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The New Canaan Land Trust is committed to maintaining the delicate balance of the Sanctuary’s ecosystem and ensuring every visit is memorable and impactful. We cap registration to 30 people for every showing, with each order limited to 6 tickets. If you have a group larger than 10, please contact Elle Smith at [email protected] for a special group rate.

The following dates feature two showings: July 5, July 7, July 13, and July 14.

The 8:30 pm showing is designed for families with children, while the 9:30 pm showing is intended for adults.

Register for 8:30 pm


This showing is part of the Last Saturday on the Trail series and is an advanced showing of the Firefly Sanctuary. This event features a talk with New Canaan Land Trust Executive Director John Winter.

Firefly Resources

A painting of a firefly meadow by Bill McDonald

  • The New Canaan Land Trust and our firefly neighbors Bill and Mary-Ellen McDonald were featured in the New York Times article “A Summer Spectacle Where Fireflies Are the Guiding Light.” If you don’t have a New York Times subscription, you can view a PDF of the article here.
  • Learn more about Firefly Conservation and the Firefly Sanctuaries. Visit Bill McDonald’s website, FireflyConservation.org, which features his Conservation Handbook and photos, paintings, and videos of fireflies and their habitats. You can read more about how Bill raises fireflies in this article.
  • The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. You can watch their videos on firefly conservation on their YouTube page.