Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Due to Covid-19, the Center at Fairfield is running outdoor programming only and asking participants of those programs to practice social distancing and wear masks; see below for our current programs. The Center building is closed, however during summer camp, it will be open to only to registered campers during normal camp hours. We look forward to resuming normal business hours in September. The Nature Store is open; click HERE for details.
- NEW! Distance Learning: Science in Nature: Bring the excitement and learning of our Science in Nature programs to your classroom with these live, virtual programs. Click here for program brochure.
- NEW! 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.
- Birds of Prey, Meet the Animals and Backyard Birding Programs: Our animal-focused, remote-learning 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. Currently, all parties are held outdoors; parties will not be held in June, July and August of 2021. Click here for details.
- Scouting Programs: Customized science- and nature-related programs are 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.
Summer Camp 2021
Monday, June 14 – Friday, August 20
Space is Limited!
Click HERE for complete details, including registration information.
To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, group sizes will be smaller this year, so register early!
- Camp programs will follow the policies and guidance specific to COVID-19 provided by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Education. All campers will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Small group, outdoor programming where kids will safely explore, discover and learn about the natural world.
- Staffed by knowledgeable teacher-naturalists and counselors experienced with working with children.
Return to the outdoors! Campers from ages 4 to 11 will explore and thrive in a natural environment through an excellent balance of fun and engaging activities. To download our summer camp brochure, click here. This will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Fern Identification Walk
Thursday, June 17* NEW DATE
*Previously scheduled for June 15; date change due to inclement weather forecast.
10 a.m. – Noon
Join botanist Jim Cortina to learn about one of the oldest groups of plants on earth…ferns! This outdoor, adult program includes an introductory talk followed by a walk to identify a number of ferns in the Larsen Sanctuary.
Fun facts about ferns include: ferns range from 2 inches to 30 feet high, they have neither seeds nor flowers, and most modern fern families first appeared during the age of the dinosaurs. Come and learn more about these fascinating plants!
Members $10, Non-members $12. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Summer Sanctuary Strolls
Wednesdays: June 23, July 7
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Reap the health and wellness benefits of Mother Nature’s healing powers during the Center at Fairfield’s Summer Sanctuary Strolls.
These easy-to-moderate morning walks, along the peaceful woodland trails of the Larsen Sanctuary, can perk up a tired brain and reduce blood pressure, muscle tension and stress. In a small group setting, led by your knowledgeable guide, it’s a refreshing chance to leave distractions behind and be nurtured by nature.
The rain date will be the Thursday after the originally scheduled date. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT .
Summer Concert Series at Farm Pond
Saturdays: June 26; July 10, 31; August 7
5 – 6 p.m.
Space is Limited – Register Today!
Join us on the back lawn for one or more outdoor musical performances featuring a talented roster of percussionists, violinists, guitarists, harpists and singers. These late afternoon concerts are an ideal way to kick back and unwind, while enjoying beautiful music in an idyllic, pond-side setting.
Per concert fee: Members/Non-members $20, Children under 10: Free. Pre-registration required.
- June 26: Jim Royle and the A TEAM. Percussion ensemble. Register here.
- July 10: The Shamrogues. Traditional Irish music. Register here.
- July 31: Classical Guitar. Register here.
- August 7: Bryan Page and Friends. Violin, cello and guitar. Register here.
Connecticut Audubon is partnering with Music for Youth to bring these live concerts to the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Sanctuary (proceeds to benefit Connecticut Audubon). Concerts will begin promptly at 5 p.m. Space is limited. Please bring your own chairs, beverages, snacks and insect repellent; alcohol is not permitted. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing. This will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Birds of Prey, Meet the Animals and Backyard Birding Programs
Enrich yourself, or the offerings of your group or organization, with our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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).
We also offer two badge days a year. Please check this page for periodic badge workshops.
Celebrate your child’s birthday with The Connecticut Audubon Society. We provide a fun-filled, 45-minute, nature-based program of your choice for your child and up to 15 guests. Program offerings include: Naturalist Adventures, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged Wonder and more!
Available on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – noon or noon to 1:30 p.m. Weekday parties available on a limited basis by request. Parties will not be held in June, July and August of 2021.
Click here to view the brochure. Currently, all parties are held outside. For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
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.