Welcome to ELCCT

Where Education and

Conservation Meet.

Camp Registration is Open!

Registration for the Indian Rock Summer Day Camp is Open. Your summer adventure awaits!

Located in central Connecticut, you’ll find the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. Your avenue to nature experiences on 132 acres, including the neighboring Pigeon Hill Preserve property, which is home to over 5 miles of trails through woodlands, wetlands, and wildflower fields.

Our environmental education programs are offered at the public Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, the private Indian Rock Nature Preserve, and the schools of Connecticut, reaching over 20,000 students from over 70 Connecticut communities each year!

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.”

Now Open!
The Wallace Barnes Accessible Nature Trail

One of a kind in the state of Connecticut! The Wallace Barnes Nature Trail began construction in March of 2023. This one mile-long nature trail is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and other mobility devices.

The trail is located at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center. The trail features benches, pull off sheltered areas, and signage as it leads you through various habitats.

Support the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut

As a not-for-profit organization, our programs and conservation efforts rely on your support.

Featured Upcoming Event!
Music on the Farm

MOTF is back for it’s 7th year. August 25th, 2024. Spend an afternoon on the farm listening to Already Gone, Wanda Houston & Special Guests, and Matt Sperzel.

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about our upcoming special events and education programs

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