Center at Fairfield

Register for camp at the Center at Fairfield

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14!

Use this link to register now:

Center at Fairfield

Use these links for more information:

Center at Fairfield
Camp brochure.
Registration Information
Registration Form
Welcome Letter
Medical Form
Authorization for Administration of Medication
Junior Counselor Registration Form

 

Farewell, Milton!

March 16, 2017 – Thousands of visitors to our Center at Fairfield over the last 15 years met Milton, perched on the gloved hand of one of our animal caretakers. We received this today, from Tricia Kevalis, our education manager and summer camp director:
 
“It is with great sadness that I am sending you this email. Our beloved Barn Owl, Milton, has died. We brought him to an avian specialist and they did all they could for him; the X-rays showed he had cancer.

“The South Wilton Veterinary hospital said he died very peacefully, which is all we could ask for.

“It is a total loss for Connecticut Audubon. Milton lived a good life here for the last 15 years.

“Milton loved to be with people and educate adults and kids.  He worked hard for us every day. He left his foot print here at the Center at Fairfield  and will always be remembered  in our hearts and by so many of our members and visitors.
 
“We will miss him very much and there will never be another Milton!!!!!”
 
Milton and the other birds we use for education at our Center at Fairfield and Center at Glastonbury bring joy to everyone who encounters them.

Your gift will help us feed and shelter them.

 


We’re hiring for Summer Camp! 
The Center at Fairfield is currently accepting applications for teachers for the 2017 camp session. 
Click here to details. 

 

Birds and Their Habitat is back! 
Preview Party October 6
Gallery hours — October 7 – 8

As the title suggests, works must feature birds and/or the beauty of nature, from bird life and their habitats to the diversity of natural landscapes specific to Connecticut and the North East.  Check back for details.

Interested artists click here for prospectus.

 

Nature Store News

Spring  Seed Sale is Saturday, April 8
Pre-order forms due by Wednesday, March 29
Click here to download a pre-order form.

 

Spring has sprung in our Nature Store! 

We have colorful new spring home décor perfect for gift giving or as a cheerful decoration for your own home.  

AudubonBons chocolate eggs make the perfect seasonal gift, too!  They come in three delicious flavors: Rum, Black Currant and Blood Orange.

 

Get ready for spring migration!  It’s time to clean out your nest boxes.  Need a new one? Come browse our shelves we have plenty in stock.

The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Spring Programs

We have a great lineup of fall activities and programs for families, children and adults.  Click here for the Spring Program Brochure.

  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. 

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

Nature Nursery, Spring Fling

Mondays, March 27 – May 22
10 – 10:45 a.m.
(no class April 10)

Ages 2-3 with a participating adult

We’ll venture out into the sanctuary and listen for frogs calling, see turtles sunning themselves, and watch for birds journeying back from their long   winter travels. Inside activities may include stories, crafts, games, experiments, and live animal visitors. Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor attire.

Eight-week series fee: members $84, non-members $112. Single class fee: members $12/class, non-members $16/class.  Preregistration required.  Nature Nursery is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Junior Gardeners Club

Wednesdays, March 29—June 7
(No class April 12)
3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Calling all 3rd and 4th graders! Do you like to eat? Have you ever wondered where the salad on you dinner plate came from? Does the smell of fresh earth tingle our nose? If this sounds like YOU … come join our garden club!   We’ll plant seeds and watch them grow, build a new garden and learn how to plant and care for the soil. Here’s a chance to learn about the animals at our center who’ll eat the food we grow!   Fun games and garden themed craft activities round out the Gardeners Club!

Ten-week series: members $135/child’s, non-members $171/child.  Preregistration is required.  To register online click here or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.  This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Junior Animal Care Keeper

Wednesdays, March 29 – May 24
(No class April 12)
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Students in grades 6 and 7

Help care for the Center’s animals. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry care,  preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy setting. Eight-week series: members $84/child: non-members $112/child.  Preregistration required.  To register online click here or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.  This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Boy Scout Badge Day

Saturday, April 1   9 a.m.

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!  Badge Day is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Pre-registration required.

