Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Migration Madness: Full Moon Walk
Friday, May 17
When the sun goes down, many animals are just starting their day and the night comes alive with activity! Become a night watcher with our naturalist and explore the Sanctuary listening for animals who prefer the cover of darkness. A visit with a live owl will complete the evening.
Bring a flashlight. For ages 8 and up. This event will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Migration Madness: Intro to Backyard Birding Workshop
Saturday, May 18
10:30 a.m. – noon
This class offers the basics in backyard birding. You’ll learn how to identify backyard birds by sight and sound, who is at the feeder during each season and what their feeding habits are.
We’ll discuss bird characteristics, attracting birds to your feeder, what bird feeders and seed to use, and where to place feeders for bird safety and best viewing. Enjoy a walk after the presentation to see what birds we might find. Adults only. This event will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Migration Madness: Nature Photography Fun
Sunday, May 19
Join avid wildlife photographers Brian Bennett, and Rich Stone for a bird walk with a focus on photography. They will help you understand the capabilities and limitations of your camera. You will also learn the basics of f-stop, shutter speed, focus and ISO. This event will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Adults only. Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Miley’s Spring Bird Walks
Thursdays: May 23 and 30
6:30 – 7:30 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. All levels of birders are welcome. Rain cancels. This event will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Members/Non-members $5 per person.Pre-registration required. To register for May 23, click here; for May 30, click here.
Saturday, June 1
1 – 2 p.m.
Discover ponds, a garden marsh, temperate deciduous forest, meadow and swamp, while observing bird habitats on our trails and discussing efforts to protect them. Terrain is easy to moderate. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Free, for all ages. 10% off all purchases at the Nature Store, too! This event will be held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Life in a Tide Pool
Saturday, June 8
10 – 11:30 a.m.
(Program held at Ash Creek in Fairfield*)
Come down to Ash Creek in Fairfield to get a glimpse into the daily interactions of marine life. As the tide recedes, isolated pools of seawater collect in low spots and form tide pools. The pools serve as temporary shelters for creatures stranded when the tide goes out, and more permanent homes for species adapted to survive the stresses of changing tides, waves, salinity, temperature, and oxygen.
Be prepared to get wet and muddy as you explore the shore. Bring sunscreen, closed-toe water shoes, net and bug spray.
*The program will be held at the Town of Fairfield Ash Creek Open Space, located at the end of Turney road, near South Benson Marina. A Fairfield beach permit is NOT required to enter the open space area. Please inform the guard at the Marina entrance that you are attending the program and they will direct you to the Open Space and parking area.
Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Spring Programs Brochure
Be sure to download our Spring Program brochure for all the great spring programs and events at the Center at Fairfield!
Programs fill quickly, so register today!
Registration is Open for Summer Camp!
Summer Camp sessions will be held June 10 – August 16.
Click here for complete details including registration information.
Registration for our ever-popular Summer Camp program at the Center at Fairfield is now open. Camp will be held through August 16, 2019.
- Connecticut Audubon Society’s Summer Camps are staffed by experienced teacher-naturalists from CAS Centers and college-educated men and women who have experience working with children.
- Our Summer Camp staff is First Aid, CPR, & Epi-Pen trained.
- Low staff-to-camper ratios ensure all campers have a safe, fun and educational camp experience.
- Our Summer Camp staff strive to provide a variety of hands-on activities each day.
Camps fill quickly…download our brochure today so you can choose your camp sessions and register.
Volunteer Naturalist Training Program
Tuesdays: September 3 – November 5
(except for October 1, 8 a.m. -noon)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Volunteer Naturalist Program provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks (see our graduates from 2018). Training programs prepare adults of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.
Classes are taught by field experts. The cost is $260 for members and $315 for non-members (includes membership; to become a member, click here). As part of the tuition, participants must be able to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class. Application deadline is July 1. To download the application, click here. To view our flyer, click here.
Classes will be held at each of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Southwest Region Centers: Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield; Birdcraft, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield; and the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford. For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes.
Animal Care Volunteers Needed
3 – 5 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. Current volunteer needs are for Fridays during the school year from 3 – 5 p.m.