…A Wildlife Sanctuary

Whether you’re interested in birding, plant identification, hiking, or nature photography, you’ll enjoy the varied woodland, wetland and meadow habitats at DPNC. With 10 miles of hiking trails to explore, you can search for bluebirds in the meadow, painted turtles or bullfrogs in the pond, admire our summer wildflower garden or simply enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods.

Several species of hawks and owls that are unreleasable reside in outdoor flight enclosures on the sanctuary. Meet Barred, Great Horned and Eastern Screech owls, a Peregrine Falcon, Red Tailed Hawks, Broad Wing Hawk, American Kestrel – all raptors native to southern New England. You can also see birds and other animals that we are working with to help them be released back into the wild when they are healthy.

The Butterfly House, picnic tables and a “tree house” are available for your enjoyment.



Download our trail map!

Our other sanctuaries

Directions to: Manatuck Preserve, Barnes Rd, Stonington, CT

Additional Info: This preserve is not open to the public. Hikes by appointment or special program – see our calendar for details. 

Directions to: Peace Sanctuary, River Road, Mystic (Groton side)

Additional Info: This preserve is not open to the public. Hikes are by appointment or special program. See our calendar for any upcoming events. 

…A Natural History Museum

Inside our museum are woodland, wetland, and meadow displays depicting southeastern Connecticut’s unique habitats and wildlife, many of which can be found throughout our beautiful sanctuary.

Get a close-up view of live frogs, fish, turtles, and snakes. Meet magnified centipedes, ants and mushrooms in our Life Under a Log exhibit, experience a “Night in the Meadow” in our small theater, or watch bird flight patterns as they stream across our colorful meadow mural.

You can learn to recognize local birds in our classroom exhibit featuring more than 200 mounted bird specimens from the Gurdon Bill collection. Other exhibits feature birds eggs, nests and skulls.

Browse the exhibits in preparation for a hike along our trails, or spend time with them after your excursion — we are open 7 days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

Leave plenty of time to browse our Nature Store as well!

…A Federally Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility

For many decades the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has been licensed by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to care for injured wild animals. We are part of a region-wide network of wildlife specialists that handle emergencies and help seek appropriate care for injured wildlife. For specific wildlife issues see our wildlife FAQ. Learn about some of the animals we have cared for and released on our blog.

…Nature educators

Our staff of experienced and certified educators provide environmental education programming on just about any natural history topic including terrestrial, marine and freshwater communities, plants, insects, weather, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. More than 20,000 participants experience DPNC’s hands-on, science-based activities, slideshows, nature walks, and field trips each year.

We offer:

  • Standards-based school programs & field trips
  • In-house programs for schools, scouts, civic groups and other groups
  • Nature-based preschool
  • Group overnights and special events