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New Canaan Nature Center transformed into winter wonderland

Published 5:46 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Families and children of all ages are invited to experience the New Canaan Nature Center as it is transformed into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Canaan Nature Center staff will lead snow making and sledding in the meadow along with snow angels and a wacky winter scavenger hunt. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides through the meadows, a model train display depicting the town of New Canaan, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, treats, and a chance for a visit and photos with Santa Claus.

"Winter Wonderland is celebrating its fifth year at the Nature Center and this is by far one of our favorite community events," Keith Marshall, director of education at the nature center, said in a release.

"There is such a warm and inviting spirit on that day that is infectious not to mention a host of incredibly fun and festive activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. Where else are you going to see Santa arriving by horse-drawn wagon through the woods? The goal is to encourage families in the community to view and use the nature center as a place to come and connect, and celebrate the season inside and out."

Admission for children who are members is $8 and nonmembers $12. Admission is free for adults.

The New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, is a nonprofit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. The Visitors Center, including a gift shop featuring books, nature-themed toys, seasonal gifts and more, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.