Barnes Nature Center is currently open to the public: 10a-4p Saturdays and 12p-4p Sundays. Trails open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk.
New and rotating exhibits and activities, view our extensive collection of native and exotic reptiles and amphibians, meet live birds of prey, try your hand at one of our many interactive exhibits, and by all means, explore our trails!
New Exhibits and Live animals
Nature gift shop
Scout badge workshops
Summer field trips
Members: admitted Free
Non-members: $5/Adults, $3/Children (12 & under) & Seniors (65+)
Connecticut Summer at the Museum – Free Admission for Kids at Barnes Nature Center from July 1 – September 6, 2021
It’s time to explore! From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums (including Barnes Nature Center) free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more information on this Summer Program!
Located in Bristol, Connecticut, the original 40-acre parcel, purchased in 1969, and where the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center now sits, was the first landholding of ELCCT.
The Nature Center was built in 1972 and additional property was acquired in 1974 increasing the property to its current 68 acres.
The original goal of the nature center, and one that continues today, was to be a community center where people of all ages learned about the importance of the natural world.
A place that was open to the public on a regular basis with exhibits and activities facilitated by a knowledgeable cadre of staff and volunteers; and a place that inspired conservation and the love of nature.