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

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Edwin Way Teale's writing cabin in winter. Photo by Richard Telford

Edwin Way Teale’s writing cabin in winter. Photo by Richard Telford 

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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Now accepting applications for our Summer Writer-in-Residence program.
Download the 2015 Application.

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. 


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Winter on Hampton Brook at Trail Wood.  Photo by Peter Vertefeuille


Regular Walks 

Second Sunday Walks
December 14, 2 p.m.
January 11, 2 p.m.
February 8, 2 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.

Full Moon Walks  
Sun., Jan. 4, 7 pm
Sat., Feb. 7, 7 pm

Trail Wood takes on a magic all its own under the moonlight. Consider a winter evening walk under the stars.  You will not be disappointed. Cost: members free; nonmembers $3


Writing Workshops

2015 Teale Summer Writer & Artist In-residence Program
Applications accepted now thorough Feb. 1. 
Download the 2015 Application

Edwin Way Teale & the Literary Character of Trail Wood
The Writer’s Workshop Series
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m.

Alison Davis, author and close friend of the Teales will lead an indoor (using Edwin and Nellie Teale’s former home) and an outdoor (on the Teale’s trails at Trail Wood) winter writer’s workshop. This will be one in a seasonal series emphasizing the literary character of Trail Wood where E.W. Teale wrote so many of his books. Preregistration required. Cost: $10 members; $20 for non-members

Stroll, Story, Stew and Song
A fundraiser for Trail Wood
Featuring speaker Joan Dash
Author of Shot in the Buff
Sunday Feb. 22, 2 p.m.

A Pomfret resident, lively speaker, scientist and now author, Joan received a Ph.D from Harvard in 1985, where she studied microbial engineering using soil organisms. Specializing in the movement of pesticides in soil and water, she worked for the EPA and as an independent consultant. In the last two decades, she has been part of the Dash Foundation for Archaeological Research, doing remote sensing and surveying in Egypt.  Joan will be talking about mystery novels and the formulas associated with each type, and she will tell us how she decided to set her novel in the nudist camp where she spent a lot of time as a child. Go for a walk at Trail Wood, and follow it with a light hearted program, sumptuous food and toe-tapping music.  Cost: $25 per person. Reservations required. Download the flier and RSVP.


Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club
January Session – Grades 1-6
Wednesdays Jan., 7, 14, 21, & 28
February Session – Grades 1-6
Wednesdays Feb., 4, 11, 18, & 25

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


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

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

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