Birthday success near Ridgefield, and Wilton

The Woodcock Nature Center on the Ridgefield and Wilton border

The Woodcock Nature Center on the Ridgefield and Wilton border

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The Woodcock Nature Center is thrilled to have celebrated its landmark year with a 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash last weekend. Not only did we honor 50 years of outdoor education but, we set the stage for the next half-century by sharing Woodcock’s new visual identity which is aimed at matching the nature centers current vitality with its goals for the future.

On behalf of all of us at Woodcock Nature Center, thank you to everyone who celebrated with us! Lucky party-goers met some of our teaching animals: snakes Rocco and Indira, Storm the baby snapping turtle, and Franklin the spotted turtle; kids did an amazing job painting rocks to create what is now a nearly 6-foot art snake by the Woodcock pond (stop by and check it out!); and, guests set out on an educational scavenger hunt and learned about nature-friendly birthday decorations, met a 50-year-old tree, measured lichen to find its age and so much more.

Special thanks to sponsors Boxed Water Is Better and Fairfield County Bank and to Jeff Fox and Joan Wallace for filling the air with music. Thanks to Daffodil Hill Growers of Southbury for the festive table décor and, because no party is complete without some sweets, thank you to the Painted Cookie in Wilton for our Woodcock-themed cookies! Our goodie bags were filled with special offers from Crystals & Cones in Redding and Wilton’s Outdoor Sports Center - we hope everyone is taking advantage of their generosity.

Founded in 1972 by former Ridgefield First Selectman J. Mortimer Woodcock, Woodcock Nature Center is beloved to both Ridgefield and Wilton for its nearly 150-acre preserve, educational programming, unforgettable events, and outreach into the community through deep connections to nature. Over the last 50 years Woodcock has evolved but never wavered in its mission to creatively connect the community with nature and to one another.

We look forward to continuing to provide our community with more exceptional programming and outdoor events. And remember: our grounds and trails are open to the public dawn to dusk daily so, please visit often.

Warm regards,

Lenore Herbst

Executive Director