Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center

10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT 06401.

(203) 736-1053. Once an active dairy farm, the 150-acre landscape encompasses mature woodlands, open fields, and several wetland types. This includes a two-acre pond and streams and hardwood swamp. The visitors center is the hub of the park with classrooms and nature store and houses several exhibits, provides space for our "animal ambassadors" and CT wildlife rehabilitation clinic. Interpretive center 9 to 5 daily. Trails open sunrise to sunset.

Audubon Center at Bent of the River

185 East Flat Hill Rd., Southbury, CT 06488.

(1.5 mi. from Exit 14, I-84). (203) 264-5098. 700 acres with 15 miles of trails. No pets. Located on the Pomperaug River - Designated an important bird area. Open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.

Burlington Fish Hatchery

34 Belden Rd., Burlington, CT 06013.

Off Rte. 4. (860) 673-2340. DEEP fish production facility where 115,000 pounds of Trout & Salmon are raised annually to restock state lakes, ponds and rivers. Open daily 8 - 3:30. Visitors are welcome. Hiking trails accessible in nearby Nassehegon State Forest.

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

5 Church Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798.

Off Rte. 6. (203) 263-3711. Flanders offers a year round schedule of environmental programs for all ages on nature, farming, and art. They hold several annual events and a summer series for kids. Flanders stewards 2,100 acres of conserved land, with hiking trails at their major nature preserves open year-round to the public from dawn to dusk. www.flandersnaturecenter.org for programs, events and trail maps.

Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 583-1234. Self guiding trails lead through a variety of habitats in this 70 acre sanctuary owed by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Interpretive building with exhibits and live animals.

Hidden Valley Nature Center

Gillotti Rd., New Fairfield, CT 06812.

(203) 312-5633. Log lined trails wind their way through the woods and wetlands and have viewing stations. The covered welcome Kiosk has an area trail map as well as graphic displays of environmental information and the history of the center. Trails open dawn to dusk. The center is open May – Oct.

Kellogg Environmental Center

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.

Labyrinth At the Wisdom House

229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.

Connecticut’s first outdoor labyrinth can be walked daylight hours only at Wisdom House Retreat Center. (860) 567-3163. Call to schedule your walk. Donation

Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Sanctuary

55 Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.

(860) 567-2062. Self-guided tours available on Sat. & Sun. 10 - 4, excluding holidays. Guided tours available for members. Specialty visits for photographers, school groups and clubs by appt. Adm. $10. per adult, and includes admission for one child. Additional children $5. each.

Pratt Center

163 Paper Mill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.

Off Rte. 202.  (860) 355-3137. 205-acre nature preserve with hiking trails over diverse terrain offering woods, meadows, streams, pond, and bird watching. Hike up Mt. Tom (1,040 ft.), and enjoy the view. Trails open dawn to dusk. Center open 9 – 5 Mon. – Fri., & on weekends for programs.