Center at Fairfield

Eat chocolate, help birds, does it get any better?

AudubonBons are handcrafted in small batches in Fairfield, Connecticut by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet, owner of BE Chocolat, using finest imported Belgian chocolate.

The Center at Fairfield has launched a new line of chocolates, AudubonBons and by buying it  you can help birds and enjoy great chocolate!  
The AudubonBons collection has 4 flavors:  Blood Orange, Milk-Rum, Peppermint and Redcurrant. AudubonBons are handcrafted in small batches in Fairfield, Connecticut by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet, owner of BE Chocolat, using finest imported Belgian chocolate.
Proceeds from the sale of the chocolate help support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation and environmental education programs.  So by eating chocolate you are helping us help the birds!
AudubonBons may be purchased in the Nature Store or on-line.

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Nature Store News

 Hummingbird Migration

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Hummingbirds are migrating, so keep your feeders full!  Peak migration for Hummingbirds is mid September and they are usually gone by October 1st.  If you see any late migrants in October, they are likely a rare species, so please let us know. 
Need a Hummingbird feeder? Our Nature Store has a wide choice of hummingbird feeders to choose from.The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

It’s Time To think Fall Migration

It’s time to think fall migration, and the Nature Store has a wide selection of bird feeders to choose from.classic2013 (1)
If you have problems with pesky squirrels, consider a Squirrel Buster feeder, which have come to be recognized as the leaders in the squirrel proof category.  All Squirrel Buster feeders work the same way.  When a plus2013squirrel lands on a Squirrel Buster, its weight automatically closes the seed ports, denying access to the seed but not harming the squirrels in any way.
We offer three Squirrel Buster feeders: The Mini, Classic and Buster Plus.  All are chew proof, easy to clean, water and rust proof and come with a hassle-free warranty.  Stop by the Nature Store and take a look!  The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Fall Seed Sale

October 8th is the Fall Seed Sale.  Pre-orders are due by September 28th.  Click here for a pre-order form. 

 

Looking to the fall…

We have a great lineup of fall activities and programs for families, children and adults.  Click here for the Fall Program Brochure.

  General Information

Center at Fairfield

The Center at Fairfield is a  hub of environmental education activities and events throughout the year. It adjoins the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary offering visitors 7 miles of walking trails, including a 1-mile wheelchair accessible trail.  The grounds also feature a butterfly garden and live Birds of Prey Compound.  The Center has live education animals, exhibit areas and a Nature Store with a wide variety of birding and nature-related merchandise.  Trails are open year-round, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.  The center is open  Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Read more>>

Take a virtual tour of our Nature Store and our center.

Larsen Sanctuary Bird Checklist – download the checklist.
Larsen Sanctuary trail map – click here.

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Nature Nursery

Mondays, October 3 – November 21
10 – 10:45 a.m. (no class October 10)
Ages 2-3 with a participating adult
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Each week we’ll learn fun nature facts, create crafts and meet exciting animals. Seven-week series fee: CAS members $72, non-members $96. Single class fee: members $12/class, non-members $16/class.  Pre-registration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register.

 

Young Nature Explorers

Tuesdays, October 4 – November 15
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 4 – 6 (Child must be toilet trained and able to attend without an adult)
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Crafts, songs, games and outdoor nature exploration – what better way to spend a fall afternoon? Seven-week series fee CAS members $168/child, non-members $196/child.  Pre-registration required.  To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Junior Animal Care Keeper

Tuesdays, October 4 – November 15
3:30 – 5 p.m.
For students in grades 6 and 7
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join us in caring for the resident non-releasable animals who live at the Center. From glamorous to gross, learn about animal husbandry care, preparing and offering their food and ensuring they have a healthy environment. Seven-class series: CAS members $72/child, non-members $96/child. Pre-registration required.  To register, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Afterschool Nature Club

Thursdays, October 6 – November 17
3:45 – 5 p.m.
Grades K to 2nd
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Spend fall days exploring our Larsen Sanctuary experiencing the change of the   seasons. The afternoon includes hikes, meeting animals, playing games and a snack.   Seven-class series: CAS members $72/child, non-members $96/child.  Pre-registration required.  To register, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Fall Seed Sale – 20% Off All Bird Seed

Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On Saturday, October 8, the Nature Store is offering premium bird seed at a 20% discount.  It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for the fall and winter.  To ensure that adequate supplies are available, pre-ordering is strongly recommended.  Click here for a pre-order form.  Forms must be received by Wednesday, September 28.

So, what to put on the menu?  Most of the birds that stay in Connecticut are seed eaters.  Seed and suet provide the calories and nourishment they need to stay warm, and healthy as the cold weather approaches and food becomes scarce.  Good choices for food include black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds, nyjer and suet-a great energy source.

Backyard Birding

Saturday, October 8
10 – 11 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits and ways to attract them to your feeder.  Free.  Preregistration required.  To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Backyard Birding

Saturday, November 12
10 – 11 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits and ways to attract them to your feeder.  Free.  Preregistration required.  To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Woodpeckers with Attitude!

