Center at Fairfield
Fairfield Resident and Conservationist Joins Connecticut Audubon as Director of Fairfield and Milford Operations
For immediate release
Fairfield, January 19, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has named longtime Fairfield resident Rick Boucher to lead its two busiest centers, in Fairfield and Milford, as well as its historic Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield.
Boucher, an outdoorsman with a long career in packaging, takes over in Fairfield from Nelson North, who was named executive director of Connecticut Audubon last year. Boucher replaces Cathy Hagadorn at the Milford Point Coastal Center. Connecticut Audubon will be making an announcement about a new assignment for Hagadorn soon.
As director of Fairfield and Milford operations, Boucher will oversee a staff of approximately 10, in addition to seasonal camp and education workers, at the Center at Fairfield and the Milford Point Coastal Center. He will also be involved in plans for renovating and reopening Birdcraft Museum.
“Rick is well-known in the community, he has a hard-working staff of professionals to rely on, and he’ll be a wonderful ambassador to our members and visitors,” North said. “On top of that, he knows his birds and he has a long record as a conservationist. We couldn’t have made a better choice.”
Read the rest of the announcement here…
Center at Fairfield Summer Camp Registration Begins February 14!
Summer camps at the Center at Fairfield offer both hands-on learning and unlimited fun. Campers explore the woods, ponds and streams, meet animals up close, develop outdoor skills, and have enriching experiences that inspire a life-long appreciation of, and connection to, the natural world.
Click here for a sneak preview of the Summer Camps brochure.
Don’t forget, registration begins on February 14th!
Junior Counselor Application
Medical Authorization Release Form
Parent Welcome Letter
Nature Store News
Shop our Nature Store – 20 % off all holiday items!
Want something unique for the nature lover on your list? Stop by the Nature Store and take a look! Our shelves are filled with bird and nature themed treasures: socks, mugs and cards with local Fairfield scenes.
Of courses we always carry feeders, seed, field guides and pocket field cards.
Pair two of these together for the perfect gift anytime!
Not sure what to get? How about a Center at Fairfield
The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We have a great lineup of fall activities and programs for families, children and adults. Click here for the Winter Program Brochure.
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.
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
Mondays, January 9 – February 27
10 – 10:45 a.m.
(no class Jan. 16 and Feb. 20)
Ages 2-3 with a participating adult
Each week we’ll learn fun nature facts, create crafts and meet exciting animals. Six-week series fee: members $60, non-members $80. Single class fee: members $12/class, non-members $16/class. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 for to register. The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
Junior Animal Care Keeper
Tuesdays, January 17 – February 21
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Students in grades 6 and 7
Help care for the resident non-releasable animals who live at the Center. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry care, preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy environment. Six-week series: members $60/child: non-members $80/child. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext.109 to register. The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
Afterschool Nature Club
Thursdays, January 26 – March 2
3:45 – 5 p.m.
Grades K to 2
Spend winter afternoons exploring our Sanctuary experiencing the season. We’ll take a hike, meet animals, play games and have a snack. Six-class series: members $60/child; and non-members $80/child. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. To register on-line click here. The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
Winter Storytelling and Cocoa
Saturday, January 28
1 – 2 p.m.
Join us for a cozy hour of storytelling and visiting with live animals as we sip delicious hot cocoa. $2 suggested donation. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. The program is being held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. To register online click here.
Full Moon Walk
Friday, February 10
7- 8:30 p.m.
When the sun goes down, the nighttime is alive with activity. During a full moon is the ideal time to see signs of night life! We’ll explore the Sanctuary and then head indoors for hot cocoa and a visit with an owl! All ages welcome, no strollers please. Members $3/person; family maximum $10, non-members $6/person; family maximum $15. Bring a flashlight! The walk is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. To register online click here.
Backyard Birding – Free
Saturday, February 11
10 – 11 a.m.
Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Discover bird feeding habits and ways to attract them to your feeder. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. Program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
Kids Day Off
Friday, February 17
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages 4 – 8
Spend the day off at the Center exploring nature and discovering what animals do in the winter. Inside we’ll play games, make crafts and meet some of the Center’s animals. Snack provided. Please send a nut-free lunch. Members $45/child, non-members $50/child. This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. To register online click here.
Saturday, February 25
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Hike the trails with us and discover the beauty of winter in the Sanctuary. All ages welcome, no strollers please. Donation suggested. Pre-registration required. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register. The Walk is being held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
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!
The date for badge day is 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
The date for the badge day is April 22, 2017. Pre-registration required. To register for visit the Girl Scout website at www.gsofct.org or download the registration form. Registration for the April program will begin in the spring.
Brownie Bugs and Brownie Hiker
Juniors – Animal Habitats
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.
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.
Kindergarten Presentation Schedule
Grade 1 Presentation Schedule
Grade 2 Presentation Schedule
The Center at Fairfield offers several adult programs which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization . Click here for the brochure.
For more information, contact Education Manager, Tricia Kevalis at 203-259-6305 ext. 117.
News and Announcements
Eat chocolate, help birds, does it get any better?
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.
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
- Raptor rig – call for details
Sponsor a Bird
Sponsoring 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
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 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!
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.
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.
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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