Center at Fairfield

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Registration Form
Welcome Letter
Medical Form
Authorization for Administration of Medication
Junior Counselor Registration Form
  

 


 

Nature Store News

Spring is here and so are the birds!

What’s new in the Nature Store?  Our shelves are filled with spring décor with birds in mind like these two little charmers!

Of course, we always have plenty of seed on hand, feeders and nest boxes are available too.    

 

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.

Hand made by Dave MacKenzie

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

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.

 

 

Master Naturalist Program

Tuesdays, September 5 – November 7, 2017  (One Saturday class – September 30)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of Connecticut?  Would you like to experience the rewards of sharing that knowledge and teaching others about the stewardship of Connecticut’s natural resources?  If so, our Master Naturalist program may be for you!
The program at the Center at Fairfield provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in 4 hour sessions.  Classes are taught by field experts.  The cost is $205 for members and $260 for nonmembers (includes membership).  As part of the tuition, participants must be able to give 10 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class. Registration deadline is August 15, 2017.  To download the Application Form click here.   For the information sheet click here.

For more information email: cnoyes@ctaudubon.org.
Most of the classes are held at 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 dates for badge day are November 4, 2017 and April 7, 2018.    
                           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 dates for badge day are October 21, 2017 and April 28, 2018.  And new this year Daisy Day – January 20, 2018 — Rosie’s Story.

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.  Check back in the fall to register online.

 

 

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

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 chocolates, 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.
 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!

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

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, 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 children ages 13-18, 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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