28 January 2021
  • Olive and George Lee Memorial Gardens
    89 Chichester Road
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    (203) 972-3410

    Plant collector George Lee began planting his property in 1940 with the intention to create “a peaceful place where plants can reveal their characteristic beauty in a natural setting.” Under a canopy of oaks, tulip trees, maples and dogwood, reside an extensive display of 175 varieties of azaleas, 200 varieties of rhododendron as well as wildflowers, groundcovers and bulbs. Guided walking tours for groups no larger than 10 can be arranged for the April-June peak display.

  • Helen and Alice Bristow Sanctuary and Wildwood Preserve
    47 Old Stamford Road
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    (203) 594-3070

    The 17-acre preserve has documented 100 bird species since its founding in 1924. Wildlife trails, ponds and brooks provide habitat for threatened species. Parking is available at the adjoining Mead Park.

  • New Canaan Nature Center
    144 Oenoke Ridge
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    (203) 966-9577

    The 40-acre site features many unusual and diverse habitats, including wet and dry meadows, two ponds, wet and dry woodlands, dense thickets, and old orchard and a cattail marsh. Two miles of trails crisscross the site (including a 350-foot boardwalk across the marsh) and two observation towers overlook the wetlands and cattail marsh. A live birds of prey exhibit and a greenhouse in addition to the Visitor’s Center are also on site. Both children’s and adult programs can be booked.