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

Spring Break Camp

April 10, 11 and 12 (Mon – Wed)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 8

School breaks are a great time to experience the hands-on learning activities offered at the   Center. Both outdoors and indoors, a variety of fun, nature-based offerings are planned for each day. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside to explore the Sanctuary. After all the fresh air, we’ll come inside to meet animals and make crafts. Snack provided. Send a nut-free lunch. Fee: Members $45/day, non-members $50/day.  The Camp is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325  burr Street.  Preregistration required.  To register online click here or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15
10– 11:30 a.m. and 1—2:30 p.m
Center at Fairfield

Fun family activities include an egg hunt (ideal for children 8 and under), spring-themed craft making, and a visit from a special rabbit. Our morning egg hunt includes a continental breakfast and our afternoon hunt includes juice, cookies and healthy snacks. Pre-registration required. Program fee: $10/child and $5 for adults for CAS members; $15/child and $5 for adults for nonmembers.  Children under 2 are free.   This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.
Preregistration required 203-259-6305 ext. 109.  To register online click here.

Thursday Morning Bird Walks with Milan Bull

Thursdays, April 20 – May 18
7 – 8 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.

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, April 22
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join our teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements!

Brownie Bugs
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Brownie Hikers
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Junior – Junior Animal Habitat
9 – 11 a.m. 

$14/scout per badge

Pre-registration required.  To register, click the link below for the program of your choice.

Junior Animal Habitats (9-11)

Brownie Bugs (9-10)

Brownie Bugs (10:15-11:15)

Brownie Hiker (9-10)

Brownie Hiker (10:15-11:15)

 You can also register by visiting the Girl Scout website at: http://www.gsofct.org/iMIS_public/Core/Events/EventsCalendar.aspx. It does default to the current month, so you’ll need to click on April and you will see the program registration information.  

Spring Walk

Saturday, May 6 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Hike the trails with our naturalist and discover what spring has to offer: skunk cabbage, peepers calling, migrating birds. All ages – no strollers please. Bring binoculars! Donation suggested.  Please call to make a reservation – 203-259-6305 ext. 109.  The Spring Walk is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Do the Rot Thing – Composting Basics

Saturday, May 13
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ever wonder how banana peels, crackers,   coffee grounds and an apple core transform into soil? Stop by the Center and see our   composting bins, gather information sheets, and unravel the mysteries of composting and   vermicomposting. Crafts for kids, coffee for adults (yes we’ll compost the grounds!) and plant a seed in a decomposing pot using compost enriched soil. UCONN Master Compost interns available to answer questions.  This event is being held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. This is a free drop-in activity.

 

Trees All Around Us

Saturday, May 20
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Can’t tell an oak from a maple? A sassafras from a witch hazel? Then this is the walk for you! Explore the trees of the Sanctuary while learning basic tree identification skills. It’s not just leaves that tell the story of a tree’s identity. Get a closer look at bark texture, twigs and leaves using a hand lens and scan the tops of the trees with binoculars. Along the way discover fun facts and native lore about trees. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars.  This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Pre-registration is required.  Members $2/person, non-members $4/person.  To register online click here or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

 

National Trails Day – free event

Saturday, June 3
1 – 2 p.m.

On our Sanctuary walk we’ll discover ponds, a garden marsh, temperate deciduous forest, meadow, and swamp, while observing bird habitats. We’ll see ecological points of interest and discuss efforts to protect them. Terrain is easy to moderate. 20% off field guides and walking sticks in the Nature Store!  Preregistration required.  Call 20-3-259-6305 to register.  This event is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Connecticut Open House Day – free event

Saturday, June 10
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Does your family enjoy watching American robins searching for worms in your backyard, or a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead? Then join our Naturalist to discover more about birds. You’ll learn the basic on how to identify birds, and then go on a walk to put your skills to work. 10% off in the Nature Store, too!  Preregistration required.  Please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.  This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

 

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

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!

Pre-registration required.

Boy Scouts
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

Girl Scouts
 

Saturday, April 22
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Join our teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements!

Brownie Bugs
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Brownie Hikers
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Junior – Junior Animal Habitat
9 – 11 a.m. 

$14/scout per badge

Pre-registration required.  To register, click the link below for the program of your choice.

Junior Animal Habitats (9-11)

Brownie Bugs (9-10)

Brownie Bugs (10:15-11:15)

Brownie Hiker (9-10)

Brownie Hiker (10:15-11:15)

 

 

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.

 

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 2016/2017 click here

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

Adult Programs

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

Fairfield Resident and Conservationist Joins Connecticut Audubon as Director of Fairfield and Milford Operations

Rick Boucher

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…

Eat chocolate, help birds, does it get any better?

AudubonBons are handcrafted in small batches in Fairfield, Connecticut by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet, owner of BE Chocolat, using finest imported Belgian chocolate.

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 Blackcurrant. 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.

Wish List

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
  • Newspaper
  • Raptor rig – call for details

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!

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! 
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, Rick Boucher at 203-259-6305 ext. 113.

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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Our adjoining 155-acre Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary is open dawn to dusk year-round.
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