DCA Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail

DCA Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail is open to the public and provides nearly four serene acres of swooping trails among majestic trees, native plantings, open spaces and water features. Generously supported by The Darien Foundation and maintained entirely by volunteers, this quiet and thriving space provides nesting sites for birds and insects and a classroom for all who visit.  Among the trees, you will find a rope bridge, a pondless waterfall, stump and log walks, and a rock spiral that is perfect for reflection or photos. Come visit our natural oasis on your own or with friends and family! All are welcome.

The Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail


Open during daylight hours except for scheduled weekend events.


The entrance gate is located on the right of the back parking lot. Please close the gates and stay on the trail. In the interest of wildlife, dogs are not allowed.


To schedule group or classroom visits, please email the DCA below


To volunteer, please email the DCA below


In the spring of 2012, the DCA Board of Directors decided to revitalize a four acre section of DCA property to create a bird sanctuary for use by the public. Initiated by former Darien Land Trust President Chris Filmer, Darien Beautification Commission member Sig Buchmayr, and DCA board member Cindy Ryan, the work effort was supported by a number of volunteers, businesses, and local organizations. An extensive planning period began in which conservation and birding experts were consulted, Audubon Connecticut was commissioned to perform a detailed habitat assessment and offer recommendations, and soil sample analyses were conducted. The DCA is grateful to the The Darien Foundation who, in 2013, gave a significant grant to assist with the founding of the Bird Sanctuary & Nature Trail and in 2018, an additional grant for an expansion and enhancements, including the waterfall. We also thank the Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts and all our volunteers whose help over the years and to this day have maintained this beautiful community space that thousands of visitors continue to enjoy.