Center at Glastonbury

TONIGHT – Coyotes in the Glastonbury Area

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Center at Glastonbury

Eastern Coyote

Eastern Coyote

Learn about the increasing population of coyotes in the Glastonbury area and how to live with them.

Call 860.633.8402 to reserve your seat: members $8, non-members $10; children under 12 half price.  Click here for details.

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

The 19th annual “Our Natural World” judged amateur photo contest has closed, but remaining photos may be viewed and, if for sale, purchased during the next two weeks.

Purchasers and photographers must remove all photos from the center  during the pickup period:  March 3-14, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday.  Unless special arrangements have been made, all photos remaining at the Center after March 14 are considered donated to the Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury, and may be sold at any of our fund raisers with 100% of proceeds retained by CAS.

During the show, all sales resulted in a portion of the proceeds benefiting our Center.

GHAC_HORZlogo_CMYKThis event is sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund.

Register Today for Summer Camp at the Center at Glastonbury

Brochure insect nettingConnecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Center at Glastonbury: Register here, ages 3-9.

Additional forms:
Glastonbury Mail-in Registration
Glastonbury Registration Instructions
Glastonbury Welcome Letter
Glastonbury Health Form
Glastonbury Permission Form
Glastonbury Authorization to Administer Medicine

Children’s Winter Programs for Ages 1.5-4

Polliwogs ages 1.5-4 − Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.

Members: $10/ non-members: $13; members.  Please visit us or call 860-633-8402 at least one day prior to the program to register. Bird atop Spruce
Click here for program details. 

March 4   –  Going to the Beach

March 18 – Spring into Spring

‘Make A Bird House’ Contest

Be creative!  Enter our Bird House Contest!

Make a hanging bird house out of re-purposed materials that would normally go into the garbage or recycling.  Any materials are acceptable, but need to be viable as a bird house that will hold up to weather and wind.  All ages are welcome!  Bird houses must be received by April 10 and  will be hung & judged for our Earth Fair on April 25.  Click here for flyer.

Bird Seed & Nature Store

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

Our Nature Store also has an ever-changing variety of gifts for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all agesClick here for more information.

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

TONIGHT – Coyotes in Connecticut & Glastonbury

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m. – Learn about the increasing population of coyotes in Connecticut, and the Glastonbury area, and how to live with them.

Call 860.633.8402 to reserve your seat: members $8, non-members $10; children under 12 half price.

The population of Coyotes in Glastonbury and surrounding areas continues to increase.  Come and learn from CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Ray Hardy about these fascinating creatures who can run 35-40 mph when pursued and thrive in close proximity to populated areas.  Ray will  talk about Coyotes’ extensive diet as well as their variety of vocalizations. Our speaker will share his knowledge of  the natural history of the common Eastern Coyote and tips for avoiding conflicts. 

Children’s Winter Programs for Ages 1.5-4 (Polliwogs)

Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.  Members: $10, non-members: $13.  Please visit us or call 860-633-8402 at least one day prior to the program to register.  Click here for a downloadable copy.  Remaining classes:

Mar. 4 – Going to the Beach

Have you had enough of winter and snow? Let’s take a pretend visit to the beach. Learn about sea shells, birds that live there, and play with some sand. There are lovely crafts to be made from seashells.

Mar. 18 – Spring into Spring

YES!!! It’s just around the corner. SPRING! Just can’t wait for some warm weather to come our way. Are the maple buds in bloom? We’ll look for sign of spring: birds, flowers, tree buds, and maybe a few daring insects may be out.

‘Make A Birdhouse’ Contest

Be creative!  Enter our Bird House Contest!

Make a hanging bird house out of re-purposed materials that would normally go into the garbage or recycling.  Any materials are acceptable, but need to be viable as a bird house that will hold up to weather and wind.  All ages are welcome!  Bird houses must be received by April 10 and  will be hung & judged for our Earth Fair on April 25.  Click here for flyer.

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, 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.  Click here for a printable order form, visit our Center or call 860-633-8402.  Need a feeder?  We have those, too.  Do birds fly into your windows?  Many have solved this problem with our Window Alert” bird decals.

Our 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.

Special While they last, our exclusive collectible 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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To Benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society!

Call (877) 227-7487 Ext. 2742. or donate online at www.donationline.com.
Be sure to mention the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.


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