National Parks / Natural World
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center Ansonia
Where is it at?
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
10 Deerfield Lane
Tel: 203 736 1053
Where are we going today?
Kids just LOVE playing out in nature, and so they should! The fun of getting your hands dirty, exploring, finding the local wildlife....but in Connecticut there are plenty of places that you can explore that can also teach kids all about what they are exploring.
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is the perfect place for kids to immerse themselves in the magic of nature, whilst having an education filled day (which parents love!)
The center was once a small family-owned dairy farm, and now encompasses 104 acres of grassy fields, wooded hills, stream, meadows, and even a swamp! Get those walking shoes on and pretend to be explorers, or crunch those fall leaves under your feet as you enjoy a family ramble.
A popular area within the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Area is the butterfly and hummingbird garden, as well as the award-winning wildflower and fern garden. Pretty amazing!
Active kids have their own area if you want to break up the day with some sport. Baseball, softball and soccer can all be enjoyed at the center and a number of acres have been reserved for community gardening, so those green thumbs can roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty!
Younger kids will love the large playscape too.
What's really great about the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, are the nature-orientated classes that are offered to school-age kids on weekdays, as well as evening and weekend programs perfect for the whole family to join in!
Don't forget to keep an eye out for that wildlife as your explore the center - but remember, they are wild animals, so look from afar!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Park: Dawn to Dusk daily.
Classes are individually priced, so why not check out what the students will love! They range from yoga, to stories, and even sewing!.
Picnic pavilions are available by reservation, but you can bring your own packed lunch and enjoy it as you walk around the trails!.
Any Top Tips?
12pm Saturday they offer the FREE Creature Feature program with their resident animals, as well as 1pm guided hikes on Sundays.
Doing our bit
They are currently trying to develop their Red Wing Pondhouse, which will use geothermal heating and solar hot water collectors. Pretty cool!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff when you arrive about the accessibility of the center.
Can I get one of those?
The Nature store is a great place to pick up something fun - whether it be a gift, or educational, or just because you love it! All profits go back into the care of the animals!.
Keep an eye on the calendar of events to see what you won't want to miss!.
What people are saying?
by Nazy Fayaz
I found a baby gold finch and took care of her for 3 weeks while I found a suitable place to take her and get her ready to go out into the wild. Within 2 days of having her and not listening to instruction she died. They claim it was stressed out and these things happen with wild birds. Well keeping her in a cage all day would stress her out, deal with it appropriately. They just left her in the cage and didn't let her out to calm her down. WILD BIRDS ARE NOT IN CAGES! I told them when I dropped her off that she wasn't use to a cage and would...Read More
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by Nazy Fayaz
I found a baby gold finch and took care of her for 3 weeks while I found a suitable place to take her and get her ready to go out into the wild. Within 2 days of having her and not listening to instruction she died. They claim it was stressed out and these things happen with wild birds. Well keeping her in a cage all day would stress her out, deal with it appropriately. They just left her in the cage and didn't let her out to calm her down. WILD BIRDS ARE NOT IN CAGES! I told them when I dropped her off that she wasn't use to a cage and would freak out. I would take her out and she would be fine. The wellbeings of these animals are way more important than forcing them into a stressful environment and not helping them cope with the stress. I'm completely disappointed in this facility I will never bring an animal or my children to The Ansonia Nature Center. I will not support an organization that looks at wild birds as a number and is no longer compassionate toward their cause. This is your reality check.