Connecticut Audubon Society at Trail Wood – The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary


Trail Wood30665Trail Wood, the former home of writer-naturalist Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie, and our Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret, were chosen by the editors of Yankee Magazine as the Best Nature Sanctuaries in Connecticut, in May 2013.

Trail Wood’s 168 acres are open year-round for hiking.

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Trail Wood Programs

93 Kenyon Road, Hampton, CT  06247
The Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary: open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days.  Teale’s writing cabin and study are open by appointment.  Call (860)928-4948. 



Regular Walks

Bird Walks
Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:00 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing. We may even visit a nearby preserve owned by the Wolf Den Land Trust. Cost: Free to members/$5 non-members


Second Sunday Walks
October 12, 2:00 p.m.
November 9, 2:00 p.m.

Stretch your legs, breath in the fresh air and look for interesting bugs, butterflies, birds, and blossoms. Trail Wood rarely disappoints. Bring your binoculars and your camera if you are so inclined. Cost: Free to CAS members/$5 non-members.


Nature Hike/Bird Walk
Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he guides you around Trail Wood pointing out interesting observations along the trails. Bring your binoculars as we search for birds as well. Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.



Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club
Oct Session – Grades 1-6:
Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29

Do your kids need to blow off steam after school?  Send them to Trail Wood. After a quick snack, we will head out on the trails exploring the woods, meadows and streams. Their afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way. Cost per session: $40 members/$50 non-members.

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Attention Teachers! Schedule Fall Field Trips and In-class programs!

Check out our field trips for elementary and middle school classes.  Aligned with the Connecticut science standards, our programs pack in four hours of hands-on activities on our 700 acre sanctuary. Fall titles include: Birding 101, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Seaside Ecology, Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood, Bio Blitz and more. For other titles, pricing and scheduling contact Sarah at


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For additional programming in our area, consider our Center at Pomfret.


Directions and Information

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Private Guided Bird or Nature Walks

This service is offered year-round. Each walk can be geared toward your expectations and locations. Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz can take you to your next “life bird,” to local hot spots, or just use his knowledge 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 860-4948.

Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property

Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys on your property and can provide advise on how to best manage the property for optimum bird habitat. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups interested in inventorying breeding or migratory bird populations on their properties might consider 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 early to schedule as the calendar fills up fast this time of year: 860-928-4948.

Programs Offered to Groups and Libraries

We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.


93 Kenyon Road
Hampton, CT 06259

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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.)
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