Nature Discovery Center
Earthplace is one of the premier venues for nature discovery and environmental learning in Fairfield County. Its mission is to build a passion in the community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action. Founded in 1958, it includes early childhood education programs, summer camp, teen and adult environmental learning opportunities, an indoor nature discovery area, and a locally renowned water quality research program called Harbor Watch. The nature sanctuary that surrounds Earthplace consists of 62 contiguous acres of open space supporting a variety of habitats and over 2 miles of walking trails, including a universal access trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Earthplace is home to a live Birds of Prey exhibit and Animal Hall which includes over 50 animals species for public viewing. Earthplace is seen as a trusted local resource that promotes environmental understanding through the perspective of science and conservation, and it works towards its mission every day by providing a diverse continuum of hands-on, nature-based learning experiences for all ages and abilities.