Center at Fairfield

Summer Camp Registration Has Begun

Brochure insect nettingFor many years, our summer camp programs have delighted children with the chance to experience the joys of learning in nature’s classroom. Campers ages 4 – 14 have the kind of fun that can come only from exploring the woods and tide pools, visiting marshes and brooks, or meeting an owl or a turtle up close. Each session offers natural science presented so it’s fun, fascinating and tactile.

We’re excited to announce that our Junior Science Labs have a new full day option in addition to our half day sessions. Please note that the Junior Science Labs have moved from Birdcraft and will now be held at the Center at Fairfield. And in addition to all the old favorites, there are a variety of new camp offerings like, “Audubon Adventures” where campers will learn about the cool critters that inhabit the sanctuary’s pond,  forest, marshes and streams. They’ll meet the Center’s animal and bird ambassadors, too!

Click here for our brochure
Click here to Register for Summer Camp

Camp Forms:
Registration Information
Registration Form
Medical Form
Medical Authorization Release Form

We are now accepting applications for Counselors and Junior Counselors.

Adirondack Night

Join us on Saturday, March 7

Join us on Saturday, March 7

What could evoke the simple, breathtaking beauty of winter more than an Adirondack experience?  Now you can savor the sights, sounds and flavors of this unique wilderness preserve without the long drive to get there.
On Saturday, March 7th, the Center at Fairfield is being transformed into an Adirondack lodge reflecting nature’s rustic and rugged mountain.  The evening features a silent auction, lively music by the Merwin Mountain Band, and hearty cuisine like Audubon’s special-recipe chilies, smoked game and fish, along with an open bar.  Weather permitting, there will be guided walks through the Larsen Sanctuary.
Silent Auction items include terrific items like a Guided Day of Birding at Block Island, Birding from a Boat in Long Island Sound, and a scrumptious Game Dinner!  To be transported to this cozy night in the Adirondacks, the cost is only $45 per person.  To purchase tickets click here or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

20% off all seed
February is National Bird Feeding Month!  Celebrate with 20% off bird seed all month long in the Nature Store.

Nature Store News

Holiday Sale:  20% off!
We have a great selection of calendars, ornaments, holiday cards and table top accessories, all 20% off! 

Programs

We have a wonderful line-up of  programs. Click here to download our winter brochure and our spring programs.

Sponsor a Bird of Prey Today!

MiltonOur Birds of Prey are in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of their feed, shelter, and care.   You can sponsor a bird through our Bird Sponsorship Program.  You’ll be helping to provide the necessary support to care for our non-releasable birds.  Click here for sponsorship information.

 

 

 

General Information

Center at Fairfield

Built in 1971, the Center at Fairfield serves as the hub of environmental education programs and activities for schools, families and children, and adults throughout the year. Its many events include summer camp, after-school youth programs, programs for scout troops and other community organizations, and annual special events (Birds and Their Habitat, Adirondack Night, Enchanted Forest, Egg Hunt ).

The Center is adjacent to the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary and provides an indoor setting for the interpretation of its varied land, forest, and freshwater wetland ecosystems. The Center features a butterfly garden, the Farm Pond (great for spotting frogs, turtles, and ducks), a greenhouse featuring a ‘Fairy Garden’ and nature-related exhibits. The Center also features a “Live Birds of Prey” Compound which is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our owls, hawks, falcons and vulture up close!

Our Nature Store provides nature-related gifts, birding guides, a great selection of bird houses and feeders, a wide selection of Lyric bird seed and other bird-related supplies.

The Center welcomes many volunteers, as participants in our Citizen Science projects and Animal Care Program, and in our many events and activities. Read our News and Announcements.

 Click here for Checklist of Birds of the Larsen Sanctuary   – side one and side two.  Click here for the Larsen Sanctuary trail map.

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Animal Tracking

Saturday, February 21 and 28 from 10a.m. – 11:30 
Participants will gain a greater knowledge and understanding of animal tracks, tracking, trail interpretation and ecology in regards to the State of Connecticut.  $10/person per day for members and  $15/person per day for nonmembers.

Game Night Out

Friday, March 13 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
For children ages 5 and up
An evening of fun and games for children while parents take the night off. Animal trivia, bingo and crafts are some of the activities planned. We will provide snack and drinks. $20; preregistration required by March 11.

 

Backyard Birding

Saturday, March 14 from 10 – 11 am
Winter is a perfect time for viewing and identifying birds and it’s a great family activity that begins at the feeder in your own backyard. Learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound. See who is at the feeder this time of year, their feeding habits, their characteristics as well as ways to attract birds to your feeder, what birdseed to use, and where to place feeders. For adults and children ages 12 and up. 

