Center at Pomfret

Nature Photography Walks

Weds., June 3 – August 26, 4-6 p.m.

Have you wanted to work on your nature photography skills and did not know where to start?  Come on out and walk with experienced photography volunteers Sandee Harraden.  Take advantage of the soft light of the late afternoon and early evening and start taking your own fantastic photography. Cost: Free to CAS members; $5 non-members 

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

Monthly Art Exhibits

Kalmia latifolia-smallThe Beauty of Nature’s Bounty
New England Society of Botanical Artists
Exhibit through June

Bask in the beauty of the bountiful natural history of New England. Mountains, woodlands, bogs and beaches provide endless subjects to portray in paintings. From plants and birds to animals and insects. Come join us to view the natural history works of the members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists and celebrate ‘The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty’. Free to the public.  Society members will be painting on the sanctuary Sunday afternoon, May 17th.  Consider coming out for a walk and see the artists in action. Download the flier for more information.

Student Exhibition
Opening Reception: 
Sunday July 12, 2-4 p.m. 
Exhibit through August 24

Local artists studying at Quinebaug Community College and graduates of Woodstock Academy & Killingly High, Hayden Budd, Drew Hertzfeld, Abigail Robichaud, Sothea Semmelrock and Alicia Warner will have their nature photography, pen and ink drawings and oil paintings on display.  Come check out our local rising talent.  Free to the public. 

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

Summer Camp at Pomfret

Pomfret Surf and TurfRegister today for summer camp at Pomfret

Connecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Center at Pomfret: Register here; ages 6-12 (download Pomfret’s camp program brochure).

Additional forms:
Pomfret Mail-in Registration
Pomfret Registration Instructions
Pomfret Welcome Fact Sheet
Pomfret Hospital Patient Consent Form
Pomfret Permission Form
Pomfret Health Exam Record

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

General Information

 

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Download more information about our center and its green features.  

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

Nature Photography Walks

Weds., June 3 – August 26, 4-6 p.m.

Have you wanted to work on your nature photography skills and did not know where to start?  Come on out and walk with experienced photography volunteers Sandee Harraden.  Take advantage of the soft light of the late afternoon and early evening and start taking your own fantastic photography. Cost: Free to CAS members; $5 non-members 

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

Birding Programs

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

 

Birds of Bafflin
for the Week of June 8.

Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Wood Thrush, Veery, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Woodcock, Common Yellowthroat, Great-crested Flycatcher, Orchard Oriole

Download a list of birds you can expect to see in June on the Bafflin Sanctuary.

 

Hay is for Horses, and Bobolinks!
A Discussion about Grassland Birds & Their Habitat
NEW DATE: Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m. 

Grassland songbirds such as Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks are not as common as they once were in Connecticut.  Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz and Jamie Sydoriak for an open discussion on grassland birds and their nesting ecology, the reasons behind their precipitous declines across New England, efforts by the state and non-profit groups to bring them back, and ways you can help them breed successfully each year through various land management strategies.  Light refreshments will be served. Free 

Whip-poor-will Walk
NEW DATE: Saturday, July 3, 8:45 p.m.

A new preserve in Thompson has nesting whip-poor-wills.  We will attempt to call them in, as well as Owls.  Last year we heard two calling.  Meet at the Center in Pomfret and we will carpool from there.  Bring small flashlight or headlamp.  In the event of rain, walk will be rescheduled. Please call to pre-register.  Cost: $10 members/$20 non-members.

Indigo Bunting (male)

Indigo Bunting (male)

 

Evening Bird Walk I
Thursday July 9, 6 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as we look for different species of birds.  We might find newly fledged young birds.  Cost:  $5 members/ $10 nonmembers.

Evening Bird Walk II
Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m.

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

Evening Bird Walk & Nighthawk Watch
Wednesday, August 26, 6 p.m.

In addition to nighthawks, we will hike in search of other birds.  We will keep one eye on the sky for nighthawks. Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members.

 

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

Monthly Art Exhibits

Kalmia latifolia-smallThe Beauty of Nature’s Bounty
New England Society of Botanical Artists
Exhibit through June

Bask in the beauty of the bountiful natural history of New England. Mountains, woodlands, bogs and beaches provide endless subjects to portray in paintings. From plants and birds to animals and insects. Come join us to view the natural history works of the members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists and celebrate ‘The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty’. Free to the public.  Society members will be painting on the sanctuary Sunday afternoon, May 17th.  Consider coming out for a walk and see the artists in action. Download the flier for more information.

Student Exhibition
Opening Reception: 
Sunday July 12, 2-4 p.m. 
Exhibit through August 24

Local artists studying at Quinebaug Community College and graduates of Woodstock Academy & Killingly High, Hayden Budd, Drew Hertzfeld, Abigail Robichaud, Sothea Semmelrock and Alicia Warner will have their nature photography, pen and ink drawings and oil paintings on display.  Come check out our local rising talent.  Free to the public. 

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

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Schedule field trips or in-class programs for elementary and middle school classes. Aligned with the Connecticut science standards, our field trips pack in four hours of hands-on activities and lessons on our 700 acre sanctuary. Topics include:

Bird Ecology, Adaptations, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Scratching the Surface, Weather and Climate, Fall Follies, Watershed Study, Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood and more.

 

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

Toddler, Trails, & Tales

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Now through August 11

Center volunteer and dad of two, Nick Beams, will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for cold weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free to members/$5 non-members.

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

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through August 28, 12 p.m.

Hike our sanctuary trails. Enjoy fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Fee: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

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

 

Summer Camp at Pomfret

Pomfret Surf and TurfRegister today for summer camp at Pomfret

Connecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Center at Pomfret: Register here; ages 6-12 (download Pomfret’s camp program brochure).

Additional forms:
Pomfret Mail-in Registration
Pomfret Registration Instructions
Pomfret Welcome Fact Sheet
Pomfret Hospital Patient Consent Form
Pomfret Permission Form
Pomfret Health Exam Record

 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.

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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