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 2013, we provided our environmental educational programs to over 32,000 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 640 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.



Your child is in for a real treat this summer!

Explore our online brochure and you will note a diversity of programs from animal care to nature discovery, art creation to kayaking, and model rocketry to archery. We have also added Film-making, Weather Watchers, Wacky Science, and Creepy Crawlies!

Indian Rock Nature Preserve includes a unique mix of forest, trails, swimming areas, classrooms, laboratories, exhibit animals and a farm that promotes exploration, skill-building, team work and fun, all in a respectful and safe environment. Kids will have an opportunity to discover and explore the great outdoors, make new friends and gain a new found respect for themselves, others, and nature around them.