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

2017 Artist-in-Residence Program at Trail Wood

Edwin Way Teale. From the Edwin Way Teale Papers, Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries. Works by Edwin Way Teale are copyrighted by the University of Connecticut Libraries.  Used with permission.

Edwin Way Teale. From the Edwin Way Teale Papers, Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries. Works by Edwin Way Teale are copyrighted by the University of Connecticut Libraries. Used with permission.

The Connecticut Audubon Society is accepting applications for the 2017 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program.

Through the program, started in 2012, the Connecticut Audubon Society invites writers and visual artists to spend a week in residence at Trail Wood, in Hampton. The writers and artists are chosen through a juried process.

Trail Wood is the former home of Pulitzer prize-winning naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale and his wife and collaborator Nellie Donovan Teale.

All the details are here.

Stroll, Story, Stew and Song, Feb. 26

This annual fundraiser, held this year on February 26 from 2pm – 6pm, features 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.

Download the 2017 flier.

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., 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

Download the Permission Form.


Trail Wood Sign Dedication &  Second Sunday Guided Walk
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. – Free

Come for an introduction to the new trail sign network now at Trail Wood. Thanks to the generosity of the Willimantic Rotary, UCONN, The Last Green Valley, and many volunteers, the story of Edwin and Nellie Teale, his books and their love of Trail Wood can now be learned as one explores the trails. Come celebrate, walk and enjoy refreshments around the wood stove. Download more information.

Second Sunday Guided Walks
Sundays, March 12, April 9, & May 14, 2 p.m.

Free to CAS members; $5 non-members


Full Moon Guided Walks
Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.

Free to CAS members; $5 non-members


Woodcock Watch
Saturday, March 18, 6:45 p.m.

See woodcock performing their mating display. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.


After School Nature Club
Spring Session: Wednesdays
April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, & 17

The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. We will be outside, so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Fee: Members $60 for the 6-day session; Non-members $70 for the 6-day session.


Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.-Noon

You’ll spend time outdoors at Trail Wood, sketching and painting from nature. Roxanne Steed will teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Call 860-928-4948 to register.


Trail Wood Spring Clean-Up
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at Trail Wood. Help “spruce up” the place. Bring gloves & your favorite shovel or rake.


Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursdays April 27, May 11, & May 25, 8 a.m.

Fee: $3 CAS members; $7 non-members.

Spring Writing Workshop
Sunday, May 21, 2-4 p.m.

Katherine Hauswirth, former Trail Wood Writer In-Residence and author of The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, will conduct this season’s nature writing workshop. Meet fellow nature lovers and writers of all skill levels. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.



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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

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

Register for Summer Camp

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

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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