Center at Fairfield

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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 Center at Fairfield Brochure

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

Nature Fun

Friday, February 12  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Spend the day off at the Center at Fairfield.   We’ll go outside to explore nature and discover what animals do in winter. Inside we’ll play games, create crafts and meet some of the Center’s resident animals. Snack is provided. Please send a nut-free lunch for your child. CAS Members $45/child and Nonmembers $50/child.  This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Preregistration required, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register.  Click here to register on-line.

Adirondack Night 2016!

Adirondack Night

Join us for a wonderfully casual fleece and flannel event!
Saturday, March 5
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
$45 per person

Live Music by Matt Miklus and his String Band
Live Birds of Prey
Famous Audubon Chilies
Hearty Hors d’oeuvres
Silent Auction
Artwork for sale:  Carved Feathers by Bill Rice
Paintings by Kelly Radding

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Backyard Birding

Saturday, February 20 from 10-11a.m.

Learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits, ways to attract them to your feeder and what birdseed to use.  This is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Free. Call to register at 203-259-6305 ext. 109

Winter Walk in the Woods

Saturday, February 27  from 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Join our naturalist   on a hike through the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Sanctuary. We’ll have fun exploring the sanctuary looking for animal tracks while searching the ponds, forest, swamp and garden marsh for birds and other wildlife.  $2 per person  The Walk is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Preregistration required, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register.


Junior Animal Care Keeper

Tuesdays, March 1 – April 26 from 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street
For 6th and 7th graders

Come interact one-on-one with critters from our live animal collection including     reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates. From glamorous to gross, you’ll learn about animal husbandry care, prepare and offer their food, and ensure they have a healthy living environment.  Series fee: $84/person for members; $112/person for non-members. Pre registration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109


Backyard Birding in March

Saturday, March 12 from 10-11a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits, ways to attract them to your feeder and what birdseed to use.  

Nature Nursery

Mondays, March 14 – 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.

Cost for 10-week series: $108 for CAS Members; $144 for non-members.    Individual class fee: $12/class for CAS members; $16/class for non-members.  Preregistration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Build a Birdfeeder

Saturday, March 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.   For all ages
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

There’s nothing like a handmade feeder to get birds of a feather flocking together — to your yard. We’ll show you several ways to upcycle everyday recyclable finds and materials from nature to make feeders that your feathered friends will love.

Fee is $5/participant CAS members and $10/participant non-members.  Preregistration required, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.


This beautiful calendar has large boxes perfect for recording birds you see!

This beautiful calendar has large boxes perfect for recording birds you see!

Nature Store News – Holiday Sale

All holiday items are 20% off including calendars, tabletop decorations and ornaments.  And we have a special 50% off section, too!  The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

February Bird Seed Sale
20-% off all seed

Stock up for National Bird-Feeding Month.  During February, the Center at Fairfield offers 20% off all seed in the Nature Store.  Many choices of high quality seed, suet and feeders are available.  Knowledgeable staff are always available to advise on seed choice and feeder selection.  The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 -3 p.m.

  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 (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 10am – 3pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our owls, hawks, and falcons up close!

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

Larsen Sanctuary Checklist of Birds-  side one and side two
Larsen Sanctuary trail map – click here

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Master Naturalist Certification Program

Tuesdays, March 29 – June 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of Connecticut?  Would you like to experience the rewards of sharing that knowledge and teaching others about the stewardship of Connecticut’s natural resources?  If so, our Master Naturalist program may be for you!
The program at the Center at Fairfield provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in 4 hour sessions.  Classes are taught by field experts.  The cost is $195 for members and $250 for nonmembers (includes membership).  Registration deadline is March 22.  To download the Registration Form click here.  Read more>>>

For more information call: 203-259-6305 ext. 112.
Most of the classes are held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. 

Hummingbirds with Milan Bull

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  Date: 5/20/2009  Location: Somerset County, NJ

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Saturday March 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join Miley as he  discusses the smallest warm-blooded  creature on the planet.   And, receive 10% off on hummingbird feeders! $5 suggested donation.  Preregistration required.  Please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.


Egg Hunt

Saturday,  March 26  10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Streetblue bunny

Family fun includes egg hunt, crafts and a visit from a special rabbit! Morning hunt has a continental breakfast and afternoon hunt includes healthy snacks. Preregistration is  required. $10/child and $5/adult for members, $15/child and $5/adult for  non-members.  Click here to purchase your ticket on-line.


Nature Tots

Tuesdays, March 29 through May 24 (no class April 12) from 2-4:30 p.m.   For Ages 4 – 6
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street
Crafts, songs, games and nature exploration. What better way for your child to spend a spring afternoon! 8 week series fee: $160/child for members; $224/child for non-members. (Child must be toileted trained and able to attend without an adult).


Boy Scout Badge Days

Saturday,  Saturday April 2
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!   

Boy Scout – Bird Study 9AM – 12PM
Webelos – Into the Wild and Into the Woods 9-1:30AM or 10:30AM – 12PM
Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns 9-10AM or 10:15-11:15AM or 11:30AM-12:30PM
Tiger – Tiger in the Wild 9-10AM or 10:15-11:15AM or 11:30AM-12:30PM
To register for a badge day, download the Registration Form.

This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325  Burr Street.

Girl Scout Badge Days

Saturday April 23
This is a great opportunity to earn a badge!  Our teacher/naturalists will lead scouts on an exploratory hike through Larsen Sanctuary, all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys and achievements. 
Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hikers are being offered on October 17 and April 23.  There are two time slots to choose from, either 9-10 a.m. , 10-11 a.m.  or 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Junior Animal Habitats is being offered on April 23.  There are two time slots to choose from, either 9-10 a.m. , 10-11 a.m.  or 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
For program descriptions or to register, visit the Girl Scout website.  The Program description for Brownie Bugs is on page 13, Brownie Hikers page 14 and Junior Animal Habitats on page 17.
Here are the direct links for registration:

These programs are held at the Center at Fairfield.

Download Program Flyers

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
Two dates are available for the badges: Saturday, November 7 and Saturday April 2
                           Boy Scout – Bird Study
                           Webelos – Into the Woods and Into the Wild
                           Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns
                           Tiger – Tiger in the Wild
To register for a badge day, download the Registration Form.

Girl Scouts
Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hiker- April 23
Juniors – Animal Habitats –  April 23
For  information or to register visit the Girl Scout website click here.  Information about Brownie Bugs is on page 13 of the program booklet and Brownie Hikers is on page 14.  Junior Animal Habitat information is on page 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 2015/2016  click here. This is a new schedule.  It was revised in September.

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 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; outdoor herb, perennial, and large butterfly gardens!  You can be involved in planting, weeding, edging, and sprucing up the Center at Fairfield 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  Click here to download the Animal Care volunteer application.


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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2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824

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