Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Deer Pond Farm

Programs & Events at Deer Pond Farm

Members receive discounts on programs as well as many other benefits. For more information, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, guided program fees are:
Member: $5          Member Child: Free          Non-Member: $10        Non-Member Child: $5

Our trails are open to the public daily dawn to dusk.

Please call 860-799-4074 with any questions or to be put on a wait list for a program.

Feel free to pack a lunch and a thermos with your favorite warm beverage to enjoy on our terrace or pack a picnic to enjoy in our lawn after your hike.

Summer Bird Walk – Cancelled

White-breasted Nuthatch by Linda Miller

Cancelled due to weather
July 13, 2024, 9
a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deer Pond Farm

$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Songbirds are switching from singing to defending territory and attracting mates to caring for their young. Join Sanctuary Manager/Naturalist Lori Lichtenauer for a casual-paced walk at Deer Pond Farm. Lori will share how to identify fledglings via their plumage and calls, and the behaviors of parent birds. Learn how and when to help baby birds and other wildlife, especially during the summer.

Forestry Hike

Forest Management at Deer Pond Farm

July 18, 2024, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deer Pond Farm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Forests are dynamic ecosystems that are constantly undergoing change. Forestry management goals are to increase native tree species, tree age classes, and support habitat for diverse birds and wildlife. Join Deer Pond Farm’s Sanctuary Manager/Naturalist and certified forester Lori Lichtenauer on a hike to discuss the previous and ongoing forest management projects here. Along the hike, we will discuss the similarities and differences between traditional forestry and silviculture, including forestry management challenges with climate change.
Register here for the July 18 forestry hike.
This program meets at Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784.

Birds & Butterflies Walk

Monarch by Sharon Cuartero

July 23, 2024, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deer Pond Farm
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
Join Stefan Martin, Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation manager, in search of many faunae in flight at Deer Pond Farm. Over 45 species of butterflies, 14 species of moths, and 151 species of birds have been identified here to date. See the amazing diversity of pollinators here in our pollinator garden and meadows!
Register here for the July 23 birds and butterfly walk.
This program meets at Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784.

September First Friday Hike (casual pace)

September 6, 2024, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Deer Pond Farm
Free
Explore up to three of the 15 miles of trails spanning the preserve on this monthly volunteer-led hike. It’s a great way to socialize, get some fresh air, exercise, and learn more about Deer Pond Farm!
Register here for the September 6 hike.
This program meets at Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784.

September Second Saturday Hike (faster pace)

September 14, 2024, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Deer Pond Farm
Free
Enjoy a brisk hike at Deer Pond Farm in the crisp fall air! Volunteer Peggy will lead this 4–5-mile hike with a 2-2.5-mile pace. We’ll be stepping it out and there will be some gradual climbs. Feel free to pack lunch and enjoy the view from the teaching terrace after the hike.
Register here for the September 14 hike.
This program meets at Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784.

Create Your Own Nature Walk!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Brian Bennett

Can’t make a guided program this month? Create your own nature walk! Use the resources below to make the most of your time exploring the 15 miles of trails spanning Deer Pond Farm. 

Deer Pond Farm Suggested Hikes – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Bird Checklist – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Nature Scavenger Huntfor 8 and under, for 9 and up.

Deer Pond Farm Spring Themed Nature Scavenger Hunt – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Summer Themed Nature Scavenger Hunt – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Fall Themed Nature Scavenger Hunt – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Winter Themed Nature Scavenger Hunt – click here.

Deer Pond Farm Sanctuary Rules – click here.

Directions – click here.

Click on each month to view birds that can be seen each month at Deer Pond Farm:

January February March April May June

July August September October November December

Please note: dogs, horses, fishing, swimming, camping, fires, hunting and collecting are not permitted.

Thank you for staying on the trails.

 

Schedule Your Own Private, Expert-Led Walk

Baltimore Oriole photo by Tomas Koeck

(Available to purchase as a gift, too!)
During this two hour walk, a staff member will guide you through the diverse habitats of Deer Pond Farm. Participants will learn about the local flora and fauna, as well as the conservation work being done at Deer Pond Farm. Habitat enhancement and data collection projects utilizing eBird, Connecticut & New York Bird Atlas, and the Motus Wildlife Tracking System will also be shared.

Please call (860) 799-4074 to schedule.

Fee: $100 for a two hour walk. This includes up to eight pre-registered and pre-paid attendees.

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Photo by Deirdra Wallin

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

Citizen Science: Support research through data collection! From monarchs, to birds and more, Deer Pond Farm supports a variety of citizen science initiatives. Opportunity to work independently or in a group.

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.

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.

Photography: As you enjoy the trails during a guided walk or on your own, take pictures and share with us to utilize on the website, social media and flyers.

For more information and to complete a volunteer application, click here. Contact Center Director Cathy Hagadorn, chagadorn@ctaudubon.org to further discuss volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

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