More Nature Centers to Explore in Litchfield Hills:
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center 10 Deerfield La., Ansonia, CT (203) 736-1053. 2.5 miles of trails wind their way through a variety of habitats in this 146 acre center. A butterfly /hummingbird garden and award winning wildflower/ fern garden grace the center. Trails open sunrise to sunset. Interpretive center open 9 to 5 daily.
Audubon Center at Bent of the River National Audubon Society, 185 East Flat Hill Rd., (1.5 mi. from Exit 14, I-84), South Britain/Southbury, CT (203) 264-5098. 700 acres with 15 miles of trails. Open daily, dawn to dusk. Meadows, forests, 1.5 miles along Pomperaug River. Designated an important bird area.
Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust Office at Flanders Rd., off Rte. 6, Woodbury, CT. (203) 263-3711. Hiking trails wind through various sanctuaries and are open year round, dawn to dusk. Office open Mon.-Fri. 9-5.
Hidden Valley Nature Center Gilotti Rd., New Fairfield, CT . (203) 312-5633. Log lined trails wind their way through the woods and wetlands and have viewing stations. The Museum has exhibits of local trees, animals and geological traits found here. Trails open dawn to dusk. The center is open May through October.
Kellogg Environmental Center Dept. of Environmental Protection, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418. (203) 734-2513. The Center offers workshops, exhibits, nature activities, scout programs, nature walks and family programs throughout the year. Tues.-Sat. 9-4:30.
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield, CT . (860) 567-2062. Home to more than 50 species of waterfowl, that inhabit a series of natural ponds and covered aviaries within 37 acres of wetland habitat.. Tours on Sat. and Sun. May -July and Sept. - Oct. at 2 pm. Adm. $10 adults. Call 203-567-1691 for tour reservations.
Pratt Center, 163 Papermill Rd., off Rte. 202, New Milford, CT. (860) 355-3137. 193 acre nature preserve with hiking trails over diverse terrain offering woods, meadows, streams, ponds, and bird watching. A 2.5 mi. hike up Mt. Tom (1,200 ft.), New Milford's highest peak. Trails open dawn to dusk. Call ahead for trail conditions. Center open 9-5.
Sessions Woods, Wildlife Management Area, Rte. 69, Burlington, CT. (860) 675-8130. This 455 acre track of land introduces visitors to wildlife and natural resources management through various educational programs, habitat demonstration areas, self-guided interpretive hiking trails and a backyard wildlife habitat area. Trails open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Sharon Audubon Center, National Audubon Society National Audubon Society, 325 Rte. 4, Sharon, CT. (860) 364-0520. 1,200 acres and 11 miles of trails open dawn to dusk, daily. Woods, gardens, and ponds. Building open year-round Tues.- Sat. 9- 5; Sun. 1- 5. Exhibit animals, children's discovery room, natural history, and gift/book shop.
Sunny Valley Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, 8 Sunny Valley Lane, New Milford, CT. (860) 355-3716. Over 1,850 acres of farm and natural land including diverse habitats and 10 plus miles of trails for daylight hiking. Call weekdays for maps.
Tarrywile Mansion and Park 70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT. (203) 744-3130. Explore over 20 miles of hiking trails or come visit the historic Tarrywile Mansion. 654 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and wetlands with abundant flora and fauna. Park open sunrise to sunset. Mansion open by appt. only Mon.-Fri. 8:30- 4:30.
White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center, off Rte. 202, 2 mi. west of center, Litchfield, CT. (860) 567-0857. Grounds open year-round daily. 4,000 acre nature preserve with 35 miles of trails for hiking, x-country skiing, birdwatching, picnicking, camping and boating. Nature Museum contains unique exhibits depicting the history and natural resources of the area, as well as a Children's Room and Nature Store. Museum open year-round, Mon.-Sat. 9-5; Sun. noon-5.
Woodcock Nature Center 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton/Ridgefield, CT. (203) 762-7280. A series of four trails offering beautiful woodland, swamp, river and pond habitats wind their way through this 146 acre preserve. Special programs for children and adults are offered year-round, Mon.- Fri., 9:30 -4:30. Trails open dawn to dusk daily.