Saturday, October 15

Woodpecker pair by Taylor Vincent.

Woodpecker pair by Taylor Vincent.


10:30 a.m. – Noon
Center at Fairfield
2325 Burr Street

Milan Bull, senior director of science and  conservation, will share the fascinating world of woodpeckers and their unusual adaptations. He’ll lead a short walk after his presentation. 10% off woodpecker seed and wild bird feeders in the Nature Store. $5/person.  Pre-registration required.  To register, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, October 22
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join our teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements!

Brownie Bugs
9 – 10 a.m.  Click here to register
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Click here to register.

Brownie Hikers
9 – 10 a.m.  Click here to register.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Click here to register.

Junior – Junior Animal Habitat
9 – 11 a.m.  Click here to register.

$14/scout per badge

Pre-registration required.
To register visit the Girl Scout website: http://gsofct.org or download the registration form.

 

Enchanted Forest

Friday, October 282016 Enchanted Forest
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Center at Fairfield
2325 Burr Street

 

You’ll have a fun — but not scary—experience being escorted through the luminary trail and learning about nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.   After the hike, enjoy indoor activities and snacks. Dress for the weather. This event is held rain or moonshine!

Guided walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. The last walk leaves at 7:30 p.m.

CAS members $10/child, $2/adult. Non-members $15/child, $2/adult.  Pre-registration required.  
Registration:
Click here to register on-line or  call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Boy Scout Badge Day

Saturday, November 5
$10/scout per badge

Join our teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements!

Boy Scout – Bird Study  9 a.m. – Noon

Webelos – Into the Wild
                 Into the Woods  9 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns 9 – 10 a.m. or 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
or 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Tiger – Tiger in the Wild 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required.  Click here for the Registration Form.

 

Election Day Fun

Tuesday, November 8
10 a.m. 1 p.m.
Ages 4 to 8
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Explore the changing season, make nature crafts, and meet and vote for this year’s slate of animals running for “Favorite Critter.” Bring your own lunch. Fee is CAS members $35/child, non-members $40/child.  Pre-registration is required.  To register call, 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Fall Walk

Saturday, November 19
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Hike the trails with us and discover the beauty of fall in the Sanctuary. All ages welcome, no strollers please. Donation suggested.  Pre-registration required.  To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

Attention all scouts, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to earn a new badge… or two!  Join Connecticut Audubon Society teacher-naturalists as they lead scouts on an exploratory hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys, and achievements!

Pre-registration required.

Boy Scouts
There are two dates  available for the badges: November 5, 2016 and April 1, 2017.  Click here for the registration form
                           Boy Scout – Bird Study
                           Webelos – Into the Woods and Into the Wild
                           Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns
                           Wolf – Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path
                           Tiger – Tiger in the Wild

Girl Scouts
There are two dates available for the badges:  October 22, 2016 and April 22, 2017.    Pre-registration required.  To register visit the Girl Scout website at www.gsofct.org or download the registration form.

Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hiker
Juniors – Animal Habitats

 

 

birthday cakeBirthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with The Connecticut Audubon Society!  We provide a fun-filled 45-minute nature-based program of your choice for your child and 15 guests.  Program offerings include; Totally Turtles, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged  Wonder and more!   Parties are available on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. -Noon or 1:00-2:30 p.m.   Weekday parties available on a limited basis by request.  Click here to view the brochure.  For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Education Programs

Environmental Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 12.

Connecticut Audubon Society offers educational programs which comply with the Connecticut Science Framework standards.  All programs are coordinated with local curriculum objectives and are available for school visits at the Center at Fairfield.  Our early elementary programs are offered at the Center at Fairfield and can also be brought to your school.

Complete details are available in our School Program Guide.  For our Science and Nature brochure, click here.

For questions or to register for a visit please contact our scheduler at 203-259-6305 ext. 117.

CANE Program for Grades K-2.

The Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers (CANE) Program is offered to students at the Fairfield Public Schools and St. Thomas Parochial School. We train Parent-Volunteers to present three science enrichment programs to their child’s class. Two units are presented in the classroom, leading up to one end-of-year field study activity. We provide some of the materials that will be needed in the classroom.

The Kindergarten fall and winter programs are puppet shows; the spring program is held on school grounds.

The Grade 1 fall program is a puppet show; the winter program is a hands-on activity about bird beak adaptations; the spring program is a trip to the Birdcraft Museum.

The Grade 2 programs include setting up a salt water tank in the classroom; a ‘Mystery in the Marsh’ activity to test students’ detective skills; and a trip to Southport Beach to investigate the variety of wildlife habitats found there.

For more information, contact the CANE Coordinator at each school; or call Colleen Noyes 203-259-6305, ext. 112.

TRAINING SCHEDULE:  For the 2016/2017 click here

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE: 
Kindergarten Presentation Schedule
Grade 1 Presentation Schedule
Grade 2 Presentation Schedule

 

 

 

News and Announcements

Farm-to-Table Veggies on the Menu

 

Mother-daughter volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., prepare the organic vegetable garden.

