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

Trail Wood

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.

Download the story of Trail Wood here.

For directions, click here

Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Sanctuary Rules

See our new signs by clicking on the links in the sidebar to the right!

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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.

Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Sat., December 10, 9 a.m.-Noon
Sat., February 18, 1-4 p.m.

You’ll spend time outdoors at Trail Wood, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor.  Learn new skills or develop ones you already have. Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see, and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques.

Cost: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Register at 860-928-4948

After School Nature Club
Trail Wood Winter Session–Grades K-6
Wednesdays, Jan 18 & 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 3:30–5 p.m.

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 to explore and search for animal tracks and sign.  The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun.  Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way.  We will be outside, so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Cost: $60 for the 6-day session. Download the Permission Form.

Second Sunday Walks
Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 8, 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m.

These walks are designed for anyone new to Trail Wood. Come for a guided walk. Learn of Teale’s nature writing and photography legacy. Cost: Free to CAS members; $5 non-members. 

Full Moon Walks
Sunday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 7:00 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, walk our trails and become familiar with the sights and sounds of a Trail Wood evening. Cost: Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Trail Wood Owl Walk
Saturday, January 14, 7 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he takes you around searching for wintering owls.  Meet at the Trail Wood parking lot.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. In some years saw-whet and long-eared owls are possible to find.  We do most of the calling from the road.  Program is cancelled due to bad weather.  (rain, snow, high winds).  Cost $5 members/ $10 non-members.

Winter Writing Workshop:
Nature Writing – A Walk with Edwin Way Teale
Instructor: Hunter Liguore
Assist. Professor of Writing at Western Conn. State University
Sunday, January 29, 1-4 p.m. (snow date Feb. 5)

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Let’s walk in the footsteps of Edwin Way Teale, at his Trail Wood homestead in Hampton, CT. We’ll spend the day walking, observing, and writing our reflections, as we explore Teale’s life and legacy through discussion, short readings, and writing exercises. Open to all levels of writers, historians, naturalists, and those interested in learning about Teale and nature writing. Cost: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Register at 860-928-4948.

Stroll, Story, Stew and Song
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26,

A fundraiser for Trail Wood featuring the 2016 Writers & Artists In-Residence and the Trail Wood inspired music of Maria Sangiolo.

Begin with a walk at Trail Wood, followed by a light-hearted program, sumptuous food and toe-tapping music.  Cost: $25 per person. Reservations required.


The 2017 Teale Summer Writer & Artist In-Residence Program

Applications are being accepted now through March 1. Download the application.


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

Early- Mid May 2016 031_2Want to add a little excitement to your classroom? 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, consider our four hour school field trips The Dirt on Soil, Bird Ecology, Scratching the Surface (Geology), Watersheds and Erosion, Native Americans, EcoNiches and Adaptations, and more! The calendar fills up quickly. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

For additional programming in northeastern Connecticut, consider our Center at Pomfret.


Directions and Information

Click for directions and more information.

Click for Trail Wood Map.

Download the CT Audubon Trail Wood Rules

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 2017 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

Click on the links below for Trail Wood signs on the Teale legacy:

Parking Lot Introduction

Monument Pasture

Brushpile Study

Starfield Pasture

Nellie's Summerhouse

The Writing Cabin

Seven Springs Swamp

Grand Junction

Beaver Pond

North Boulderfield

North Woods


Coming Up At the Center At Pomfret

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