Hours & Admission
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic CT 06355
At our woodland sanctuary in coastal Mystic, you’ll discover our natural-history museum’s forest, wetland and meadow displays depicting southeastern Connecticut’s unique habitats and wildlife. Browse the exhibits in preparation for a hike along our trails, and visit several species of rehabilitated hawks and owls in our outdoor flight enclosures including Barred, Great Horned and Eastern Screech owls, a Peregrine Falcon, Red Tailed hawks, Broad Wing hawks, American Kestrel – all raptors native to southern New England.
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. Learn to recognize local birds in our classroom exhibit featuring more than 200 antique mounted bird specimens from the collection of a noted local natural history collector. Other exhibits feature birds eggs, nests and skulls.
After your orientation in our exhibits, hit the trails! You’ll find miles of marked trails winding through woodland and wetlands, meadows, ponds, streams and glacial erratics. Add to your experience with our popular Borrow a Backpack program–come to the front desk to borrow a free backpack at the front desk filled with supplies for your adventure. You’ll find themed backpacks on insects, birding, forest exploration and more.
Monday-Saturday: 9-4 pm
Sunday: 10-4 pm
DPNC and Coogan Farm trails are open without charge seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.
The Nature Center is open seven days a week, except New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Children (3-12) $7
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162 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT
Connected to the Nature Center by more than 10 miles of trails, Coogan Farm is a historic farm now preserved for wildlife and recreation. In addition to meandering trails, meadows, hedgerows, a revived pear and apple orchard and our Giving Garden, which supplies fresh produce to the food insecure of New London County, Coogan Farm is permanently preserved as a USFW Conservation easement to protect the New England Cottontail rabbit. It is also a critical stopping point on the Atlantic Flyway and a prime birding location.
In addition to our Neighbors & Nature licensed day-care program, several administrative offices, the Lattner Teaching Kitchen and the Avery Welcome Center are housed in the John E. Avery Farmhouse.
The trails at Coogan Farm are open to the public from dawn to dusk free of charge.