Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Wednesdays through February 13
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Each week is chock full of nature fun as we explore life in the sanctuary, create a craft, read a story and more. Ages 2 to 3. Fee (1 child and 1 adult): Members $12, Non-members $16. Pre-registration required. Please register below:
Art and Nature After-School Program
Wednesdays through February 20
3:45 – 5 p.m.
Foster a love of art while exploring and discovering the natural world. Projects combining educational themes in science and nature may include:
- Designing a habitat for an animal of your choice
- Building a creature incorporating their special traits
- Constructing a sculpture using found materials
- Creating a still-life with natural objects to draw or paint
- Learning about scientific illustration and its benefits
- Developing a nature journal after exploring outside
Ages 6 to 12. Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. Please register below:
Winter Cocoa & Storytelling With Our Owls
Saturday, January 19
1 – 2 p.m.
Join us for a cozy afternoon of storytelling and visiting with our owls as we sip delicious hot cocoa and enjoy a story.
All ages welcome (must be able to sit and listen to story). Members $5, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Saturday, January 26
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Identifying native trees in the winter is not as difficult as you might imagine. Bark and twig characteristics are wonderfully visible in the winter forest. Learn to identify basic bark and twig structure, then go for a walk in our sanctuary to apply that knowledge.
Ages 10 and up with an accompanying adult. Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Nature Store Holiday Sale – 30% Off!
Mondays – Saturdays through January 30
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Festive nature and bird-themed items are on sale now at the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store. Shop early for the best selection.
The Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store offers the ability to shop locally and support the Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation and environmental education programs. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases!
20% Off Bird Seed in February at the Nature Store
February 1 – 28
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month with 20% off bird seed all month long. With the way this winter is going (brrr!), the birds will be flocking to your feeder when you lay out our fresh high-quality birdseed for them.
Knowledgeable staff are always available to offer guidance on seed choice and feeder selection, and to answer general bird-feeding questions.
Your purchase helps us maintain our mission to support Connecticut’s bird population through education, conservation and preservation. Thank you for your support!
The Groundhog and the Science Behind Shadows
Saturday, February 2
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Find out why the groundhog may or may not see his shadow. Play games, make a sundial and explore the trails to understand the science behind the elusive shadow!
Ages 5 and up. Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Animal Story Time
Thursday, February 7
Drop by the Center at Fairfield for a Thursday morning animal story followed by a hands-on opportunity to meet one of the Center’s friendly animal residents. We’ll read an age-appropriate book about a particular animal, then we’ll get to learn even more by meeting one up close.
Open to children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Member/Non-members $5.
Backyard Birding with Dick Worth
Saturdays: February 9 and March 9
10 – 11 a.m.
Join long-time birder and naturalist Dick Worth who will teach you how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound. Backyard birding begins at the feeder, so you’ll also learn who is at the feeder this time of year, their feeding habits and their characteristics. You’ll also receive tips on what kind of seed and feeders to use, and other ways of creating a bird-friendly sanctuary that will attract birds to your yard.
This indoor program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Meet in the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store. This program is free but donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is required.
Junior Animal Care Keeper – FILLED
Tuesdays through February 12
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Help care for the Center’s animals. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry care, preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy setting.
Grades 6 and 7. Six-class series: Members $72, Non-members $96. This program is filled.
Kids Day Off Camp
Friday, February 15
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Explore our Sanctuary and discover what animals do in the winter. Inside, we’ll play games, make crafts and meet some of the Center’s animals. Bring your lunch and a nut-free snack.
Ages 4-8. Members $45, Non-members $50. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Winter Walk in the Woods
Saturday, February 23
10:30 a.m. – noon
We’ll track prints and look for signs of what the animals are doing in the winter and then go inside for some delicious cocoa after the walk.
All ages (no strollers). Members $5, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Saturday, March 2
6 – 9 p.m.
Save the date for this much anticipated annual “fleece and flannel” event, which will include:
– Craft beers by local breweries
– Live music by The Merwin Mountain Band
– Famous Audubon chili recipes
– Hearty hors d’oeuvres and open bar
– Online and silent auction
Animal Care Volunteers Needed
During the school year: weekdays 3 – 5 p.m. or Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon; summer: weekdays 2 – 4 p.m.
Our Animal Care Program provides a unique opportunity for teenagers, ages 13-18 years old, to experience animal husbandry first hand. Animal Care volunteers assist with daily feeding, habitat cleaning and general animal care housekeeping, as well as handling animals under direct supervision.
Our live animal collection includes permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent reptiles, birds and mammals which are all an integral part of our educational programming. The time commitment is one day per week during the school year from 3 – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon. Animal Care hours in the summer are from 2 – 4 p.m. during the week.
Winter Programs and Events
Please click here for our complete Winter Program brochure.
Programs fill quickly, so register today!