Audubon Center in Greenwich

The Audubon Greenwich mission is to engage and educate people to conserve, restore, and enjoy nature, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

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The Audubon Center in Greenwich opened in 1942 and is the National Audubon Society's first environmental education center.  Audubon owns and stewards 7 sanctuaries in Greenwich which total 686 acres and feature 20 miles of hiking trails. The main sanctuary, located at 613 Riversville Road, is 285 acres and has 7 miles of walking trails that lead hikers through hardwood forests, meadows, a lake, a stream, and many vernal pools. Reminders of the past include original New England homestead buildings, a mature apple orchard, historic cemetery, and miles of stone walls.

Meadow at Audubon Greenwich
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ABOUT THE TRAILS: Audubon Greenwich trails are open to guests from dawn to dusk, every day of the year, but please note that the center is occassionally closed during early morning hours in winter for various land management needs. Please take note of any signage indicating these temporarily closed timeframes. Trail Map (238 kb PDF)

ABOUT BUILDING HOURS: While the trails are open dawn to dusk, the building hours vary by the season. For hours, visit the Kimberlin Nature Education Center website for the latest.

Meadow at Audubon Greenwich
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ECOSYSTEMS & HABITATS: Ecosystems in the sanctuary include:

  • Large open fields & wildflower meadows 
  • Young and mature forests of mixed oak, beech, and maple,
  • Mead Lake and its shruby swamps
  • Indian Spring Pond (human-made and present throughout the year)
  • Successional thickets
  • Red maple swamps
  • Vernal pools
  • And a small grove of hemlock trees.

The sanctuary is also home to a beautiful old apple orchard, honeybee hives, a butterfly garden, and bird feeding station.

The east branch of the Byram River crosses the property and was dammed in the nineteenth century to create shallow Mead Lake, home to frogs, water snakes and turtles. You will find a boardwalk and two bird blinds on the Lake Loop Trail. Noteworthy wildlife at the Center includes river otter, muskrats, wood ducks, white-tailed deer, coyotes, flying squirrels, nesting bluebirds, wild turkeys, bats, and a wide spectrum of reptiles, amphibians and birds.

Audubon Greenwich is also the site of the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch and is one of the best locations in the Northeast United States to view the fall migration of raptors. The all time record of 30,000+ broad-winged hawks counted in one day has not been matched in the region, even at Hawk Mountain, PA. Golden and Bald Eagles, Common Ravens and Black Vultures have also been spotted. Classroom and field workshops are offered to develop identification skills. A Hawk Watch Weekend Festival is held each September.

Seasonal highlights include the late winter movement of spotted salamanders to their breeding pond, spring warbler migration, late summer meadow insects and the nocturnal fall migration of the saw-whet owl.

The Kimberlin Nature Education Center at Audubon Greenwich - Built in 2003
The Kimberlin Nature Education Center at Audubon Greenwich was built in 2003
The Kimberlin Nature Education Center is the visitor center and an active hub for conservation events, exhibits, offices, classrooms, and the world-class Oppenheimer Art Gallery in Kiernan Hall. This gallery features an impressive selection of artwork by John James Audubon and other natural history artists. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on nature activities in the Hilfiger Children's Learning Center, a bird viewing and wildlife observation area, and a live honeybee hive with viewing windows indoors.  Other attractions are: 'Audubon At Home' themed exhibits about eco-friendly gardening practices, and a well-stocked Nature Gift Store with a wide selection of toys, guide books, binoculars, bird feeders, seed, and snacks for hungry hikers.

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The original entry way before it was remodeled. Come see the changes.
The Kimberlin Nature Education Center is also available for Special Event Rentals, Children's Birthday Parties, and serves as a starting location for the many Guided Hikes and Public Event throughout the year. 

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To help Audubon preserve its lands by following these general guidelines:

  • This site is a private sanctuary for nature and Audubon invites people to visit. During your visit, guests are asked to not: disturb wildlife, collect plants, or pick wildlfowers. 
  • Please leave bikes, pets, and horses at home.
  • Please 'pack in & pack out' any garbage.
  • Individuals or couples can jog in the sanctuary but larger jogging groups are not allowed on the trails. 
  • Hikers can help Audubon reduce erosion by staying on the pathways & trails. 

In other words, "Take only photos and leave only footprints". Thank you for your interest in exploring the great outdoors. We hope you enjoy your visit.

 

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