Center at Fairfield

There are plenty of great reasons to support the Connecticut Audubon Society. Join your friends and neighbors who are helping us conserve Connecticut!

 

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“Connecticut Audubon is all about teaching kids (and their parents for that matter) about wildlife and the outdoors. That’s so important if we want to have a healthy environment and a healthy populace.”
Peter Kunkel, Trumbull

 

testimonialMaryHogue “Connecticut Audubon’s Larsen Sanctuary is my backyard neighbor; it’s why we bought our house and moved to Fairfield. And it’s why we have met and continue to enjoy these wonderful friends. Connecticut Audubon is an integral, enriching part of my life.”
– Mary Hogue, Fairfield
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“Connecticut Audubon Society has played a valuable role in tailoring hands-on, inquiry-based field experiences for the students at The Unquowa School. Thoughtful programs have provided countless opportunities to explore the outdoors and observe wildlife. CAS educators help students connect to the environment.”
– Mary Curran, The Unquowa School, Fairfield

 

Click here to make a tax deductible gift to our Annual Appeal!

December Vacation Camp

Movie and Outdoor Fun!

December 29 and 30
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For ages 4 – 8

School is out, but a day of fun is in session!  The day is chock full of winter activities including a movie on the big screen, a nature walk, and building an ice sculpture (weather permitting).  Snack is included. Please provide your own lunch.

$45/child per day for members and $50/child for nonmembers.

For more information call: 203-259-6305 ext. 109

Nature Store News

 

Don’t forget to stop by our Nature Store for unique bird-themed gifts this holiday season.

-Holiday bird cards from Crane Creek Graphics

-Local Fairfield-scene holiday cards by artist Kassie Foss.

Plus a huge array of bird-themed hostess gifts, calendars, ornaments, home décor, socks, mugs, toys, Birds & Beans coffee as well as everything you need for backyard birding – feeders, seed and accessories.

Members receive a 10% discount on all store & seed purchases!

 
Registration for Winter Programs has Begun!

We have a great line-up of fall programs. Click here to download our winter brochure.

Sponsor a Bird of Prey Today!

MiltonOur Birds of Prey are in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of their feed, shelter, and care.   You can sponsor a bird through our Bird Sponsorship Program.  You’ll be helping to provide the necessary support to care for our non-releasable birds.  Click here for sponsorship information.

 

 

 

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 (Birds and Their Habitat, 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 10:00am – 3:00pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our owls, hawks, falcons and vulture up close!

Our Nature Store provides nature-related gifts, birding guides, a great selection 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.

 Click here for Checklist of Birds of the Larsen Sanctuary   – side one and side two.

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Vacation Camp: Movie and Outdoor Fun

Monday December 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday December 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For children ages 4-8.  School is out, but a day of fun is in session!  Drop your children off for a day or two of Audubon fun.  We’ll watch a movie on the big screen and the go out on the trails for winter exploration.  The day is chock full of winter activities including a nature walk, building an ice sculpture (weather permitting) and so much more!  Snack is provided.  Please provide your own lunch.  The fee per day is $45 per child for Connecticut Audubon Society members and $50 for nonmembers.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 for reservations. 

Backyard Birding

January 10 from 10-11 a.m.

Binoculars? Check!  Note pad? Check!  Field guide? Check!  That’s all you need when you come to Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield to learn about watching and feeding winter birds—a great family activity that you can take home and share in your own backyard.

Winter is a perfect time for viewing and identifying birds when trees have shed their leaves and it’s easier to detect and hear the birds who stay local for the season. Backyard birding begins at the feeder so you’ll learn who is at the feeder at this time of year, their feeding habits, and their characteristics. You’ll also receive tips for attracting birds to your feeder, what birdseed to use, and where to place feeders.

The program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Meet in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store. Weather permitting, there will be a walk in the sanctuary.  Identification books are also available in the Nature Store. This program is free but donations are appreciated. Register in advance by calling 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Survival Snowshoes

Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 – noon

Children will make a pair of decorative snowshoes constructed from white pine boughs.  While the snowshoes are for decorative purposes, the skills learned can be used to make an emergency pair of snowshoes!

Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.  $10 per child/adult team for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Halloween in Winter

Friday, February 13 from 10 – 2 p.m. (For ages 4 – 8)

The day is filled with Halloween fun including mask making, meeting creepy crawly critters, carving watermelons and filling them with treats for animals in our sanctuary.  Snack is provided but bring your own lunch.  Members $45/child and nonmembers $50/child.

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:  The revised  2014/2015  will be posted soon.   

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE:  For the 2014/2015 Presentation Schedule, click on the appropriate Grade Level: Kindergarten, First Grade or Second Grade.

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

Attention all scouts, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to earn a badge or two!  Join CAS Teacher-Naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys, and achievements!

Click here for the 2014/2015  Badge Bonanza registration form.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with 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.

News and Announcements

Winter Drum Circle

Sorry! This Event Has Been Cancelled!

Friday, December 19 at 6 p.m.

Bring the whole family along for some winter drumming fun!  Let’s turn the cold winter into a warm and cozy hour as we roast marshmallows, sip on some hot cocoa and drum away the night!  Bring Your Own Drum!  Appropriate for children ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult.  The fee is:  for Connecticut Audubon Society Members $5 per person with a $15 family maximum. Nonmembers is $9 per person and a family maximum of $27.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 for reservations.

 

Nature Nursery: Winter Wonderland

For children 2-3 years of age accompanied by a participating adult.

Classes meet on Tuesdays: December 9th – February 3rd (No class on December 30)  Classes are from 10  – 11 a.m.

Come discover the wonders of winter as we discover where animals hide and go in the winter.  Each week is chock full of nature fun as we explore life in the sanctuary, create a craft, read a story and learn about nature all around us.

Individual classes:  Connecticut Audubon Society Members – $12/class, Nonmembers $16/class.  8 week program series: Connecticut Audubon Society Members $88 and Nonmembers $120.  Please call for reservations at 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Simon Wins Again!

Simon is on Ballet for this year's favorite critter at Connecticut Audubon SocietySimon the Hedgehog has been declared the winner of this year’s Animal Election.  Simon won by a whisker, with the two mice in close second.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, voters both young and old alike cast their votes for their very favorite critter at the Center at Fairfield.

Join Our Chair Campaign

We’d like to replace our well used chairs that are currently being used for all of our programs.  

The National Charity League  Easton/Redding Area Chapter kicked off our Chair Campagin with the donation of  our first row of new chairs.   If you’d like to donate a chair or two, please call 203-259-6305.ext. 109.

Have You Sponsored A Bird of Prey?

MiltonOur Birds of Prey are in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of their feed, shelter, and care.   You can sponsor a bird through our Bird Sponsorship Program.  You’ll be helping to provide the necessary support to care for our non-releasable birds.  Click here for sponsorship information.

Donations Needed

Scrub Brushes and Garden Gloves:  We also need scrub brushes and garden gloves (new or gently used).  You may drop these items off  in the Nature Store  anytime between 10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Saturday.

Refrigerator:  We are looking for refrigerator 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, and tiny pigs and ponies in the new Fairy Garden exhibit.  This teeny tiny garden of whimsy is a miniature landscape.  Small-scale plants, whimsical foliage that looks like mini forest trees and teensy accessories gIMG_1366ive the illusion of tiny creatures living in the garden. 

This special garden was designed and 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 open Monday-Saturday 10:00am- 3:00pm.

Join our Volunteer Team!

 

Fairfield Center Volunteer

At the Connecticut Audubon Society, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment.  By volunteering at our Center at Fairfield, 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, including working in the Nature Store, 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 fairy garden; outdoor herb, perennial, and large butterfly gardens!  You can be involved in planting, weeding, edging, and sprucing up the Connecticut Audubon Society  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 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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