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!