Connecticut Audbon Society
Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

Featured Events


Join us in the age-old tradition of nature immersion to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the natural world. We will pause to observe, reflect, and connect mind, body, and spirit within the sanctuary of Trailwood. Be inspired by the words of great nature poets as technology and schedules fade away. The second hour will include time to collect the threads of your writing into an essay to share with the group if you wish. We will conclude our time with the creative synthesis of community poetry. You will leave feeling literally connected and calm (No poetic experience needed!). Please bring a journal and pen, a water bottle, and cushion or mat to sit on (optional). Wear sunscreen or insect repellent at your discretion (paths are mostly shaded). 

This mindful walk and inspirational nature writing retreat will be led by Julie Rumrill — Author, Mindfulness instructor and Faculty member in the Department of Earth Science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

This is a fundraising event. All proceeds to benefit Trail Wood. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Please register at 860-928-4948 or

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points our various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing, please. Fee:  CAS members $10; non-members$20. Register at 860-928-4948

Join Trail Wood caretaker and illustrator Laura Tedeschi to make a gift of a stone painted with natural subjects such as birds or insects for the nature lover on your holiday gift list. Materials provided. Registration required and limited to 7 attendees. $15.00 for members, $20.00 non-members. Register at 860-928-4948 or

Join us to celebrate the beginning of the sun’s return with readings, candle lighting, “magic fire”, a sampling of international solstice traditions and a meal of hot vegan chili with warm mulled cider. Potlucks items welcome! Stargazing from the at Starfield, depending in cloud cover. Weather permitting. Registration required and limited to 12 attendees. $10.00 for members, $15.00 non-members. Register at 860-928-4948 or


Recurring Events

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. Come join us!  Register at 860-928-4948 or

Join a group of music players and lovers who to play and sing songs that were written during the period the Teale’s lived at Trail Wood, 1959-1993. A PDF of chords and lyrics will be provided, and simple chords will be projected on screen so all levels can follow along! Free. Registration is required, space is limited to 10 participants per session. Register by email

Join Trail Wood Caretakers Laura & Paul Tedeschi for a Sunday walk on trails. Each walk will begin with an Edwin Way Teale reading. Heavy precipitation or high winds will cancel. Free for member, $5.00 for nonmembers.Register at 860-928-4948 or

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.

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. . Register at 860-928-4948 or

Our Sanctuary Manager 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.

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! To be reminded of upcoming events, join Trail Wood on Facebook!

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