Community Connections

The cycle of the four seasons gives the woodlands of Connecticut its distinctive character. All animals and plants have adapted their way of life to cope with seasonal changes of heat, light, moisture and food. The yearly shedding of and regrowth of the forest's leaves is one of the most striking adaptations to the seasonal cycle and affects all other life in the woods.

Visitors can immerse themselves in a primeval forest environment in our woodland diorama, which showcases our mountain lion and other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Adjacent cases display the denizens of our woodlands – look closely, and you may see a black bear hiding behind a tree!