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Featured Events & Programs


Cash Raffle Spring Fundraiser

Tickets on Sale Now
through May 5

Your odds of making a difference are 100%!

It's a genuine win-win to support your favorite nature-based organization this spring!

With a 500 ticket cap, you'll have a sporting chance to win one of three generous cash prizes: $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000!

Winners will be announced at 10 pm on May 5, 2024 at our Spring on the Farm Family Fest Sunday event. Winners need not be present. 


Take-A-Hike Week

Monday, April 15 – Saturday, April 20
9 – 5 pm

Join us for many different hikes, live animal programs, and much more throughout the week! A list of programs will be on our website as the week approaches. Get outside this spring and join us for some family adventure!

This year’s Take-a-Hike Week wraps up with our first-ever Farm & Forest All-Terrain 5K Run, sponsored by Riley Volvo Cars Stamford. 

All Take a Hike Week programs are free for Members and free with admission for Non-Members.


Farm & Forest Run


Sunday, April 21
8 am start

Our exciting new benefit run explores the vast terrain and many wonders of the SM&NC’s extraordinary 118-acre site.

Route starts at the Knobloch Family Farmhouse and will include paved paths throughout Heckscher Farm, scenic nature trails, wooden boardwalks and more. Rain or shine!

Sponsored by Riley Volvo Cars Stamford
Produced by Ridgefield Running Company


Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home

On view through May 27, 2024
in our Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries

Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home was inspired by the words astronauts have used universally upon viewing Earth from space for the first time: Fragile, Protect, Beauty, Steward, Sustain, Harmony, Nurture. In different languages and across many boundaries, their words were all the same. Through paint, sculpture, and mixed media, Pat Musick conveys the fragility of our planet, and its natural and eternal beauty.

Our Fragile Home exhibits Musick’s most astonishing work: the large-scale Ra made from branches of a fallen tree, polished and repurposed; the series The Instant of It All, which portrays trees as a metaphor for the impermanence of life; and Epilogue 6, a feat of engineering in steel and stone that represents renewal and rebirth.

Pat Musick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has over 50 permanent installations in public spaces. Musick was married to Marine Corps Colonel Gerald P. (Jerry) Carr, one of 19 Group 5 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. He was Commander of the Skylab 4 84-day mission. Their life is the subject of the documentary The Artist & The Astronaut which had its Connecticut premiere at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in May 2023 and will be shown again as a Nights Out program on March 8, 2024.


Phase II: Planetarium & Astronomy Center Underway

On the morning of May 23, 2023, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center officially broke ground on the Phase II Planetarium & Astronomy Center. 

The 11,000-square-foot facility will reinvigorate a core pillar of the SM&NC’s Mission and bring our organization’s Planetarium and Observatory programs under the same roof for the first time in our 87-year history. Astronomy programming has long been a Mission signature ever since our first astronomy classes were held in 1941. They continue to this day, and will abound in the years to come.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Apr 22

Daily Otter Feeding

April 22 @ 1:00 pm

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Apr 23

Daily Otter Feeding

April 23 @ 1:00 pm

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Apr 24

Daily Otter Feeding

April 24 @ 1:00 pm

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Apr 25

Daily Otter Feeding

April 25 @ 1:00 pm

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Support the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

We are a not-for-profit organization and our programs are only possible with your support.

Take a chance to win big in our CASH Raffle Spring Fundraiser — Your odds of making a difference are 100%!