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

Trail Wood Writer & Artist in Residence

Prose Readings & Art Exhibit

Sunday, February 7, 2-4 pm at the Center at Pomfret
Exhibit through March 30. Free.

The Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Program at Trail Wood

The Connecticut Audubon Society is now accepting applications for the 2016 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program.

Trail Wood’s Artist/Writer-in-Residence Program

Edwin Way Teale and Nellie Donovan Teale 10-31-78_by Virginia WelchConnecticut Audubon Society is accepting applications for the 2016 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence program at the Trail Wood sanctuary in Hampton.

Through the program, inaugurated in 2013, Connecticut Audubon invites written word and visual artists chosen through a juried process to spend one week in residence at the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist writer Edwin Way Teale. The home is situated in the 168-acre Trail Wood/Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, which Yankee Magazine in 2013 named as one of Connecticut’s two best nature sanctuaries.


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. 

Second Sunday Walks
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

Clear your head with the quiet of Trail Wood. Caretaker, Vern Pursley will guide you along the trails.  Take a few hours to get away from it all and soak up winter’s beauty. Cost: CAS members free; non-members $3.

Full Moon Walks
Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

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: CAS members free; non-members $3


After School Nature Club
January Session – Grades 1-6
Wednesdays Jan., 6, 13, 20, & 27
February Session – Grades 1-6
Wednesdays Feb., 3, 10, 17, & 24

For registration and more info go to Cost per session: $40 CAS members; $50 non-members.

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Owl Walk
Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

Sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will lead the search for wintering owls.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. In some years saw-whet and long-eared owls are possible to find.  Meet in the Trail Wood visitor’s parking lot.  Most of the calling will be from the road.  Program is cancelled due to bad weather (rain, snow, high winds).  Cost $5 members/$10 non-members.

Teale Readings
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m.

Bring your favorite Teale passages to read, share and discuss. Join caretaker Vern Pursley in the Trail Wood Museum. Crackling fire, coffee and tea provided. RSVP to Cost: free, donation always appreciated.

Edwin Way Teale & the Literary Character of Trail Wood
The Writer’s Workshop Series
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m.

Alison Davis, author and close friend of the Teales will lead an indoor and an outdoor winter writer’s workshop. This one in a seasonal series emphasizing the literary character of Trail Wood where E.W. Teale wrote so many of his books. Preregistration required as location TBD. Cost: $10 members; $20 for non-members

Evening Snowshoe Hikes
Dates: TBD based on conditions

If you would like to be put on an email notification list of hikes, email Vern at if you are interested. These are becoming a winter tradition and are a lot of fun.  Note: Be prepared for last minute notifications (1-2 days) to changes in snow conditions and quality of hikes. Fee: Free CAS members; $3 non-members



Stroll, Story, Stew and Song
Sunday, February 28


Southernn side of Teale Homstead

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

Want to add a little excitement to your classroom this winter? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Winter Tracks, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Winter Birds, and Rockin’ Out, to name a few. Also, it’s not too early to schedule your Spring field trip. The calendar is filling up. For more info and scheduling call 60-928-4948 or email 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

Coming Up At the Center At Pomfret

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