Animals at Stamford Museum & Nature Center welcome visitors

by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media

Stamford residents Louise and Dabra Stern observe a pair of llamas at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Conn. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

STAMFORD — Looking to meet at menagerie of animals? Look no farther than the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

The Heckscher Farm at the Museum & Nature Center features a maple sugar house, an organic farm and dozens of animals, including a Jacob ram, a highland cow and llamas.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, located off High Ridge Road just north of the Merritt Parkway, remains open all winter. The winter hours, in effect for all of January, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Parking and entry is at the Knobloch Family Farmhouse at 151 Scofieldtown Road.

Adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a face mask at all times when outdoors at any time when social distancing is not possible. When outdoor social distancing is possible, visitors may temporarily pull down their masks, while keeping them at the ready in plain sight.

Every one over the age of 2 must wear a face mask at all times on the playground and when indoors. Social distancing protocols of 6 feet between groups must be strictly followed. Visitors must wash their hands upon arrival and before touching the animals.

Features that are open include the Heckscher Farm and Organic Garden, Nature’s Playground, the hiking trails, the Bendel Pond Meadow, and the Bendel Mansion building and Museum Galleries.

The Overbrook Nature Center & Gift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

For more information about the not-for-profit organization, call 203.977.6521 or visit