Mother-daughter volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., prepare the organic vegetable garden.

Animals have to eat healthy too, and thanks to volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., critter residents at the Center at Fairfield will soon be dining on home-grown organic greens fresh from their own garden. 

As part of on-going support to Connecticut Audubon, 17 NCL, Inc. Fairfield Chapter members spent their day off at the Center, on April 26, planting a vegetable garden that will supply food for many of the education animals living there. Braving rainy conditions, they weeded and prepared a raised garden bed with starter plants of Swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli and spinach, and sowed carrot seeds to round out the selections.

The vegetable garden is a true community collaboration. The starter plants were supplied by Gilberties Herb Gardens of Easton, and on-going garden care and maintenance like weeding, watering and harvesting, are being undertaken by Master Naturalist volunteers, and by students in the Jr. Animal Care program at the Center at Fairfield.  read more>>

Wish List

Dishwasher – gently used no larger than 23 wide by 24 deep.
If you would like to donate a dishwasher, please all 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Animal Care requests (please call 203-259-6305 ext. 116):

  • 75 gallon aquarium stand
  • 100 foot garden hose
  • Pump style hand sprayer
  • Water dechlorinator 32 ounce
  • Timothy hay
  • Guinea Pig food (Supreme Selective diet)
  • Carefresh paper small animal bedding
  • Used bath towels
  • Newspaper
  • Raptor rig – call for details

Sponsor a Bird

milliefullsideSponsoring a Bird of Prey at the Center at Fairfield is a rewarding way to ensure the welfare of a bird that cannot survive on its own.  It’s a unique present for someone special or as a treat for yourself!  Your sponsorship will support the daily upkeep of your chosen bird, and the considerable amount of scrumptious raptor feed it eats–and yes, that does mean dead mice and rats!
Why not honor your favorite person, organization, teacher, or class with the gift of an owl, falcon or hawk sponsorship?  It’s the perfect way to symbolically introduce them to the hunters of the sky!  Click here for sponsorship information and here to make a donation today!

New Chair Campaign

Photo by Abbie Winter

Photo by Abbie Winter

 

Our chairs are too rustic for use!   Want to help?  Join our Chair Campaign and make a $35 tax deductible donation today!  

 

 

Kudos to the National Charity League Easton/Redding Area Chapter which kicked off our Chair Campagin with the donation of our first row of new chairs.  Many thanks too, to the wonderful donors who purchased over 35 chairs at our Adirondack Night silent auction.   
To make a donation on-line, click here.  Then enter $35 in the “other category” and click on “I support the Center at Fairfield” in the drop down menu.  Or, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Visit our Fairy Garden!

There’s a lot of activity in the green house… little voices chattering with delight as they search for fairies, tiny pigs and ponies in the Fairy Garden exhibit.  This teeny garden of whimsy is a miniature landscape.  Small-scale plants, foliage that looks like mini forest trees and teensy accessories gIMG_1366ive the illusion of tiny creatures living in the garden. 

This charming garden was created by Master Gardeners: Anne Mele, Mary Hogue and Kristine Scerbo with the assistance of green house volunteer Jessie Linderoth.  Fairy gardens are often located in small secluded areas in the garden, giving visitors the impression that they just happen to fall upon this magical place.  So come, stumble upon our Fairy Garden, you’re sure to find magic here! 
The Fairy Garden is located in the greenhouse at Center at Fairfield and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join our Volunteer Team!

 Fairfield Center Volunteer

At the Center at Fairfield, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment.  By volunteering, you can help promote understanding, appreciation and stewardship of our natural world.  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, working in the visitor center or outdoors.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please contact Executive Director, Nelson North at 203-259-6305 ext. 101.

Garden Volunteer

Are you interested in learning about plants and all apsects of gardening?  We offer a variety of volunteer opporutnnities, including garden maintenance in our green-house; outdoor herb, perennial, and large butterfly gardens!  read more>>

Animal Care Team

Our Animal Care Program provides a unique opportunity for teenagers, ages 13-18 years old, to experience animal husbandry first hand.  Animal Care volunteers assist with daily feeding, habitat cleaning, and general animal care housekeeping, as well as handling animals under direct supervision.  read more>>

For more information about Animal Care volunteer opportunities call 203-259-6305 ext. 116 or email CASAnimalcare@ctaudubon.org.  Click here to download the Animal Care volunteer application.

Directions

From I-95: Take Exit 21 Mill Plain Road. Go north on Mill Plain Road for 4.5 miles (Mill Plain Road becomes Burr Street). The Center is on the left.

From the Merritt Parkway: Take Exit 44 Route 58. Northbound: Turn right onto Congress Street at the end of the ramp. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left. Southbound: Turn left at the light at the bottom of the ramp, and turn left at the next light onto Route 58. Go under the bridge, and turn right at the light onto Congress Street. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left.

From I-84: Take Routes 8 or 25 or I-91 to the Merritt Parkway, and follow the directions, above.

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Address

2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305

Center & Nature Store Hours:

Monday-Saturday
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

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