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23. A Back Road Drive to New Canaan & New Canaan Nature Center

Leaving the center, at the junction of Brookdale Rd. and High Ridge Rd., turn left, in less than 1/4 mile, turn right on North Stamford Rd., at the stop sign bear left continuing on North Stamford Rd., at the intersection of North Stamford Rd. and Cascade Rd., take a right on Cascade Rd.  At the intersection of Woodbine Rd., and Cascade Rd., turn right and continue on Cascade Rd., at the end of the road, turn left on Ponus Rd. within a one quarter mile, keep your eyes peeled for a sharp right turn on Greenley Rd., merge on West Rd.  At the intersection of West Rd. and Oenoke Ridge /Rte. 124 go straight on Oenoke Ridge/ Rte. 124.  The New Canaan Nature Center is on the right.

A highlight of this 40- acre Center is the fascinating Birds of Prey Exhibit that features seven aviaries that include a bald eagle, several species of hawks and owls, a raven, turkey vulture and peregrine falcon.  The grounds offer two miles of trails that wend their way through a variety of habitats.  Along the way you can explore a 350- foot marsh boardwalk and two observation towers that offer a birds-eye view of the landscape. The Visitors Center houses a Discovery Center with a variety of hands-on natural science exhibits, a gallery with changing art exhibits and a nature store.

A special bonus to be discovered here is the small arboretum that has excellent specimens of trees and the greenhouse with its' plants, classrooms, and work areas.  Not to be missed are the variety of gardens cultivated here that include a Bird and Butterfly Garden, an award winning Wildflower Garden, and a Herb Garden featuring 300 varieties of plants including culinary, fragrant and medicinal herbs to name a few.  To continue take a right out of the Nature Center and continue on Rte. 124.