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 Indian Rock Nature Preserve, the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center and in the schools of Connecticut. Annually we provide environmental educational programs to over 20,000 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 750 acres of land in Bristol, Burlington and Southington, 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Volunteer Opportunies:

  • Maintenance/Facilities
  • Farm Animal Caretaker- Weekday mornings

Explore our “Get Involved” page for details!

Facility Rentals

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

  • Conferences/Meetings
  • Private and Corporate functions
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Holiday Parties
  • Birthday parties at Barnes Nature Center
  • Explore our “Facilities Rental” page for more information!

The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

  • Meet native and exotic reptiles, amphibians and insects, live owls, try your hand at one of our many interactive exhibits, and by all means, explore our trails!
  • Nature gift shop
  • Birthday Party rentals
  • Open to the Public: 10a-4p Saturdays and 12p-4p Sundays.
  • General Admission: Members admitted Free
  • Non members: $5/Adults, $3/Children (12 & under) and Seniors (65+)
  • Visit “YouTube” to view a presentation of Barnes Nature Center by Scott Heth, our Executive Director!
  • Follow Barnes Nature Center on Facebook
  • #barnesnaturecenter

Indian Rock Nature Preserve

  • Indian Rock Nature Preserve is open to scheduled groups and scheduled activities & events only. There are no public trails
  • Indian Rock Nature Preserve is the home of Indian Rock Summer Day Camp
  • Follow Indian Rock Nature Preserve on Facebook
  • #indianrocknaturepreserve

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