Welcome to the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut!

Our Mission is to:  “Inspire the appreciation and enjoyment of nature, through education and conservation, fostering a healthy environment and an improved quality of life”.

ELCCT offers a diversity of hands-on experiential programs using a variety of resources and facilities.

Our programs are offered at the Barnes Nature Center, Indian Rock Nature Preserve, and in the schools of Connecticut. In 2016, we provided our environmental educational programs to over 22,000 children and families from over 70 Connecticut communities!

In addition to our education programs, ELCCT also serves as a land trust and has protected over 730 acres of land in Bristol and Burlington, Connecticut.

We encourage you to get involved.  Join a program, visit our facilities, make a contribution, or become a volunteer.  Learn what nature and ELCCT has to offer.

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  • Administrative Support
  • Gardening for a Cause
  • Farm Animal Care
  • Eagle Scout Projects
  • General Maintenance
  • Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center Docents
  • Teacher Naturalists
  • Special Events

Explore our “Get Involved” page for details!

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Did you know that Indian Rock and the Barnes Nature Center are available for:

  • Conferences/Meetings
  • Private functions
  • Corporate functions
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Holiday Parties
  • Birthday Parties at Barnes Nature Center

Explore our “Facility Rental Page” for more information.

 The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center 

New exhibits and activities, view our extensive collection of reptiles and amphibians, meet Whodini the Barred Owl, try your hand at one of our many interactive exhibits, and by all means, explore our trails!
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  • Daily craft activities
  • Nature gift shop
  • Birthday parties
  • Scout badge workshops
  • Field trips
  • Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

Open to the Public:  10a-4p – Thur. to Sat. and 12p-4p – Sunday.  Nature trails open dusk to dawn.