News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
Focus On Nature – Photography Contest
Opening reception Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.
Exhibit & sale through April 10
In partnership with The Quinebaug Valley Photo Club
Click here for entry form & more information.
Master Naturalist Volunteer Training
Tuesdays, March 24 – May 26, 8 a.m. – Noon
Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten four-hour sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration is limited to 15 people.
“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
Brown Creeper, Northern Harrier, Flicker, Mallard, Merlin, Hairy Woodpecker, Robin, Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
Trail Wood Reflections:
Writer & Artist In-Residence Exhibit
through February 28 at the
Center at Pomfret.
Each year the Summer Writer and Artist In-Residence Program at our Trail Wood Sanctuary in Hampton produces inspirational work. This year’s class is no exception. The beauty found in their paintings, photography and written word well reflect the tranquility of Trail Wood. A great boost in the dead of winter, come celebrate this year’s artists and writers and their experiences. Free.
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.
Climate Change Series
Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
(Snow date: Tuesday, March 10)
Complementing the book “Being the Change”, this feature documentary film delves into the life of Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus, showing how a change in life philosophy and mind frame enabled Kalmus to cut his fossil fuel use to 1/10th of the average American. He did this all while boosting his happiness and raising a family in a typical California suburb. Kalmus shows how he brought together his head (the science), his hands (food growing, bicycling, and lifestyle change), and heart (meditation and community building), to find a new direction in his life. Free. Register online.
Monday Morning Walks
Now through Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m.
Stretch your legs, breathe in that early morning air and look for signs of wildlife on the Bafflin Sanctuary with Fran and Nate – longtime volunteers, trackers and nature photographers. Bring your camera if you are so inclined. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru February 26, Noon
Join CAS volunteers for fresh air, exercise and good company. Moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Bird Walks and Programs
Monthly Bird Walks
Thursday, February 20, 1 p.m.
Come out in search of wintering bird species. We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Winter Tracking / Training Hikes:
These hikes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedules. Registration is required. For info, email email@example.com. Training Fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members.
For more information, call 860-928-4948 or contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hike dates subject to change due to weather.
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