Overbrook Nature Center
The Overbrook Nature Center is the center piece for our nature programs at the SM&NC. Come and visit the exhibit area and pick up a map to explore our nature trails or meet there for an informative program with one of our naturalists. The Overbrook Nature Center is a place where the outside is "in".
Overbrook Nature Center includes:
- Live Animals
- Interactive exhibit area
- Handicap accessible restrooms
- Gift shop and snacks
- Information regarding programs, special events and membership
Trails & Map
Behind the Overbrook Nature Center you will find miles of beautiful walking trails that wind through over 80 acres of the property. Our nature trails are a perfect place to see abundant wildlife, stroll along our Wheel in the Woods trail, enjoy the sounds of the Poorhouse Brook, capture that perfect picture, read our interpretive educational signs, or simply take in the beauty that is the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
A walk along any trail may afford glimpses of wood duck pairs, signs of red fox and white-tail deer, or even a pileated woodpecker. There are several vernal pools along the trails, home to wood frogs, spotted salamanders, insect larvae, and even a few snakes, turtles, and water birds. Spectacular glacial erratic boulders are strewn throughout the trail system. The trails wind through a mature forest of American beech, oaks, black birch, and other native plant species. The area is second or third growth forest, with evidence of former use as farmland in the form of romantic, crumbling stone walls.
Visit our maintained woodland meadow, a great place to spot nesting eastern bluebirds or enjoy the beauty of spring wildflowers. Our trails connect with the 88 acre-Bartlett Arboretum on the north end of the Museum's property. The Museum's trails are a great place to spend an hour, an afternoon, or even a whole day.