Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center


Nature Center Hours:

Saturday, 10am-4pm

Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Trails are still open seven days a week dawn to dusk.

Please be respectful of others on the trails by staying a safe distance away from each other.

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
 Craft activities
Nature gift shop
Birthday parties
Scout badge workshops
Summer field trips

General Admission:
Members: admitted Free
Non-members: $5/Adults, $3/Children (12 & under) & Seniors (65+)


Our History 

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.