Learn to surfcast with Greg McNamara, surfcasting guide and tournament angler Guest Speaker Kate Gehron: Saving Our Salt Marshes, a talk and a walk event The Nature Center released butterflies! Come help us seine (drag net) at East Beach A large crowd joined Governor Malloy, Commissioner Klee, First Selectman Marpe to celebrate the beginning of the pavilion renovation Baby Bird Banding

Learn to surfcast with Greg McNamara, surfcasting guide and tournament angler

Saturday Aug. 9, 1p-3p, at the jetty in front of the pavilion.

The Nature Center released butterflies!

We watched them grow from caterpillars and then transform into painted lady butterflies.

Come help us seine (drag net) at East Beach

daily at 1pm. Sometime we catch shrimp and sometimes crabs, and almost always we net silver sides...but sometimes...we are surprised by other critters. Come enjoy the mystery and discovery!

Baby Bird Banding

Our purple martin chicks are growing up. Four have already fledged. Before they all fly off, Geoffrey Krukar and a team of volunteers  banded them with red bands on July 10

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, is a peninsula that 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 open Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm!

The Nature Center and its programs are free (park entrance fees may apply). If interested in scheduling a private program for 2014, please read on…

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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


Do you like to work with animals? Do you enjoy educating the public about our local environment? Do you like posting to social media? Do you like working at a beautiful location? Do you like getting paid for what you love doing? The Nature Center has paid internships for students age 16 through high school. Click here to read the Intern Guide [pdf]; if you are hired, you will be expected to follow these guidlelines. 

If you like the job description, fit the age requirements, and can abide by the parameters in the Intern Guide, please click on and complete this Intern Application [pdf] and submit as directed before April 11.  

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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  info@friendsofsherwoodisland.org or complete the Online Volunteer Form . Thank you for your interest!