Center at Pomfret

Register for summer camp at the Center at Pomfret

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14!

Use this links to register online now:

Center at Pomfret

Use these links for more information:

Pomfret Summer Camp Brochure
Pomfret Summer Camp Mail-in Registration Form.
Pomfret Summer Camp Other Required Forms

Art Exhibits and Programs

 Nature Sketchbook Journaling
NEW DATE: Saturday, Apr. 22, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 9am-Noon at Trail Wood

You’ll spend time outdoors on the Bafflin Sanctuary, sketching and painting from nature. Roxanne Steed will teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Call 860-928-4948 to register.

Nature’s Canvas
Photography by Nancy L. Barrett
Reception: Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.
Exhibit and sale through end of July

Nancy spends much of her time hiking nearby woodlands capturing her vision of nature. Photography provides a way to share her observations with others. Free

General Information

Download the CT Audubon Bafflin Sanctuary Rules

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

American Woodcock, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Robin, Fox Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Mockingbird, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture

Birds You Can Expect to See at Bafflin during March

For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.

Events at the Center at Pomfret

News and Announcements

Climate Change and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Center at Pomfret

Come hear Dr. Ekwurzel, co-author of Cooler, Smarter, speak on climate change and ways we can lessen our negative impact on our planet.

Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and the director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In her role, she ensures that all program analyses reflect robust and relevant climate science, and researches the influence of major carbon producers on rising global average temperatures. Dr. Ekwurzel also presents frequently to a range of audiences on climate science, educating the public on practical, achievable solutions for climate change. Click here for complete bio.

Waterbirds in Love:  Photography by Carol Lowbeer

Exhibit through April 28

Rarely seen courtship photos of over 50 species of waterbirds from 5 continents, including many endangered species. The birds perform spirited displays and courtship dances to impress each other while they pair up for their annual rituals. Free to the public.

 

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 31, Noon 

Join Connecticut Audubon Society volunteers for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

Thursday Morning Walks
Now through March 30, 8:30 am

Walk with us on Thursdays, Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Family and Children’s Programming

 After School Nature Club
Spring Session: Thursdays
April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. We will be outside, so weather appropriate clothing and boots are a must. Fee: Members $60 for the 6-day session; Non-members $70 for the 6-day session. Download Permission Form.

Toddler Trails and Tales
Tuesdays, March 7 thru May 30
12:45 p.m.

Center volunteer and mom of three, Melissa Telford will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost per child per day: $5 CAS members; $7 non-members.

April Vacation Camp
Tues., April 11 thru Fri., April 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here to download the registration form.
Click here to download camp flyer.

Limited to 20 per day. CAS members $45 per day; non-members $55 per day.  

Bird Walks and Programs

Woodcock Watches
Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 21 thru May 30, 8a.m.

Fee: $3 CAS members; $7 non-members.

Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.

Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m.

Free $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m.

Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Afternoon Bird Walk
Thursday, May 11, 5 p.m.

Fee: $5 members/$10 nonmembers.

Long Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m.

Meet at the center and carpool to this new Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 14, 8 a.m.

Fee: $5 members; $10 non- members; Mothers Free!


20 Warbler Day
Monday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.

We are going to attempt to find 20 species of warblers in one day.
Call 860-928-4948 to register. Fee: $15 members; $30 non-members.

Bird Watch for People with Limited Mobility
Wednesday, May 17, 8 a.m.

Join Andy as we drive to various locations and observe numerous bird species from the road or your vehicle.  Register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 members; $10 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Thursday, May 18, 8 a.m.

Meeting at the center, we will carpool to this large forest in Thompson. This will be the first bird trip to this location. Fee: $7 members; $12 non-members.

90 Bird Day
Friday, May 19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our tenth annual, our goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds by visiting many locations. Bring lunch, drinks & snack. Fee: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Registration required at 860-928-4948.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.

Participants may release a bird. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m.

Fee: $ 7 CAS members; $12 non-members.

 

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  
860-928-4948

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

jan-2015

Winter Wildlife Tracking 

What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary.  Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

 

Vernal Pool Inventory
Friday, April 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Field work – Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May

With spring rains and snowmelt, pools that typically are dry throughout summer, become breeding habitat for woodland amphibians. Peepers, wood frogs and spotted salamanders congregate at these vernal pools. Our trained volunteers search vernal pools for these breeding amphibians and their egg masses. Call to register for one of the training sessions at 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 for CAS members; $15 for non-members.

 

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Early- Mid May 2016 031_2Want to add a little excitement to your classroom? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Winter Tracks, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Winter Birds, and Rockin’ Out, to name a few. Also, consider our four hour school field trips The Dirt on Soil, Bird Ecology, Scratching the Surface (Geology), Watersheds and Erosion, Native Americans, EcoNiches and Adaptations, and more! The calendar fills up quickly. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  
860-928-4948 

Special Opportunities

Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property

Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys and can provide habitat management recommendations for your property. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups that want an inventory of what bird species they have breeding or using their property might be interested in this service. Conservation groups that are evaluating potential land purchases for conservation might find this service helpful as well. The best time of year to conduct nesting bird surveys is May and June. Call for more information: 860-928-4948.

Group Programming

Are you a school, library or other organization serving the community? We’re glad to raise environmental awareness in all contexts! We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.

Private Guided Bird and Nature Walks

Throughout the year, sanctuary manager Andy  Rzeznikiewicz can take you on a private bird and nature walk, geared to your expectations and locations.  Andy can take you to your next life bird, local hot spots, or places he knows to find birds and wildlife for you.  Owl walks and private woodcock watches are very successful in small groups.  This is an excellent gift for that outdoor enthusiast who has everything. Call 860-928-4948 for more information.

Directions

From the intersection of Routes 101 and 169, take Route 169 north.

Take your first right onto Day Road. Follow for approximately one mile to stop sign.

Turn right continuing on Day Road. Center less than one quarter mile up on your right.

218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259

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Address

218 Day Road
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
860-928-4948

Center Hours:

Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday
Noon-4:00 p.m.

Register for Summer Camp

Our adjoining 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.
Bafflin Sanctuary Map

The Center at Pomfret manages the 168-acre Trail Wood Sanctuary, open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. (Buildings open to the public only by appointment.)
Trail Wood Sanctuary Map

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