Nature & Environmental Centers
Fun Family Environmental Education Destinations

The Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center is one of two environmental centers in the Naugatuck River Valley. 
Photo courtesy of the Housatonic Valley Association.

Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center
10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT
Open Daily 9:00a-5:00p

Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center is a town operated park that provides a variety of recreation activities, with an emphasis on nature orientated educational activities. The park was previously a small dairy farm and is now made up of 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, complete with two and a half miles of hiking trails. Additional habitats at the center include a pond, a wet meadow, and an upland swamp. A variety of wildlife species can be observed by all ages! A butterfly and hummingbird garden and a woodland-fern garden are two beautiful attractions located at the center. Visitors can use the facility, free of charge, from sunrise to sunset. In addition, the center also holds a variety of events and activities that are open to the public. 

For more information including a listing of upcoming events visit the Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center website or contact the Center by phone at (203) 734-1053. 
Kellogg Environmental Center & Osborne Homestead Museum
500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT 06418
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9:00a-4:30p

Aerial photo of State Park (Courtesy: CT DEEP)
The Kellogg Environmental Center and the Osborne Homestead Museum, outreach facilities of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, provide professional development, leadership training and environmental programs that focus on our natural, cultural, and historical resources. We encourage active participation in the resolution of issues to improve environmental quality for Connecticut citizens.

Osbornedale State Park is a 350-acre park located off of Route 34, about one mile north of the center of Derby.  Activities offered include skating, picnicking and field sports (both handicapped accessible), hiking, fishing, and cross-country skiing.  Services include a picnic shelter, drinking water, flush toilets, and paved parking.  The Homestead Museum, a registered National Historic Site, is a three-acre state park containing the house and grounds of the Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Estate, and is located adjacent to Osbornedale State Park.  The Museum is located in the house and displays the contents of the estate including fine arts and antiques.  The grounds have formal gardens, ornamentals, and flowering trees.  Guided tours (a donation is requested) and seasonal events are offered. 

The Kellogg Environmental Center, a natural environmental center,  is also located on the grounds of the Osborne Homestead. The Center offers self-guided tours, exhibits and special programs, as well as on-site field programs and in-classroom programs for school groups.  A highlight of the Center is the Bull Meadow Study Area, which contains a variety of aquatic habitats. 

For more information including a listing of upcoming events visit the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum website or contact the Center and Museum by phone a
t (203) 734-2513.  

Pictured above is the Osborne Homestead Museum and the Kellogg Environmental Center
(Photos courtesy: CT DEEP)

White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
Open Monday - Saturday 9:00a-5:00p, and Sunday 12 Noon-5:00p

The White Memorial Conservation Center, an Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum, is located in the heart of the 4000-acre White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield, Connecticut.  The Conservation Center operates a Nature Museum with exhibits focusing on the interpretation of local natural history, conservation, and ecology, as well as a Museum Nature Store. Dormitory and Classroom Facilities on the property extend the opportunities for visitors to interact with the natural world.

The outdoor arena includes the wildlife sanctuary maintained by the White Memorial Foundation. The Foundation today comprises 4000 acres of fields, water, and woodlands, trails, campgrounds, boating facilities, and special areas for large outdoor educational and recreational gatherings.

For more information including a listing of upcoming events visit the White Memorial Conservation Center website or contact the Center by phone at (860) 567-0857. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Naugatuck Savings Bank, Connecticut Community Foundation
Union Savings Bank, Wesson Energy, Inc., The United Illumination Company, Friends of Naugatuck River
The Platt Brothers & Company, Thomaston Savings Bank, Valley Community Foundation