Rising Tides

Rising TidesFairfield’s coastline thrives, attracting people to work, play, and live along the shore, but rising sea levels and shifting weather patterns are changing our relationship with the coast.

In this this timely exhibition, discover our shoreline’s long history of coastal resilience, through stunning photographs, artifacts, and documents. Examine how climate change presents new challenges for the future.

Rising Tides will inspire important community conversations through a series of programs including:

Rising Tides Members’ Tours

Wednesday, January 11 at 11am
Tuesday, February 7 at 9am

Join Museum Staff to gain an inside view of the research and history behind the exhibition Rising Tides.

Resilient BridgeportMuseum After Dark: Resilient Bridgeport & Coastal Connecticut
Thursday, February 16, 6-8pm. Free.

What makes our communities stronger to prepare for changing weather patterns and hazardous storms? Join a panel of experts from across Connecticut to learn how different communities are tackling these programs. What approaches are communities taking to address climate change in the future? What partnerships are gaining traction to solve these problems? What role can homeowners play?

Guest and moderator will be David Kooris, Director of-RBD (Rebuild by Design) and NDR (National Disaster Resilience) Programs, successfully funded projects that began with Resilient Bridgeport. Bridgeport residents, regional historic preservation officials and experts, local scientists and designers, and design team members who worked together to create a resiliency strategy. Additional guests include Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, University of Connecticut, Dr. James Biardi, Fairfield University and Dr. Jennifer Mattei, Sacred Heart University.





Thank you for the support of our program partners:
Common Ground High School, CT Audubon Center, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), CTDEEP, The Nature Conservancy, Town of Fairfield, Save the Sound, Soundwaters and the University of Connecticut.

Our previous programs for “Rising Tides” have included:

Museum After Dark Exhibit Opening | Thursday, September 29, 6pm – 8pm. Free.

Enjoy the exhibition opening of “Rising Tides” and learn about the fascinating history, past and future, of Fairfield’s use of the shoreline. The evening will feature an informal discussion with representatives of the Town of Fairfield. Learn about the behind-the-scene efforts to protect Fairfield’s coast and prepare for rising tides and extreme weather events. Guests will include Joseph Michelangelo, Fairfield Department of Public Works, Brian Carey of Fairfield Conservation and Tom Steinke, former director, Fairfield Conservation.  Peter Linderoth of Save the Sound will moderate.

Be Green Connecticut! Family Fair – Protecting our Coast | Sunday, October 2, 12pm – 3pm. Free.

Enjoy the community opening of the exhibition “Rising Tides: Fairfield’s Coast, Past to Future” and find out what YOU can do to protect the environment for future generations. Learn about sustainable energy with hands-on activities presented by Energize ConnecticutSM’s eesmarts program throughout the day.EnergizeCT2

Take the ENERGY STAR® Pledge or bring an incandescent light bulb to exchange for a free, energy efficient LED light bulb. Energize Connecticut will present on the Home Energy Solutions program – make your home more comfortable, get rebates and lower your energy bill! Find out about the Fairfield Energy Challenge with Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force and learn about electric cars. Enjoy additional hands-on activities and informative displays by CT Audubon Center, Mill River Wetland Committee and Resilient Bridgeport.

Soundwaters SailboatSchooner SoundWaters: Sailing Excursion! | Sunday, October 9, 1-3pm
Schooner SoundWaters Adult Sunset Sail | Sunday, October 9, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

We invite you to enjoy a sail into the sunset aboard the Schooner SoundWaters! The sail will feature an informative talk with Adam Whelchel, Ph.D., about the measures in place and actions required to ensure a resilient future for Connecticut’s coastline. 


Fairfield Museum Rising Tides

Museum After Dark: Our Shoreline, Resiliency & Change
Thursday, October 20, 6-8pm.

Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.
Join experts from the University of Connecticut and CT DEEP to learn how these institutions are working together to address environmental issues along Connecticut’s coast. What is coastal resilience? Learn more about the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut. CIRCA was founded a little over two years ago to help Connecticut’s communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment.

What can you do? The evening will begin with a short presentation at 6:30pm on Home Energy Solutions. Find out how the program works and how weatherization can make homes more comfortable and save residents money.

Fairfield Museum Wetlands Walking Tours

Wetlands Walking Tour at Ash Creek Open Space: October 22, 12pm.

$5 per person. Register online here >> 

Join volunteers from the Mill River Wetland Committee to learn about the ecology of our local river basin system. At the Ash Creek estuary, we will investigate the unique conditions of an estuary and examine the impact of human activity on the delicate balance of coastal areas. Discover the importance of protecting our endangered wetlands!

Solarize Fairfield Workshop
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7pm – 8:30pm. Free!

Solarize Fairfield is a state- and town-sponsored program designed to encourage Fairfield residents to realize the benefits – both environmental and cost-saving – of a home solar installation, with special price incentives available through October 31 that make “going solar” more cost effective than ever. At this free workshop, sponsored by Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force, representatives of All Green it, the solar installer for the program, will explain how solar works, answer questions, and help interested residents take the next steps toward securing their own home solar installation. For information on “Solarize Fairfield” in advance of the workshop, please visit http://solarizect.com/our-towns/fairfield/

Museum After Dark: the beautiful POND
Wednesday, November 16, 6pm – 8pm.

Artist and author Judy Katz, Leigh Shemitz, Ph.D. President of SoundWaters and Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, discussed the importance of preserving the natural treasure that is the Old Mill Pond. Hear why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound. Copies of the beautiful POND will be available for signing.

mad_stormconfessionsMuseum After Dark: Storm Confessions
Thursday, January 26, 6-8pm. Free.

Were you here for Irene? Did you get flooded during Sandy? We want to hear your stories! State Representative Brenda Kupchick will moderate this lively discussion of neighbors helping neighbors and other “storm confessions.”

The Fairfield Museum wants to preserve the history of the Beach Area and welcomes coastal residents for an evening to share “storm confessions.” Tell us if you evacuated or stayed home. Describe the condition of your home and yard when you returned. Share how your neighbors and others helped you get through the devastation. And let us know how you are faring now. Did you elevate your home? Move away? Tear it down? Where are you now? Join neighbors and other residents to listen and share stories (both funny and sad) about the pleasures and challenges of living on the Fairfield coast.