Who, What & Where We Are

Our Mission:

To inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it — past, present and future.

Contact Us

109 Pequotsepos Road
Coogan Farm
162 Greenmanville Ave.

General contact
P.O. Box 122
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: (860) 536-1216
Fax: (860) 536-2983
Email: info@dpnc.org

DPNC Hours and Admission

Monday-Saturday: 9am–5pm
Sunday: 10am–4pm
Children 12 and under: $5
Adults: $8
Seniors 65 and older: $5
Membership information

Coogan Hours and Admission

Trails open dawn to dusk, free
John E. Avery Welcome Center open Wednesday-Monday: 10am-4pm
Closed Tuesdays

DPNC is a member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators. Reciprocal free admission is available at ANCA member centers.

DPNC Administration


Maggie Jones

Executive Director




Kevin Metivier



Davnet Schaffer

Associate Director/Preschool Director




Molly Check

 Director of Education


Bergin O’Malley

Director of Marketing and Communications

DPNC Educators

Molly Check – Education Director
Mame Courtney
Meggie Donovan, Program Registrar/Educator
Steve Sarnoski
Rachel Aspinwall
Laura Craver-Rogers
Jennifer Gautam
Marianne Goddard
Amy Stich
Lori Edwards
Nikki Boushee
Mary Audette
Rob Reas
Shawn Bittman
Katie McCann
Diane McCarthy


DPNC Staff

Pauline Gaucher – Summer Camp Director/Visitor & Member Services
Al Brown – Publications & Tech Support
Sanny Chacanaca – Front Desk
Joe Sanda – Buildings & Grounds
Craig Floyd – Coogan Farm Manager
Cassandra Meyer-Ogren – Manager of Volunteers and Events

DPNC Board of Trustees Officers

Page Owen – President
Dorrit Castle- Vice President
Jennifer Milne – Corporate Secretary
Vicki Reid – Treasurer

DPNC Trustees at Large

Hilary Nasin Hardaway
Melissa Hammel
Rowland Stebbins
Stan Mickus
Brian Griffiths
Jean Ceddia
Steven Dodd
Ana Schneider
Robert Martin
Charles Hatton

Denison Homestead Trustees

Dave Evans
Steve Solley

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