Center at Fairfield
Summer Camp – Space Still Available in Most Sessions
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 up close!
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 Junior Science Labs have moved from Birdcraft and will be held at Center at Fairfield.
Yuck Much is full.
Click here for our brochure
Click here to Register for Summer Camp
Medical Authorization Release Form
Counselor and Junior Counselor Applications:
Nature Store News
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Zing zap hizz! Baby hummingbirds are coming out of their nests right now. Be sure to keep your hummingbird feeders filled and replace often as the weather turns hotter. Don’t have a feeder? Visit our Nature Store to see our great selection of hummingbird feeders and accessories. The Nature Store is open from 10 -3 pm Monday through Saturday. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help with your selection. And of course, we have lots of seed on hand for all your summer bird feeding needs. Click here for Summer Bird Feeding Tips.
Sponsor a Bird of Prey Today!
Our 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.
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 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 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.
Larsen Sanctuary Checklist of Birds – side one and side two.
Click here for the Larsen Sanctuary trail map.
Events at the Center at Fairfield
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.
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!
Check back here in the early summer for the 2015/2016 schedule and registration form.
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.
PRESENTATION SCHEDULE: The 2015/2016 Presentation Schedules will be posted here in the fall.
News and Announcements
New Chair Campaign
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.
Refrigerator: A refrigerator is needed with dimensions no larger than 66 inches high and 32 inches wide. Please contact Nelson North at 203-259-6305 ext. 101.
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 give 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.
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 CASAnimalcare@ctaudubon.org. 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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