Programs and Events at the Center at Fairfield
Fall Seed Sale – 20% Off All Bird Seed
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Pre-orders due Wednesday, September 18)
The Nature Store will be offering premium bird seed at a 20% discount during its fall seed sale on Saturday, September 28. It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for the fall and winter.
So, what to put on the menu? Most of the birds that stay in Connecticut are seed eaters. Seed and suet provide the calories and nourishment they need to stay warm, and healthy as the cold weather approaches and food becomes scarce. Good choices for food include black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds, nyjer and suet — a great energy source. Knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help you select the right feeder and seed.
To ensure that adequate supplies are available, pre-ordering is strongly recommended. Click here for a pre-order form. Forms must be received by Wednesday, September 18.
Saturday, September 28
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Learn how to recycle your food scraps into a rich compost for your garden and lawn with Sustainable Fairfield Task Force member Mary Hogue and Fairfield resident Dan Martens. Composting creates a natural fertilizer that improves soil aeration and drainage, controls weeds and reduces the need to water.
Attendees will receive a free under-sink composting bin, sample composting bags and a 20% discount on a backyard bin purchased at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department. 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.
Girl Scout Badge Day
Saturday, October 19
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 3
The Girl Scouts of Connecticut will offer activities to help girls achieve the objectives of one or two of the following badges. $14/scout per badge. Badge not included. Pre-registration required. To register online, click the program of your choice which will link you directly to the Girl Scout registration page for that specific program.
Badge Day is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. For questions please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
Looking ahead: The next Badge Day at the Center at Fairfield will be on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Fall Nature Festival: Weekend Events
|Evening Reception||Family Fun Day|
|Friday, October 4||Saturday, October 5|
|6:30 – 9 p.m.||Noon – 4 p.m.|
Please join us for weekend festivities celebrating over a century of conservation by The Connecticut Audubon Society.
Proceeds will support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s education and conservation programs in Fairfield.
Please see below for more information and tickets.
Fall Nature Festival: An Evening Celebrating Over a Century of Conservation
Friday, October 4
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Our evening reception will celebrate over a century of conservation by The Connecticut Audubon Society. This event is the Center at Fairfield’s annual fall fundraiser.
A cocktail reception, with music and a buffet, includes delicious hors d’oeuvres by Garelick and Herbs. The event will feature special guest, James Prosek, renowned artist, author and naturalist.
Additionally, the festivities will include an exhibition and sale of John James Audubon Amsterdam Edition Prints. Click HERE to view the catalog of prints for sale.
Ticket prices start at $100 per person. Proceeds support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s education and conservation programs in Fairfield. Pre-registration is required. To register and purchase tickets, click here.
Fall Nature Festival: Family Fun Day
Saturday, October 5
Noon – 4 p.m.
Our Fall Nature Festival continues on Saturday with this special family event as we invite you to join us for an afternoon of activities for all ages, featuring Brian Bradley’s “Skyhunters in Flight” birds of prey program, live animals, touch a tractor and Pied Piper Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, and more! Alene’s Ice Cream Truck, Snappy Dawgs and East Coast Pizza Truck round out the festivities. Note: The “Skyhunters in Flight” birds of prey program will be at 1 and 3 p.m. Pied Piper Pony Rides and Petting Zoo will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
$10 per adult; $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. To register and purchase tickets, click here.
Sponsorship of our Fall Nature Festival Weekend is greatly appreciated:
Junior Animal Care Keeper
Tuesdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 12, 19
(No class November 5)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Help care for the Center’s animals. From gross to glamorous, learn about animal husbandry care, preparing and offering food and ensuring they have a healthy setting.
For students in grades 6 and 7. Per session fee: Members $15, Non-members $20. Sign up for the series and save! Members $75/child, Non-members $100/child. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Nature Nursery – Fall Harvest
Wednesdays, October 9 – November 13
10 – 10:45 a.m.
What do all the animals do in the fall? How do they prepare for winter? Where do the leaves go? Each week we will discover the answers to these very questions. Come join us as we discover fun facts, create cool crafts and meet exciting animals.
Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and foot wear. For children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Per session fee: Members $15, Non-members $20. Sign up for the series and get a free session! Members $75, Non-members $100. Pre-registration required. Click here to register. This is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Music and Nature Class
Thursdays: October 17, November 7
1 – 2 p.m.
This fun and nurturing music class allows each child to explore their individual creativity through a mixture of singing, dancing and movement. Songs embrace classic and current children’s songs with many different styles of music from cultures all around the world. Children will also work with rhythm makers and play real instruments.
The instructor, Perry Liu “Mr. Perry,” has been teaching young children for over 17 years. He currently teaches at Greenfield Hill Church, Trinity Church (in Southport) and Saugatuck Church Nursery schools, and directs the drama club musicals at Tomlinson Middle School.
For ages 3 to 5. Drop off. Pre-registration required (a minimum of 10 registrants are needed to run the program). Per class fee: Members $15/child; Non-members $20/child. Click here to register for the October 17 class; register here for the November 7 class. This event is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Friday, October 25
5 – 7:30 p.m.
You’ll have a fun – but not scary – experience being escorted through the luminary trail and learning about noctural animals in their natural habitat. After the hike, enjoy indoor activities and snacks. Dress for the weather. This event is held rain or moonshine!
Guided walks leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:15 p.m. The last walk leaves at 7:15 p.m. Members $10/child, $2/adult. Non-members $15/child, $2 adult. Pre-registration required. Members click here to register. Non-members click here. We invite you to become a member of The Connecticut Audubon Society.
Boy Scout Badge Day
Save the Date:
Saturday, November 2
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
More details to come.
Badge Day is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. For questions, please call 203-259-6305 ext. 109.
Election Day Drop-In
Tuesday, November 5
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Drop by to create nature crafts and enjoy our trails.
While you’re here, vote for this year’s slate of animals running for “Favorite Critter!” $2 suggested donation.
Backyard Birding Club
Saturdays: November 9, November 16
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Come and learn all about about backyard birding including creating bird feeders, attracting birds to your feeders and identifying birds. We’ll also take an exploratory bird walk along the trails in our sanctuary.
Naturalist Training Program (FILLED)
Tuesdays through November 5
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(except for October 1, 8 a.m. -noon)
The Naturalist Training 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 Connecticut Audubon Society membership). 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. To view our brochure, click here. Application deadline: Thursday, August 15. Note: This program has been filled.
Classes will be held at each of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Southwest Region Centers: Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield (September 3, 17; October 8, 15, 29); Birdcraft, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield (October 1); and the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford (September 10, 24; October 22, November 5). For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes.
Animal Care Volunteers Needed
Our Animal Care Program provides a unique opportunity for teenagers, ages 13-18 years old, to assist with daily feeding, habitat cleaning and general animal care housekeeping, as well as the handling of our animals under direct supervision. Our live animal residents include permanently injured or otherwise human-dependent reptiles, birds and mammals which are an integral part of our educational programming.
Volunteer hours during the school year are Tuesday through Friday from 3 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon. Summer volunteer hours change to Tuesday through Friday from 2 – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10.a.m. – noon.
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 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.