The Friends Meet the Park’s supporters at Legislature Day Winter is Lovely on Sherwood Island A Rare Visit from an Ash-Throated Flycatcher Fall is Beautiful on Sherwood Island! A Beautiful (and TASTY!) ChowdaFest! Sherwood IslandFest Fundraiser PHOTOS/VIDEOS

The Friends Meet the Park’s supporters at Legislature Day

From Left: Louis Pietig, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport), State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell   Friends Louis Pietig, Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell were thrilled to chat with our local reps (and long-time Sherwood Island supporters) Gail Lavielle, Jonathan Steinberg and Tony Hwang in Hartford!

From Left: Louis Pietig,Erica Caldwell, State Senator Tony Hwang (R-134) and Nancy Ferriello
  Here's Tony Hwang's Press Release: Celebrating CT State Parks at State Capitol   Sen. Tony Hwang on Mar. 9 joined with the Friends of Sherwood Island and environmental advocates from across Connecticut to mark State Parks Day at the State Capitol.   Discussions focused on ways to preserve, protect and enhance Connecticut’s state parks, including the state’s oldest state park, Sherwood Island State Park.   This year, Sen. Hwang is part of a first-of-its-kind effort to amend the state Constitution to better ensure protection of state-owned forests, parks, farmland and other conservation lands.   Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  On the web: , , , , .

PS:  Thanks also to State Senator Toni  Boucher (R-26) for her continuing, outspoken support of Parks! One of Ct's biggest asset and attractions!

A Rare Visit from an Ash-Throated Flycatcher

Birders were thrilled last week to catch a glimpse of this rare visitor, photographed here by the great A.J. Hand. The event made the Norwalk Hour!

A Beautiful (and TASTY!) ChowdaFest!

Beautiful day, beautiful attendees, incomparable tastings! In addition to all the regulars, we had unusual "creative" chowders, chicken marsalas, minestrone soup from Osteria Romana--even a Creole dish from Simply Delicious (it won Best Bisque). And chowda! Lots and lots of chowda, from local faves, as well as from vendors from Maine to Seattle(!) We held FOSI's drawing for the stuffed animals, the Larry Silver poster and the CT State Park Pass at 3PM at our table. Within a week, all the winners had picked up their prizes, and they (and their kids) are pretty happy! As you can see from Hanna's face (she named him "Oreo").   hannaoreo   To see the Chowda WINNERS, see:   For more on the ChowdaFest, see:   IMG_0401 IMG_0399 IMG_0374 crop

Helping to preserve and protect Connecticut's oldest State Park

The Park

Sherwood Point

Sherwood Island State Park, on the shore of Long Island Sound in Westport Connecticut, covers 234 acres of beach, wetlands and woodlands. People come to the park to walk, bike, swim, fish, study nature, watch birds, fly kites, fly model airplanes, play volleyball, picnic, or just relax under the trees.

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Nature Center


The Nature Center is now CLOSED! 

See you in the Spring!

See our HOT new video on YouTube!

The Friends

At the opening ceremony, DEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette, Acting Commissioner Amey Marrella, Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, DEP Supervisor Mark Rickert, Friends President Sheila O'Neill.

Who we are

In 1995, a coalition of concerned outdoorsmen, sportsmen, environmentalists, and citizens banded together to form the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, Inc.

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Interning at the Nature Center


Sorry, all intern positions are filled for 2016. Bookmark this page and check back early in 2017! Stay tuned for updates–

For questions, contact Michele Sorensen, our Nature Center liaison.


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Reference Maps


Jennings composite

A cut-out from a larger map in the 1933 book Greens Farms, by George Penfield Jennings. It is a composite in which different time periods coexist.

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Richard McBride

Richard McBride volunteered to make informational wooden signs along the trail behind the Nature Center. The Friends of Sherwood Island could use your help, too! There are lots of ways that you can get involved! If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Friends of Sherwood Island at or complete the Online Volunteer Form . Thank you for your interest!