One of the best ways to experience Fairfield County is to go out and explore its parks and nature centers.
Experience the legendary Appalachian Trail. A designated National Scenic Trail, a small portion of the A.T. runs through the county. You can make Fairfield County your starting point if you only plan to hike a part of the 3,500-kilometer trail.
Get to know more about the preservation of bird habitats. The Connecticut Audubon Society is one of the leading organizations that strive to protect and preserve bird habitats in the state. They have several wildlife sanctuaries located throughout Connecticut, one of which is located in Fairfield. The Center at Fairfield hosts summer camp and environmental education programs that cater to children and adults alike. It is surrounded by the Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Connecticut Audubon’s largest sanctuaries. Covering a total area of 155 acres, the wildlife sanctuary is home to different kinds of wildlife and habitats. It’s also, of course, a great place for birdwatching.
Visit the New Canaan Nature Center. Located in Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, the nature center and sanctuary was established in 1960. Here, you can explore different habitats, from wet and dry meadows to dense woodlands. Natural trails, an arboretum, and several gardens are also found within the 40-acre sanctuary. Interactive educational programs are offered at the Visitors Center, which also houses a Discovery Room and Nature Gift Shop. Guests can also learn how to take care of animals at the center’s Animal Care Building, which also hosts a live Birds of Prey exhibit.
Participate in environment and art programs at Trumbull Nature and Arts Center. Trumbull’s premier nature and arts center offers a wide variety of activities and programs that people of all ages can enjoy. Volunteer opportunities also provide avenues for intensive, hands-on learning on environmental stewardship.
Explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Once a private estate, the museum and nature center extends across an area totaling 118 acres, which includes a planetarium, working farm, mixed hardwood forest, galleries encompassing 4,000 sq. ft., and an extensive trail system, among many other things. It also has various scout, nature, junior curator, and home school programs.