Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Friday, November 16
7 – 8:30 p.m.
When the sun goes down, the nighttime is alive with activity. We’ll explore the Sanctuary and then head indoors for cider and a visit with a bird!
Bring a flashlight. No strollers please. Members $5, Non-members $8. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Nature Nursery – Fall Harvest
Mondays: November 19 and 26
10 – 10:45 a.m.
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. Class fee: (1 child and 1 adult) Members $12, Non-members $16. Pre-registration required.
Animal Story Time
Thursdays: December 6, January 10 and 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. Each week 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.
Winter Seed Sale – Save 20%
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Pre-orders due November 28)
December is the month when the heaviest bird feeder traffic begins as days become windy and cold and nights are long and even colder. The lush, berry-laden vegetation of summer and fall has disappeared and insects have either died or become dormant.
Birds may find it especially challenging to find food on days of extreme cold temperatures. This is the time when it is particularly important to fill feeders and keep them filled.
Pre-order forms are due November 28. For more information about winter bird feeding and what seed to buy, click here. Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help you select the right feeder and seed for your backyard. The Center at Fairfield Nature Store, located at 2325 Burr Street, is open Monday though Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
Cranberry Wreath Making
Saturday, December 8
10:30 a.m. – Noon
(Registration deadline: December 1)
Join us as we take part in the age-old tradition of wreath making as inspired by Mother Nature. Using colorful cranberries, you will create and take home a festive wreath to place on your holiday table or hang on your door. Share this class with family members or a friend to prepare for your holiday celebrations in style!
Members $25/wreath, Non-members $30/wreath. Registration deadline is December 1. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Backyard Birding with Dick Worth
Saturdays: December 8, January 12, 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.
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.
School Vacation Winter Fun Day
Thursday, December 27
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
School breaks are a great time to experience hands-on nature activities and winter fun at the Center! Join us for crafts, experiments and animal presentations. Creating ice sculptures and snow painting will also be on tap, weather permitting.
All ages. Members $20 per family, Non-members $25 per family. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Junior Animal Care Keeper Class – FULL
Tuesdays through 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.
Please click here for our complete Fall Program brochure.