Preserving the Heritage and Distinctive Character of the Nichols Community

The Nichols Improvement Association is a non-profit 501c3 located in the heart of historic Nichols in Trumbull CT. Situated on 42 beautiful acres, the NIA is home to the landmark Bunny Fountain, Five Pennies Playground, Frog Pond, Moore Ball Fields, and the Nichols Community Center (a.k.a. the Starkweather House). The expansive property also includes the Nichols Green, the site of the Flag Pole, WWI & WWII memorials, and our beautiful Christmas Tree.

Enjoy the Benefits of NIA Membership

All residents of the Nichols Fire Tax District are invited to join the NIA and participate in the community activities we offer year-round. Monetary donations and Membership Fees allow us to improve the historic NIA property, cover operating costs and help to fund our proprietary programs and events.

Members Include:

IMPORTANT: Membership in the NIA is for Trumbull Residents living in the Nichols Fire Tax District. To determine if you qualify, please visit the Trumbull parcel database HERE. Fire Codes are shown as: (L) LongHill, (N) Nichols, (T) TrumCenter

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Property Rental

The Starkweather House and the Moore Ball Fields can be rented
exclusively by NIA Members for private events and functions.

NIA Programs

Our programming is designed to foster a strong sense of community and encourage neighbors to get to know each other. We offer a diverse range of events throughout the year that cater to people of all ages and interests. Our programming has been highly successful over the years, thanks to the support and involvement of our dedicated members and volunteers.

Nichols Farmers Market

Join us every Thursday this summer at the Moore Ballfields!

Starkweather Summer Camp

Choose half or full day summer activities for children ages 4-10.

NIA Adult Kickball League

Adults can get their kicks in our summer Kickball League!

NIA JingleBellRun

December 2nd, 2023 marks our 35th annual winter classic! Join us for 5K or a fun run!

NIA Announcements

Check out our most recent announcements, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!

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Our Kids Holiday Party yesterday was TREE-mendous 🎄 ⛄️ 🎅🏻 ☕️ 🍿 🌟 🎁 We made ornaments, holiday glasses, and reindeer food, played games, wrote letters to Santa, decorated snowmen, drank hot cocoa, and listened to the best holiday tunes 🎶

If you have a photo from it, share it with us below 👇🏻

Thanks to all who attended and to the THS volunteers that helped run the stations!
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We are excited to kick off the holiday season today with two of our favorite holiday events, the Kids Holiday Party (registration is full) and the Tree Lighting!

See everyone at 6pm for the Tree Lighting on the NIA Green 🎄The tree lighting is rain or shine, so please bring an umbrella ☂️ We will hear a short musical performance by the Hillcrest Choralers and light the tree. And rumor has it, Santa will be taking a break from the North Pole to make a special visit to Nichols 🎅🏻 🚒

And PS - make sure you drive by at night to see our lit up trees along the road 😍
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The JBR is tomorrow and the weather looks amazing! We have over 500+ people registered and it's not too late. Click the link below to be part of a great tradition!
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Only 25 more days until Christmas Eve, don’t forget to order your luminaries!

Join the traditional "Christmas Eve Fires" display and light the luminaria at dusk on Christmas Eve. The "Christmas Eve Fires" are something to behold and are a long standing Nichols Tradition. The luminaries are votive candles placed in sand on the bottom of paper bags and can be placed on walkways, driveways and porches. This familiar glow is a part of Christmas for Nichols and people come from near and far to witness the special warmth of these traditional lights.

Each Set Includes: Tea Lights, Bags & Instructions

NIA Members
$8.00/dozen or $15.00/set of 24

$10.00/dozen or $18.00/set of 24

Order now:
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Join us on Saturday, Dec 2nd (THIS SATURDAY) as the Nichols Improvement Association presents the 35th edition of our holiday classic. The NIAJBR takes place on a scenic rolling hill 5K course through the heart of the Nichols community. Walkers are welcome to participate as well. PLEASE Come Dressed to Run – There are no indoor changing facilities.

Click the link to register online:
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Next Sunday, we hope you can join us in lighting up Nichols! Please join us for our Annual Tree Lighting & musical performance by the Hillcrest Choraleers. Rumor has it that Santa will be taking a break from the North Pole to make a special visit to Nichols! The event will take place on the NIA Green.

You may park at the NIA parking lot and walk over (please use the crosswalk) or the local church parking lots. Please do not park in NUMC driveway as Santa needs a place to get out!
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Our Mission

The NIA Mission is to initiate, promote, encourage, foster and support the improvement of the physical, cultural and recreational resources of that portion of the Town of Trumbull generally known as and referred to as the Village of Nichols.

Our History

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