Bushy Hill Nature Center

Our Mission

To inspire people of all ages to connect with the environment through hands-on experiential learning, while working together to build a stronger community with respect for the natural world.

Dear Friends,

Bushy Hill Nature Center is a wonderful place to visit and explore. Over the past 30 years, Bushy Hill has enriched the lives of people of all ages through summer camp, school programs, indigenous studies workshops, and farm programs.

The 700+ acres of Bushy Hill offer a wide variety of terrain including a white cedar swamp with its winding boardwalk, a mile-long spring fed lake, miles of trails running through our beautifully forested areas, a ropes course with dozens of elements, functional tipi and wigwam sites, and a working farm featuring a variety of animals. In our Nature Center you will find hands-on exhibits, a diversity of live animals, and a classroom for school programs and workshops.

Our staff is highly motivated with strong education backgrounds. Throughout the year, we work with children of all ages through our school programs teaching indigenous studies, team building, maple sugaring, wetlands studies, home school science, and our after school mentoring program. We are continually expanding our programming and events. Currently, we are developing new school programs to assist school districts in meeting the goals of the CORE, NGSS and Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards both in the classroom and on site.

Bushy Hill offers a variety of summer day camp programs for preschoolers to high schoolers and is recognized for its commitment to excellence. Led by our experienced summer camp directors, children of all ages explore the natural world and learn a sense of community.

Bushy Hill is truly a unique place that we encourage you to explore. Our goal is to reach out to people of all ages to connect with the natural world and to build an environmentally responsible community. We look forward to seeing you in the future as we continue to grow. Feel free to contact us to let us know how we can assist you in any of your future needs.

Bushy Hill Nature Center Staff