Nestled quietly into the hustle and bustle of Mystic is the quaint, peaceful and absolutely beautiful Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
Over the summer a couple of our team members had the chance to visit the Nature Center with their kids for a special turtle event. They were blown away by the event, the educators, the property, the programs and preservation at DPNC. The level of the experience of the educators, as well as the uniqueness of what DPNC has to offer, is why we wanted to showcase them on our blog.
DPNC has two locations- Coogan Farm on Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic and the Nature Center at 109 Pequotsepos Road in Mystic. They are connected by a beautiful network of nature trails.
Let us tell you what makes DPNC unique!
No other attraction in the area offers what DPNC has to offer. They have programs for all ages to help connect people with nature. Some of their programs include:
- Gardening and cooking programs for adults
- Nature-based programs for families and children of all ages
- They offer a licensed preschool that uses the grounds around the Nature Center as a “living classroom” for children to develop cognitive, social and emotional skills. They blend environmental education with traditional, play-based preschool standards. They offer this unique approach with the goal of fostering the development of well-rounded, happy children. They aim to inspire an appreciation for the natural world and a lifetime of environmental ethic!
- Caring for injured wildlife
- The Giving Garden- fresh vegetables grown and donated to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. This garden’s bounty goes to nearly 30,000 residents of New London County, and so far this year they have already grown and donated 10,000 lbs of produce. The garden is staffed with volunteers who have logged over 3,500 hours this year.
What we like best about DPNC:
Besides the unique experience that the Nature Center offers to Southeastern, CT, the Koz team was really impressed with the educators and the passion that everyone at the center has for what they do, the experience they provide and the center and nature as a whole. They also have really awesome outdoor-centered activities! Check out what’s coming up this month on their Calendar of Events.
What can you do?
If you’re looking for a way to get involved other than participating in one of the many programs DPNC has to offer, you should check out their many volunteer opportunities. Various opportunities are available for kids 13 and up and for adults.