Visit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with your camp or group!

For visiting summer camps and other groups, there are two options, which can be found below.

For Summer 2021, we will be offering trips to the SM&NC with the following guidelines: 

*Only one camp or youth group is allowed per day. Once a group has booked a day, it is full on our calendar.  Please note that we will have our own summer camps on site but they will be in separate spaces.

*A maximum of 60 campers per day (not including staff) are permitted. Camps with larger number of campers may make reservations for more than 1 day. For education visits, programs have a maximum of 25 kids. We can offer multiple sessions of a program within a visit. 

*A separate picnic area will be reserved for visiting youth groups that will not be open to the public.  

*For groups that wish to use Nature's Playground, a scheduled time will be reserved for each group of up to 25 campers during which the playground will be closed to the public.  Time slots for multiple groups must be contiguous and will be scheduled during the first half of trips.

*For groups that wish to visit our Heckscher WILD! live animal exhibit, we will also arrange a time for groups to visit while closed to the public, whenever possible.  We may need to split groups in half to be to visit this exhibit. 

*While we clean our bathroom and classroom areas throughout the day, our outdoor spaces are numerous and can be used by multiple people.  We, regretfully, will not be able to provide cleaning for outdoor surfaces. We recommend groups decide on their own cleaning for picnic tables.  

*For programs that require materials, we will provide new materials for each group or will ensure that materials are cleaned before each group's program.

*Masks are required whenever indoors, when on programs, or whenever the group cannot distance outside. Each group/camp can decide about mask-wearing when distanced in outside spaces.  

*Indoor restrooms and outdoor handwashing stations are available

*Cancellations for weather or due to a quarantine need will incur no cancellation fee.

For additional questions, please contact Lisa at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org

Self-guided Visit

Access to the working Heckscher Farm, our North American River Otter Pond, Heckscher WILD! animal exhibit, nature trails, Nature's Playground, and museum galleries.

*Reservations must be made at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit date

Educational Program Visit

In addition to access to the working Heckscher Farm, our North American River Otter Pond, Heckscher WILD! animal exhibit, nature trails, Nature's Playground, and museum galleries, groups can choose from the following one (1) hour program options listed below.

*Reservations must be made at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit date

Program Fees

These programs and fees are valid from
June 15-August 31, 2021.

Self-guided Visit Fees:
$4/camper & CIT - Stamford groups & organizations
$5/camper & CIT - all other schools & organizations
Teachers: FREE
Chaperones $10 (first 4 free)

Educational Program Visit Fees:
$7/camper & CIT - Stamford groups & organizations
$8/camper & CIT - all other schools & organizations
Teachers: FREE
Chaperones $10 (first 4 free)

Educational Summer Group Programs

Guided Tour of Heckscher Farm
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Learn who calls Heckscher Farm home! Meet some of our animals up close, see the newest arrivals on the farm and get a chance to touch some of our farm residents.


Science Rocks!
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

From making slime to launching rockets, discover why science rocks! We'll perform a number of age-appropriate experiments and have fun exploring a variety of different sciences!


WILD! Around the World Live Animal Program
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Meet live animals from around the world as we discover the habitats in which they live and the adaptations they have make in order to do their jobs. Meet some great scaly, slimy, furry, and feathery animals!


Slimy & Scaly
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians! Meet frogs, salamanders, lizards, turtles, and snakes and discover what makes these slimy and scaly creatures unique.


The Night Sky Planetarium Show- NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2021
Scheduled in groups of 45 or smaller

Learn to recognize common constellations found in the night sky. From the Great Bear to Orion the Hunter, discover some of the stories behind these pictures in the sky.

Trail Hike Adventure
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Get your group out in the woods to experience the forest at the SM&NC! We'll roll logs, play camouflage, look for signs of animals and more!


Rocks & Fossils
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Explore the awesome world of rocks, minerals, and fossils as we discover how our three rocks types are made, how a footprint can become a fossil and more! Our hands-on lab-style class will allow participants to investigate how rocks rock and how rocks are used in our daily life.


Owl Pellet Dissection
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Ever wonder what owls eat for dinner?  Discover the ecology of owls as we dissect an owl pellet, the leftovers from their dinner that they cough up.  We’ll learn about the types of owls that live in the area and meet some live animals that owls might want to eat for dinner, too!


Building Stations Lab
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Let your students get their engineer on as we bring a variety of building sets, such as LEGO, Jawbones, Straws & Connectors and more! Students will rotate through different stations, each with its own building challenge.


Group Games/Team Building-NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2021
Scheduled in groups of 25 or smaller

Put your group dynamics to the challenge with Raging River, the Machine, or a group scavenger hunt! We’ll design a fun, interactive hour of games and challenges for your group to get them moving and working together. If weather is inclement, building stations lab will be substituted.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Director of Education Lisa Monachelli at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org.