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

Drop-in Programs

Story & Animal Program
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am
Join us every week for an animal-themed story and an encounter with one of our Animal Hall residents. 
For children age 5 and under.
 


 Free for members, price of admission for non-members.


Animal Feedings
Animal Hall | Monday through Fridays, 10:30 am

 

At scheduled feeding times Earthplace staff will answer all your questions while our animals get their daily meal.

Free for members, price of admission for non-members.


Saturday's at Earthplace
Every Saturday, 1:00-2:00pm

Join us on Saturday afternoons for a fun and educational nature class! Each Saturday of the month will feature a different topic lead by one of our trained naturalists. The topics will also be seasonal! This means that each season, the classes will change. Come to one or come to all! 

Saturday's at Earthplace are designed for children K-Grade 5. While younger and older children are welcome, the content may not be age appropriate. All children must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of the class. No pre-registration required. 

  Winter Classes
First Saturday of the Month

Pinecone Bird Feeders: 

Make your own birdfeeders with natural ingredients! Earthplace will provide all of the materials you need and our naturlist will help you put everthing together.

Second Saturday of the Month

Critter Encounters: 

Spend some time up close and personal with some of the Earthplace Animal Ambassadors! Our expert naturalists will share facts and information about some of our long-term residents and you'll get the chance to see them outside of their enclosure. 

Third Saturday of the Month

Sledding (if no snow, edible garlands): 

If there is snow on the ground, come to Earthplace to enjoy some sledding and hot cocoa at the sanctuary. Sleds are provided by Earthplace. 

 

If there is no snow, join us to make popcorn garlands with cranberries. We will have all of the materials for you to put together a beautiful garland.  

Fourth Saturday of the Month

Snowshoeing (if no snow, wildlife tracking) 

Snap on some snowshoes and explore the Earthplace trails in a winter wonderland. See how many things you can find on the scavenger hunt sheet while you walk. 

 

If there is no snow, we will be walking the trails in our regular shoes, looking for signs of animal activity with one of our naturalists. 

Fifth Saturday (if applicable)

Make your own snow!

With the help of our naturalist, you will make your own snow. We will also discuss the different kinds of snow you find in nature and the science of the famous snowflake shape. 

Free for members, price of admission for non-members.


  Birds of Prey Feedings

Saturdays, 3:00 pm

 

Free for members, price of admission for non-members.


 Winged Wonders

First Sunday of Each Month | 3:00-3:30 pm
 
Experience our birds of prey outside their enclosures! On the first Sunday of the month we host a bird-on-glove demonstration where you can learn all about some of our magnificent raptors. Naturalists will discuss the animals' traits, behaviors, and unique characteristics while the birds interact with their handlers. 

Free for members, price of admission for non-members.