Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield

Due to Covid-19, participants of indoor programs are to practice social distancing and wear masks; for outdoor programs, participants are to practice social distancing and may be required to wear masks (subject to change). The Center building will re-open to the public on Monday, September 27 (masks and social distancing required).

 

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: 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.

 

Starry Night at Farm Pond

Saturday, October 9
6 – 9 p.m.*
*Or until the bonfire goes out!

Space is Limited – Purchase Your Tickets Today

As the sun sets and stars appear, the Center at Fairfield’s back lawn will come alive with music during our fall fundraiser.

Celebrate the outdoors with favorite food truck fare and spirits, and musical guest Barnstorm! — a Grateful Dead cover band that plays a unique blend of music from acoustic and electric bluegrass to country, pop and rock. Your generous support will enable more students to participate in the Center at Fairfield’s hands-on, science and education programs. Ticket prices start at $75.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Donate Here!

This will be held rain or shine (tent to be provided). This event takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. For questions, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Connecticut Audubon protects Connecticut’s birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through conservation, education and advocacy. The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Fairfield Region continues to offer its award-winning science-based education program to area schools, including underserved communities. We are meeting the needs of teachers and assisting students through in-person and virtual curriculum that is designed to reduce the science learning gap many are facing as a result of the pandemic.

 

“Get To Know Our Sanctuary” Hikes

Wednesdays: October 13, 27; November 10; December 1, 15
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

These easy-to-moderate, volunteer-led nature walks will cover trails in the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants will learn how to identify plants and animals, enjoy the benefits of being in touch with nature, get some good exercise, and — of course — have fun! Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration is required. 

October 13 (Chiboucas Special Use Trail) Register here.
October 27 (Dirty Swamp Trail): Register here.
November 10 (Deer Meadow/Azalea Trail): Register here.
December 1 (Chipmunk Run/Sturges Pond Trail): Register here.
December 15 (Old Farm/West Woods/Ox Cart Trail): Register here.

In case of rain, the program will be cancelled. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

After-School Nature Explorers

Wednesdays: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

When the school day is over, students love heading outdoors to become nature explorers at Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Fairfield. Join our teacher/naturalist for a different topic each week based on kids’ interests.

We’ll hike the Sanctuary trails looking for signs of animals like salamanders, worms and small mammals. We’ll use ponding and insect nets to investigate wildlife up-close. And we’ll do hands-on science experiments and crafts that highlight the wonders of nature.

For ages 6 to 8. In case of rain, the program session may be rescheduled. Free for Fairfield residents. Non-residents/CAS Members: $20 per child; Non-residents/CAS Non-members: $25 per child.

October 13: Register here.November 3: Register here.
October 20: Register here.November 10: Register here.
October 27: Register here. 

Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required inside the buiding. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Girl Scout Eco Quest

Saturday, October 16

Rosie Petal (Daisy Level)
10:00 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:15
Reduce, recycle and reuse — let’s make our 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 head outside for a forest clean up. Each Daisy will take home ideas and a personal poster to share with her family. All registrations must be made through the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website. Click HERE for 10 a.m. or click HERE for 11:15 a.m.

Hiker (Brownie Level)
10:00 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:15
Where does the trail lead us? Will we come upon a pond or marsh along the way, or perhaps an animal in hiding? Take a hike in the Larsen Sanctuary to search for signs of animals and birds. You’ll also learn what gear to take on a hike and how to pack tasty, healthy snacks for energy. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2 and 5. All registrations must be made through the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website. Click HERE for 10 a.m. or click HERE for 11:15 a.m.

Bugs (Brownie Level)
10:00 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:15
Creepy, crawly, buggy bugs — they play an important role in our world. Discover just how important they are to our ecosystems through exploration in the Larsen Sanctuary. Look for bug activity in various habitats and count how many different kinds you can find. Then put your artistic flair to work by drawing a bug poster. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 3, 4 and 5. All registrations must be made through the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website. Click HERE for 10 a.m. or click HERE for 11:15 a.m.

