Center at Glastonbury

Earth Fair 2014

Saturday, April 26, 10-3: 25th Annual Earth Fair – Save the date now!

Earth Fair is a family oriented, environmentally educational day with a wide variety of displays, activities, demonstrations, booths, entertainment and of course, food!  Some highlights planned for Earth Fair 2014 are:  a live Birds of Prey demonstration, a performance of selected scenes from The Jungle Book by the Peter Pan Players and our traditional Maypole Dance.  Our educational theme is “Celebrating Trees” –   the Center‘s Discovery Room will be filled with tree related exhibits and information plus everyone will be invited on a “tree walk” with renowned tree expert, Ed Richardson. 

Children & Youth Spring Programs

Pee Wees, ages 1-3, Tuesdays 10-11
Wees, ages 3-5, Wednesdays 10-11
Discoverers, ages 5-9, Wednesdays 4-5

Please pre-register for these classes by calling 860-633-8402 Tue-Sat 10-5; you may print this registration/medical form and bring it the day of the class.  Connecticut Audubon members $10 per program or $28 for a monthly series of 3; non–member $13 per program.  All classes are at the CT Audubon Society, 1361 Main St., Rt. 17, Glastonbury, CT 06033, 860-633-8402.

April 1-2: Birds and Bees,      April 15-16: Rabbits,      April 22-23: Trees

April 26 10-3: Please join us for a day full of fun for the whole family at our annual Earth Fair – birds of prey, snakes, maypole dance, Peter Pan Players, arts & crafts and more

May 13-14: May Flowers,      May 20-21: Ponding,      May 27-28: Mourning Cloak Butterflies

June 10-11: Dragonflies

More details at Children & Youth Spring Classes 2014

Summer Outdoor Classes for Ages 4-10

Registration for Connecticut Audubon Society’s eight weeks of nature-inspired summer camps is underway!

Glastonbury classes run from 9-4 weekdays June 30 – August 22 (mornings 9-12, lunch sessions 12-1, afternoons 1-4:
Jun 30 – Jul 3:  Woodland Wonders
Jul 7 – Jul 11:  Wild About reptiles
Jun 14 – Jul 18: Pond and Stream Adventures
Jul 21 – Jul 25: Going Buggy
Jul 28 – Aug 1: Hawks, Owls Crows and other Birds
Aug 4 – Aug 8: Seeing Nature
Aug 11 – Aug 15: Water ways
Aug 18 – Aug 22: End-of-Summer Fun

Click here for program details and pricing Summer All Day Outdoor Classes 2014, and here for a registration and medical form, or call 860-633-8402 for more information.

Click here for information about similar programs at other Connecticut Audubon centers.

General Information

Center at Glastonbury

Center at Glastonbury

Located near the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has taken full advantage of its unique location since its opening in 1982.  This Center’s focus is to promote awareness of the Connecticut River ecosystem and the birds and habitats it supports, and to foster their preservation through education and related activities.

The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers a full range of environmental programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for people of all ages.  The Center contains a Discovery Room with hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a diorama of Connecticut River’s Great Meadow, and small live animals.  The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, a bird-feeding station, and a picnic area.

The Center is adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows, and bluffs overlooking the Holland Brook river.  The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree.  It contains trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

School Science Programs

School Environmental Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 8.

For over 25 years, the Center at Glastonbury has provided curriculum-related nature programming to schools in Central Connecticut.  We offer 26 different innovative and hands-on programs that conform to both the National Science Standards and the Connecticut Science Framework.  Each hour-long program focuses on the natural world; most include an outdoor component so students can experience their environment and learn to develop their science skills and senses, under the guidance of our trained naturalist.

Programs are offered at our Center at Glastonbury (which adjoins Earle Park, a 48-acre town park with a variety of habitats), as well as in your classroom or at an appropriate site of your choice.  Due to the interactive nature of our programs, the maximum class size is 25 students.

Our current program offerings include:

  • Adaptations (Grades 5-8)
  • Animals from the Center (Pre-K through Grade 3)
  • Birds of a Feather (Grades 2-6, indoors only)
  • Birds of Prey (Grades 2-8)
  • Life Underground (Grades 2-5)
  • Native Americans Along the Connecticut River (Grades 1-3, indoors only)
  • Skulls and Skeletons (Grades 3-8)
  • Strictly Seasonal (Grades Pre-K through 5)

We have many more classes listed in our Educator’s Guide and our teacher/naturalists can customize a program for your classroom.  To register or for further information, call our Center at 860-633-8402 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday – Saturday; or click here for our Educator’s Guide with a complete list of programs, fees, and registration information. We want to work with you!

Events at the Center at Glastonbury

BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Please CLICK HERE to download the Birthday Party Brochure to find everything you need to know for having birthday parties at the center.  You may CLICK HERE to print a Birthday Party Application Form which can be brought to the center to schedule your party.

Nature, Science and Environment PROGRAMS FOR SCOUTS

From Daisies and Cubs to Gold and Eagle, we have programs and project ideas for every age.  Our staff looks forward to working with you to develop a program for science and nature-related topics, including conservation, ecology, habitats, and bird study.  CLICK HERE for program information.

News and Announcements

Bird Seed, Bird Ornaments & Nature Store

Feed the Birds!  We have wide selection of bird seed available for order, and the most popular varieties are usually in stock for immediate pick-up.  Visit our Center or call 860-633-8402 for an order form.

