Connecticut Audbon Society
Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

Current Events

Trail Wood Troubadours, Wednesday, Dec 7, 7-9 pm

Join a group of music players and lovers who meet the first Wednesday of the month to play and sing songs that were written during the period that Edwin Way Teale lived at Trail Wood, 1959-1980. A PDF of chords and lyrics will be posted the week before and simple chords will be projected on screen so all levels can follow along! Free. But please register, space is limited to 10 participants per session. Register by email

Solstice Celebration, Wednesday, December 21, 6:30-9:00 pm

Join us to welcome the beginning of the sun’s return! Enjoy readings, candle lighting, a “magic fire,” samplings of international solstice traditions and a meal of hot vegan chili with warm mulled cider. Potluck items welcome and stargazing hopeful! Limited to 12 attendees and filling up fast. Fee $10 CAS members, $15 non-members.  Register at 860-928-4948 or

Second Sunday Walks, November Through April, 2 pm

Don’t let cool weather keep you inside! Join Trail Wood Caretakers Laura & Paul Tedeschi for a Sunday afternoon walk on trails. Each walk will begin at 2 with an Edwin Way Teale reading. Heavy precipitation or high winds will cancel. Free for member, $5.00 for nonmembers.  Register by calling 860-928-4948 or email

Friday Afternoon Guided Walks

Join volunteers at Trail Wood for an invigorating hike on the Edwin Way Teale sanctuary. Bring binoculars and a camera if you wish. Limit 12 people. Fee: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.  Every Friday at 1 p.m., starting in February. Register by calling 860-928-4948. 

Private Bird Walks with Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz

Want a private bird walk, away from Trail Wood? Each walk can be geared toward your expectations and locations. Andy 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. This service is offered year-round. Call 860-928-4948.

Holiday gift idea!  An Inspired Day in Edwin’s Writing Cabin!

Want to kickstart your work, writing or art project? Tap the vibe of a Pulitzer prize-winning author! Book a day of creative solitude in Edwin Way Teale’s rustic off-the-grid writing cabin by the pond, Connecticut’s own Walden. Dates available April through November. Fee per day: $30 CAS members only. Email or call 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.

Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property

Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys on your property and can provide advice 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.

Enjoy Trail Wood from the Comfort of Home

Check out Edwin’s daily journal entries from A Walk Through The Year on Facebook
and witness the changing seasonal beauty of Trail Wood on Instagram, updated almost daily!

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