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This Purple Martin was among the many properly banded Sat. afternoon at the Nature Center! [Photo by Phyllis Groner]

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.   Tina Green, a Westporter said: “I brought the Martins here and monitor them…..last year we banded 105 martins.  The Sherwood Island Nature Center bands their Martins with a red band.  Every banding site bands with their own color so it is easier to follow their migration paths and to see which return.


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IMG_1864Hope Hageman gave Tina Green FOSI’s TRUE FRIEND award, in appreciation for so many contributions that have enriched Sherwood Island. Most recently: obtaining and installing our Purple Martin gourds! (Come to the Purple Martin Bird Banding July 10!)tina:gourdsIMG_1698


Renowned photographer Larry Silver gave a great talk. (pictured above with Mary Ann West and FOSI Board President Liz-Ann Koos.)


And 3 new board members were voted in: Michele Sorensen, Nancy Ferriello and Chris Scofield. WELCOME!



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Guest Speaker: Larry Silver, “A Photographer’s Perspective.”

True Friend Award: Tina Green.


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State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) on Wednesday announced she will be adopting Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. read more

CHILIFEST–Westport, Feb. 1

Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., Westport, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

In October, 2015 The Friends’ of Sherwood Island State Park is hosting ChowdaFest, an amazing food tasting contest at Sherwood Island on Sunday, October 11th, 2015. As a warm-up, the same ChowdaFest folks are hosting ChiliFest, where you the attendee pay to get a ballot and judge 12 restaurants and 6 firehouses. Taste great chili and then vote for the best! This takes place on SuperBowl Sunday, February 1st from 11 AM to 3:00 PM, giving everyone plenty of time to get to the evening parties before the big game. You can purchase tickets online and save a few $$ or pay at the door.
Date: Sunday Feb. 1, 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
Where: Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., Westport CT
Cost: $10 Adults if purchased online by 1/31
$15 Adults at the door
$5 Kids (6-12)
Parking: FREE read more

Director Nick Kuell will soon welcome all to the reopened Nature Center.

Our new Nature Center Director, Nick Kuell, welcomes all!



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Seaweed Aquaculture in Long Island Sound and in other urbanized estuaries in North America

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for her above and beyond work for Sherwood Island State Park

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Connecticuts parks and forests

Taking place throughout the State of Connecticut’s parks and forests.


 ……… Celebrates the best of Connecticut

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It is the 100th birthday of the Connecticut State Park system.

It was in September of 1913 that the newly formed State Park Commission was charged with creating the state park system that we enjoy today.  read more

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Phil Donahue and Milan Bull coming to speak at our annual mtg!
Free Admission & Refreshments 

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The public is invited to attend Dr. Bellantoni’s free lecture and his walk-about inspection tour on May 22 at 10 AM. In addition, Professor Ernie Wiegand will exhibit local Native American artifacts. read more

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Come see the live fish at the Center, 10a-4pm. Catch even more when you seine with the Nature Center Staff to net marine animals off East Beach, daily at 1pm. read more


What floats? What sinks? Be surprised when a rock floats and wood sinks. Learn about underwater pressure with lots of experiments and … read more


I like to hide.  Come… read more


Lots of activities have been flying around the Nature Center this week…all about birds! Here’s a photo taken by Phyllis Groner of Todd Secki from… read more


Look at the forked tail on this horseshoe crab. Scientists are wondering how it got this way.  Come and see this one-of-a-kind critter!

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Nature Center kicks off summer with a visit from Senator Blumenthal.  Interns have an opportunity to visit with the Senator.  

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Senator Blumenthal

May 20, 2012 –  Senator Blumenthal: Guest Speaker at Friends of Sherwood Island Annual General Meeting  at Nature Center 3:00-5:00pm
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The Nature Center is now open Wednesdays through Sunday though Labor Day. Nature Center hours are from 10AM until 4PM.

From September 8th through October 7th, the Center will return to a weekend-only schedule. It will then be closed for the winter until next spring.

The park however will remain open year-round.

Nature Center Opening

The Nature Center is now open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10AM until 4PM through Labor Day weekend. read more

Live animals are arriving

Live animals are arriving! Animal tanks are being prepared. In fact, some intertidal animals such as crabs, oysters, sea stars, and lobsters are getting ready for their new home. Opening Weekend Saturday/Sunday, April 28/29th read more

Osprey Returning

The Osprey have returned and have begun building nests on the platforms.  Watch them on our live osprey web cam!

No Child Left Inside

Westport artist Miggs Burroughs received the 2006 Special Friend of Sherwood Island award for for the bumper sticker he designed for the Governor’s “No Child Left Inside” initiative — to reconnect youngsters with the outdoors, build the next generation of environmental stewards and showcase Connecticut’s state parks and forests.