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


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Edwin Teale’s Library

Trail 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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Spring Peep Frog Sept 2013-2

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More Signs of Spring.  The wood frogs and the spring peepers are calling…
when the nights are warm enough, that is!

Photos by Peter Vertifeuille



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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. (Photo of Hampton Brook by Peter Vertefeuille.)

Bird Walks


Trail Wood Bird Walks
Wed., April 30,  8 a.m.
Wed., May 14,  8 a.m.
Thurs., May 29, 8 a.m.

Trail Wood provides varied habitat attracting a wide variety of birds. Sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will position you at Trail Wood and another nearby preserve to maximize the number of species for you to observe.   In May expect to find Hooded Warblers!  Cost: Members FREE and $5 nonmembers.


Regular Walks

Second Sunday Walks
May 11, Mother’s Day, 2 p.m.
June 8, 2 p.m.

Caretaker Vern Pursely will introduce you to the trails that Edwin and Nellie held so dear. He will familiarize you with passages from Edwin’s books. Take a quiet break at Trail Wood. Cost: Free CAS members; $5 non-members

Full Moon Walks
Sun., May 11, 7 p.m.
Weds., June 11, 7:30 p.m.

Trail Wood is beautiful by day and downright magical by night.  Pull yourself away from the demands of the day, slow down for a bit on our trails and listen for the denizens of the night. Cost: Free CAS members; $5 non-members  .


Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club


April Session
Grades 1 – 6: Wed., April 2, 9, 23, 30

May Session
Grades 1 – 6: Weds, May 7, 14, 21, 28

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 bequietly inserted along the way.  Cost per session: $40 members; $50 non-members. 

Download the permission slip and application.


Spring Cleaning: Trail Wood Work Day
Saturday, April 26th at 9:00 a.m.

Come on out to help “spruce up” Trail Wood while meeting new friends and getting some fresh air and exercise. 


Writing Workshops and Lectures

A Long Stillness — Writing Workshop
Sun., June 1,  2 – 5 p.m.

 A close friend of Edwin and Nellie Teale, author Alison Davis will lead an easy writing workshop.  Alison considers herself a naturalist of the heart and an expert on the joy of the moment. Sitting in silence outdoors, the group will use all their senses and their sense of wonder to feel the amazing natural life at Trail Wood. Taking notes and sharing will lead into writing about their experience.  Alison has led many workshops and retreats on nature and is the author of Hampton Remembers, A Sense of Wonder, Beloved Companions. Bring notebook and pencil.  Fee: $10 members; $20 nonmembers.



Photo by Peter Vertefeuille

Photo by Peter Vertefeuille

Directions and Information

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Click for Trail Wood Map.

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

Center Hours:

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

Coming Up At the Center At Pomfret