Volunteer at the Center at Fairfield
We believe that every person can have a positive effect in protecting and preserving the environment. By volunteering at the Center at Fairfield, you can help sustain and promote understanding, appreciation and stewardship of our natural world. The Center and the adjoining 155-acre Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary were created by individuals who saw the value of preserving this special ecosystem for generations to come.
A variety of opportunities are available for people of all interests and experience levels, including trail and garden work, animal care, Nature Store assistance, administrative work, and other indoor and outdoor tasks. Please consider using your talents and time to help us in these efforts.
Friends of Larsen Sanctuary
Habitat Improvements to Help Birds
The last several years have seen great improvements at the Center at Fairfield. But there’s more to be done — and you can help.
We are recruiting volunteers to help remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants, which have much higher conservation value.
It is the kind of hands-on work that makes an immediate difference not just for birds but for pollinators, small mammals and other wildlife as well.
Our goal is to establish a corps of volunteers to help on an ongoing basis. The crew will work at the direction of habitat steward Stefan Martin, who is overseeing improvement projects at several Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries. If you can help or you’re interested in learning more, please email Erika Pollock.
Animal Care Program
This program provides a unique opportunity for teenagers, ages 13-18 years old, to assist with daily feeding, cleaning and general animal care housekeeping, as well as the handling of our animals under direct supervision. Our live animal residents include permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent reptiles, birds and mammals.
Hours during the school year are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. This program is a weekly commitment.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Please note: We are not currently taking on volunteers for the below tasks, however, please check back soon.
Below are a variety of opportunities at the Center, which are available to adults as well as high school students.
Animal Care Room
• Sweeping, washing floors, organizing, cleaning tanks
Birds of Prey Aviary
• Cage cleaning
Diverse Assignments (as needed — seasonal)
• Assembling virtual education kits
• Help at fundraising events and programs
• Nature walk assistants
• Stocking and pricing items in the Nature Store
• Birthday party assistants
• Copying and collating
• Assisting with Nature Store bird seed sales
Your interest in sharing your talents to volunteer at the Center at Fairfield is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you!