Center at Glastonbury
Harvest Dinner Under the Stars
Only 10 seats left as of August 16 - Don’t Miss Out! We still have sponsorship opportunities too!
This is an event you will not want to miss! On Friday, September 12, wine and cheese reception begins at 5 p.m. with light jazz in the background. Take a wagon ride to see Rose’s Berry Farm, hawk and owls up close. At 6:00 p.m. begins the 5-course gourmet dinner; each course, paired with superb wines, is prepared by Bill Driggs of 2hopewell Restaurant & Bistro. A delightful evening under the stars! Be sure to get your tickets early; this event has sold out quickly for the past 4 years. Please click the link below to Sponsor Our Event or Purchase Tickets.
Harvest Dinner 2014
Summer Outdoor Classes for Ages 4-10 – Final Week
August 18-22 is the last week of outdoor summer fun,
featuring classes such as reptiles, stream walk, going buggy, birds and seeing nature. Come for a half or full day with an optional nature at noon activity while you eat (bring your lunch and a drink).
Please register early to allow us to plan the right amount of materials and teacher time.
Click here for important schedule & what-to-bring information and prices, 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.
Join our Fall 2014 Master Naturalist Class!
Starting September 18 for ten Thursdays from 10-4, our Master Naturalist Class trains volunteers to assist with teaching, leading hikes and conducting programs . Click 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.
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
Master Naturalist Training Series for Volunteers Starts September 18, 2014
Would you be interested in earning a Volunteer Master Naturalist Certificate at CT Audubon in Glastonbury? We are recruiting interested class participants in our Master Naturalist Certificate program. The 10 week (40 hours) program will take place every Thursday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 18-November 20 at Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury. Class size is limited, sign up soon!
Topics will include (but may not be presented in this order):
1. The History and Present of Connecticut Audubon Society statewide, environmental advocacy, and the vision and goals of the agency
2. CT Audubon Society’s science education programs and services in Glastonbury and statewide
3. The History of Earle Park and the Indigenous Red Hill Indians
4. Introduction to Birding
5. Connecticut’s Top Endangered and Watch List Animals and Plants, and Invasive Plants
6. The Importance of Water and Soil
7. Birds and Bird Habitats
8. Volunteering for CT Audubon in Glastonbury
9. Bird and Animal Rehabilitation in CT
10. Laws Related to Bird handling, possession of bird feathers or wild birds
11. Introductions to tree, plant, and insect identification
Last year our speakers, hike leaders and guides have included experts from DEEP, local environmental groups, CAS staff and former staff, and local universities. The cost for the program is $200 for CT Audubon members, $250 for non-members. In exchange for a greatly reduced price for this series we are requiring participants to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work in the year immediately following their training. You may sign up by filling out this MASTER NATURALIST APPLICATION and sending it with your check to Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033. If you have already sent in an application or have questions please email Cindy Bartholomew email@example.com or call (860) 633-8402 Ext. 205 to speak with her or sign up for this class.
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: 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.