Audubon Greenwich

613 Riversville Rd., (Rte. 15, Exit 28) , Greenwich, CT 06831.

(203) 869-5272. Visit the Kimberlin Nature Education Center for a Gift Shop, Gallery, and year-round fun for young ones. Seven miles of walking trails pass through meadows, apple orchards, hardwood forests, and loop around Mead Lake, Byram River, streams, a pond, and New England homestead buildings. Trails open dawn to dusk. Welcome Center opens 10 -5 daily. Adm.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

(203) 322-6971. A living museum of historic and majestic trees, rare plant collections, themed gardens, and varied natural landscapes traversed by ten trails. A Silver Educational Center offers year-round programs for children and adults, a horticultural resource library, and free growing-season Plant clinic. Children will enjoy the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The Bartlett hosts cultural events including art exhibits and a summer classical and popular outdoor concert series. Dog-friendly grounds open 9 a.m. to sunset everyday. Visitor Center open 9 – 4 Mon. – Fri.

Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum

314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824.

I-95, Ex. 21. Rte. 15 Ex. 44.  (203) 259-0416. One of the first private songbird sanctuaries in the U.S. established in 1914 by CT Audubon Society founder Mabel Osgood Wright. The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation and is expected to be open to the public in 2016. The sanctuary has a unique Teaching Bridge and plantings throughout designed to attract birds and butterflies. The Sanctuary continues to be open dawn to dusk year-round 7 days.

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield

2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824.

(203) 259-6305. The Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary has 7 miles of trails including a Wheelchair-accessible Trail. An Algonquin wigwam replica and raised boardwalks and bridges allow access to a variety of habitats. The Center has live education animals and other nature-related exhibits. A Birds of Prey compound is home to a variety of raptors. The Nature Center is open Mon. – Sat. 10 -3. The Sanctuary is open dawn to dusk year-round.

Darien Nature Center

120 Brookside Rd., Darien, CT 06820.

I-95, Exit 12, Rte. 15 Ex. 37. (203) 655-7459. . Located in Cherry Lawn Park, this state-of-the-art environmental education center offers educational programs, changing exhibits and lectures. Walking trails. Mon. – Fri. 9-4, Sat. 9 – 1. Adm.

Earthplace The Nature Discovery Center

10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06880.

I-95 Ex.17. Rte. 15 Ex. 41. (203) 227-7253. Wildlife sanctuary with 6 trails including a universal design trail leading through a variety of habitats. Interactive natural history museum with live wildlife on grounds. Nature programs & events, a wildlife rehabilitation program and preschool. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Center: Mon.-Sat. 9 – 5 and Sun. 1-4. Adm.

New Canaan Nature Center

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Rte. 15, Exit 37. (203) 966-9577. Two miles of trails traverse diverse habitats, including meadows, woodlands, ponds, dense thickets, an old orchard and a cattail marsh on 40 acres. The center offers a live birds of prey exhibit, gardens, a greenhouse and a Visitors Center with a Discovery Room, art exhibits and gift shop. Programs include a nature-based preschool, camp programs, birthday parties, special events and volunteer opportunities. Visitor's Center open Tues.- Sat. 9 - 4. Grounds and trails open dawn to dusk daily.

Norwalk River Valley Trail

203-563-0180, Norwalk, CT

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) project aims to build 38 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding on the way. In addition to creating recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids, pets and - on some stretches - equestrians. Some sections of the NRVT are already open and in daily use. In Norwalk, you can walk or ride from Union Park to the Maritime Aquarium, and from New Canaan Avenue to Broad Street. In Wilton, there is NRVT from Center Street, through Merwin Meadows and Lovers Lane Open Space to School Road. In Wilton there is 0.5 miles of "demo trail" going from Route 7 at Wolfpit Road to Raymond Lane.

SoundWaters Coastal Education Center

1281 Cove Rd., Stamford, CT 06902.

Cove Island Park. (203) 323-1978.  In season, sail aboard 80-ft. 3–masted schooner to experience Long Island Sound. Afternoon Sails: live marine animals, great for families. Evening Sunset Sails on website.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903.

Jct. Rte. 137 - Route 15, Exit 35. (203) 322-1646. Explore 80 acres of nature trails including a universally accessible trail. Learn about rural farm life at Hecksher Farm with farm animals and organic garden. Visit Hecksher WILD! featuring live animals and plants from across the globe. Observatory viewing. The Henri Bendel Mansion Museum Building Mon.- Sat. 9 -5, Sun. 11 -5 includes changing exhibitions of art and popular culture and pieces from the Museum's permanent collection on display.