New Canaan Nature Center Preschool Director Marianne Kay, from left, teacher Meredith Ahlbergand and assistant director and teacher Anna Zielinski. The preschool was recently recognized by the Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association with its Outstanding Organization of the Year award. The award is presented to an an organization for exceptional work in the field of outdoor and environmental education and its dedication to using the outdoors as a catalyst to expand environmental appreciation. The preschool will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2016 and is the oldest nature-based preschool in the country. Enrollment is open for the 2016/2017 school year. Applications are available at