Connecticut Audbon Society
Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

The Legacy of Edwin Way Teale, March 28 at Yale

We invite you to join us at Yale University of Thursday, March 28, for what promises to be a fascinating discussion of Connecticut’s great nature writer, Edwin Way Teale.

Teale was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books. Trail Wood, his home in Hampton, and the surrounding 168 acres are now a Connecticut Audubon Sanctuary.

The March 28 event, called Preserving Land and Legacy – Writers and Artists Connecting to Nature at Edwin Way Teale’s Trail Wood, will feature Sarah Heminway, who as Connecticut Audubon’s director of Northeast Programs, oversees Trail Wood. Richard Telford, the volunteer coordinator of the Edwin Way Teale Artist–in–Residence Program at Trail Wood, will also participate, as will Katherine Hauswirth, who participated in the artist-in-residence program several years ago.

Also on the panel will be Oswald Schmitz, the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and Melissa Watterworth Batt, archivist at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut Libraries, where Teale’s papers are kept.

The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Burke Auditorium at Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven. A gallery reception showcasing the work of Trail Wood’s artists in residence will follow the discussion. It is free and open to the public.

The residence program at Trail Wood, for visual artists and writers, began in 2012. Connecticut Audubon chooses residents through a juried process and offers a one-week stay in Teale’s former home, where the artists and writers can work on projects inspired by the natural beauty and by Teale’s legacy.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 program is April 15. There’s more information here.


Artist and Writer-in-Residence at Trail Wood

Applications are being accepted. Application deadline extended to April 15.

Click here to download the 2019 Application.

Programs & Events at Trail Wood

93 Kenyon Road, Hampton
Teale’s writing cabin and study are open by appointment. Call (860)928-4948.

Trail Wood Non-Fiction Book Club
Sunday, March 24, April 14, & May 19, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Lead by avid non-fiction reader and Hampton resident Jacqueline Jacobsohn, the Book Club combines lively book discussions and leisurely walks on the trails. March book: The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum. April’s selection is The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas. May’s book TBD. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Trail Wood Artists In-Residence Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Event to be held at Yale University’s Kroon Hall. Free to the public.

After School Nature Club
Spring Session: Grades 1 – 6
Wednesday, April 3, 10, 24 & May 1, 8, 15
from 3 – 5 p.m.

Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Fee: $60 CAS members for the 6-day session; $70 non-members. More info & forms at

Click to download the flyer.

Click here to download the application and permission form.

Spring Cleaning: Trail Wood Work Day
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.

Come on out to help “spruce up” Trail Wood. Bring work gloves/rakes etc.

Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursday, April 25, 8 a.m.
Thursday, May 23, 8 a.m.

Join Andy as he points out various birds at Trail Wood and a nearby preserve. Expect to find Hooded Warblers! Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Spring Poetry Walk
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Join Hampton resident John Wertam, a Trail Wood and poetry enthusiast to experience nature and read poetry that tries to capture our love of the outdoors. Bring a copy of your favorite poem to share. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

A Long Stillness – Writing Workshop
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Alison Davis will lead this workshop. The group will use all of their senses and their sense of wonder to feel the amazing natural life at Trail Wood and write about their experiences. Bring a notebook and pencil.Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.


Private Guided Bird or Nature Walks

This service is offered year-round. Each walk can be geared toward your expectations and locations. Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz can take you to your next “life bird,” to local hot spots, or just use his knowledge 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 860-4948.

Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property

Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys on your property and can provide advise on how to best manage the property for optimum bird habitat. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups interested in inventorying breeding or migratory bird populations on their properties might consider 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 early to schedule as the calendar fills up fast this time of year: 860-928-4948.

Programs Offered to Groups and Libraries

We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.





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