Center at Fairfield

Nature Nursery

Mondays, Through – May 23 from 10 – 10:45 a.m. (No class April 11)
For children ages 2-3 years accompanied by an actively participating adult
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join us for outdoor fun and adventure as spring unfolds in the Larsen Sanctuary. We’ll listen for frogs calling, view turtles sunning and watch birds journey back from their winter travels. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Individual class fee: $12/class for CAS members; $16/class for non-members.  Preregistration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Summer Camp at the Center at Fairfield

Instagram_Milford_Catch-Release_June29-July3_15 (54)Outdoor Fun and Adventure! Sessions Begin June 2016

Hands-on Learning. Enriching Experiences. Engaging Adventures. Memories that Last a Lifetime!
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Required Forms for All Campers
Camp Medical Form
Authorization for the Administration of Medicine

Other Forms and Information
Fairfield Camp Welcome Letter
 Fairfield Registration Information
 Fairfield Junior Counselor Registration

Thursday Morning Bird Walks with Milan Bull

Thursdays, April 14 – May 12
6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Join Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation for an early morning bird walk. This walk and talk is an ideal opportunity to see an excellent variety of birds along the trails. All levels of birders are welcome.  Free.

This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Pre-registration required.   Call for reservations: 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Spring Walks

Saturday, May 7
10:30 – Noon

Hike the trails with our naturalist and discover what spring has to offer in the Sanctuary: skunk cabbage, peepers calling, migrating birds.   All ages welcome, but no strollers please. Bring binoculars if you have them! 

This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Pre-registration required.   Call for reservations: 203-259-6305 ext. 109. Donation suggested.

 

Owl Tales

Tricia Kevalis with Lucy Barred OwlSaturday, May 14
10:30 a.m.

Owls fly, hoot, eat and they leave behind all sorts of tracks and traces, like owl pellets! Find out what a pellet is, meet our non-releasable owls up close and head to the woods looking for signs of owls. $5/person. All ages welcome, children must be able to sit during an owl presentation. No strollers please.  This is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Pre-registration required.  Call for reservations: 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Feeding Time

Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Come watch while our animal caretakers feed some of our resident animals. Discover fun facts about these creatures while you get an up-close view. Free.  This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Pre-registration required.   Call for reservations: 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

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National Trail Days

 Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Choose from one of two guided 1-hour hikes: 10:00 am or 1:00 pm. The leisurely 1.5 mile journey will pass through the Larsen Sanctuary where we’ll discover a temperate  deciduous forest, ponds,   garden marsh, meadow and swamp, while observing   several bird habitats and ecological points of interest and discussing efforts to protect them. The varied terrain will be of easy to moderate difficulty. Wear sturdy footwear. Visit the Nature Store, where we will offer 20% off field guides and walking sticks. Free.  Pre-registration required.  This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 


Nature Store News – Hummingbirds are arriving!

Start watching for Hummingbirds, the smallest warm-blooded creature on the planet.  They usually arrive in our area around the second week in April.  Need a Hummingbird feeder? Our Nature Store has a wide choice of feeders to choose from.
bird houseNow is the time to clean out nest boxes in preparation for the new tenants and put out your new nest boxes.  The Nature Store shelves are stocked with a great selection of  nest boxes.  
The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

  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

National Trail Days

 Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Choose from one of two guided 1-hour hikes: 10:00 am or 1:00 pm. The leisurely 1.5 mile journey will pass through the Larsen Sanctuary where we’ll discover a temperate  deciduous forest, ponds,   garden marsh, meadow and swamp, while observing   several bird habitats and ecological points of interest and discussing efforts to protect them. The varied terrain will be of easy to moderate difficulty. Wear sturdy footwear. Visit the Nature Store, where we will offer 20% off field guides and walking sticks. Free.  Pre-registration required.  This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Connecticut Open House Day

Saturday, June 11  open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Join us for Connecticut Open House Day — a unified  celebration of the state’s   fascinating world of art,   history and tourism. The Center at Fairfield, along with more than 200 other organizations and attractions throughout the state, will open its doors and offer free admission to visitors. The Center at Fairfield will feature a 10% discount in the Nature Store. To qualify for any Open House Day special, at least one person in each  visiting group must show a valid Connecticut driver’s license.  Center at Fairfield is located at 2325 Burr Street.

 

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.

 

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

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

Boy Scouts
There are two dates  available for the badges: one in the fall and the other in the spring.  Fall 2016/Spring 2017 dates will be posted soon.
                           Boy Scout – Bird Study
                           Webelos – Into the Woods and Into the Wild
                           Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns
                           Tiger – Tiger in the Wild

Girl Scouts
There are two dates available for the badges:  one in the fall and the other in the spring.  Fall 2016/Spring 2017 dates will be posted soon.

Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hiker
Juniors – Animal Habitats

 

 

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 2015/2016  click here. This is a new schedule.  It was revised in September.

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

 

 

 

News and Announcements

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!

The Flanagan family dedication at Deer Meadow Trail

The Flanagan family dedication at Deer Meadow Trail in memory of John Patrick Flanagan.

The Flanagan family dedication at Deer Meadow Trail in memory of John Patrick Flanagan.

On Saturday, June 27th, Amanda Flanagan and family, along with Nelson North, director Fairfield operations for the Connecticut Audubon Society, gathered at the head of the Larsen Sanctuary’s Deer Meadow Trail to celebrate the dedication of the trail in memory of  her late husband, John Patrick Flanagan.

The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation is a major sponsor of Connecticut Audubon Society’s outreach programming bringing inner city Bridgeport youth to the Center at Fairfield for Science and Nature programs in the Larsen Sanctuary.

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! 

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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