Center at Glastonbury

Bear and Human Encounters – Who Wins?

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. atBlack Bear

CT Audubon Society Center

1361 Main St., Glastonbury, CT

With increasing interactions between bears and humans it is important to know what you can and cannot do.  Scott Reinhardt, a teacher/naturalist for Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury discusses the issues and how humans add to the bear problems by their own behaviors. Scott has just returned from California where he spent the past 5 months as a Biological Science Technician in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. His responsibilities were to manage black bear behavior, patrol campgrounds for food storage violations, and to mediate bear-people conflict.

Scott will talk about fighting an uphill battle with habituation of bears in a tourism area. He will recount his experience with black bears in Connecticut, as a seasonal Furbearer Technician for the DEEP, tagging, relocating and hazing bears and other nuisance animals.  Learn where bears live year round and where they den in our state. You’ll also learn about how you can limit negative bear/human interactions and how the CT DEEP Bear program monitors bears and removes them from dangerous situations. 

Please call 860.633.8402 to reserve your seat. CAS members $8; non-members $10. All children under 12 years of age:  $6.

Final Fall Nature Class for Children Ages 1½-9

Wednesday, December 10 – The final class in this series is The Gift of the Season  – a beautiful natural ornament to decorate your home for the season.  It’s a fun time with music, cookies and cider, a way to enjoy this time of the year with friends.

Polliwogs (ages 1½-4+) meet from 10-11 a.m. and Discoverers (ages 5-9) from 4-5 p.m.  CAS members $10, non-members $13.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your space.  Click here for the required registration form (and medical form for those who have not attended a previous class in this series).

“Watch this space” for announcement of the next round of children’s nature classes.

COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT: AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS

Please join us on Saturday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. for our annual Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters concert.  Click here for details.

Tickets are $15 for CAS members, $20 for non-members, half-price for children under 12.  Call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seat.

Refreshments available.  All concert proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.

“Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest

Photo Contest LogoThe 19th annual “Our Natural World” Photo Contest will be on display January 31 – February 28 for viewing and purchase of entries.  Click here for the complete Photo Contest events calendar.

Amateur Nature Photographers – Plan now to enter during the Entry Submission Period, January 13-17, 2015Click here to download printable contest schedule, rules and entry forms or visit the center to pick up a copy.

Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

We need volunteer Teachers, Sunday Hosts, Animal Caretakers and general help.

Click here to learn how you can help.

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.  Trail maps are available for use while hiking.

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

Final Fall Nature Class for Children Ages 1½-9

Wednesday, December 10 – The final class in this series is The Gift of the Season  – a beautiful natural ornament to decorate your home for the season.  It’s a fun time with music, cookies and cider, a way to enjoy this time of the year with friends.

Polliwogs (ages 1½-4+) meet from 10-11 a.m. and Discoverers (ages 5-9) from 4-5 p.m.  CAS members $10, non-members $13.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your space.  Click here for the required registration form (and medical form for those who have not attended a previous class in this series).

“Watch this space” for announcement of the next round of children’s nature classes.

“Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit & Sale

The 19th “Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit will be open for viewing and purchase from January 31 – February 28, 2015.  Here’s the event calendar:

January 13-17:  Entry Submission Period (1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturdays)Click here to download printable contest schedule, rules and entry forms or visit the center to pick up a copy.

Friday, January 30, 4-7 p.m.: Opening Reception (Judging completed and winning photos bearing ribbons).  $5/person (photographers get one free ticket per entry).  Visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to pre-register. (Snow date January 31.)

January 31 – February 28, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday: Exhibit Viewing.  Vote for your favorite photo to receive the People’s Choice Award to be given at the end of the show.  Photos which have been offered for sale by the artist may be purchased for future pickup (see below).

Saturday, February 7, 2-3 p.m.: Photo Critique & Tea with Roland Chirico, one of our judges.  Click here for details.  CAS members $10, non-members $15.  Visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 for reservations.

March 3-14, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday: Photo Pickup Period.  All photos must be removed from the Center during this period.  Unless special pickup arrangements have been made, all photos remaining at the Center after March 14 are considered donated to CAS and may be sold at any of our fund raisers.

COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT: AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS

On Saturday, January 10, 7:30 p.m., Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters return for their annual January concert.

$15 for CAS members, $20 for non-members and ½-price for children under 12.  MasterCard & Visa are accepted for advance reservations only; cash or check is required at the door if seats remain.  Please call 860-633-8402 Tue-Sat 10-5  to reserve your seats.

Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters Photo (lrg) @Strawberry Park 2010 by Maria Singleton (amygallatin.com)Amy sings various musical styles: country, folk, bluegrass or western swing and brands each song with soulful sincerity.  She and renowned resophonic guitarist Roger Williams joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein.  The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct.

Add JD Williams (Roger’s son) on mandolin & guitar and Eric Levenson, a recipient of the Boston Bluegrass Union’s Heritage award, on bass, and you’re in for a wonderful evening.  Reserve your seats today to insure your opportunity to hear them in an intimate coffee-house setting.

“Watch this space” for updates.

Refreshments available.  All concert proceeds benefit the educational programs of the CT Audubon Society 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

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION December 19

Winter Solstice Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Learn about the traditions of the world to welcome in the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year.  Celebrate with songs, dance, stories, music and a huge bonfire.  Attendees are invited to share a story, poem, reading or song.   This is an indoor/outdoor event hosted by Kasha Breau and Dave Magee.  Enjoy a light snack after the bonfire.  CAS Members $8, family max $24; Non-members $10, family max $30; Children under 12, half price.  This event sells out quickly.  Call 860-633-8402 to pre-register and pay.

19th Annual Photo Contest Critique and Tea

Justin Coleman, Best of Show winner, 2014 Feb 7, 2015, 2-3 p.m.  Cost is just $10 for CAS members and $15 for non-members.  Click here for details. 

For more information and to register, please call 860-633-8402 or email cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

Bird Seed, Feeders & Nature Gift Store

Feed the Birds!  We have wide selection of bird seed and suet cakes either in stock (the most popular items) or available for order.  Visit our Center or call 860-633-8402 for an order form.  Need a feeder?  We have those, too.  Do birds fly into your windows?  Many have solved this problem with our Window Alert” bird decals.

It’s not too early to start your holiday shopping!  Our expanded, ever-changing, selection of gifts for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages currently includes books, jewelry, mouse pads, mugs, decorated canvas bags, butterfly nets and many others.

Holiday Special While they last, our exclusive annual pewter bird ornaments, originally $8.75, are on sale for only $3.95 + tax.  These include 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 (the 1992 American Robin is sold out).

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: www.birds.cornell.edu/wp_about/.

Cars for Conservation

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

Your Contributions Will Help Keep Us Flying!

Donate online at donationline.com

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!

Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

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 (cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org). 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).

Phone & Reception Hosts for Sunday afternoons: 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 from 1-4 p.m. Sundays to help keep our Center open for the public. Training will be offered by staff and with other experienced volunteers. Volunteers are needed other days of the week as well. Some positions are open for animal care as well.

Volunteer Teacher/Naturalists to teach our Science/Nature/Animal/Conservation/Ecology classes for school children: We are looking for people who are experienced teachers, naturalists with teaching experience, education majors with a 4 year degree, masters level students with some teaching experience, or others with strong knowledge of the above topics who have taught school children. We are asking for a commitment of 5 hours per week during the school year, training specific to our agency and programs will be provided.  If you are interested please email your resume and cover letter.

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.

Gardening Volunteers: Experienced gardeners are needed to maintain the teaching and wildlife gardens around our Center.  Weeding, transplanting, pruning and mulching are among the skills required.  Bring a friend or two and help beautify the Connecticut Audubon Society for the children and all visitors.  After a brief training and orientation session, volunteers can garden on their own schedules, as necessary.

Event Committee Volunteers: Our events raise money to support our Center, care for our animals and provide Science education for thousands of children each year.  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, and Harvest Dinner.  Join a committee and find yourself in the midst of community members who enjoy doing what they are doing and have fun doing it!

Directions

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.

Address

1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860-633-8402

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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