Support the Extraordinary

Whether you enjoy the serenity of our nature trails, the dynamic programs we offer adults and children, the model educational benefits we provide school children and families, or the broad range of our Museum exhibitions, we are so grateful that you value the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

From humble beginnings in 1936 in a three-room office in downtown Stamford, we have grown to be Stamford's premier nature-based destination, offering a rich canvas of educational programs, exhibitions, and special events, both as Stamford's Museum and as Stamford's beloved Nature Center.

This year marks a milestone in our history as we unveil the first new capital addition to our property in over 50 years. The Phase I Environmental Education Farmhouse is nothing short of transformative. As of this Annual Report development in November, we have already opened the beautiful new Knobloch Family Farmhouse overlooking our Heckscher Farm.

We are so grateful to our Founding Investors (so far!) in the Campaign for Future Generations who have gotten the Campaign to $9.5 million, however, we still have a ways to go with our fundraising to reach the $15 million goal. We are excited by the Phase II Astronomy Center project envisioned by our Master Plan. Let’s keep going!

We are proud to share our annual achievements highlighted in the 2017.18 Annual Report, as well as our "SM&NC by the Numbers" for 2019.20:

  • 131,760 visitors enjoyed the wonders of our extraordinary site.
  • Our art exhibitions welcomed 14,040 art and culture enthusiasts.
  • Our SM&NC-Aligned-With-The-Schools and After-School education programs served nearly 25,542 students from 102 schools.
  • 6,151 members and guests attended our two seasonal festival weekends.
  • 14,302 visitors interacted with exotic plants and animals at Heckscher WILD!
  • 498 children participated in our summer camp.
  • 2,468 students connected online with 95 SM&NC Distance Learning Programs.


Annual Appeal giving is powerful.

Ongoing annual contributions sustain us and are vital to our continued service and growth. Your generosity enriches our institution and drives our success in 2021 – our 85th Anniversary year.

The economy and the pandemic are having profound effects on the not-for-profit community in Stamford, and across the country. We deeply respect these impacts on every household, our schools, and businesses. As we lean into the headwinds of this very challenging moment in our collective lives, we rely on your backing to help us help ourselves.

With this year’s Annual Appeal, we ask you to make a contribution to support this treasured place and the programs you cherish. Please give as generously as you can. Your contribution is 100% tax-deductible and directly impacts everything we do.

If you work for a company with a Matching Gift Program, you can also submit a Matching Gift Form with your donation and make your gift twice as significant. Please contact Eileen McNamara in the Development Office at 203.977.6533 or email with any questions.

Your 100% tax-deductible donation directly supports everything we do — and that's a lot! Give today by clicking on the DONATE button above or by contacting our Development Office at 203.977.6533.

We thank you in advance for all you do to keep us vibrant. We are eager to have you share in our successes in the year to come.

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