Center at Fairfield


 

Nature Store News

Fall Bird Feeding
Wanted:  Bed & Breakfast – family seeks winter lodgings, with regular meals; all-day buffet preferred. Central heating not required, but water a decided plus.  Applications now being taken in your back yard.

People who don’t start feeding birds until severe weather arrives may be missing out. Fall is an important season to feed birds, even though natural foods are plentiful and the birds like the Tufted Titmouse pictured here may not spend much time at your feeder yet. They are out in the fields and woods, feasting on seeds and berries and well-fed insects. The birds that do visit feeders in autumn are scouting. They need to be ready when cold weather hits. So now is the time to gear up your feeding regimen and be sure that your yard is on their feeding inventory.

Visit the Nature Store for all your migration needs. Here you will find numerous feeders to choose from, a large variety of seed, books and more! Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help you select the right seed and the correct feeder for your specific bird feeding and bird watching needs.

The Nature Store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Seed Sale – October 14

Don’t forget the Seed Sale coming up in October 14. Pre-order forms are due by October 4. Click here to download the Seed Sale pre-order form.

 

Eat Chocolates, help birds, does it get any better?

The Center at Fairfield chocolates, AudubonBons  collection has 4 flavors:  Blood Orange, Milk-Rum, Peppermint and Blackcurrant. AudubonBons are handcrafted in small batches in Fairfield, Connecticut by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet, owner of BE Chocolat, using finest imported Belgian chocolate.
 AudubonBons may be purchased in the Nature Store or on-line.

 

  General Information

Center at Fairfield

The Center at Fairfield is a  hub of environmental education activities and events throughout the year. It adjoins the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary offering visitors 7 miles of walking trails, including a 1-mile wheelchair accessible trail.  The grounds also feature a butterfly garden and live Birds of Prey Compound.  The Center has live education animals, exhibit areas and a Nature Store with a wide variety of birding and nature-related merchandise.  Trails are open year-round, 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.  The center is open  Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Take a virtual tour of our Nature Store and our center.

Larsen Sanctuary Bird Checklist – download the checklist.
Larsen Sanctuary trail map – click here.

Events at the Center at Fairfield

Fall Programs Are Here!

We have a great line up of fall programs!  Click here for the brochure.

 

Fall Bird Walk

Saturday, September 16 at 9 a.m.
Hike the trails with our naturalist and learn what birds are migrating.  Bring binoculars if you have them!  Ages 12 and up.  Donation suggested.  Registration required.  Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to make your reservation.  This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Nature Nursery, Fall Harvest

Mondays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20
10 – 10:45 a.m. (no class Oct. 9)

Ages 2-3 with a participating adult

What do all the animals do in the fall? How do they prepare for winter? Where do the leaves go? Each week we will discover the answers to these questions. Come join us as we discover fun facts, create cool crafts and meet exciting animals. Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor attire. Seven-week series: members $72, non-members $96. Single class: members $12/class, non-members $16/class.  Nature Nursery is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Click here to register online.  If you have questions please call: 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Junior Animal Care Keeper

Tuesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 21  3:30 – 5 p.m.

Students in grades 6 and 7

Help care for the Center’s animals. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry and     prepare and serve food to help ensure the animals have a healthy living environment. Seven-week   series: members $72/child: non-members $96/child.  This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Registration is required.  To register online click here.  Call 203-259-6305 to register or for questions.

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

The dates for badge day are October 21, 2017 and April 28, 2018.  And new this year Daisy Day – January 20, 2018 — Rosie’s Story.

Brownie Bugs
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Brownie Hikers
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Junior 
Animal Habitat
9 – 11 a.m. 

Cadets
Trees
9 – 11 a.m.

$14/scout per badge.

Pre-registration required.  Check back in the fall to register online. 
Badge Day is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  For questions please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Enchanted Forest

Have a hoot of a good time!

Friday, October 27
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

You’ll have a fun – but not scary – experience being escorted through the luminary trail and learning about nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.   After the hike, enjoy indoor activities and snacks. Dress for the weather. This event is held rain or moonshine!  No strollers please!

Guided walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:15 p.m. The last walk leaves at 7:15 p.m. 

CAS members $10/child, $2/adult. Non-members $15/child, $2/adult.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

Non-member – click here to register.

Connecticut Audubon Society Member – click here to register.

 

Boy Scout Badge Day

Saturday, November 4boyscoutlogo
$10/scout per badge

Join our teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts on a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements!

