Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield

20% Off All Bird Seed in February

Center at Fairfield Nature Store
Open Mondays – Saturdays
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

February is National Bird Feeding Month and at the Center’s Nature Store you’ll save 20% on all varieties and sizes of bird seed and suet the entire month. Shop as often as you like to take advantage of this annual sale. Your purchases help support Connecticut Audubon’s conservation and environmental education programs. Visit the Nature Store at 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Revealing the Natural World in Winter

Thursdays, February 8–March 7, 2024
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore and view New England wildlife and habitats in winter.  Topics are: 
February 8 – Winter Birds:  Presented by Stefan Martin, Connecticut Audubon habitat steward.
February 15 – Winter Plants:  Presented by Jim Cortina, botanist.
February 22 – Winter Walk:  Presented by Stefan Martin, Connecticut Audubon habitat steward.
February 29 – Planting for Wildlife:  Presented by Dave Havens, Connecticut Audubon educator/naturalist.
March 7 – Shore in Winter:  Presented by Dave Havens, Connecticut Audubon educator/naturalist. This program will be held at Sherwood Island.

Classes meet at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield, except for March 7 which meets at Sherwood Island in Westport

 

Pollinator Seed Sowing Project

Saturday, March 9, 2024
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It’s easy to think of March as a quiet time in the garden, but it’s actually the perfect time to get a head start on planting! Join us for this fun morning and take home your own seeds to watch them germinate. No grow lights needed, just a refrigerator will do. We will provide all the supplies for this activity, including locally sourced milkweed seeds.  Many thanks to the Fairfield Pollinator Pathway team for making this event happen!

This program is for adults and is free, but pre-registration is required.
Please register here.

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

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2024
Four time slots to choose from:  9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.

This beloved spring tradition returns! In addition to the fun search for eggs, there will be family activities, crafts, snacks and visits with a special bunny. The egg-citement is building–don’t forget to bring your camera and a basket.

Members $10/child, $10/adult. Non-members $12/child, $12/adult. Pre-registration is required.

9:30 a.m. – Register here.
11 a.m. – Register here.
12:30 p.m. – Register here.
2 p.m. – Register here.

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield.

 

Little Nature Explorers

Tuesdays:  April 2, 9, 23, 30, 2024
(no class April 16)
10 – 10:45 a.m.

What do animals do in the spring? How do they prepare for the warmer temperatures? We’ll 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. For ages 2-3, accompanied by an actively participating adult. Pre-registration is required.

4-Program Series fee (per child):  Members $80; Non-members $100
Register here.

Single session fee (per child): Members $20, Non-members $25.
April 2:  Register here.
April 9:  Register here.
April 23:  Register here.
April 30:  Register here.

Pre-registration is required. Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor clothing and footwear. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.

April Break Camp

Tuesday-Friday, April 16-19, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Young nature lovers, ages 4-5 and grades K-2, are invited to Connecticut Audubon’s April Break Camp in Fairfield, April 16 – 19. Have fun and adventures while welcoming back the animals and plants that have been hiding all winter. Teacher naturalists will lead campers on investigations in the Larsen Sanctuary to look for evidence of spring’s arrival and see what nature is up to this time of year. Days will include outdoor hikes with log rolling, games, crafts and visits with animals. Pre-registration required; sign up for one or more days.

Members $55 per day; Non-members $65 per day. 

Ages 4-5:
Tuesday, April 16: Register here.
Wednesday, April 17: Register here.
Thursday, April 18: Register here.
Friday, April 19: Register here.

Kindergarten – Grade 2:
Tuesday, April 16: Register here.
Wednesday, April 17: Register here.
Thursday, April 18: Register here.
Friday, April 19: Register here.

Please dress for the weather, bring a change of clothes, and a peanut-free lunch and snack. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. The camp is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.

 

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: Ongoing, customized science- and nature-related scouting programs are also available on- or off-site. Click here for details.
      Two scouting nature-related badge programs are scheduled for this fall:
      – Girl Scout Eco Quest is Saturday, October 14 – more info and registration here.
      – Boy Scout Badge Day is Saturday, November 4 – more info and registration here.
    • 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.

 

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 (appropriate for ages 3 and up) to choose from include Naturalist Adventures, Slither and Slime, Creature Feature and more!

You can schedule a birthday party on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Weekday parties are 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. Our ongoing scouting programs may be scheduled for weekdays and weekends (based on availability). For Girl Scout programs through the Center, click here. For Boy Scout programs, click here.

The next nature-related badge program scheduled for this fall is:
– Boy Scout Badge Day, Saturday, November 4 – more info and registration here.

 

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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