Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield

Due to Covid-19, participants of indoor programs are to practice social distancing and wear masks; for outdoor programs, participants are to practice social distancing and may be required to wear masks (subject to change). The Center building has re-opened to the public (masks and social distancing required).

Ongoing Programs:

  • 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. 
  • Science in Nature — Distance Learning: Bring the excitement and learning of our Science in Nature programs to your classroom with these live, virtual programs. Click here for program brochure.
  • Science in Nature — In-Person Learning: Offerings include programs at your school, field trips to the Center at Fairfield or a local park. For the All Grade Level brochure, click here.
  • Outreach Programs: Our animal-focused programs are ideal for individuals, 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. Click here for details.
  • Scouting Programs: On-going, 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.

 

Junior Animal Care Keeper – SOLD OUT

Wednesdays: January 26; February 2, 9
3:30 to 5 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes at the Center and help care for our resident animals, this program is for you! From gross to glamorous, kids in grades 6 through 8 will learn about animal care, preparing and offering food, and ensuring they have a healthy living environment.

Participants will need to complete a waiver. Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. If outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Post-Holiday Sale

Through January 29
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All holiday items are 20% off at the Center’s Nature Store! The sale includes calendars, ornaments, home décor and more. It’s also an ideal opportunity to stock up for next year on holiday cards — our selection includes a variety of classic bird and nature themes.

For more info, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or visit the Nature Store page.

 

20% Off Bird Seed in February

Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

February is National Bird Feeding Month, and at the Nature Store you’ll save 20% on all varieties of bird seed during the entire month. Knowledgeable staff are available to offer guidance on seed choices, feeder selection and answer general bird-feeding questions.

 

Summer Camp 2022

Registration will open on Tuesday, February 15.
Click here to download the 2022 Summer Camp brochure.

Preschool camps (for ages 4-5 who have not completed kindergarten) foster a nurturing and supportive environment, helping each child to be successful within the group. The varied experiences teach ways to take care of nature, creating a sense of wonder and connection to the natural world.

Camps for ages 5-13 give older children a chance to explore and thrive in the natural environment through an excellent balance of fun and engaging activities, from hands-on science experiments to uncovering the mysteries of flying creatures.

Click here for additional details. For any immediate questions, please email our program director. Summer camp will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Revealing the Natural World in Winter – SOLD OUT

Photo: American Tree Sparrow by Patrick Comins.

Tuesdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1*
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Please note new dates.

This intriguing, adult learning series pulls back the curtain on New England wildlife and habitats in winter. Topics include insects, birds, geology, plants and marine creatures.

Specific location and topic for each date to be determined. Sessions will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT and at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT (the topic will determine the location). All classes (with the exception of the Winter Plants session) will have an inside information portion and field walk. Dress for the weather, warm coat, hat, gloves, hiking boots or snow boots if applicable. Binoculars are suggested, but can be provided by Connecticut Audubon if needed. For any questions, please email cnoyes@ctaudubon.org.

Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required if you need to enter the facility for any reason.

 

Little Nature Explorers*

Wednesdays: February 2, 9, 16
10 – 10:45 a.m.
*Program previously titled “Nature Tots”

Young children will discover the wonders of nature during this enriching program. We’ll read stories, create crafts, have live animal visitors and learn with experiments and games. For children ages 2-3 years accompanied by an actively participating adult. 

Price per session: Members $20 , Non-members. $25.
February 2: Click here to register.
February 9: Click here to register.
February 16: Click here to register.

Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor attire and footwear. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. The program will be held outside and indoors. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

School Day Off Winter Fun

Friday, February 18
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy a day off from school exploring nature in winter. In the forest, we’ll look for signs of wildlife and learn about what they do during the coldest season of the year. Games, science experiments and meeting some of the Center’s resident animals round out the fun.

Free for Fairfield residents. Non-residents/CAS Members $55 per child; Non-residents/CAS Non-members $65 per child. Pre-registration required.

For children in Kindergarten to Grade 2: SOLD OUT
For children in Grades 3 to 5: Click here to register.

Please bring a peanut-free lunch and snack. Dress for the weather (including a change of clothes). Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. The program will be held outside and indoors. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT. 

 

Junior Animal Care Keeper

New Dates Added Due to Popular Demand
Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13

3:30 to 5 p.m.

Kids in grades 6 through 8 will get to go behind the scenes at the Center to help care for our resident animals. From gross to glamorous, you’ll learn about animal care, preparing and offering food, and ensuring they have a healthy living environment. Pre-registration required.

Free for Fairfield residents. Non-residents/CAS Members $20; Non-residents/CAS Non-members $25. Pre-registration required.

March 16: Register here.
March 23: Register here.
March 30: Register here.
April 6: Register here.
April 13: Register here.

Participants will need to complete a waiver. Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. If outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Little Nature Explorers

Spring Program Dates Announced!
Tuesdays: March 22, 29; April 5, 26
11 – Noon

Young children will discover the wonders of nature in springtime during this enriching program. We’ll read stories, create crafts, have live animal visitors and learn with experiments and games. For ages 2-3 years accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Click here to sign up for the series! Members $80. Non-members $100. Pre-registration required.

Price per session: Members $20 , Non-members. $25.
March 22: Click here to register.
March 29: Click here to register.
April 5: Click here to register.
April 26: Click here to register.

Please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor attire and footwear. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. The program will be held outside and indoors. While outdoors, expect to practice social distancing; mask wearing will be optional (but subject to change). Masks and social distancing will be required indoors. This program is at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Outreach Programs

Enrich yourself, or the offerings of your group or organization, with our outreach learning programs. Ideal for individuals, libraries, scout troops, senior centers, Parks and Recreation departments and more, they can also be tailored to meet your specific needs. Programs can be in-person or virtual (via Zoom). Click here for brochure.

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: $300. 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: $165. 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: $165. Length: 60 minutes.

To schedule, please email our program manager at tkevalis@ctaudubon.org.

 

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 up to 15 guests. Program offerings include: Naturalist Adventures, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged Wonder and more!

Available on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or 1 to 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.

 

 

Scouting Programs

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). For on-going Girl Scout programs through the Center at Fairfield, click here. For on-going Boy Scout programs, click here.

For the upcoming Boy Scout Badge Day on Saturday, November 6, 2021, click here for more information and registration.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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