Center at Pomfret

Hummingbird Season! Send Us Your Sightings, Post Your Photos

Nestlings at Hammonasset, by William A. Canosa

Nestlings at Hammonasset, by William A. Canosa

Young Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are fledging, and they and their parents will be visiting feeders and colorful flowers more and more in coming weeks.

We want to know when and where you see them!

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Nature Sketchbook Journaling

Sat., July 23, 9am – 12pm
Sat., August 20, 9am – 12pm

You’ll spend time outdoors sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor.  Learn new skills or develop ones you already have. Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Enhance your creativity, observe nature, record the day and enjoy the meditative qualities of sketching outdoors.*  Cost per day: 

$5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

*Materials you’ll need to bring:

– Pencil, eraser 
– Permanent, waterproof, blackdrawing pen
– Watercolors (a travel size or kid’s set)
– Watercolor Brush
– Watercolor Sketchbook/journal (Regular paper will buckle) 
– Water bottle
– Small plastic container for rinsing 
– Camp chair or stool to sit on outside

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My Camera in the Woods

Nancy Barrett

Nature Photography Exhibit and Sale
Exhibit Extended through August 29

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.

Summer Camp at the Center at Pomfret

Crayfish AnyoneOutdoor Fun and Adventure! Sessions Begin June 2016

Hands-on Learning. Enriching Experiences. Engaging Adventures. Memories that Last a Lifetime!

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Summer Camp at Center at Pomfret
Center at Pomfret Brochure

Required Forms
Camp Medical Form (Required)
Camp Hospital Consent Form (Required)
Authorization for the Administration of Medicine (if necessary)

Other Forms and Information
Pomfret Welcome Letter and Fact Sheet
Mail-in Registration (online registration preferred)





General Information

Center Front view Sept 2011 

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Green heron, Blue-winged warbler, Scarlet tanager, Orchard oriole, Veery, Wood thrush, Blue gray gnatcatcher, American redstart, White-eyed vireo, Red-eyed Vireo

First-ever Brewster's Warbler banded at Bafflin, May 2016  Photo Credit Aaron Bourque

First-ever Brewster’s Warbler banded at Bafflin, May 2016
Photo Credit Aaron Bourque

Birds to Expect This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in July

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

Plant Programs

Rough and Tough
Saturday, July 16, 9 to 11 a.m.

The plants that live in very dry or very wet habitats share impressive strategies for survival. Learning their extreme adaptations to several habitats gives you new insights into the lives of common plants. Cost: $7 CAS members; $15 non-members.

Crowded Fields and Borderlands
Saturday, July 30, 9 to 11 a.m.

Open land plants offer hundreds of solutions to the same problem – too much sunlight, too little room. Basically, a meadow is a huge perennial garden, so these adaptations will teach us about common garden problems and their solutions. Midsummer will bring out some wonderful pollinators as well. Cost: $7 CAS members; $15 non-members.

Regular Walks

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


Bird Walks and Programs

Baltimore Oriole 6018s

Baltimore Oriole. Photo by P. Vertefeuille

Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation
Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, July 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation is celebrating their 15th anniversary at our Center at Pomfret! Join the fun which will include their spectacular raptors including the Bald and Golden Eagles. In addition, there will be face painting, cake, ice cream, raffle items and a slide show depicting their first 15 years. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Evening Bird Walks
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m.

Join Andy as we look for different species of birds. We might find newly fledged young birds. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

nighthawkEvening Bird Walk & Nighthawk Watch
Thursday, August 25, 6 p.m.

Unlike in past nighthawk watches, this year we will hike around looking for other birds as well. We will keep one eye on the sky for nighthawks. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.


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 Summer 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.


Training and Monitoring Hike
Willington, Saturday, July 9 (contact Cheryl at
Canterbury, Saturday, July 23 (contact Mike S. at

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 .


For more info, contact

Citizen Science Coordinator at

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

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

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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