One of the largest fundraisers of the year for Woodcock Nature Center, Under the Harvest Moon on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. looks like it will likely be another sold-out success. An enjoyable, relaxed evening of food, music and more will benefit the nature center’s well-loved programs in environmental education. Last year’s event sold out so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets for this year’s event early!

Held in Woodcock’s picturesque candlelit pavilion, a highlight of the evening is a generous tasting of food carefully prepared by local chef Sarah Bouïssou of Sarah’s Wine Bar. Chef Bouïssou skillfully and quickly prepares the evening’s delectable meal from a selection of surprise fresh produce donated from local farms including Ambler Farm, Horseshoe Farm and The Hickories.

To begin the evening, No. 109 Cheese & Wine, along with other local vendors, will provide a sampling of artisanal cheeses and appetizers, and a generous wine-tasting selection will be provided by Ridgefield’s Cellar XV as guests enjoy music by local musicians including Horseshoe Farm’s farmer Pete Campbell. A tasting with craft brewers from Nod Hill Brewery will be on hand for beer-loving guests as well as selections from Two Roads and Palm.

The evening also includes a silent and live auction for a variety of popular items including unique Woodcock experiences such as catered dinners on the 149-acre preserve from local restaurants, children and family experiences such as animal encounters and birthday parties and, a very popular VIP Wreath Festival package. Attire for the casual, cocktail style fundraiser is “campground chic” and both old and new friends of Woodcock are welcome.

All proceeds support Woodcock’s environmental education initiatives which include local outreach, school programs, camp scholarships and a variety of family events and adult education activities aimed at connecting with our natural world.

Tickets are $90 and may be purchased at on the Woodcock Nature Center website.

GOOD Morning Wilton is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

About Woodcock Nature Center

Located on 150 acres of state-protected land, the Woodcock Nature Center includes a pond, wetlands and three miles of publicly accessible woodland trails. The Center is home to a variety of living local and exotic creatures including snakes, frogs and lizards. The Center also houses three non-releasable birds of prey.

The preserve is a haven for aquatic life and a remarkable variety of birds. Along the trails are historic stone walls and stands of old maple, beech, oak and hickory trees. An Everglades-style boardwalk allows rare access through part of the rich, abundant wetlands nestled in the woods. In these graceful surroundings, young and old can experience the rich, renewing world of nature. Woodland trails are open to all, sunrise to sunset, every day of the year.

The Center staff works with the local protected wildlife to serve as a resource for educating the community about our natural surroundings through public outreach, school field trips and visits, on-site birthday parties, after-school programs and an extremely popular summer camp.

For a complete schedule of activities please visit the Woodcock Nature Center online. Woodcock Nature Center is located at 56 Deer Run Rd. in Wilton. It is open and staffed Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the trails and grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The nature center is open when staff are on the premises.

photo:  Emily Masino