Boy Scout – Bird Study  9 a.m. – Noon

Webelos – Into the Wild
                    Into the Woods  9 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns 9 – 10 a.m. or 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
or 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Tiger – Tiger in the Wild 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required.  Click here for the Registration Form.

 

Veterans Day Fun!

Friday, November 10
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages 6 – 8

School is out and it’s a day of fun at the Center at Fairfield! The day will be filled with a variety of nature-based activities including crafts, live animal visits and weather permitting, outdoor exploration in the Sanctuary. Snack provided. Send a nut-free lunch. Fee: members $35/day, non-members $40/day.  The program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Pre-registration required.  Click here to register. For questions please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Backyard Birding

Saturday, November 11
10 – 11 a.m.

Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound.  Discover bird feeding habits and ways to attract them to your feeder.  Free.  Ages 12 and up.  This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  To register call: 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Night Hike

Friday, November 17
7- 8:30 p.m.

When the sun goes down, many animals are just starting their day and the night comes alive with activity! Become a night watcher with our naturalists and explore the Sanctuary looking for the animals who prefer the cover of darkness. Cider and a visit with a live bird of prey complete the evening. Bring a flashlight. Fee: members $3/person (family max. $10); non-members $6/person (family max. $15). No strollers please.  Pre-registration required.  To register click here.  For questions please call: 203-259-6305 ext. 109. 
This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

 

Organic Herb Wreath-Making with Sal Gilbertie

Saturday, November 18
10 a.m. – Noon
This is an adult program.

Herb wreaths wrap up the scents and symbols of the holiday season. For those who would like to fashion their own fresh and dried herb wreath, this is the perfect workshop to attend!

Sal Gilbertie, renowned as one of the country’s leading experts in herbs, will lead this class creating a wreath out of organic fresh and dried herbs harvested from Gilbertie’s Herb Farm.

Participants will learn how to create a beautiful herbal design using color, texture and balance. This 15” diameter fragrant wreath will contain a variety of organic herbs including: fresh bay, rosemary, thyme, sage and lavender.  Your holiday wreath will undoubtedly be full of herbal cheer! $45 for members and $50 for non-members.  All materials included.  Please bring scissors.

Pre-registration required.

Click here to register.

Fall Walk

Saturday, November 18

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Hike the trails with our naturalist and discover what fall has to offer in the Sanctuary. The hike is over varied terrain. All ages welcome but no strollers, please. Donation suggested.  This walk is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.  Please call to register at 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Scouting Programs

Badge Bonanzas!

Attention all scouts, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to earn a new badge… or two!  Join Connecticut Audubon Society teacher-naturalists as they lead scouts on an exploratory hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys, and achievements!

Pre-registration required.

Boy Scouts
The dates for badge day are November 4, 2017 and April 7, 2018.    
                           Boy Scout – Bird Study
                           Webelos – Into the Woods and Into the Wild
                           Bear – Fur, Feathers and Ferns
                           Wolf – Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path
                           Tiger – Tiger in the Wild

Click here for the Registration Form.
 
Girl Scouts

The dates for badge day are October 21, 2017 and April 28, 2018.  And new this year Daisy Day – January 20, 2018 — Rosie’s Story.

Brownie Bugs
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Brownie Hikers
9 – 10 a.m.  
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
Junior 
Animal Habitat
9 – 11 a.m. 

Cadets
Trees
9 – 11 a.m.

$14/scout per badge

Pre-registration required.  Check back in the fall to register online.

 

 

birthday cakeBirthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with The Connecticut Audubon Society!  We provide a fun-filled 45-minute nature-based program of your choice for your child and 15 guests.  Program offerings include; Totally Turtles, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged  Wonder and more!   Parties are available on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. -Noon or 1:00-2:30 p.m.   Weekday parties available on a limited basis by request.  Click here to view the brochure.  For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Education Programs

Environmental Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 12.

Connecticut Audubon Society offers educational programs which comply with the Connecticut Science Framework standards.  All programs are coordinated with local curriculum objectives and are available for school visits at the Center at Fairfield.  Our early elementary programs are offered at the Center at Fairfield and can also be brought to your school.

Complete details are available in our School Program Guide.  For our Science and Nature brochure, click here.

For questions or to register for a visit please contact our scheduler at 203-259-6305 ext. 117.

CANE Program for Grades K-2.

The Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers (CANE) Program is offered to students at the Fairfield Public Schools and St. Thomas Parochial School. We train Parent-Volunteers to present three science enrichment programs to their child’s class. Two units are presented in the classroom, leading up to one end-of-year field study activity. We provide some of the materials that will be needed in the classroom.

