Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Explore the History and Ecology of Milford’s Coast: Charles Island Discovery Walk
Charles Island Discovery Walk
Thursday, November 21
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit Milford’s historic Charles Island, a scenic 14-acre island connected during low tide to the mainland at Silver Sands State Park. An island steeped in curses, buried treasure, failed business ventures, rumored to be haunted and now the summer breeding ground for a variety of protected avian species.
Colleen Noyes, Connecticut Audubon Society Naturalist and Milford native, will lead this walk out to the island at low tide. Explore the interior and exterior of the island, look for marine and bird activity and assess the damage from recent hurricanes.
Hiking boots, all weather/wind gear and binoculars suggested. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled due to rain. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Members $20, Non Members: $25. Click here to register. Participants for this event will meet at the Silver Sands parking lot located at 1 Silver Sands Parkway in Milford.
Eco-Friendly Holidays: Ideas to Green Your Celebrations
Friday, December 6
11 a.m. – Noon
The holidays are often a time of excess and consumption, however, there are easy steps you can take to celebrate in an eco-friendly – and guilt-free – way. Join Connecticut Audubon’s Director of Education Michelle Eckman, at BD Provisions in downtown Fairfield, where she will share tips on holiday planning, prepping and partying that will minimize your environmental impact while still maximizing holiday cheer.
You’ll be surprised to learn how simple adjustments can result in a lighter footprint on the earth this holiday season.
Free. Adults only. This event will be held at BD Provisions, 1215 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT. For any questions, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
We are proud to partner with BD Provisions for this event.
Winter Bird Seed Sale – Save 20%
Saturday, December 7
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Pre-orders due Wednesday, November 27)
December is the month when the heaviest bird feeder traffic begins as days become windy and cold, and nights are long and even colder. Birds may find it especially challenging to find food on days of such extreme temperatures. This is the time when it is particularly important to fill feeders and keep them filled.
On Saturday, December 7, the Nature Store will be offering all bird seed varieties at a 20% discount. Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to advise and answer any questions. Have your favorite bird seed ready on sale day by filling out our pre-order form (pre-orders due Wednesday, November 27). For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109. This sale to be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Beautiful John James Audubon Artwork Sale — Proceeds to Benefit the Center at Fairfield
(Based on availability)
For a limited time, John James Audubon Amsterdam Edition prints of North American birds will be for sale with all proceeds benefitting the Center at Fairfield’s conservation and environmental education programs.
These are the finest limited edition facsimiles of the single greatest ornithological work ever produced and printed: the Havell edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. A museum in Holland bought their copy from Audubon’s son in 1839, which was used to produce these color lithographs. In 1972, a Dutch printing firm printed each plate in up to eight different colors on handmade rag paper exactly as the originals, giving these prints the same look and feel as the original Havell edition.
Exploration of Plants
Saturday, December 7
(Rain date December 14)
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join botanist and naturalist, Jim Cortina, for a fascinating look at plants and other wonders of nature that you might find on a walk in the woods. The program will consist of a discussion and examination of classroom specimens including, but not limited to, herbaceous plants, woody shrubs, galls and pods. The program will end with a guided walk on the sanctuary grounds with Jim pointing out various plants and other interesting forms of nature.
There will be a break, so please bring a lunch. Adults only. Members $10, Non-members $13. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Wednesday Noon Walks
Wednesdays: December 11, January 15, February 5
Join us for volunteer-led walks in the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, which is comprised of rolling woodlands, meadows, streams, marshes and ponds. Raised boardwalks and bridges allow access to the varied landscape, forest and freshwater wetland ecosystems. Enjoy exercise, good company and fresh air during these guided walks.
Moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors welcome. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Please register below. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Make an Edible Birdhouse Ornament
Saturday, December 14
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Using natural ingredients like seeds and nuts, we’ll decorate and transform a wooden birdhouse into a creative, eco-friendly ornament for your indoor holiday tree. When it’s time to put holiday decorations away, place the ornament outside and watch as birds stop by to enjoy nibbling at the sides of the house (all materials are non-toxic for the birds).
For adults and children ages 12 and up. Allergy note: peanuts and tree nuts will be used. Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Winter Break Nature Camp
Monday, December 23; Thursday, December 26; Friday, December 27
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We put on jackets, hats and mittens, but have you ever wondered how plants and animals survive all winter long? Explore the natural world of winter here at the Center at Fairfield. Find out who is sleeping and who is wide awake. This exciting and unique program includes hands-on science experiments, crafts and outdoor explorations. Winter attire required.
Ages 4-8. Members $50/per session, Non-members $60/per session. Pre-registration required. Please register below. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Junior Animal Care Keeper (FILLED)
Tuesdays: November 12, 19
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Help care for the Center’s animals. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal care, preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy setting.
For students in grades 6 and 7. Per session fee: Members $15, Non-members $20. Note: This program has been filled. This is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Animal Care Volunteers Needed
Our Animal Care Program provides a unique opportunity for teenagers, ages 13-18 years old, to assist with daily feeding, habitat 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 which are an integral part of our educational programming.
Volunteer hours during the school year are Tuesday through Friday from 3 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon. Summer volunteer hours change to Tuesday through Friday from 2 – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10.a.m. – noon.
Sponsor an Ambassador Bird
Sponsoring an Ambassador Bird at the Center at Fairfield is a rewarding way to ensure the welfare of a bird of prey 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!
You can also 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.
The Center at Fairfield offers several adult programs which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization.
The Birds of Prey program includes meeting one or more raptors, learning about their natural history and critical role in the environment. In the Meet the Animals interactive workshop, unlock the basics behind how scientists classify them and discover how animals are related. The Backyard Birding class is an introduction to the basics of backyard birding and creating a bird-friendly sanctuary.