Programs & Events 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.
Birds Seen This Week
Eastern Meadowlark, House Finch, Green Heron, Black and White Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Pheasant, American Kestrel, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Blue-headed Vireo, Orchard Oriole, Purple Finch, Savannah Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Killdeer
Birds This Month
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru May 29, 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.
Art Exhibits and Programs
Printmaking with Nature
Reception & Artist Demo
Saturday, May 4, 2 – 4 p.m.
Exhibit thru May 15
Waterford, CT artist and Pomfret School graduate John Sargent will showcase his relief and Suminagashi prints. These nature inspired works are created from the textures of wood stumps, driftwood and plants, and floating ink on water. At the opening, John will share simple techniques using nature’s materials to make art that you can take home. Free to the public.
Birds of Connecticut Photography Exhibit
Reception on Sun., May 19, 2 p.m.
Exhibit May 17 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.
Birds & Sketchbook Journaling
Saturday, May 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see using drawing and watercolor techniques. Register at 860-928-4948 and for a list of materials to bring. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Bird Walks and Programs
Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays thru May 28, 8 a.m.
With access to over 1,650 acres of land, we will seek out a variety of bird species. Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars. A spotting scope is optional. Fee: Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, April 26, 6 p.m.
The goal is to hear and observe a Virginia Rail. We will also look for other species of birds. Possibilities of interest include the Common Snipe and Vesper Sparrow. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, April 28, 8 a.m.
If you are new to bird watching this is a good weekend to start! Some of the colorful spring birds are back and the leaves aren’t out yet. Expect to see Yellow warblers, Blue-winged warblers, Black and white warblers. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Bird Watch for Folks with
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m.
The group will carpool to various locations to observe numerous bird species from the road. If you’ve been reluctant to go on a bird walk due to limited mobility, this is your opportunity. We’ll call the birds to you! Register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Long Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m.
Meet here at the Center and we’ll carpool to the Long Pond Preserve in Thompson, just south of Webster Lake. This property contains early successional habitat, mature conifer forest, a secluded 20 acre lake, and acres of submerged shrub lands. Migrants and nesting species such as Prairie Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Field Sparrows, and Yellow Warblers might be seen. Fee: $7 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 12, 8 a.m.
Bring your mother or grandmother out to see the assorted colorful birds of spring. Many species can be found this time of year including Bobolinks and Scarlet Tanagers. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members; Mothers Free!
20 Warbler Day
Wednesday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We will search for 20 species of warblers in one day, travelling to numerous locations. Last year we found 21 species! Register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $15 CAS members; $30 non-members.
Bull Hill Bird Walk I
Thursday, May 16, 8 a.m.
Meet at the Center and carpool to this large forest in Thompson. Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Northern Waterthrush are some of the expected species. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.
Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 25, 8 a.m.
We’ll explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford. Much of the land is owned by Yale. It is a unique area with a Northern forest feel. We will bird from the road in most cases. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.
Bull Hill Bird Walk II
Thursday, May 30, 8 a.m.
Meet at the Center and carpool to this large forest in Thompson. Whip-poor-wills and Praire Warblers nest at the scenic vista!
Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring:
Our wildlife tracking volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, Woodstock and Bethany. We have found track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, red fox, coyote, as well as the occasional black bear, moose and porcupine. These sites also provide perfect habitat for white-tail deer, raccoon, beavers, and a variety of rodents. You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science Wildlife Monitor by completing six day-long training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the season.