Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Create a Healthy Habitat for People and Wildlife
Tuesday, January 21
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Discover the enjoyable process of creating a healthy habitat on your property. Three accomplished environmental experts, Mary Hogue, chair of the Fairfield Forestry Committee, Brian Carey, Fairfield’s director of conservation and Mary Ellen Lemay, landowner engagement director for the Aspetuck Land Trust, will share their knowledge and tips with the Greenfield Hill Garden Club and guests.
Learn how you can support pollinators, choose native plants and trees that encourage biodiversity, and make your yard a stepping stone that will increase and further protect our region’s treasured open spaces. Guests are welcome. Please pre-register by noon on January 20 via email to: Greenfieldhillgardenclub@gmail.com. There is no charge for the event.
Junior Animal Care Keeper
Tuesdays: January 21 – February 18
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Help care for the Center’s animals! From gross to glamorous, learn about animal care, preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy setting.
For students in grades 6 and 7. Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. This is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
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Toddler Wacky Wednesdays
Wednesdays: January 22 – February 26
10 – 11 a.m.
(No class on February 12)
Hands-on exploration of nature for children ages 2 to 3 with a participating caregiver. Learn about nature and animal life through stories, crafts, sensory experiments and meeting animals up close.
Per session fee: Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. Programs held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
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Holiday Sale at the Nature Store
Mondays – Saturdays
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All holiday items 30% off at the Center at Fairfield Nature Store – shop early for best selection. Click here for a sampling or, better yet, stop by!
Saturday, January 25
Come enjoy the peacefulness of nature on a guided snowshoe walk in our sanctuary. Participants will enjoy this excellent form of low-impact exercise, and may see evidence of wildlife activity and tracks in the snowy landscape.
Ages 10 and up. Bring your own shoes or borrow a pair (a limited number of snowshoes will be available on a first-come-first-served basis with advance registration; snowshoes generously provided by REI). Event cancelled if no snow. Members $10, Non-members $13. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Beautiful John James Audubon Artwork Sale — Proceeds to Benefit the Center at Fairfield
(Based on availability)
For a limited time, John James Audubon Amsterdam Edition prints of North American birds will be for sale with all proceeds benefitting the Center at Fairfield’s conservation and environmental education programs.
These are the finest limited edition facsimiles of the single greatest ornithological work ever produced and printed: the Havell edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. A museum in Holland bought their copy from Audubon’s son in 1839, which was used to produce these color lithographs. In 1972, a Dutch printing firm printed each plate in up to eight different colors on handmade rag paper exactly as the originals, giving these prints the same look and feel as the original Havell edition.
Have a Hoot Exploring Owl Pellets
Saturday, February 1
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for family-friendly, hands-on learning about the fascinating eating habits of owls. Dissect an owl pellet and have fun discovering the indigestible remains of what our favorite nocturnal predator had for dinner. On the menu for children and adults will be “owl pellet” cookies that we’ll make with chocolate, sun butter, pretzels and oats. Yummm!
Members $7/person, Non-members $12/person. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Wednesday Noon Walk
Wednesday, February 5
Join us for a volunteer-led 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 during these guided walks.
Moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors welcome. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Intro to Backyard Birding
Saturday, February 8
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wish you could identify that bird in the tree or at your feeder? Learn which birds are around this time of year, their feeding habits and characteristics. Get tips on ways to attract birds to your feeder, which feeder and seeds are best, and where to place feeders.
This indoor program includes a PowerPoint presentation. Adults only. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This program is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Kids Day Off Camp
Friday, February 14
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Have a fun Valentine’s Day adventure exploring our Sanctuary and discovering what animals do in the winter. Inside, we’ll play games, make crafts and meet some of the Center’s animals.
Bring your lunch and a nut-free snack. Ages 4-8. Members $50, Non-members $60. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Winter Bird Walk
Saturday, February 15
Take a guided walk in our Sanctuary to listen and look for winter’s feathered friends. This event will coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event that engages bird watchers in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Information on the birds sighted during this walk will be entered into the eBird database of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, helping researchers learn more about birds, how to protect them and the environment.
New and experienced birders are welcome. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Weather permitting. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Calling All Night Owls
Friday, February 21
“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.
Ryan McLean will lead this hike, calling and looking for winter owls that inhabit the trails of the Larsen Sanctuary. Sharpen your senses by taking in the sights and sounds of an winter night during this nocturnal adventure.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. Members $7, Non-members $10. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Simple Ways to Welcome Nature to Your Yard
Saturday, February 29
Come learn how native trees, shrubs and other plants can help bring your yard or other property to life with colorful native birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This informative talk will be presented by Patrick Comins, executive director of The Connecticut Audubon Society.
Many of our butterflies, moths and other insects have adapted to specific native plants for larval food and nectar sources. Including native shrubs, trees and other plants to the landscape can attract the beneficial insects and serve to provide seeds and fruit that our birds have become accustomed to seeking out throughout their annual life cycles. Native plants in your yard can make even the most suburban of neighborhoods a much more friendly place for nesting and migrating birds alike.
Members free, Non-members $5. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT.
Patrick Comins is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and has worked in the bird conservation field for over 20 years. He began his career with The Connecticut Audubon Society undertaking bird surveys at the McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, and served as the director of bird conservation for Audubon Connecticut for nearly 17 years before coming to The Connecticut Audubon Society. Patrick is a past president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He is a member of the Connecticut Forest Practices Advisory Board, a position appointed by the Governor and a founding member and past chair of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Boy Scout Badge Day
Thanks for all who participated in our November 2019 Boy Scout Badge Day.
Please check this page for periodic badge workshops.
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.
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 15 guests. Program offerings include: Totally Turtles, Slither & Slime, Creature Feature, Winged Wonder and more!
Parties are available on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. -noon or 1-2:30 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.
The Center at Fairfield offers several adult programs which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group or organization.
The Birds of Prey program includes meeting one or more raptors, learning about their natural history and critical role in the environment. In the Meet the Animals interactive workshop, unlock the basics behind how scientists classify them and discover how animals are related. The Backyard Birding class is an introduction to the basics of backyard birding and creating a bird-friendly sanctuary.