The Kindergarten fall and winter programs are puppet shows; the spring program is held on school grounds.

The Grade 1 fall program is a puppet show; the winter program is a hands-on activity about bird beak adaptations; the spring program is a trip to the Birdcraft Museum.

The Grade 2 programs include setting up a salt water tank in the classroom; a ‘Mystery in the Marsh’ activity to test students’ detective skills; and a trip to Southport Beach to investigate the variety of wildlife habitats found there.

For more information, contact the CANE Coordinator at each school; or call Colleen Noyes 203-259-6305, ext. 112.

TRAINING SCHEDULE:  For the 2017/2018 click here

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE: 
Kindergarten Presentation Schedule
Grade 1 Presentation Schedule
Grade 2 Presentation Schedule

Adult Programs

The Center at Fairfield offers several adult programs which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization .  Click here for the brochure. 

For more information, contact Education Manager, Tricia Kevalis at 203-259-6305 ext. 117.

 

 

 

News and Announcements

Wish List

Dishwasher – gently used no larger than 23 wide by 24 deep.
If you would like to donate a dishwasher, please all 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Animal Care requests (please call 203-259-6305 ext. 116):

  • 75 gallon aquarium stand
  • 100 foot garden hose
  • Pump style hand sprayer
  • Water dechlorinator 32 ounce
  • Timothy hay
  • Guinea Pig food (Supreme Selective diet)
  • Carefresh paper small animal bedding
  • Used bath towels
  • Newspaper
  • Raptor rig – call for details

Sponsor a Bird

milliefullsideSponsoring a Bird of Prey at the Center at Fairfield is a rewarding way to ensure the welfare of a bird that cannot survive on its own.  It’s a unique present for someone special or as a treat for yourself!  Your sponsorship will support the daily upkeep of your chosen bird, and the considerable amount of scrumptious raptor feed it eats–and yes, that does mean dead mice and rats!
Why not honor your favorite person, organization, teacher, or class with the gift of an owl, falcon or hawk sponsorship?  It’s the perfect way to symbolically introduce them to the hunters of the sky!  Click here for sponsorship information and here to make a donation today!

Visit our Fairy Garden!

There’s a lot of activity in the green house… little voices chattering with delight as they search for fairies, tiny pigs and ponies in the Fairy Garden exhibit.  This teeny garden of whimsy is a miniature landscape.  Small-scale plants, foliage that looks like mini forest trees and teensy accessories gIMG_1366ive the illusion of tiny creatures living in the garden.

This charming garden was created by Master Gardeners: Anne Mele, Mary Hogue and Kristine Scerbo with the assistance of green house volunteer Jessie Linderoth. Fairy gardens are often located in small secluded areas in the garden, giving visitors the impression that they just happen to fall upon this magical place.  So come, stumble upon our Fairy Garden, you’re sure to find magic here! 
The Fairy Garden is located in the greenhouse at Center at Fairfield and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join our Volunteer Team!

 Fairfield Center Volunteer

At the Center at Fairfield, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment.  By volunteering, you can help promote understanding, appreciation and stewardship of our natural world.  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, working in the visitor center or outdoors.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please contact Executive Director, Rick Boucher at 203-259-6305 ext. 113.

Garden Volunteer

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, including garden maintenance in our green-house; outdoor herb, perennial, and large butterfly gardens!  read more>>

Animal Care Team

Our Animal Care Program provides a unique opportunity for children ages 13-18, to experience animal husbandry first hand.  Animal Care volunteers assist with daily feeding, habitat cleaning, and general animal care housekeeping, as well as handling animals under direct supervision.  read more>>

For more information about Animal Care volunteer opportunities call 203-259-6305 ext. 116 or email CASAnimalcare@ctaudubon.org.  Click here to download the Animal Care volunteer application.

Directions

From I-95: Take Exit 21 Mill Plain Road. Go north on Mill Plain Road for 4.5 miles (Mill Plain Road becomes Burr Street). The Center is on the left.

From the Merritt Parkway: Take Exit 44 Route 58. Northbound: Turn right onto Congress Street at the end of the ramp. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left. Southbound: Turn left at the light at the bottom of the ramp, and turn left at the next light onto Route 58. Go under the bridge, and turn right at the light onto Congress Street. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left.

From I-84: Take Routes 8 or 25 or I-91 to the Merritt Parkway, and follow the directions, above.

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Address

2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305

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Monday-Saturday
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

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