Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
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 3:00-5:00 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon. Animal Care hours in the summer are from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the week.
Fall Pond Exploration
Saturday, September 22
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Join us for a ponding expedition in search of creatures that swim, soar, slide, and crawl! We provide the buckets and nets, and you provide the boots and a zest for adventure.
We’ll take a walk in the Larsen Sanctuary to look for tadpoles, frogs, insects, turtles and other creatures that live in the wetland habitat of Farm Pond. Plan on getting your feet wet!
This family event is good for ages 3 and up (no strollers). Please wear boots. Members $5, Non-members $8. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Fall Bird Seed Sale: Stock Up and Save 20%!
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Nature Store at the Center at Fairfield will be offering premium bird seed at a 20% discount on Saturday, September 29. It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for the fall and winter! Backyard feeding contributes to the health and survival of birds during the colder months.
What to put on the menu? Most of the birds that stay in Connecticut are seed eaters. Seed and suet provide the calories and nourishment they need to stay warm and healthy, as the cold weather approaches and food becomes scarce. Good choices include black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds, nyjer and suet – a great energy source!
Knowledgeable staff are always available to offer guidance on seed choice and feeder selection, and to answer general bird-feeding questions. All purchases will support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s environmental conservation and education programs.
The Center at Fairfield Nature Store, located in Fairfield at 2325 Burr Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (203) 259-6305, x.109.
Fall Migration at H. Smith Richardson Preserve
Two Saturdays: September 29 and October 13
7:30 – 10 a.m.
Sasco Creek Road, Westport
Join Miley Bull to observe a spectacular wealth of birds on our newly restored coastal forest and pollinator meadow at our H. Smith Richardson Preserve in Westport.
Acres of native foxtail and millet as well as sorghums, buckwheat and other grains have turned the meadows into sparrow heaven and native trees and shrubs are bursting with fruit. With the fall migration in full swing anything and everything is possible!
Rain cancels. Free. Bring binoculars and wear hiking boots. Pre-registration required.
Directions via Google Map: Signs on Sasco Creek Road north and south of I-95 indicate each of the three parcels.
An Evening with Teddy: The Conservation President
Friday, October 5
6:30 – 9 p.m.
(RSVP by September 28)
For the Center at Fairfield’s annual fall fundraiser, we’ll be turning back the clock for a special cocktail and buffet reception featuring our esteemed guest, President Theodore Roosevelt!
The evening will honor Judith Fay Richardson for her dedication and commitment to The Connecticut Audubon Society.
In addition to delicious hors d’oeuvres, the festivities will include a silent auction.
Our 26th President will be portrayed by Joe Wiegand, the nation’s premiere reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt. His performances have been featured internationally, at historic sites and museums – including the White House for President and Mrs. George W. Bush on Roosevelt’s 150th birthday. From Africa to the Amazon, Teddy, recognized as the “Conservation President”, will be brought to life through Wiegand’s delightful stories and personal anecdotes.
Ticket prices are – Kestrel: $75 per person, Merlin: $150 per person, Peregrine: $500 per person, Gyrfalcon: $1,000 per person or Bald Eagle: $5,000 per person. Proceeds support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s education and conservation programs in Fairfield.
Click here to purchase tickets. For further information, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
History Comes Alive! A Family Program Featuring President Teddy Roosevelt
Saturday, October 6
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us as the past comes alive during this special family event with our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, widely recognized as the “Conservation President”! Meet this historic figure and hear about his legacy through delightful stories and personal anecdotes. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures in the photo booth set up for this occasion. Teddy is portrayed by Joe Wiegand, who is highly regarded as the country’s premier Theodore Roosevelt reprisor.
There will also be face painting, conservation-related crafts, an ice cream truck with treats available for purchase and a surprise visit from our resident birds of prey.
Learn how Roosevelt helped establish 51 preserves for birds, 5 national parks, 18 national monuments, 150 national forests and identified 91 bird species he saw or heard on the White House lawn. As Teddy would say, you’ll be “Deeelighted to be here!”
Members $15/family, Non-members $20/family. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Junior Animal Care Keeper
Tuesdays, October 9 – November 20
3:30 – 5 p.m.
(No class Tuesday, November 6)
Help care for our Center’s animals! From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry and prepare and serve food to help ensure the animals have a healthy living environment.
Our live animals include permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent reptiles, birds and mammals which are all an integral part of our educational programming.
Six-week series. For students in grades 6 and 7. Members $72, Non-members $96. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Girl Scout Badge Bonanza!
Saturday, October 13
9 – 11:15 a.m.
You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to earn a new badge… or two! Join The Connecticut Audubon Society teacher-naturalists as they lead scouts on an exploratory hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary all while satisfying badge requirements, journeys and achievements.
$14/scout per badge. Badge not included. Pre-registration required. To register online, click the program of your choice which will link you directly to the Girl Scout registration page for that specific program.
For a digital version of the Girl Scout 2018-19 Program Resource Guide, click here. Badge Day is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. For questions, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
Nature Nursery – Fall Harvest
Mondays: October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 19, 26
10 – 10:45 a.m.
(No class Monday, November 12)
What do all the animals do in the fall? How do they prepare for winter? Where do the leaves go? Each week we’ll seek the answers! Come join us as we discover fun facts, create cool crafts and meet exciting animals.
For children 2-3 years old accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and foot wear. Single class fee (1 child and 1 adult) Members $12, Non-members $16. Six-class series: Members $60, Non-members $80. (The series fee includes a free class!) Pre-registration required.
October 15 – November 26 (no class Monday, November 12): Click here to register.
October 15: Click here to register.
October 22: Click here to register.
October 29: Click here to register.
November 5: Click here to register.
November 19: Click here to register.
November 26: Click here to register.
Pumpkin Day Fun
Saturday, October 20
10 a.m. – Noon
Does a pumpkin sink? How many seeds are in a pumpkin? We’ll conduct this and other cool pumpkin experiments, in addition to making pumpkin cookies to take home!
All ages. Members $5, Non-members $8. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Friday, October 26
5 – 7:30 p.m.
You’ll have a fun – but not scary – experience being escorted through the luminary trail and learning about nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. After the hike, enjoy indoor activities and snacks. Dress for the weather. This event is held rain or moonshine!
Guided walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:15 p.m. The last walk leaves at 7:15 p.m.
Members $10/child, $2/adult. Non-members $15/child, $2/adult. Pre-registration required. Non-members click here to register. Members call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 to register.