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Early Bird Earth Day

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Get a jump on your Earth Day festivities by making a trip to the park. The island will be buzzing with activity. Look for kites and model airplanes in the air. Try your hand at disc golf. And be sure to stop by and visit us at one of our information tables to learn more about upcoming programs, speakers, and events. We’ll be set up on the East Beach walking trail near the Nature Center, at the 9-11 Memorial, and near the West Beach Bath House.


One Tree Planted Grant

Thanks to the efforts of UConn Master Gardener and Friends Garden Team volunteer, Pamela Nobumoto, we have received a grant for $1,500 from One Tree Planted. The funds are being used to purchase 125 native trees and shrubs which will be planted on April 23 and 24. Want to help plant? Email to sign up. Upcoming Events How to Grow Raspberries & Blueberries Mini-Lesson April 18 from 2 to 4 PM At the Nature Center. Six plants will be given away to members.


Plant a Celebration Tree

Support our Tree Campaign – One Hundred Trees for One Hundred Years. Plant a celebration tree and let the memory of a loved one live on in nature. Learn more at


Shorefest-on-a-Roll Rolled

Over 150 people came for the lobster rolls and a fantastic family drive through the park in October. A podcast high-lighting the history and fabulous features of the 236 acre park accom-panied visitors for the drive (and is available on our website if you missed it), along with musical performances, disc golf exhibitions, whirligigs, exotic kites, and model plane flyovers. It was a wonderful afternoon that built awareness of the park while raising funds.

Sunday, September 20, visitors toured our re-visioned Shorefest “on a Roll” event. They took a family drive through Sherwood Island State Park with fun stops along the way.  At the last stop, they picked up their pre-ordered Lobster Roll dinner (courtesy of WestFair!).


CONGRATULATIONS to the Friends–Cece Saunders and Steve Axthelm–who envisioned and implemented this unique, wonderful event. Almost alone amongst lobster fest organizers, they figured out how to do it during Covid-19–and actually made it work! AND made it fun for all! Board President Liz-Ann Koos says, “GOOD JOB!” And we all say, THANK YOU!

Also THANKS to:

The Pantry of Fairfield

(that delicious strawberry shortcake in your Lobster Pack).

New England Brewing Co.

(a bottle of their small-batch craft beer in each dinner)


(a lobster-themed sugar coookie for each child in a car)

And our representatives, past, present and future, who have adopted us!



The visitors just kept on comin’

They got lots of guides:





(Photo by Toni Boucher)





A young lad’s dreams soar on a kite into the wide open blue skies at Shorefest



History of the Park AND Purple Martin Education:

The Country Squires and the AIRFIELD!

Two young prospective flyers get an up close lesson from a Country Squire in the fun that goes with flying remote control planes at the Sherwood Island Airfield.



Cogi and Syd Music:



The Shamrogues:

The Hall Family


BackCountry Jazz BeBoppers




Lobsy sez,





Here is our Final Mix of the Shorefest on a Roll podcast. This is what participants heard as they toured the event! Follow along on the map (above)!


You can download and save the podcast here.

Sunday, September 20
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


SHOREFEST took place on Sunday, Sept. 20. It was a COVID-19-safe automobile tour of the history and charms of Sherwood Island.     FREE AUDIO TOUR: Here is

32+ people attended our first virtual annual Meeting, where we heard from John Guglielmoni on the state of the park,   And saw Miley Bull and

CT Woodlands has posted several CT TRAILS DAY videos that Craig Patton took  on Sherwood Island. See: FEAST: A nice overview of Sherwood Island from Louis

Photos by Liz-Ann Koos.

[ NOTE THAT BATHROOMS ARE CLOSED] Park Closures:  DEEP will be monitoring visitor capacity at the state’s most popular parks and may reduce the parking threshold to

Westport Fire Department partners with the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park to celebrate Smokey the Bear's 75th Birthday at the Nature Center   see the

Lobster, Steak, Salmon, Veggies & More! PLUS our famous Silent Auction and a beautiful view See the Westport News item here!   THANKS to Westfair Lobster dinner

With Michele Sorensen! Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.    .                .       .  .          

ALERT! Volunteers Needed! Help us make sure everyone who attends Shivers at Sherwood has a wonderfully frightful time! And have fun too! Sign up

This was our best-attended yet! It was great to meet and greet with all our friends and supporters, old and new. AND to eat

Lobster, Steak, Salmon, Veggies & More! PLUS our famous Silent Auction and a beautiful view Join us at The Pavilion!     Buy Tickets Online here! OR: Mail

Dear Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, We are raising money Thursday, March 1 to buy flowers, seeds, grasses and shrubs to provide food, nectar and shelter

On Saturday October 7, 2017 at 4PM in the Nature Center, the Friends of Sherwood Island State hosted author and historian Marty Podskoch, who The Mac & Chili Challenge is a fundraiser where you're a judge.  When you arrive you'll be given a spoon, ballot and pencil.  Then

11am to 3pm at Sherwood Island State Park. Rain or Shine. See more info HERE.

t COME TO OUR ANNUAL SHOREFEST!!! RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 Mail this completed form to the Friends, P.O. Box 544, Westport, CT 06881 with

FRIENDS OF SHERWOOD ISLAND HOLD ANNUAL MEETING Westport, CT June 9, 2017 The Friends of Sherwood Island held their Annual Meeting Thursday, at which the public was

The day may have been moist, but that didn't stop Chris Scofield from giving some hot tips to all the would-be  disc golfers on Sherwood Island's

Saturday, April 22 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Earth Day Disc Golf Clinic/Demo with Chris Scofield (2015 Park City Open Champion) at Sherwood Island State Park Saturday, April 22nd from 10

  LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT: April 23, 2016 Dear Members and Friends of Sherwood Island: The time is here to feel the excitement of all of the wonderful

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11-3pm!   ChowdaFest at Sherwood Island! 11-3pm Sunday, October 11 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Rain Date: Mon, Oct. 12 In October, 2015 The Friends’ of

All proceeds will be used for special Nature Center and Park programming, including the Sherwood Island Summer Internship Program.

Launching of marketing campaign for “100 Trees for 100 Years” Project.

Tickets are $35 each. Please complete form and mail it with your check payable to: Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, PO Box 544, Westport, CT 06881

OR Register and purchase tickets online at:

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

Our crabs are arriving and busy saying hello.

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

From Phyllis Groner:

The Friends of the Sherwood Island Nature Center in the past two years have taken over the responsibility of the Nesting Gourds once owned by former Westporter Phil Donahue who had them on his property before he moved.   


A lively event, well-attended by our wonderfully supportive local representatives

Make corn husk dolls. Bead necklaces. Visit our Three Sisters Garden. And come to our special event on the 18th at 6pm: a true

April 1, 2012 The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park recently launched their new website.  Our primary goal was to provide our visitors and members

The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park are accepting intern applications now for the 2012 Spring/Summer season in the Nature Center.

Now that the 2011 summer season has ended, the  Nature  Center is closed until next spring.

It was a wonderful summer. Program Director Rindy Higgins and a crew of interns ran programs that entertained and enlightened beach-goers and animal lovers of all ages. 

July 28, 2011 Sunset Lectures: Connecticut Parks--Back to the Future Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), talks about his

July 23, 2011 School-garden advocate Annelise McCay helps children plant seeds in small flower pots made from recycled materials.

July 2, 2011 / July 16, 2011 A caravan of live animal ambassadors from Beardsley Zoo rolls into town.  Zoo educator Jim Knox instills an interest in