Connecticut Audbon Society
Trail Wood Sanctuary

Trail Wood Sanctuary

Photo by P. Vertefeuille

Members, Get Inspired!
Book Edwin Way Teale’s Writing Cabin

Need time to concentrate on your writing or art project? Book a day of creative solitude in Edwin Way Teale’s rustic off-the-grid writing cabin by the pond. Dates available from Sept. 7 to Nov. 2.

Email or call 860-928-4948
Fee per day: $30 CAS members only. Become a member today.


Under the Harvest Moon
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Support Trail Wood, put on your walking shoes, a warm sweater, and enjoy an evening of delectable food and toe-tapping music by the Quiet Corner Fiddlers. Reservations required.  Call 860-928-4948.

Programs & Events at Trail Wood

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

Mindful Walk
Saturday, August 24, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
(Rain date: Sunday, August 25)

Join Lisa Cohen, certified by the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda, for a mindful walk to enjoy nature and self-reflection. No prior experience is needed. Registration required. Contact Laura at Fee: $10.00 CAS members; $20.00 non-members. Click here to register.

Non-Fiction Book Club
Sunday, August 25, 2 – 4 p.m.

Join us for a lively book discussion lead by Jacqueline Jacobsohn. August book selection: “Every Man Dies Alone” by Hans Fallada. Free – donations appreciated. Click here to register.

Friday Afternoon Walks
Sept. 6 through Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.

Join plant enthusiast Anne Christie and nature photographer Amy Porter
for a leisurely walk on the trails. We’ll see what’s of interest in the plant world and share tips on how to get good nature shots. All ages welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

Click here to register for Sept. 6
Click here to register for Sept. 13
Click here to register for Sept. 20
Click here to register for Sept. 27

Calm and Creativity:
Sit Spotting at Trail Wood
Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The sit spot is a surprisingly powerful practice that can help you unwind, tune into the natural world, and generate creativity. Learn more about the psychology of the sit spot. Lead by Katherine Hauswirth, a Writer In-Residence alumnus and author of
‘The Book of Noticing…’. Fee $5.00 CAS members; $10.00 non-members. Click here to register.

Gardens & Grounds Group
Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. – noon

Join a new group of Trail Wood enthusiasts in helping to keep the grounds around the homestead looking lovely and to restore some of the Teale plantings. No experience necessary. Please bring gloves, rakes, clippers and spades. During our coffee break, we will celebrate Nellie’s birthday with cake! Click here to register.

After School Nature Club
Grades 1-6: at Trail Wood
Wednesdays from 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, & 23.

Download the flyer and permission form
Download the registration form

Bird Walks
Thursday, September 19 &
Thursday, October 17 at 8 a.m.

Join Andy searching for various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing. We may also visit a nearby Wolf Den Land Trust preserve. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Click here to register for Sept. 19

Non-Fiction Book Club
Sundays, Sept. 22, & Oct. 27, 2 – 4 p.m.

Join us for a lively book discussion lead by Jacqueline Jacobsohn. September book selection: ‘The Nocturnal Brain’ by Guy Leschziner. Free – donations appreciated. Click here to register.

Family Treasure Box Hunt
Saturday, October 5 from 1 – 4 p.m.

A fun walk for the whole family! Receive a hint sheet and search for stamp boxes hidden on the trails. Each box contains facts about nature or Trail Wood and a stamp for your sheet. Collect them all and win a prize. Fee per family: $10.00 CAS members; $20.00 non-members.

Poetry Workshop with Talvi Ansel
Sunday, October 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Talvi Ansel, poet and former Artist In-Residence, will inspire ideas for new poems based on the natural surroundings. Bring a notebook, pen and pencil. All skill levels welcome! Fee: $10.00 CAS members; $20.00 non-members.

Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. – noon

Spend time at Trail Wood, sketching and painting nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Roxanne Steed will teach drawing and watercolor techniques. Register online or call 860-928-4948 for a list of materials to bring. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

A Day in the Life of Edwin Way Teale
Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

Tour Edwin Way Teale’s study, his writing cabin, the “branch office”, Nellie’s summer house and the beaver pond. Free.

Autumn Writers’ Workshop
Sunday, October 20 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Leader Alison Davis will read from Edwin’s books. You’ll go into the quiet of Trail Wood to observe and write. Meet fellow nature lovers and writers of all skill levels. Bring a notebook and pen. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Beaver Moon Campfire and Walk
Friday, Nov. 8 from 7 – 10 p.m.
(Cloud / Rain Date: Nov. 9)

Walk to the beaver pond and enjoy the evening by a campfire. Free to CAS members; $5.00 non-members.

Gardens & Grounds Group (2nd meeting)
Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. – noon

Time to help rake and put the gardens to bed. Then, we’ll have a planning session to determine 2020 dates and projects. No experience necessary. Please bring gloves, rakes, clippers and spades.

Haiku Workshop with Sherri Vogt
Saturday, Nov. 23,
10 a.m. – noon

Winter is coming and the landscape is changing. We’ll review the Haiku poetry form, then take a walk to record impressions of the season. End with a sharing session and leave some of our poems to inspire others in the public Haiku box at the info shed. Fee $5.00 CAS members; $10.00 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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