Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield

Ongoing Programs:

  • Field Trips for Home Learning Groups: Enrich your home learning group by taking a field trip to the Center at Fairfield for hands-on, outdoor, environmental programs. Click here for program brochure. 
  • Science in Nature — Distance Learning: Bring the excitement and learning of our Science in Nature programs to your classroom with these live, virtual programs. Click here for program brochure.
  • Science in Nature — In-Person Learning: Offerings include programs at your school, field trips to the Center at Fairfield or a local park. For the All Grade Level brochure, click here.
  • Outreach Programs: Our animal-focused programs are ideal for individuals, libraries, scout troops, senior centers and more. Click here for details.
  • Birthday Parties: Celebrate your child’s birthday with a nature-based party at our Center. Click here for details.
  • Scouting Programs: Girl Scout Eco Quest: Daisy Level will be held at the Center on Saturday, January 21, 2023 – click here for more information and to register. On-going, customized science- and nature-related programs are also available on- or off-site. Click here for details.
  • Sponsor An Ambassador Bird: A rewarding way to ensure the welfare of a bird of prey that cannot survive on its own. Click here for details.

 

December Bird Seed Sale: 20% Off

Saturday, December 10
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Purchase premium bird seed at 20% off during the Nature Store’s annual December seed sale!

December is the month when the heaviest bird feeder traffic begins. Days become windy and cold, and nights are long and even colder, so birds may find it especially challenging to find food on days with such extreme temperatures.

Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help select the right seed and answer general bird feeding questions. The store also carries a wide selection of nature-themed books, binoculars, field guides, holiday gifts and home décor.

 

Little Nature Explorers

Tuesdays, December 13, 20; January 10, 24
10 – 10:45 a.m.

What do animals do in the winter? How do they survive in the cold temperatures? Children, ages 2-3, discover the answers to these questions and more in this engaging, indoor/outdoor program.

Activities may include stories, crafts, games, experiments, live animal visitors and explorations.

Click here to sign up for all four programs! Fee (per child): Members $80, Non-members $100.

Single session fee (per child): Members $20, Non-members $25.
December 13: Register here.
December 20: Register here.
January 10: Register here.
January 24: Register here.

Pre-registration is required. For children ages 2-3 accompanied by an actively participating adult. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor attire and footwear. This takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.

 

Winter Woodland Detectives

Tuesday-Friday, December 27-30
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kids take their eyes off of screens and focus them on forest trails during this investigation of wildlife in winter. Join the Center’s crack nature detective squad to have fun patrolling the forest searching for clues and signs of animal life.

For ages 6 to 8, this drop-off program will inspire curious minds while examining nature’s winter adaptations up-close.

Sign up soon – spaces will fill quickly for this holiday week program!

Price per session: Members $55 per person, Non-members $65 per person. Pre-registration required. 

Tuesday, December 27: Register here.
Wednesday, December 28: Register here.
Thursday, December 29: Register here.
Friday, December 30: Register here.

Please bring a peanut-free snack, lunch and warm outdoor wear appropriate for weather conditions. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program will take place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield.

 

Winter Bird Walks

American Tree Sparrow, photo by Patrick Comins.

Thursday, January 12; Tuesday, February 7
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Winter is a great time to get to know the birds who spend the cold months in our area. Join Connecticut Audubon Educator/Naturalist Dave Havens on the Larsen Sanctuary Trails looking and listening for signs of raptors, sparrows, finches and other seasonal residents. Learn how they survive such challenging conditions and find out the best time of day to view these cold-tolerant species.

Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required.
For January 12, register here. For February 7, register here.

This walk is geared for adults; all levels of birders welcome. Binoculars are recommended. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program will take place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Junior Animal Care

Wednesdays: January 18, 25; February 1, 8; March 1, 8, 15, 22; April 5
3:30 to 5 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes and help care for the Center’s resident animals, then this program is for you! From gross to glamorous, kids in grades 6-8 will learn about animal care, feeding and ensuring they have a healthy living environment.

This program is free for Fairfield residents.

Click here to sign up for the January 18 – February 8 session (4 classes). Non-residents/CAS Members $80, Non-residents/CAS Non-members $100.

Click here to sign up for the March 1 – April 5 session (5 classes). Non-residents/CAS Members $100, Non-residents/CAS Non-members $125. 

Per class: Members $20, Non-members $25. 
January 18: Register here.March 8: Register here.
January 25: Register here.March 15: Register here.
February 1: Register here.March 22: Register here.
February 8: Register here.April 5: Register here.
March 1: Register here. 
  

