Center at Pomfret

My Camera in the Woods

Nancy Barrett

Nature Photography Exhibit and Sale
Exhibit through May 31

Killingly resident, Nancy Barrett, spends much of her time hiking nearby woodlands capturing her vision of nature. Photography provides a means to bring the outdoors inside her home. And a way to share her observations with others. Never one to leave home without a camera, she is always looking for that next image.

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General Information

Center Front view Sept 2011 

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Bobolink, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Savannah Sparrow, American Kestrel, Virginia Rail, Sora, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Veery, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser


Birds to Expect This Month 

Download a List of Birds You Can Find at Bafflin Sanctuary in May 

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




Save the date!

Owl Garden Party 2016
Thursday, June 16th at 6pm

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 25, 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. Cost: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.


Family and Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club

Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them our way! After a quick snack, we’ll head out onto the trails to explore and search. The afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise, and fun. Cost: $40/monthly session for CAS members; $50/monthly session for non-members.
May Session: Grades K-6:  Thurs, May 5, 12, 19, & 26

Bird Walks

Indigo Bunting (male)

Indigo Bunting (male)

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 22 thru May 31, 8 a.m.

With access to over 1,650 acres of open space, we will seek out a variety of bird species.  Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars (on some occasions a spotting scope is useful). Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.


Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m.

We will explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford.  Much of the land is owned by Yale.  It is a unique area due with a Northern forest feel.  Expect to find Blackburnian warblers, Winter Wrens, Canada warblers, Northern Waterthrush to name a few.  We will bird from the road in most cases.  Cost:  $ 7 members/ $12 nonmembers.

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Our wildlife tracking volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, and Woodstock quarterly.  In Willington and Woodstock, we now have over ten years of data showing regular presence of fisher, river otter, mink, red fox, coyote, as well as, the occasional black bear, moose and porcupine. These sites also provide perfect habitat for white tailed deer, raccoon, beavers, and a variety of rodents.  You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science Wildlife Monitor by completing six training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons.  Training fee per hike: $25 CAS members/$35 non-members. Registration with project coordinator, Paula Coughlin is required.  For information call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948;

Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Winter Schedule

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Wildlife Monitor by attending training and monitoring hikes offered throughout the year.  Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Registration is required. Hikes subject to change due to weather. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.


January 14 2012 (7)Vernal Pool Surveys
Training Workshops
Field work: Fri/Sat mornings, Apr & May

Vernal pool season goes by quickly so don’t miss the fun. Usually dry by summer, snowmelt and spring rains fill these pools in the early spring. The call of the peepers and wood frogs follow. On Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May, our trained volunteers are out counting egg masses and looking for frogs and salamanders at vernal pools in northeast Connecticut. If you think you have a vernal pool near you, please give us a call. Call to register for one of the vernal pool training sessions at 860-928-4948.Cost: $10 CAS members; $15 non-members.

Training and Monitoring Hike
Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Woodstock) 

You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in the snow or a glimpse of a coyote. Our growing forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife.  Our experienced volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury in each season, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, black bear, and bobcat. Begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year.

Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members. For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email .


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Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Want 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

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.


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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218 Day Road
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Center Hours:

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Noon-4:00 p.m.

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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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