Center at Fairfield

Teacher-naturalists Wanted

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Connecticut Audubon Society is seeking enthusiastic, energetic educators for our contract seasonal teacher-naturalist positions.  Teacher-naturalists are responsible for teaching outdoor and classroom science programs to a variety of audiences. 

Applicants with a minimum of one year teaching experience with proven skills teaching in formal and/or informal settings are encouraged to apply.  Please send a cover letter and resume to Education Manager, Tricia Kevalis at  For further information, click here


Seed Sale – Saturday, December 6

Enjoy 20% off all seed!  Preorders are due by Tuesday, November 24.  Click here for the preorder form
Receive 10% off Natures Store merchandise for pre-orders picked up on December 5th.

Nature Store News – What’s New in the Storecardinal socks

An adorable selection of bird themed ornaments just arrived!  The selves are stocked with beautiful Fairfield cards from Onion Hill.  And, a nice variety of bird themed socks are in, they  “fly off the shelves”  quickly so be sure to stop in soon for the greatest selection. 

December Programs

Looking for something to do nature related?  We have some great classes:  click here for our December programs.

 Sponsor an Ambassador Bird  Today!

Millie the Barn OwlSponsoring 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!


  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 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 Birdsside one and side two
Click here for the Larsen Sanctuary trail map.

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Backyard Birding

Saturday, December 12 from 10-11 a.m.
Learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound.  discover feeding habits, ways to attract birds to your feeder and what birdseed to use.  There’s a sanctuary walk too, weather permitting.  Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Nature Nursery

Mondays, December 14—February 22 from 10 – 10:45 a.m. No class December 28, January 18 and February 15)
For children ages 2-3 years accompanied by an actively participating adult

Oh the places we’ll go and the animals we’ll meet through the works of Dr. Seuss. Each week we’ll read a book by this beloved author and use it as a fun way to learn about the world of animals which will inspire cool crafts and activities. Chances to meet some animal friends in person. Fee (one child and one adult): CAS members $12/class; nonmembers $16/class. Eight-class series fee: CAS Members $88; nonmembers $120.  Held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Bagels and Birds of Prey

Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9:30-11 a.m.

Watching a bird while enjoying a bagel, what a relaxing way to take a break from the holiday frenzy and experience the serene majesty of the magnificent raptors at Center at Fairfield.

Join us for a light  bagel breakfast and up close presentation by a teacher naturalist who will introduce you to some of the amazing residents of our Birds of Prey compound. Learn about their characteristic features and what each of us can do to help them. $5 per person. All ages welcome.  This is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.



School Vacation Movie and Outdoor Fun

December 28, 29 and 30 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For children ages 4-8

Both outdoors and indoors, a variety of fun and unique nature-based   offerings are planned for each day. We’ll head outside to explore nature on our trails, build an ice sculpture and learn how to make snow. Inside we’ll meet animal friends, make Play-Doh, do crafts, and watch a movie on the big screen. Snack is provided. Please send a nut-free lunch for your child. Fee per child per day: CAS Members: $45/child; Nonmember: $50/child.  This is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.


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.

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

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, gathered at the head of Deer Meadow Trail to celebrate the dedication of the trail in memory of  her former 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.

Donations Needed

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 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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10 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

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