Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Because of concerns about Covid-19, the Center at Fairfield is running outdoor programming only and asking participants of those programs to practice social distancing and wear masks; see below for our current programs. The Center at Fairfield building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice. The Nature Store has reopened with a modified schedule; click HERE for details.
- NEW! Distance Learning: Science in Nature: Bring the excitement and learning of our Science in Nature programs to your classroom with these live, virtual programs. Click here for program brochure.
- NEW! 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.
- Birds of Prey, Meet the Animals and Backyard Birding Programs: Our three animal-focused, remote-learning programs are ideal for 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. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 for more information.
- 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.
Healing Through Nature: Mindful Movement
Thursday, November 5
*The October 29 class has been cancelled
11 a.m. – Noon
Learn to connect with your essential nature through the art of deep listening. Based on the practices of yoga and Qigong, intuitive movement, breath work and guided meditation will be used to strengthen your inner listening tools as you immerse yourself in the pristine outdoor environment of the Larsen Sanctuary.
Instructors Beth Furman and Julie Moffat will lead these collaborative explorations towards healing the body, relating to your essential nature through outdoor practices and strengthening our shared humanity.
Pre-registration required. Members $20; Non-members $25. Register below for single classes:
October 29: Cancelled.
November 5: Register here.
Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before each class. Pre-registration is required. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver, and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. Please dress in layers and keep in mind that if the temperature drops, gloves and a hat might be needed. In case of adverse weather or less than eight registrants, the class will be cancelled. This program is at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Enchanted Forest Full Moon Walk – SOLD OUT
Friday, October 30
4:30 – 8 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. Dress for the weather; costumes encouraged. This nature-themed, outdoors-only event will be held rain or moon shine!
Guided walks leave every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Last walk leaves at 7:30 p.m.
Members $10 per person, Non-members $12 per person. Pre-registration required.
Note: All walks are sold out.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This family friendly event is ideally suited for children up to age 10 (ages one and under are free). No walks-ins or strollers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event takes place at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Autumn Discovery Trail Walks
Wednesdays: November 4, 11
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Explore the trails in the Larsen Sanctuary on these volunteer-led walks, which will focus on a different trail each week. The Sanctuary is comprised of rolling woodlands, meadows, streams, marshes and ponds, and is home to diverse plant and animal communities. Raised boardwalks and bridges allow access to the varied landscape, forest and freshwater wetland ecosystems. Enjoy exercise, good company and fresh air during these guided walks.
Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Please register below.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. Walks will be a moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors, young children and moms with baby wraps are welcome, however, no strollers. Adverse weather cancels the walk. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
After-School Nature Explorers – SOLD OUT
Wednesdays: October 28; November 4, 18*
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Calling all students, ages 6 to 8! When the school day is over, step away from your screens and become a nature explorer at Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Fairfield. Join us on Wednesday afternoons for this fun, socially distanced outdoor class with a different theme each week. Explore the woods, ponds and meadows along the Sanctuary trails, investigate wildlife up close, and do hands-on science experiments and fall crafts.
The class is free for Fairfield residents. Non-residents/CAS Members: $20 per child; Non-residents/CAS Non-members $25 per child.
Note: All dates are sold out.
*Rain dates will be the Thursday after the scheduled class. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Cultivating a Sustainable Lifestyle
Monday, November 9
7 – 8:30 p.m.
In this 90-minute webinar, learn about the root causes of climate change and species loss, as well as how we can change our lifestyle to live more sustainably every day. Topics will include:
- Restorative and regenerative yards: unlawning, rewilding, removing invasives, planting natives for imperiled pollinators in zero emissions and synthetic chemical-free home ecosystems.
- Radical food waste reduction, whole vegetable eating and composting.
- Sustainable home ecosystem management: zero-waste and closed-loop practices.
- Eating low on the food chain: the human and planetary benefits of eating a whole-food, and plant-based diet sourced from local farms that practice sustainable agriculture.
- Battery electric vehicle (fully electric) essentials: advantages, financial incentives, maintenance, charging at home and away, integration with home solar and battery storage for blackout resilient homes.
Click here to register and for Zoom link. While we are offering this program for free, please consider a suggested donation of $10.
Our guest presenter, Analiese Paik, is a sustainability leader, advocate, educator and founder and CEO of Sustainne, a company dedicated to uniting, nurturing and growing a community dedicated to sustainable living. Find out more about Analiese here.
School Day Off Fun
Wednesday, November 11
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy a no-school day filled with outdoor hikes exploring the trails of the Larsen Sanctuary, meeting live animals, playing games, making crafts and other fun, hands-on activities. Members $50; non-members $60.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks (a portion of the program will be indoors). Bring a peanut-free lunch and snack and dress for the weather, or bring outdoor wear. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Fall Fundraiser: A Conversation With James Prosek and Richard Prum
Wednesday, November 18
7 – 8 p.m.
Join us for an exclusive live, Virtual Conversation with James Prosek and Richard Prum on the topic: Are Birds Art? This online event is the Fairfield Region’s annual fall fundraiser.
Deeply invested in both the environment and environmental concerns, renowned artist, naturalist and author, James Prosek, is a well-known contemporary artist. Richard Prum is the W. R. Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and the Curator of Ornithology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Bid In Our Online Auction: Beginning November 8, our online auction debuts with fabulous offerings including private birding tours, watercolor classes, cases of exceptionally rare wine, exclusive vacation homes and more. Stay tuned for more details!
Tickets are $50 per person. Click HERE to register and for Zoom link. If you cannot attend, kindly use the registration link to make an online donation.
While you attend the conversation with James and Richard, enjoy some take-out food by supporting local restaurants such as Bonda, Centro or Martel (they are aware of our event and prepared to meet the demand!) or select another restaurant of your choice.
Trot Off Your Turkey!
Saturday, November 28
10:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Trot off your holiday turkey on a fall hike through the Larsen Sanctuary trails. Activate your senses while seeing how nature prepares for winter.
You’ll have fun crunching through the leaves while searching the forest, ponds, garden marsh and swamp habitats for birds and other wildlife. What could be around that next tree? Wild turkeys? Scavenging chipmunks? Come with the whole family to find out!
Pre-registration required. Members: $10/person; Non-members $12/person. Choose morning or afternoon walk.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Birds of Prey, Meet the Animals and Backyard Birding Programs
Enrich the offerings of your group or organization with our remote-learning programs (via Zoom). Ideal for libraries, scout troops, senior centers, Parks and Recreation departments and more, they can also be tailored to meet your specific audience needs.
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: $200. 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: $125. 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: $125. Length: 60 minutes.
To schedule, please email our program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
We also offer two badge days a year. Please check this page for periodic badge workshops.
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.