Center at Fairfield

Center at Pomfret

Volunteer at the Center at Pomfret

By volunteering at our Center at Pomfret, you can help promote understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural world.

We have a variety of opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, including working at the front desk as a receptionist, in the exhibit room as a docent, or outdoors on the nature sanctuary in various capacities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer,  click here to download the application form. Please email the form to Pat Coleman, office manager, at, or visit the center and deliver it in person!

We’re located at 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Eastern Coyote

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Mammal Wildlife Tracking 

What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary.  Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at

You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in mud or snow. Maybe, you’re lucky and caught a glimpse of a coyote. Connecticut’s forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife.  Our experienced Citizen Science Volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury seasonally, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat.

You are welcome to begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year. Please wear weather and hike-appropriate clothing.

For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email

Vernal Pool Inventory Surveys
Training Workshops:
Friday, April 6, 9 a.m. – Noon
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. – Noon
Field work: Fri/Sat mornings, Apr & May

Usually dry by summer, snowmelt and spring rains fill vernal pools in early spring. The call of peepers and wood frogs follow. On Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May, our trained volunteers are out counting egg masses and looking for frogs and salamanders at vernal pools in northeast CT. If you have a vernal pool near you, please let us know. Register for one of the training sessions at 860-928-4948. 

Fee: $ 10 CAS members; $15 non-members.

Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring
Training / Monitoring Hikes
Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in  Woodstock
Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Willington
(Other dates TBA)

Search for and document track and sign of large mammals such as fisher, river otter, black bear, and bobcat. Become a trained volunteer and monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, Woodstock and Bethany on a quarterly basis. Attend training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons. Registration is required, call 860-928-4948 or send an email to Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members.


Master Naturalist Volunteer Training
Tuesdays, March 27 through May 29, 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 limited to 15. Click to download the application.




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