FIRST FRIDAY HIKE: September 2, 10 AM to Noon, No Fee
Join volunteers Mary Ann and Allison for the First Friday Hike at Deer Pond Farm. Enjoy the late summer sunshine as we explore some of the 15 miles of trails spanning the preserve. It’s a great way to socialize, get some fresh air and exercise, and learn more about our corner of the world!
RAPTOR MIGRATION WATCH: September 20, 1 PM to 4 PM (stop in!), No Fee
Throughout the fall and early winter, birds of prey are on the move! Hawks, eagles, vultures, and falcons will be flying south, moving to their wintering grounds. Deer Pond Farm’s high vantage point of 1,200 feet elevation is a great place to observe and learn about these birds. Stop in anytime between 1 - 4 PM to join Habitat Steward Stefan Martin on the lawn behind the building. We will have spotting scopes set up, binoculars to borrow, and other raptor ID resources to utilize. Bring lawn chairs, binoculars, sun screen, and a spotting scope if you have one! Although we can’t guarantee sightings, there will be plenty to learn about and see during the program.
CHANGING SEASONS ECOLOGY WALK: September 24, 10 AM to Noon
Celebrate the first weekend of autumn walking the trails and exploring different habitats on a gentle 1.5-mile tour with Conservation Biologist Jim Arrigoni. He’ll explain how plants and animals are preparing for the cooler weather. Every species has an adaptation or two that allow them to survive the winter, and for many it begins with preparation in the autumn. Join us as we learn about the various seasonal changes happening throughout Deer Pond Farm.
Please keep track of your nature observations!
iNaturalist.org is a “virtual museum” repository for observations of any living thing, from algae to oak trees. The app can also aid in identifying photographs of species.
eBird.org is a great way to keep track of your birdwatching adventures and a resource for learning about what birds to expect at different times and places.
All programs held outside. Registration required at ctaudubon.org
$5 member adult, $0 member child; $10 non-member adult, $5 non-member child. No fee when noted
Distances & terrain vary per program. Dress for the weather & wear proper clothes and footwear. Bring binoculars, camera, water, walking stick, and a sense of adventure!
Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please visit ctaudubon.org for updates and cancellations.
Please adhere to current COVID-19 protocols. Keep 6 feet from others and bring a mask.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Visitor parking and guided programs meet at
57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784, Tel: (860) 799-4074.
Trails open daily from dawn to dusk.
Limited Cell Service on Trails.
See our kiosks for trail and wildlife information.