A Rare Visit from an Ash-Throated Flycatcher Fall is Beautiful on Sherwood Island! A Beautiful (and TASTY!) ChowdaFest! Sherwood IslandFest Fundraiser PHOTOS/VIDEOS Nancy Ferriello’s program on mindless eating! Kids and Adults went up, up and away with the Country Squire Modelers Sat!

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: http://www.chowdafest.org/results.html   For more on the ChowdaFest, see: http://www.chowdafest.org/   IMG_0401 IMG_0399 IMG_0374 crop

Nancy Ferriello’s program on mindless eating!

To celebrate our Gardening-Themed week, Nancy Ferriello, a local Nutritionist and Wellness Coach led a program on mindless eating Aug. 1 at the Nature Center! Visitors not only learned about it, but enjoyed some delicious and nutritious free snacks by the beach!   ferriellofruits ferriellotable2 ferriellotable

Kids and Adults went up, up and away with the Country Squire Modelers Sat!

At 1 PM Sat, July 12, The Country Squire Modelers put on a ground school, allowing the public to fly their training aircraft!

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


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 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!