning in July. Five-day morning programs available for three to five year-olds and four-day programs until 2:30 available for six to ten year-olds. See the website or call 203-736-1053 for more information.

Two Coyotes Wilderness School (various locations)
This not-for-profit organization offers a variety of programs around the state teaching naturalist skills, wilderness survival, and wildlife tracking in support of building a strong connection with nature. Programs are offered for families, adults, and children of all ages on weekends, during the summer, and afterschool. Homeschooling programs are also offered.



Ansonia Nature Center (Ansonia)

Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)

Common Ground Environmental Education Center (New Haven)

CT Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point (Milford)

Dudley Farm Museum & Gardens (Guilford)

Kellogg Environmental Center (Derby)

Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk)

Meigs Point Nature Center (Madison)

Mystic Aquarium (Mystic)

Smart Living Center (Orange)

Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford)

Trash Museum (Hartford)

West Rock Nature Center (New Haven)


See also Nature Centers, under kidHaven Resources, for additional activities.

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