Gifted by Eleanor & Hall Clovis and opened in 1943, the Greenwich Main Sanctuary property is recognized as the first educational nature center of the National Audubon Society. The Fairchild Wildflower Sanctuary property was donated to Audubon through the preservation efforts of Mrs. Elon Huntington Hooker and local garden clubs in 1945. Over time, Audubon Greenwich has grown to include seven sanctuaries and other private parcels, totaling 686 acres of protected wildlife habitat.
From its inception, Audubon Greenwich has welcomed visitors to its sanctuaries and provided nature education programs for adults and children. It has served as a model and influenced the development of place-based experiential learning for Audubon and other education centers nationwide. Today, more than 20,000 people visit Audubon Greenwich each year to enjoy all that its nature center, sanctuaries, and trails have to offer.
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