Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield


Programs & Events at Deer Pond Farm

April 1, 2020 – Because of concerns about COVID-19, the Center building will be closed and all programs, indoors and out, are cancelled or postponed through May. Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries are open for hiking. Please keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other hikers and birders.

We invite you to make a reservation to join us for one of our walks or programs.
Please note, members do receive discounts on programs as well as many other benefits. For more information, click here.


Family Friendly Nature Walk

Saturday, July 25, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm
Free Program

Come visit Deer Pond Farm sanctuary in Sherman with trails extending into Pawling, NY to take an easy interactive walk to discover what’s happening in the natural world. We’ll spend time in our bird and pollinator garden, check out pond life, and explore nearby trails. This is a collaborative program led by CT Audubon and Friends of the Great Swamp.

To register click here.


Bird & Nature Walk at the Still River Greenway in Brookfield

Scarlet Tanager

Saturday, September 26
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Explore the diverse habitats right along the Still River Greenway with Connecticut’s Audubon Society’s Stefan Martin, habitat steward and expert birder. We will take a look at some of the different habitat types that birds use for for food, shelter and nesting. Basic birding, including how to use binoculars, observation skills and the identification tips will be presented. Bring binoculars, if you have them. For more information on the CT Audubon Society, including the newest sanctuary in Sherman, visit This program is limited to 15 people.

Registration required, Brookfield CT Park and Recreation, 203-775-7310


Native Plants & Wildlife Benefits

Photo by Stephanie Paventy

Photo by Stephanie Paventy

Saturday, October 10, 2020
1:30 p.m.
Free Program

Join CT DEEP Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone for a walk through the habitats of Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, CT.    The focus of this walk is how plants and animals are inextricably linked. Plants provide the foundational components of wildlife habitat throughout the seasons of the year.   You will come away with learning about many of Connecticut’s native plants and their associated benefits to wildlife. Mr. Picone has over 30 years of experience in enhancing and managing wildlife habitat in Connecticut.

To register click here.

Stonewall Nature Hike

Saturday, November 7
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Program

Cathy Hagadorn, director at Deer Pond Farm and Mike Cunningham, from Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust will lead this hike. They’’ll discuss Connecticut’s changing landscape from farms to forest and what stonewalls can tell us about prior land use along the way. We’ll follow Old Stage Coach Trail, a historic route, pass by wolf trees and old stone foundations as we make our way to a scenic overlook.

Please arrive on time and dress for the weather.  Inclement weather cancels. Bring binoculars, camera, water, sunscreen, bug spray, walking stick and a sense of adventure!  Binoculars are available to borrow.

To register click here.


Habitat Enhancement Volunteer Opportunities

Photo by Cathy Hagadorn.

Join us for one workday or the whole season, your time and effort are welcome and appreciated!

Habitat Helpers: Help us while learning! We’ll work while we talk, and enjoy the camaraderie of collective action to improve our sanctuary. Currently, our focus is invasive plant identification and management. You’ll learn by doing and leave knowing what you can do at home.

Garden Gaggle: Join us in the pollinator garden for maintenance and monitoring! We work while we chat, observe and learn. Our native plants bring in a host of butterflies, bees, and birds. We take the time to enjoy these visitors and conversations with fellow gardeners while weeding and completing other seasonal tasks.


Email Deirdra Wallin at to join the Garden Gaggle or the Habitat Helpers in 2020.





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