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

Trail Wood

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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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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. 


Bird Walks
Thurs., Sept. 10, 8 a.m.
Thurs., Oct. 8, 8 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:  members – free, non-members $5.

Eleventh Annual Trail Wood Under the Harvest Moon
Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:00 p.m.

Show your support for Trail Wood.  It is an evening of delectable food and great music. Put on your walking shoes, a warm sweater and join the fun. Call the Center at 860-928-4948 to make a reservation or download invitation for web page Cost: $30 per person.

Second Sunday Walks
September 13, 2:00 p.m.
October 11, 2:00 p.m.
November 8, 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.

Full Moon Walks
Sunday, Sept 27, 7:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, Oct 28, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov 25, 7:00 p.m. (day before Thanksgiving)

Trail Wood is beautiful by moonlight. 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   

After School Nature Club
Sept Session – Grades 1-6:
Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, & 30
Oct Session – Grades 1-6:
Wednesdays, Oct. 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 be quietly inserted along the way. Cost per session: $40 members/$50 non-

Autumnal Writer’s Workshop
Sunday Oct 4, 2 -4 p.m.

Teale friend, Hampton writer and resident, Alison Davis will lead a writing workshop incorporating the writings of Edwin Way Teale and the beauty of Trail Wood that comes with crisp fall days. Consider an inspirational afternoon with your pen in hand.  Cost: $10 members; $20 non-members. 

Family Star Party
Saturday, October 10, 7-9 p.m.



Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager


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 northeastern Connecticut, 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.

Writing Workshops

Consider applying for the 2016 Teale Summer Writer & Artist In-residence 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.)
Trail Wood Sanctuary Map

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