Badge Bonanza

Saturday, March 21 or Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon
Attention all scouts! Don’t miss this great opportunity to earn a new badge or two. Join Connecticut Audubon Society’s teacher-naturalists as they lead scouts on an exploratory hike through Fairfield’s beautiful Larsen Sanctuary, all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys and achievements.

The badges we will address on each day are:
For Boys:
Cub Scouts: Tiger (Let’s Go Outdoors), Bear (Sharing Your World with Wildlife), and Webelos (Naturalists) and Boy Scouts: Bird Study
For Girls:
Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hiker, Junior Animal Habitats
*These programs tie into the Girl Scout’s Journey Series’ “It’s Your Planet, Love It!” and/or “It’s Your Story, Tell It!”
Space is limited, pre-registration is required. The fee is $10 per badge, per scout.

Nature Nursery

Mondays: March 23 – May 18, (No class April 13)
Classes meet: 10 – 10:45 a.m.

For children ages 2-3 years accompanied by an actively participating adult.
Come join us as spring approaches. Spring colors, sounds and movements surround us as we venture out into the Larsen Sanctuary. We’ll listen for frogs calling, view turtles sunning themselves and watch birds who have journeyed back from their long winter travels. Preregistration required.  Individual class fee: CAS Members $12/class; Nonmembers $16/class.  8-Program Series fee: CAS Members $88; Nonmembers $120 For more information and to register, call 203-259-6305, ext. 109.

Master Naturalist Training

Tuesdays, March 24 through June 2
Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With  44 hours of training, this may be the program for you.
The Master Naturalist program is a certificate program that increases individual skills as a novice naturalist and a way to help citizens become more involved in the Fairfield community and Connecticut Audubon society network.   Cost – $195 members; $250 non-members (includes membership) and 40 hours volunteer work for Center at Fairfield at the culmination of the program. Preregistration required by March 17.

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. 118.

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 revised  2014/2015  click here.  Mystery In the Marsh 2nd grade dates are revised, please check carefully. 

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE:  For the 2014/2015 Presentation Schedule, click on the appropriate Grade Level: Kindergarten, First Grade or Second Grade.

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

Attention all scouts, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to earn a badge or two!  Join CAS Teacher-Naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys, and achievements!

Click here for the 2014/2015  Badge Bonanza registration form.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with 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.

News and Announcements

Peeper Prowl

Friday, April 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Come listen with us for spring peepers in our marsh and look for secretive animals like the spotted salamander. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required by April 8.   $6/person for CAS members and $8/person for nonmembers. Call 203-2596305 ext. 109 to register.

 

Join Our Chair Campaign

We’d like to replace our well used chairs that are currently being used for all of our programs.  

The National Charity League  Easton/Redding Area Chapter kicked off our Chair Campagin with the donation of  our first row of new chairs.   If you’d like to donate a chair or two, please call 203-259-6305.ext. 109.

Have You Sponsored A Bird of Prey?

MiltonOur Birds of Prey are in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of their feed, shelter, and care.   You can sponsor a bird through our Bird Sponsorship Program.  You’ll be helping to provide the necessary support to care for our non-releasable birds.  Click here for sponsorship information.

Donations Needed

Scrub Brushes and Garden Gloves:  We also need scrub brushes and garden gloves (new or gently used).  You may drop these items off  in the Nature Store  anytime between 10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Saturday.

Refrigerator:  We are looking for refrigerator with dimensions no larger than 66 inches high and 32 inches wide .    Please contact Nelson North at 203-259-6305 ext. 101.

Pillow Cases:  Gently used pillow cases in spring pastel colors are now on our wish list!  Drop them off in the Nature Store or call 203-259-6305 ext. 117 for more details.

Plastic Eggs:  If you’re cleaning out your closets and find bags of plastic eggs, we’re happy to take them any time of year!

Visit our Fairy Garden!

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

This special garden was designed and 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 open Monday-Saturday 10:00am- 3:00pm.

Join our Volunteer Team!

 

Fairfield Center Volunteer

At the Connecticut Audubon Society, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment.  By volunteering at our Center at Fairfield, 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, including working in the Nature Store, visitor center or outdoors.

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

Garden Volunteer

Are you interested in learning about plants and all apsects of gradening?  We offer a variety of volunteer opporutnnities, including garden maintenance in our green-house fairy garden; outdoor herb, perennial, and large butterfly gardens!  You can be involved in planting, weeding, edging, and sprucing up the Connecticut Audubon Society  Gardens .  We welcome all levels of experience.  Our graden team typically works on Friday mornings at 2325 Burr Street. 

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.

Our live animal collection includes permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent reptiles, birds and mammals which are all an integral part of our educational programming.

The time commitment is one day per week during the school year from 3:00-5:00pm or on Saturdays from 10:00-noon.  Animal Care hours in the summer are from 2:00-4:00pm during the week.

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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