Welcome to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Since 1946, we have provided visitors and the greater Mystic community the opportunity to experience nature first hand, whether it be on the more than 10 miles of trails on land owned by the Denison Homestead and Avalonia Land Conservancy, in our natural history museum, our Nature Store, or as part of one of our many programs. The creation of the Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center in 2013 added additional layers of education, history, and ecology to our cultural landscape.

Our mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future. It is our hope that through DPNC and Coogan Farm that we will help our visitors foster a personal environmental ethic.

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It is a privilege to live here …


We enjoy a high quality of life. What a special place southeastern Connecticut is, so rich in history, culture, natural beauty and biological diversity. These elements give our region a strong sense of place. No wonder people travel here, move here, live here, stay to raise families here. This place has important stories to tell that connect us to our history, to nature and to the future.

My earliest childhood memories are of taking walks in the Old Mystic woods with my dad. From an early age, I developed a positive connection with nature, with life. I wanted to know all my neighbors – not just the kids but the trees, the birds, the wildflowers – and to call them by name. For me, the notion of community has always included our non-human friends too.

I think because I grew up here and stayed here that I am driven to save the true character of this region. Everything connects to nature – culture, science, art, history, recreation, health, food. Our social and economic stability is built upon valuing and supporting local communities and traditions.

Successful conservation often takes a village, literally. To inspire people to take care of the Earth that sustains us, this is the real work. At the Nature Center, we have a local focus on global concerns, and these are vital concerns: the health of the soil, ecosystems, watersheds. All these affect the physical and economic health of human beings around the world.

Think globally, act locally has never been more true, or more important.