Our mission is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action.

10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06880   203-557-4400 Earthplace Preschool: 203-557-3638

Family and Adult Programs

Group Canoe Paddle

Adults and children age 3+

Spend an afternoon on the water with family or friends! An Earthplace naturalist will lead participants along the Saugatuck River in search of egrets, osprey, ducks, shore birds and much more. Canoes and personal flotation devices (required by all participants) are included.


August 13 1:30- 3:30 PM   Click here to register!
September 23 2-4 PM        Click here to register!
October 22 1:30-3:30 PM  Click here to register!

Members: $24 per person, $12 for children 12 and under

Non-members: $30 per person, $15 for children 12 and under.

Please note: If paying by credit card, a 2.25% transaction fee will be added to cover fees incurred.

Family Campfires

Adults and children age 3+
When: 6:30pm Friday, July 21; 6:30pm September 15; 6:30pm October 27

Summer wouldn’t be complete without roasting marshmallows over the campfire – and you can do it right here at Earthplace along with a guided night walk, a visit from our nocturnal animals and more – it will be an evening the whole family will love! 

Member Families: $25 

Non-member Families: $30

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Please note: If paying by credit card, a 2.25% transaction fee will be added to cover fees incurred.

Environmental Learning Series: Friday Night at the Movies

Following the Family Campfire, we will host a FREE ‘movie under the stars’ in our new Amphitheater (complete with popcorn!).
When: July 21st @sundown (8:30pm)

Where: Earthplace Amphitheater

Hometown Habitats, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. The film features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

An Earthplace naturalist will be on site to answer questions, and we will use social media to continue the conversation/education following the screening. 

Tree ID and Starting a Herbarium
Ages: 12+
When: September 10th 1:30pm

Where: Earthplace
Cost: FREE


Explore the sanctuary with a Naturalist. We will use bark, leaves, nuts and seeds to help identify the trees along our trails. We will collect and learn how to preserve fallen leaves to start our own Herbariums. This program is FREE but registration is required. 

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Turkey Walk and Trot with Jo Debone

All Ages

When: Saturday, November 25 from 2-4pm

Where: Earthplace

Cost: FREE to Members; Price of admission for non-members


Bundle up and bring a camera as we go in search of turkeys along the trails with our annual Turkey Walk and Trot. Local expert Joe Debone will present a brief history of turkeys prior to the walk - including discussion of their diet, life span and characteristics. To further familiarize ourselves with this great animal, we’ll take a look at some turkey feathers, tails, feet and a beak and listen to a wild turkey call.