Chickens & Goats: We are looking for one individual (or family) per day to help care for our resident Chickens and Goats. Shifts currently available: Sunday mornings (7-7:30am in summer/8-8:30 am in winter) and Monday evenings (around sundown). Work involves making sure the animals have food, refilling their water, and letting the animals out for the day/putting the animals away for the night.
Mammals: We are looking for a volunteer to help feed, care for, and provide enrichment for our resident Mammals (which include bunny rabbits, a ferret, and a chinchilla) on Thursdays. Timing can be flexible within the hours of 9am-4pm.
Birds of Prey: We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers (must be 21+) to help feed and care for our resident Birds of Prey on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (availability all three days is not necessary). Timing can be flexible within the hours of 9am-4pm, although mornings are preferred.
Because formal training will be provided by our Director of Animal Care, we are seeking volunteers who are able to provide us with a long-term commitment. The amount of time needed to complete animal care varies from person to person, but we typically estimate about 15-20 minutes for caring for our chickens & goats and 1 hour for our birds of prey.
All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Application. A background check is mandatory for all adults prior to the start of volunteer service.
The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.
The New Canaan Nature Center features diverse habitats, including wet and dry meadows and woodlands, two ponds, dense thickets, an old orchard and a cattail marsh. Two miles of trails criss-cross the site that is one of the six largest tracks of open space in New Canaan. Our trails and grounds are open from dawn to dusk and admission is free to the public. In addition to our natural trails, visitors are welcome to enjoy an arboretum and a variety of gardens including the Sally Waters Herb Garden, James L. Crider Memorial Bird and Butterfly Garden, the Swallen Wildflower Garden, and Susan B. Hanson Memorial Naturalists' Garden.
The Nature Center offers environmental education programs for people of all ages, including: a pre-school, summer camp and summer programs.