Animal Habitats (Junior Scout Level)
10:00 – Noon
Take to the trails! Investigate different animal habitats and discover who lives where. Learn about endangered animals and what can be done to protect their habitats and the animals that live there. Using your creative talents, put together what you’ve learned by creating an animal habitat. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Register here on the Girl Scouts website. All registrations must be made through the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website. Click HERE to register.

Pre-registration is required. All registrations must be made through the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website. Registration closes Thursday, September 30. Space is limited. Badges are not included. Participants will need to complete child and adult waivers. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required if you need to enter the facility for any reason.

For questions please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109. These programs will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Save the date for next year’s programs on Saturday, April 2, 2022. More information to come.

 

Fall Morning Bird Walk With Stefan Martin

Monday, October 18
8 to 10 a.m.

Fall is a perfect time to visit the woods and fields of the Larsen Sanctuary to view both resident birds and visiting migrants. Join Connecticut Audubon’s Habitat Steward Stefan Martin on an early morning walk to identify different species and learn about their habitat and food preferences.

Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

This walk is geared for adults; all levels of birders welcome. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required if you need to enter the facility for any reason. This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Fall Bird Seed Sale

Fall Bird Seed Sale
Saturday, October 23
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-orders due Wednesday, October 13

Enjoy 20% off savings on all varieties of bird seed during the Nature Store’s annual fall sale. With the cooler months ahead, this is an idea opportunity to stock up on your bird’s favorites. Not sure what to order? Knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist you with bird feeding questions — email, call or stop by today!

To ensure that adequate supplies are available, pre-ordering is strongly encouraged; click here for the form. Pre-orders are due by Wednesday, October 13. This sale takes place at the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. For questions, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

Enchanted Forest Full Moon Walk

Friday, October 29
5 – 7:15 p.m.

Due to popular demand, some walks may sell out. For best selection, register today!

You’ll have a fun (but not scary) experience being escorted through the luminary trail and learning about nocturnal animals in their natural habitats. Live animals — including owls — plus crafts, snacks and hot chocolate, will round out this nature-themed, outdoors-only event. Dress for the weather; costumes encouraged!

Guided walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. Last walk leaves at 7:15 p.m. Members $10 per person, Non-members $12 per person. Pre-registration required.

5 p.m. walk: Register here.6:15 p.m. walk: Register here.
5:15 p.m. walk: Register here.6:30 p.m. walk: Register here.
5:30 p.m. walk: Register here.6:45 p.m. walk: Register here.
5:45 p.m. walk: Register here.7 p.m. walk: Register here.
6 p.m. walk: Register here.7:15 p.m. walk: Register here.

This family friendly event is ideally suited for children up to age 10 (ages one and under are free) and will be held rain or moon shine! No walks-ins or strollers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required if you need to enter the facility for any reason. This event takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Naturalist Training Program

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT

Thursdays: September 9 through October 28
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.*
*The Birdcraft class will be from 8 – 11 a.m.

The Naturalist Training Program provides classroom and field training over the span of eight weeks. This program prepares adults of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.

Classes are taught by field experts, including Connecticut Audubon’s Executive Director, Patrick Comins, and Director of Conservation, Milan Bull. Topics include the basics of plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, marine ecosystems and more.

After completing the classes, you will be required to contribute 10 hours of volunteer time within the year following the training, and you will be included in our volunteer database. During the course of the program, you will learn about available volunteer opportunities and discuss with the coordinator what volunteer work best matches your interests. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class.

The cost is $260 for members and $315 for non-members (includes a one-year Connecticut Audubon membership). The application deadline is Tuesday, August 31. Note: This program has reached capacity. For our program brochure, click here.

Classes will take advantage of the diverse ecosystems of Connecticut Audubon’s Southwest Region Centers: Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft (located in Fairfield), and the Coastal Center at Milford Point. Participants will need to complete a waiver. Masks and social distancing will be required indoors; while outdoors, participants are to practice social distancing and may be required to wear masks (subject to change). Please bring water, a sun hat and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving.

For more information, email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes. 

 

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 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 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. For more information 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.

For the upcoming Girl Scout workshop on Saturday, October 16, 2021, click here (registration for sessions on that day are done through the Girls Scouts of Connecticut website).

 

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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