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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!

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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”).




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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:


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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!


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Our crabs are arriving and busy saying hello.

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.    read more


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)
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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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for her above and beyond work for Sherwood Island State Park

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

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


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


 ……… Celebrates the best of Connecticut

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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

Make corn husk dolls. Bead necklaces. Visit our Three Sisters Garden. And come to our special event on the 18th at 6pm: a true Native American, dressed in full regalia, will tell us about local traditional native american life styles and relate legends of long ago.

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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


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

New Friends of Sherwood Island Website

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 with a more user-friendly experience as well as faster access to information about the park as well as upcoming events.  We are still working out a few bugs in the system and working hard to get new content, events, articles and photographs for 2012.


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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.


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


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 ideas and plans. For adults and teens.

Recorded by CT-N On Demand.

Click here for the video.


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 science, as well as a sense of respect for nature, and promises an awe-inspiring afternoon.