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 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.

 

Ongoing Programs:

  • 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 animal-focused, remote-learning 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. Currently, all parties are held outdoors. Click here for details.
  • 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.

 

Decorative Snowshoe Building Workshop

Saturday, January 23*
11 a.m.
Zoom Workshop
*Registration closes Tuesday, January 19

Join us and make your own decorative snowshoes in this virtual workshop for adults. We will provide the materials to create snowshoes from white pine boughs. A great decorating project to create that wintertime rustic look.

Members: $20 per person, Non-members: $25 per person. Click here to register and for Zoom link. Registration closes Tuesday, January 19. 

Participants can pick up project materials on Thursday, January 21 or Friday, January 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Winter Morning Nature Walk

Wednesday, January 20
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a guided walk in the Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, which is comprised of rolling woodlands, meadows, streams, marshes and ponds. Raised boardwalks and bridges allow access to the varied landscape, forest and freshwater wetland ecosystems. Enjoy exercise, good company and fresh air.

Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

The walk 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. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

On The Road: Winter Hikes

Thursdays: January 21; February 4
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Step out of your home base and explore a bit of Connecticut’s special outdoor gems in winter — the landscape looks quite a bit different without leaves on the ground! Winter is a peaceful time to enjoy the stark beauty of the forest, so come and explore with one of Connecticut Audubon’s naturalists for a mid-week adventure in the woods.

Members $20, Non-members $25. Pre-registration required. Register below:

January 21: Chatfield Hollow State Park (Killingworth): Register here.
February 4: Collis P. Huntington State Park (Redding, Bethel, Newtown): Register here.

Adults only or teens with permission (no children or strollers). Terrain will vary depending upon the site (some hills with rocky terrain) and hiking shoes are recommended. Please dress in layers (weather appropriate) and bring water, a snack and binoculars. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and will be required to practice social distancing and wear masks. Participants will meet at trailhead or designated parking lot at the site; directions and further information will be sent to participants prior to each hike. Inclement weather cancellation notification will be sent to registrants via email and/or text.

 

Snow Globe Workshop

Wednesday, January 27*
6 – 7 p.m.
Zoom Workshop
*Registration closes Thursday, January 21

Children of all ages are entranced by snow globes. In this virtual workshop, learn how easy it is to make your own magical wintry scene, and we’ll supply all the materials.

Members: $20 per person, Non-members: $25 per person. Click here to register. Registration closes Thursday, January 21. 

Participants can pick up project materials on January 23, 25, 26 or 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

30% Off Holiday Items

Now through January 30
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All holiday items are now 30% off at the Nature Store! Sale includes calendars, holiday cards, ornaments and home décor. Our selection of holiday cards include classic bird and nature themes, plus favorite local scenes such as Onion Hill’s Winter Night at the Gazebo (pictured at left), featuring some of Fairfield’s iconic locations. Shop now for the best selection (curbside pickup also available).

Your purchases will help support Connecticut Audubon’s conservation and environmental education programs. Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. Not a member? Please consider joining or renewing your membership today. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Nighttime Owl Prowl

Photo by Richard Stone

Friday, January 29
6 p.m.

“Whooo” will you see and hear under the light of the moon? After the sun sets, the trails at night and its inhabitants are a completely different, and thrilling, experience from during the day.

On this guided hike we’ll look for winter owls that inhabit the trails of the Larsen Sanctuary. Sharpen your senses by taking in the sights and sounds of a winter night during this nocturnal adventure.

Ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Members $20 per person, Non-members $25 per person. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

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.

 

February Sale Celebrates National Bird-Feeding Month

February 1 – 28
Monday – Saturday

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Curbside Pickup Available

The Nature Store is celebrating National Bird-Feeding Month with a February birdseed sale. For the entire month, prices on all varieties of our high-quality seed and suet are 20% off!

Knowledgeable staff can advise on seed choice and answer other backyard birding questions.

 

 

Valentine Suet Cake Workshop

Wednesday, February 10*
6 – 7 p.m.
Zoom Workshop
*Registration closes Monday, February 1

Show your feathered friends that love is in the air by making them a heart-shaped suet cake for Valentine’s Day. During this Zoom workshop for ages 6 and up, children will follow along with the instructor and create this special treat to hang outside. It’s a Valentine that’s sure to win the hearts of a variety of birds visiting your backyard.

Members: $20 per person, Non-members: $25 per person. Click here to register and for Zoom link. Registration closes Monday, February 1.

Participants can pick up project materials on February 6, 8, 9 or 10 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.

 

Family Scavenger Hunt

Friday, February 12
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Join us for this family-fun outdoor adventure. Everyone loves a scavenger hunt and winter is a perfect time to go out, explore and enjoy the varied habitats of our sanctuary.

All ages welcome; must be able to walk the trails (no strollers). Free for Fairfield residents. Non-Fairfield residents: $20 per person. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 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.

 

Winter Wonderland Snow Moon Walk

Saturday, February 27
5 – 7 p.m.

For an unforgettable winter experience, join us for a magical stroll along a luminary trail during the night of February’s full “Snow” moon. After exploring the winter forest, warm up by a toasty fire and enjoy hot chocolate, snacks and a fun take-home craft. This nature-themed, outdoor-only event will be held rain, snow or moon shine!

Guided walks will leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. The last walk leaves at 7 p.m. Register for walks below:

5 p.m.: Register here.6:15 p.m.: Register here.
5:15 p.m.: Register here.6:30 p.m.: Register here.
5:30 p.m.: Register here.6:45 p.m.: Register here.
5:45 p.m.: Register here.7 p.m.: Register here.
6 p.m.: Register here. 

 

Members $10 per person, Non-members $12 per person. Pre-registration required. Once registered, participant 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 walk-ins or strollers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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.

 

Birds of Prey, Meet the Animals and Backyard Birding Programs

Enrich yourself, or the offerings of your group or organization, with our 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.

 

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.

 

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 Girl Scout programs, click here. For Boy Scout programs, click here.

We also offer two badge days a year. Please check this page for periodic badge workshops.

 

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!

Parties are available on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – noon or noon to 1:30 p.m. Weekday parties available on a limited basis by request. 

Click here to view the brochure. Currently, all parties are held outside. For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

 

 

 

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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