Center at Fairfield

You Can Be a Part of Connecticut’s Conservation Solution!

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Your donation will give you the satisfaction of knowing you did what you could
to help Connecticut’s vulnerable wildlife!

Photo by Melissa Groo

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 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.


Nature Store News

Holiday Extended Shopping Hours – Friday December 16 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 

December Seed Sale
December 10

Stock up for the winter!!  Pre-orders are due Wednesday, November 30.  Click here to download the pre-order form.

 

Shop our Nature Store – for unique nature gifts perfect for holiday gift giving! holiday-card-onion-hill

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, calendars, mugs and cards with local Fairfield scenes. 

Of courses we always carry feeders, seed, field guides and pocket field cards. 
classic2013 (1)Pair two of these together for the perfect holiday gift! 
Not sure what to get?  How about a Center at Fairfield
Gift Certificate? gift-certificate

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s time to think Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Roping and Tree Stands!

The Smith Richardson Tree Farm will be open from Saturday November 26 – Friday December, 23.  The hours of the Tree Farm are Tuesday-Friday from noon – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   The Tree Farm is located at 17 Sasco Creek Road in Westport.  For more information call: 203-623-0646.

 

Fall and Winter Programs

We have a great lineup of fall activities and programs for families, children and adults.  Click here for the Fall Program Brochure.   Click here for the Winter 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.  Read more>>

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

Backyard Birding

Saturday, December 10 
10 – 11 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street

Birding is a great family activity for any time of year, and it can begin right at the feeder in your backyard.  In this program learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound, discover who you can expect to see at the feeder this season, find out about bird feeding habits, what birdseed to use, and the best places to put feeders.   Pre-registration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register.

 

Cranberry Wreath Making

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Saturday, December 10
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Join us as we take part in the age-old tradition of wreath making as inspired by Mother Nature.  Using colorful cranberries, you will create and take home a festive wreath to place on your holiday table or hang on your door.  Share this class with family members or a friend to prepare for your holiday celebrations in style!  Members $15/wreath, non-members $18/wreath.  Pre-registration required.  Call 203-259-6305. ext. 109. The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Parents Night Out

Friday, December 16
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up

 

Child-free shopping arrives just in time for the holidays! Let Connecticut Audubon Society’s teacher-naturalists watch and occupy  your children while you get time to shop or make holiday preparations. At the Center, children will be entertained with live animals, snacks, crafts and, weather permitting an evening hike. And, after you drop off or before you  pick up your children, take advantage of our special holiday sale in the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store. For just this evening only, you’ll receive 20% off everything in the Nature Store! Members $20/child’s, non-members $25/child.  Pre-registration required by calling 203-259-6305 ext. 109. The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

School Vacation Fun!

Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street
December 27, 28, 29
10 to 2
Ages 4 – 8

School is out but the Center at Fairfield is in session for vacation fun. Both outdoors and indoors, a variety of  nature-based offerings are planned for each day. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside to explore and observe nature on the trails.  After all the fresh air, we’ll come inside to meet animal friends, make crafts, play games and then settle in for a movie on the big screen. Snack will be provided; please send a nut-free lunch. Members $45/child per day, non-members $50/child per day.  Pre-registration required.  To register call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or register on-line by clicking here.   The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Nature Nursery

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.

 

Backyard Birding – Free

Saturday, January 14
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.

 

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.

 

Young Nature Explorers

Tuesdays, January 17 – February 21
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Ages 4 – 6 (Child must be toilet trained and able to attend without an adult)

Crafts, songs, games and outdoor nature exploration – what better way to spend a winter afternoon? Six-week series fee: 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 19 – February 23
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. 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.

 

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.

 

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,

 

Winter Walk

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.

 

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
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

 

 

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

 

 

 

News and Announcements

Farm-to-Table Veggies on the Menu

 

Mother-daughter volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., prepare the organic vegetable garden.

Mother-daughter volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., prepare the organic vegetable garden.

Animals have to eat healthy too, and thanks to volunteers from the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., critter residents at the Center at Fairfield will soon be dining on home-grown organic greens fresh from their own garden. 

As part of on-going support to Connecticut Audubon, 17 NCL, Inc. Fairfield Chapter members spent their day off at the Center, on April 26, planting a vegetable garden that will supply food for many of the education animals living there. Braving rainy conditions, they weeded and prepared a raised garden bed with starter plants of Swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli and spinach, and sowed carrot seeds to round out the selections.

The vegetable garden is a true community collaboration. The starter plants were supplied by Gilberties Herb Gardens of Easton, and on-going garden care and maintenance like weeding, watering and harvesting, are being undertaken by Master Naturalist volunteers, and by students in the Jr. Animal Care program at the Center at Fairfield.  read more>>

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, Nelson North at 203-259-6305 ext. 101.

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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