Pre-registration required. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield.

 

Girl Scout Eco Quest: Daisy Level

Saturday, January 21, 2023
10:30  – 11:30 a.m.
Last day to register is Saturday, January 7.

Rosie’s Story
Reduce, recycle and reuse – Daisies will learn about making the world a better place! We will start with Rosie’s story A Better Beach for Everyone, then play recycle relay, discover new uses for old things and then head outside for a forest clean up. Each Daisy will take home ideas and a personal poster to share with her family.

Register here. This link will take you directly to the Girl Scout registration page (Firefox or Chrome browsers recommended).

Pre-registration is required. Badges are not included. Participants will need to complete child and adult waivers. This program takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield.

 

After-School Nature Explorers – SOLD OUT

Thursdays: December 1, 8, 15
3:45 – 5 p.m.

When the school day is over, students in grades 3-5 will look forward to getting outside and becoming nature explorers. They will look for signs of animals with our teacher/naturalist, who will lead hikes along the Sanctuary trails to search for tracks, investigate wildlife up-close and do hands-on experiments.

Per session fee: Non-residents/CAS Members: $20 per child; Non-residents/CAS Non-members: $25 per child. Free for Fairfield residents. Pre-registration required. Note: This program is full.

Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Outreach Programs

Enrich yourself, or the offerings of your group or organization, with our outreach learning programs. Ideal for individuals, libraries, scout troops, senior centers, Parks and Recreation departments and more, they can also be tailored to meet your specific needs. Programs can be in-person or virtual (via Zoom). Click here for brochure.

Birds of Prey – Encounter with one or more raptors on a bird handler’s glove. You’ll learn about the natural history of these magnificent birds, while discovering their unique physical and behavioral adaptations. We’ll discuss different raptor species and their amazing behavioral and predatory adaptations, as well as their conservation status and critical role in the environment.
Program fee: $300. Length: 60 minutes.

Meet the Animals – Unlock the basics behind how scientists classify animals into groups. We’ll focus on five basic animal groups: invertebrates, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. By comparing representative animals and their features, discover how the animals are related, what special traits they have, and better understand why they are classified the way they are. The program also includes live animals and mounted species.
Program fee: $165. Length: 60 minutes.

Backyard Birding – Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight and sound, who is at the feeder during each season and what their feeding habits are. Also covered will be bird characteristics, ways to entice birds to your feeder, what feeders and seed to use, and where to place feeders for bird safety and best viewing. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation, and there will be samples of bird feeders and seed that can be used in your backyard to attract birds.
Program fee: $165. Length: 60 minutes.

To schedule, please email our program manager at tkevalis@ctaudubon.org.

 

Birthday Parties

birthday cake

Celebrate your child’s birthday with Connecticut Audubon! We provide a fun-filled, 45-minute, nature-based program for your child and up to 15 guests, plus an additional 45 minutes for your own birthday fun. Age-specific themes you can choose from include Naturalist Adventures, Slither and Slime, Creature Feature, Winged Wonder and more.

Available on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Weekday parties available on a limited basis by request.

Click here to view the brochure. To book a party, please email Jane Guenther or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

 

Scouting Programs

The Center at Fairfield provides programs that meet the needs of scouts and their leaders. Our teacher-naturalists will lead scouts through hands-on, science-based programs during which they will discover unique habitats and wildlife while working towards badge requirements. Programs may be scheduled for weekdays and weekends (based on availability). For on-going Girl Scout programs through the Center at Fairfield, click here. For on-going Boy Scout programs, click here.

Girl Scout Eco Quest: Daisy Level will be held at the Center on Saturday, January 21, 2023 – click here for more information and to register.

 

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.

 

Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science: Using Binoculars for Birding

Ever wonder how you could use your binoculars to get an “eagle-eye” view of some of your favorite birds? Join Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science as she shares (and demonstrates) some dos and don’ts, including how you can listen, spot and focus in on your next super-incredible nature experience.

See below for our previous Dr. Science adventures:
Episode 1: Skunk Cabbage, click here.
Episode 2: Estuaries, click here.
Episode 3: Beach Grass, click here.
Episode 4: Rockweed, click here.
Episode 5: Mud Snails, click here.
Episode 6: Bivalves, click here.
Episode 7: The Great Blue Heron, click here.
Episode 8: Life Under a Log, click here.
Episode 9: The Wood Frog Story, click here.
Episode 10: Owl Pellets, click here.
Episode 11: Dandelions, click here.
Episode 12: Snakes, click here.

 

 

 

 

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