Butterfly Walk

Nature Center

Let’s see what our Nature Center gardens have attracted!  We might find Monarch, Clouded Sulfur, and Buckeye. Bring your binoculars and meet at the Nature Center.

Birds & Berries!

We’ve planted blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for the birds.  Let’s see what birds we can find who’ve discovered our patch. Bring binoculars and meet at the Nature Center.

Plants for Pollinators

Learn by seeing. Find the plants with the most bees, butterflies, and other insects to learn the best plants to help our pollinator insects thrive. Join us at the Nature Center.

First Day Hike: Shore and More

Nature Center

Sponsored by CT DEEP as part of a statewide celebration of the New Year.  Start 2022 outside! Our guided 2-2.5 mile hike starts and ends at the Nature Center. We'll talk about geology, history, birds, and more. We'll walk along the shore, past the 9/11 Memorial, Archaeology Trail, and visit one of the few coastal...

Earth Day Saturday at the Park

Earth Day 2022 is Friday, April 22. But the park will be busy all weekend with visitors and events. On Saturday, April 23, Friends of Sherwood Island will be onsite and running activities from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Look for us on the East Beach walkway near the Main Pavilion. Plans include: 9:30 AM...

Connecticut Trails Day 2022

This year, the celebration is all weekend! Join us on June 4-5. The short version: Saturday, June 4 Butterfly Walk at 10 AM Kayak Paddle at 1 PM Sunday, June 5 Archaeology Walk at 1 PM Nature Walk at 2 PM Read on for details on all events! Saturday, June 4 10:00 AM Butterfly Walk...

Horseshoe Crab Talk

Nature Center

Please join us at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, 6/19 at the Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park for a presentation on why horseshoe crabs are important to conserve for your good health and the health of the Sound. We will start at the Nature Center and then go down to the beach to look for spawning...

Bird Walk July 31 & August 5

Learn about the Park's birds with Nature Center intern Shane, an environmental studies major at U of Vermont who has been birding since age 11. Bring binoculars. Meet on the Nature Center porch. Free.

Bug Walk August 4 & 11

Our Nature Center intern, Harrison is a bug nut - Come to the Nature Center every Thursday at 1 pm for a treasure hunt to find interesting bugs in our gardens.  Create your own bug with paper cutout parts.  Try your hand drawing one with our expert help.  Learn how to report your findings on...

Butterfly Walk August 21

Nature Center

Sunny days invite butterflies to enjoy the Park's wildflowers! Tiger Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Variegated Fritillary, Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail, Monarch, and the ubiquitous Cabbage White are some we expect to see.  Bring binoculars and camera or smartphone. Join butterfly enthusiast Michele Sorensen, as she leads the Friends' Butterfly Walk on August 21 at 2 pm, meeting...