News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
Summer Camp 2019
The Center at Pomfret’s Summer Camp runs through August 9, 2019. Click here to download the 2019 brochure.
- 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…be sure to choose your camp sessions when registration opens on February 12 at 8 a.m.
Required Pomfret Summer Camp Forms:
Welcome and Fact Sheet
Health Exam Record
Day Kimball Hospital Consent Form
Self-Medicating Child Authorization
To register by mail, download the Mail-in Registration.
“Perfect Spot to Commune with Nature”
HuffPost.com has compiled a list of “15 Perfect Spots in Northeast USA to Commune with Nature” and we are thrilled to let you know that the Center at Pomfret/Bafflin Sanctuary” in number 4.
Read it here.
It’s even more impressive than it seems because the authors consider Maryland and Virginia to be the “Northeast.”
Bottom line though is that of the 15 Perfect Places, only four are in New England. We’re one of them!
Birds Seen This Week
Belted Kingfisher, Nashville Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Parula Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher, Bobolink, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, White-crowned Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
Birds of Connecticut Photography Exhibit
Exhibit thru June 30
Brush up on your bird identification skills as you feast your eyes on bird photos by seven area nature photographers. Free to the public.
Located in Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner,” the Center at Pomfret is surrounded by our 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary. The Center is a community-based facility offering programming for all ages year round.
The Bafflin Sanctuary is actively managed for grassland, shrubland, and woodland birds, as well as other wildlife ,and is a nationally recognized Important Bird Area. Over 200 species of birds have been observed at Bafflin.
The sanctuary is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk for hiking and birding. Programs at the Center at Pomfret include bird walks, trail hikes, art exhibitions, photography workshops, seasonal workshops and lectures, environmental education programs, and citizen science training and projects. Also offered are after-school nature clubs, summer and school vacation camps (ages pre-K to high-school).
The Center manages Trail Wood in Hampton. Formerly the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning nature writer Edwin Way Teale, the 168-acre sanctuary now offers well-developed trails and programming for adults, families, and children. Visitors may view the small museum on the property as well as his writing cabin. Museum visits are by appointment only. The sanctuary is open year round from dawn to dusk for hiking and birding.
Download the Bafflin Sanctuary Rules
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru August 28, Noon
Join Connecticut Audubon Society volunteers for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Bird Walks and Programs
Bird Walk/Breeding Bird Surveys
Friday, June 7, 7 a.m.
Wednesday, June 19, 7 a.m.
We will observe as many nesting bird species as possible in two hours. Data we collect will go into the new Bird Atlas for the state. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Saturday, June 15, 8:45 p.m., Robbins Preserve
Saturday, June 22, 8:45 p.m., Bull Hill Forest Preserve
Andy will look for calling/nesting whip-poor-wills. He’ll also attempt to call in owls. Meet at the Center and carpool from here. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Please register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Bull Hill Bird Watch/Hike
Wednesday, June 26, 8 a.m.
Come with us to explore this Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. We’ll look for birds and hike out to the fabulous scenic vista. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Evening Bird Walks
Thursday July 11, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m.
Join us to look for a variety of species of birds. We might find newly fledged young birds. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Evening Bird Walk/Nighthawk Watch
Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m.
Unlike in past nighthawk watches, this year we will hike around looking for other birds as well. We will keep one eye on the sky for nighthawks. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring:
Our trained volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. Begin or continue training to become a wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule. Registration is required. For registration and information contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948; firstname.lastname@example.org. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
In Bethany – Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In Canterbury – Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In Willington – Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In Woodstock – Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs
Science In Nature School Programs
Want to add a little excitement to your classroom? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one-hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Winter Tracks, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Winter Birds, and Rockin’ Out, to name a few. Also, consider our four-hour school field trips The Dirt on Soil, Bird Ecology, Scratching the Surface (Geology), Watersheds and Erosion, Native Americans, EcoNiches and Adaptations, and more! The calendar fills up quickly. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at email@example.com.
Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259
Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property
Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys and can provide habitat management recommendations for your property. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups that want an inventory of what bird species are breeding or using their property might be interested in this service. Conservation groups that are evaluating potential land purchases for conservation might find this service helpful as well. The best time of year to conduct nesting bird surveys is May and June. Call for more information: 860-928-4948.
Are you a school, library or other organization serving the community? We’re glad to raise environmental awareness in all contexts! We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.
Private Guided Bird and Nature Walks
Throughout the year, Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz can take you on a private bird and nature walk geared to your expectations and locations. Andy can take you to your next life bird, local hot spots, or places he knows to find birds and wildlife for you. Owl walks and private woodcock watches are very successful in small groups. This is an excellent gift for that outdoor enthusiast who has everything. Call 860-928-4948 for more information.
From the intersection of Routes 101 and 169, take Route 169 north.
Take your first right onto Day Road. Follow for approximately one mile to stop sign.
Turn right continuing on Day Road. Center less than one quarter mile up on your right.
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259