Occasional treats:  Bird feeders, hand-painted bird houses or other items crafted by local students or artists.

Our Nature Store‘s selection of gifts for the birding and wildlife enthusiast changes frequently, so stop in regularly to see what’s new in the display case.  Get an early start on your holiday shopping:  while they last, our exclusive annual pewter bird ornaments, originally $8.75, are on sale for only $3.95 + tax.  These include, while supplies last, the 2008 ornament featuring Trinity, our resident Red-tailed Hawk, 2007 Screech Owl, 2006 Wood Thrush, 2005 American Goldfinch, 2004 Cedar Waxwing, 2003 Carolina Wren, 2002 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2001 Downy Woodpecker, 2000 Nuthatch, 1999 Titmouse, 1998 retired Connecticut Audubon Society Logo Owl, 1997 Wood Duck, 1996 Bluebird, 1995 Cardinal, 1994 Chickadee, 1993 Great Horned Owl and 1992 American Robin.

Your purchases help support our Center’s year-round programs for children, families and adults and also help us feed and care for our resident education animals.

Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control

Researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are studying damage inflicted on property by woodpeckers.  To learn more about this problem, including the reasons why the birds may have selected your house, and possible deterrents, check out their website:

Cars for Conservation

DONATE YOUR USED VEHICLES! (Any motorized vehicle, running or not)

Your Contributions Will Help Keep Us Flying!

Donate online at

Call 877-227-7487, Ext 2742
Please use this extension to be sure CAS Glastonbury receives your donation!

By phone or on-line, be sure to mention the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.

Your Contributions Will Help Keep Us Flying!

Volunteers Needed at our Center

We will provide full instruction and information, you just need to bring a willingness to learn and a cheerful smile!   If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities described below, call Center director Cindy Bartholomew (860-633-8402 ext. 205) or send Cindy an e-mail ( Our Center is fully handicap-accessible.   If you have allergies to fur or feathers this may not be the place for you! Click here to download a printable application form (please print the two pages back to back).

A Fix-It or Handy Person for our Center: If you enjoy small fix-it projects such as repairing wall corners, fixing the vacuum cleaner, bolting things together, cutting wood for shelves or animal shelters, and many other small tasks, WE NEED YOU! A weekly commitment of just an hour could make a big difference for us and for our animals.  We have some tools, and some materials.  We are always looking for materials that can be reused at our Center.

Volunteer Coordination-Would you like to learn how to recruit, screen and train volunteers?  Did you know that this is a career that you can get certification in? Our Director has managed volunteers for more than 30 years and would love to teach a couple of people how to work with volunteers to the best advantage for the CT Audubon Center. Learn to organize groups of volunteers, schedule volunteers to cover office, events and animal care, work with court-ordered volunteers, involve teens, and recruit for specific needs. Volunteers are wonderful to work with and they need guidance, training and encouragement in order for them to have a good time and be the most help to the Center.  Help us do our very best!

Publicity Volunteer Needed: Help us fill our Center for all of the wonderful programs we do! We are looking for someone who will come in once per week for at least an hour to work on entering our event information on-line into community calendars, and event and tourism websites. An organized person with some publicity experience would be very helpful. Keep track of our on-line listings, update as needed, and provide a list to our publicity volunteer team of which events have been listed and where.

Phone & Reception Hosts: We need cheerful, helpful people (you can bring a friend & work in twos!) who enjoy talking to the public on the phone and in person. Phone and reception volunteers need to be empathetic and helpful to people who have found hurt or orphaned animals. Some office or clerical help is also appreciated. We need volunteers between 10am-5 on Tuesdays and Fridays, and once experience is gained, Sundays 1-4 p.m. Work with other experienced volunteers.

Gardening Volunteers: Experienced gardeners are needed to maintain the flower beds in front of the Center.  Weeding, transplanting, pruning and mulching are among the skills required.  Bring a friend or two and help beautify the entrance to Earle Park and the Audubon Society Center.  After a brief training and orientation session, volunteers can garden on their own schedules, as necessary.

Nature Store Volunteers: Unique & fun opportunity! We’re looking for help researching items to sell, recommending items to purchase for resale, displaying our “store” items, dusting and organizing our store display.  Nature Store items are mostly related to birds and their habitats. Work with the Center’s director to determine pricing, devise marketing strategies and maintain inventory.

Event Committee Volunteers: Our events raise money, raise awareness and are fun to work on. There is something for everyone to do! From publicity, to taking minutes, planning public education programs,  hanging photographs to setting up tents, cooking or baking, setting up or cleaning up, asking for donations or putting up posters, you name it we need your help!  Current committees are Adult & Family Education Programs, Photo Contest, Banff Film Festival, Earth Fair, Harvest Dinner, and Art for Nature’s Sake (fine art sale and community event).  Join a committee and find yourself in the midst of community members who enjoy doing what they are doing and have fun doing it!



From I-84 in East Hartford: Take Exit 55/Route 2 East to Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 North: Take Exit 25 to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 South: Take Exit 25N to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From Middletown: Go east on Route 66 to Route 17 North. Follow through South Glastonbury. Our Center is on the left.

From Marlborough and Southeast: Take Route 2 West to Exit 10. Turn left, then turn right at first stop sign. At first stop light, turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow for 3 miles to Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Our Center is ¼ mile on the left.


1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(please call first)
(Closed Monday)

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