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Upcoming Programs

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Nature Center Open House Days

Friday, May 26 between 4-6 pm 

Saturday, May 27 between 2-4 pm

Saturday, June 3 between 9-11 am

Swing by for a visit this spring! Check out our new indoor animal enclosures and say hello to your favorite Woodcock ambassador animal. No reservations necessary, just come on by! Plan a longer visit by enjoying our grounds, trails and playground which are open from dawn to dusk daily free of charge.


Trekking Together: A Spring Guided Hike
Saturday, May 27 from 10 am - 12 pm

Co-Hosted by Woodcock Nature Center and the Wilton Land Conservation Trust

Join us for an immersive trek through Wilton's beautiful environment with our staff naturalists leading the way. We'll journey from Woodcock Nature Center's Orange Trail across Spectacle Lane and into WLCT's Spectacle Land Trail. Our trek will take us through a meadow, beside a pond, and next to a stream, with some uneven terrain and occasional larger rocks to traverse. However, the pace will be set to keep the whole group together, and our knowledgeable naturalists will be pointing out the flora, fauna, geological features, and birds we encounter along the way. So come with your curiosity and questions, and let's explore together!


This event is free. Registration required.

Mother Wood Duck

Discovering Connecticut's Nesting Birds

Saturday, June 3 from 9:30 - 11 am at the Sarah Bishop Preserve

Co-Hosted by Woodcock Nature Center and the Ridgefield Conservation Commission

Join WNC staff and members of the Ridgefield Conservation Commission for this guided walk upon which we will learn about some of the bird species that nest here in Connecticut! We will explore the wooded wetlands of the Sarah Bishop Preserve to look and listen for our feathered friends. Different types of birds can have drastically different strategies when it comes to making or finding a nest, and we will learn about some how some of our most unique species make use of different habitats and materials from nature as they prepare to raise their young. 


This event is free. Registration required.

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Connecticut Trails Day Hike at WNC
Saturday, June 3 from 12:30 - 2 pm

Join us for a free guided hike in honor of CT Trails Day - a yearly celebration of the open space in our state that takes place on the first weekend of June. Woodcock Nature Center Educator and birdwatching enthusiast Tommy McCarthy will lead hikers of all ages and abilities through the varied and picturesque terrain of the Woodcock preserve in honor of this special day. We'll enjoy the flora and fauna and one other's company and answer questions along the trail as they arise. Registration required. Dress for the weather as the event will be held rain or shine. Leashed dogs welcome.


This event is free. Registration required.


Yoga at Woodcock
Saturday, June 10 from 9-10 am

Align body, mind and spirit among the forests of Woodcock Nature Center with yoga instructor Jessica Outlaw. This hatha yoga practice for adults of all levels and abilities will be sure to fully awaken your senses and connect you more deeply to yourself and the natural world with asanas (postures), proper breathing and deep relaxation.

$25 per attendee per class. Registration required.

Owen Dunleavy

Guided Photography Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, June 10th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm


Join us Saturday June 10th for a new guided hike event - a photography scavenger hunt! We will walk the trails of the nature center as a group to find and take photos of the beautiful world around us, looking for details that often go unnoticed! Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or just a nature lover with a phone, this event will provide an exciting way to discover all sorts of fascinating things to observe and experience in nature! The walk will be led by WNC educator Tommy McCarthy, and 8th grade student Owen Dunleavy. Tommy and Owen both share a passion for photography and Owen created this year’s Spring Photo Contest as part of his 8th grade Capstone Project. Get ready to explore your creative side, - this walk will be fun for all ages and a phone with a camera is all you need!

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