Established in 1949, our Junior Curator Program gives children a unique opportunity to experience life on a real farm. It is the SM&NC's official hands-on junior volunteer program and consists of five sessions.

Similar to the Junior Curator program and established in 2015, Junior WILD! Keepers gives participants hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals.

Fall Junior Curator

September 14, 2023
October 16 @ 3:00 pmOctober 20 @ 5:00 pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
$142 – $155

Ages 11 – 13 Monday – Friday, October 16 – 20 3:30 – 5 pm Since 1949, our Junior Curator program has provided an overview of basic animal care through experiential learning on Heckscher Farm. Our program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and various hands-on experiences, such as cleaning and feeding our animals. Upon completion of the…

Junior WILD! Keepers

September 14, 2023
November 18 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm
Heckscher WILD!
$60 – $65

Junior WILD! Keepers was established in 2015, with the opening of our Heckscher WILD! exotic animal exhibit. The Junior WILD! Keepers program gives participants hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals. After completing the class, participants will then choose a day for more in-depth training with our animal care staff. Upon successful completion…

For information on Junior WILD! Keepers classes, contact Kaitlyn Duclos at

Program Note: Students may register for a maximum of one (1) Junior Curator and one (1) Junior WILD! Keeper session. Students who have previously completed a class, even in a previous year, may not enroll in that class again. Multiple registrations for different weeks of the same program will be cancelled and refunded.

Youth & Family Program Policies

    • Refunds may be available for a registered program up to 10 days before the program date. Within 10 days refunds are, unfortunately, not available. Please register carefully.
    • Contact registration at 203.977.6521 for refunds. Programs cancelled by SM&NC will be refunded in full.
    • Ticket transfers are not permitted. Only registered parties may attend in their program time/date.
    • Please note age requirements.  Registrations outside of the age minimums/maximums will be cancelled and may not be refunded.
    • Please note registration requirements.  Some programs are drop-off and some require adult attendance.
    • All participants age 3 and up who attend a program require a ticket for individually-ticketed events.
      *This policy does not apply to any Summer Camp, Summer Wonder Art, or other program that is covered under our Summer Camp refund policies. Please refer to our summer camp pages for more information on these policies.

For registration assistance or questions, please contact Visitor Services at 203.977.6521.