Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield

Because of concerns about COVID-19, the Center building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice. In-person summer camp has been cancelled. For our summer camp alternative, click here. Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries are open for hiking. Please keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other hikers and birders. We will be continually re-evaluating the situation and make decisions accordingly. The Nature Store has reopened with a modified schedule, click here for details.

 

Naturalist-Guided Walks for Small Groups

Wednesday, July 8; Thursday, July 9
10 a.m. – Noon or 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Looking for private, outdoor, small group drop-off activities for your kids? Then “take a walk on the wild side” with us to see what’s happening in the natural world on this small group, guided walk in the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Sanctuary.

A Connecticut Audubon staff naturalist will provide individualized attention on this specially designed exploration, which is limited to a maximum of four pre-registered and pre-paid attendees. Choose from a variety of activities such as pond explorations, insect netting and log roll investigations.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing (mask removal at the discretion of the program leader). The entire program is outdoors, so please bring water, a sun hat and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there are portable toilets available (please bring hand sanitizer).

$100 per group (max of four to a group). Drop off for kids ages 8 and up (family groups also welcome!) In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. Pre-registration required by one person on behalf of the group; please click below to register. Once registered, group participants will need to complete a waiver. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m.: Register here.
Wednesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m.: Register here.
Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m.: Register here.
Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m.: Register here.

 

Bird Walks With Miley

Tuesday, July 14; Thursday, July 16
6:30 – 8 a.m.

Join Milan Bull, senior director of Science and Conservation, for an early morning bird walk. This walk and talk is an ideal opportunity to see an excellent variety of birds along the trails.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing (mask removal at the discretion of the program leader). The entire program is outdoors, so please bring water, a sun hat and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there are portable toilets available (please bring hand sanitizer).

All levels of birders are welcome. This program is for adults only. Group is limited to 10 participants. Please bring binoculars. Members $20, Non-members $25. Rain cancels. Pre-registration required. Click below to register. (Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver.) This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

Tuesday, July 14: click here to register.
Thursday, July 16: click here to register.

 

Connecticut Audubon Adventures: The “Not So Bummer” Summer

Weekly Sessions Available
To sign up for the full season and receive a discount, click here!

Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 21
9 a.m. – Noon

We’re going virtual this year with Connecticut Audubon Adventures: The “Not So Bummer” Summer! This unique camp alternative offers interactive, live, nature-themed explorations and activities for ages 6 through 10. The program of online and outdoor adventures, designed and run by Connecticut Audubon’s highly experienced team of summer camp directors and educators, is a great way for kids to have fun at home this summer while connecting with the natural world.

The time-tested camp programs, adapted for online and backyards, will spark curiosity and sharpen thinking skills through experimentation, exploration, art and citizen science. There will be many opportunities throughout to share findings and socialize with others.

Different themes each week keep the program fresh and appealing to many interests. A good balance of engaging hands-on activities, combined with investigative STEAM learning, ensure it will be the solution to a “not so bummer” summer experience that exercises minds while having fun.

Although every day in the “Not So Bummer Summer” will be different, the sample schedule below gives you an idea of what to expect:

  • 9-9:10 a.m.: Monday orientation with campers and parents
  • 9:10-9:45 a.m.: Kick off the day with Morning Mystery Challenge
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: Explorers and scientists get your juices flowing with outdoor exploration or indoor experimentation
  • 10:45-11 a.m.: Snack Chat
  • 11-noon: Just Crafting Around! Step-by-step creative projects. Wrap up, prepare for next day and Secret Sign-Off
Here’s what we have planned for the upcoming weeks:
  • Week 4, July 6-10: Building Challenge. Explore beautiful and interesting structures in the natural world and meet some famous animal architects such as spiders, bees, birds and beavers. Can you use what we learn from nature in your own building challenges?
  • Week 5, July 13-17: Nosy Neighbors. Do you see what I see? Does the nose know? Can you hear me now? This camp session will have you observing the world through the eyes, nose and ears of some of New England’s most interesting creatures.
  • Week 6, July 20-24: Art and Science. Prepare to get messy and creative! Experiment with a variety of materials and mediums, and witness firsthand the beautiful results that can happen. Learn how to create beautiful art with natural materials as well as common household art supplies.
  • Week 7, July 27-31: Digging In. What’s under your feet? Grow crystals, dig soil pits and learn about fossils as you explore rocks, soils and the many secrets of life underground.
  • Week 8, August 3-7: Fantastic Flyers. Discover the mystery of birds, bats, bluebirds, dragonflies and butterflies. Meet our resident birds of prey and unveil the mysteries of beaks, talons and feathers as we explore their many adaptations and skills.
  • Week 9, August 10-14: Full STEAM Ahead. Use your engineering and art skills to take the science of plants and animals to a new level! Fun design challenges will have you laughing and learning about the way nature works.
  • Week 10, August 17-21: Awesome Invertebrates. Worms, snails, butterflies, spiders and crabs are just a few of the many incredible creatures that live life without a spine. Investigate the weird and wonderful characteristics that help these awesome invertebrates survive.

For ages 6-10. Members $150 per week, Non-members $175 per week. Discounted pricing available for additional sibling(s) or if registering for five weeks, or all ten. Questions? Please email summercamp@ctaudubon.org.

To view all the details, including descriptions of weekly topics, a program FAQ and how to register, click HERE. Registrations will be accepted up until Sunday at noon, the day before the session begins.

 

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.

 

Adult Programs

The Center at Fairfield offers several adult programs which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization.

The Birds of Prey program includes meeting one or more raptors, learning about their natural history and critical role in the environment. In the Meet the Animals interactive workshop, unlock the basics behind how scientists classify them and discover how animals are related. The Backyard Birding class is an introduction to the basics of backyard birding and creating a bird-friendly sanctuary.

Click here for our brochure. For more information, email Education Manager, Tricia Kevalis or call 203-259-6305 ext. 117.

 

 

 

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 15 guests. Program offerings include: Totally Turtles, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged Wonder and more!

Parties are available on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. -noon or 1-2:30 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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