Center at Glastonbury

Register Now for Summer Camp at the Center at Glastonbury

It’s time to register your child(ren) for our summer camps!

Click here for program details or here to register now.

We are also offering Pre-Camp from 8-9 a.m. for $50/week.  To register for pre-camp, please fill out the Pre-Camp Signup Form or contact Kathy Neville at kneville@ctaudubon.org.

The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.

Visit Glastonbury’s Expanded Nature Store

Need a gift for a nature lover?  The Connecticut Audubon Society Nature Store at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033 (Mon-Sat 10-3) offers a large selection of gifts for nature lovers of all ages, as well as houses, feeders and seed for your birdsClick here for more info.

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

Photo Contest Logo (pic & text)The photo contest entries may be viewed or purchased now through Feb 25 at the following times ($3 admission at the door – cash or check only):

Mon-Fri 1-5 p.m.
Sat 1-3 p.m.

Notice to purchasers and exhibitors:  Photos must be picked up Tue-Sat 2/28-3/4.

Click here for details & photo pickup schedule at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.

Budding Naturalists Ages 1-4

Wednesdays 3/1, 15 & 29 from 10-11 a.m.Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware of and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature.  You and your children or grandchildren will explore habitats in Earl Park at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033, 860-633-8402.  Click here for details and to register.

After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Ages 5-9

Wednesdays 2/15 & 3/1, 15, 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. – Nurture your age 5-9 child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033, 860-633-8402.  We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child.  Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data.  Click here for details and to register.

Master Naturalist Training Program

Sign Up Now to become a MASTER NATURALIST!

Beginning March 28, 2017, this 8-Tuesdays series will provide participants with natural history and field experience in various topics, including ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more during 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, meckman@ctaudubon.orgClick here for details and to register.

Other Opportunities That Might Interest You

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   See our Non-Releasable Raptors at home in their new Outdoor Aviary.
   Volunteer at our Nature Center (ages 7-adult).
   Visit our Nature Store for quality bird seed and nature-related gift items.
   Have your child’s next Birthday Party at our nature center!
   Let us customize a Nature Program for Your Scouts.
   Learn about our award-winning Science in Nature School Programs.
   Enjoy the Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park – right outside our door (trail maps available).
   Learn about Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control.

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 education programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for children and adults of all ages.  Visitors will find hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a bird-watching station, small live animals, a reference library and a nature store.  The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, an aviary housing our non-releasable raptors, bird feeders 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 Holland Brook, and culminating at the Connecticut 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 on the trails.

Science in Nature School Programs

STEM Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 12

For over 25 years, the Center at Glastonbury has provided curriculum-based nature programming to schools in Central Connecticut.  Click here for program information.

Events at the Center at Glastonbury

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

Photo Contest Logo (pic & text)

The photo contest entries may be viewed or purchased now through Feb 25 at the following times ($3 admission at the door – cash or check only):

Mon-Fri 1-5 p.m.
Sat 1-3 p.m.

Notice to purchasers and exhibitors:  Photos must be picked up Tue-Sat 2/28-3/4.  Per the entry agreement, any photos remaining at the Center after 3/4/17, unless alternate pickup arrangements have been made, become donations to CAS and may be sold for our benefit at a future fundraising event.  IMPORTANT: contact us at 860-633-8402 or kneville@ctaudubon.org before 3/3 at noon if you need to arrange for later pickup or authorize pickup by a third party.

The purpose of this contest and exhibit is to encourage people to look at and appreciate the natural world through the lens of a camera — for the joy of it. By entering our contest, amateur photographers have an opportunity to share their work with the public and help support the environmental education mission of The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.

Budding Naturalists Ages 1-4

Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature.  Starting January 11, the Budding Naturalist Program will meet on seven Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. to explore habitats in Earl Park.  As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home.  Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors.

These are the ideal ages for nature to impact the health benefits on children’s brain development, eyesight, and disposition.  Studies show that children who spend time outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter.

Program dates are January 11, 25; February 1, 15 and March 1, 15, 29 at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033.  Members $13/class, non-members $15.  For questions and to register your child, contact Kasha Breau, 860-633-8402 or kbreau@ctaudubon.orgClick here to download the required registration/permission form.

After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Ages 5-9

Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program.  Students ages 5-9 will meet on seven Wednesdays starting January 11th after school from 3:30-5.  We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child.  Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data.  Studies show that spending time outdoors increases children’s test scores and creativity, improves focus and is great for their health – plus they will be awed by the world around them.  Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors.

This program will continue January 25th, February 1st & 15th and March 1st, 15th & 29th: a total of 7 classes at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.  Admission is $13/child for members, $15/child for non-members.  For questions or to register your child, please contact Kasha Breau at 860-633-8402 or kbreau@ctaudubon.orgClick here to download the required registration/permission form.

Summer Camp Programs at Glastonbury

Our 2017 summer camp weekly sessions run Monday-Friday as follows:
Ages 3-5:  Jun 5 – Aug 18 from 9-noon,
Ages 5-8 & 9-12:  Jun 19 – Aug 18, 9-4,
(holiday exception:  3 days only Jul 5-7).
Click here to register your child.

We also offer pre-camp from 8-9 a.m. for $50/week.  To register for pre-camp, please fill out the Pre-Camp Signup Form or contact Kathy Neville at kneville@ctaudubon.org.

For program details, click here for the camp brochure and
here for the welcome letter, which contains additional important information.

Opportunity – Master Naturalist Training Program

BECOME A MASTER NATURALIST!

Beginning March 28, 2017, this 8-Tuesdays series will provide participants with natural history and field experience in various topics, including ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more.

The price is $200 for members and $250 for non-members (includes one year CAS membership) and includes 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts.  In exchange for this greatly reduced training fee, we ask for a 40 hour volunteer commitment during the succeeding year.

If you are interested, please click here for a printable application, complete it and email to meckman@ctaudubon.org or mail to Michelle Eckman, The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.  If you have questions, please email Michelle or call her at 860-633-8402 ext 205.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Let you child celebrate his/her next birthday at our nature center!  Please click here to download the Birthday Party Brochure with all the details you need to know or 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

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

From Daisies and Cubs to Gold and Eagle, The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has 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

Newly-Expanded Nature Store: Gifts, Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses & More

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 bird house or feeder?  We have those, too.  Do birds fly into your windows?  Many have solved this problem with our Window Alert” bird decals.

Need a gift for a nature lover?  The Glastonbury Center’s Nature Store has a large, ever-changing selection of gifts for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages, including toys, books, jewelry, mugs, craft items 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 beautifully crafted medallions 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).  These can be shipped to any US address for an additional $1.50 each; if you would like to order by mail or phone, click here for a printable order form.

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

Glastonbury’s Outdoor Aviary Is Home to these Non-Releasable Raptors:

cookie-barred-owl-aviaryCookie (barred owl who was hit by a car and has unclear vision).

Barred owls measure about 17-24″, weigh just under 2 lbs, eat small mammals and reside in suburban neighborhoods and dense woods in eastern US and Canada.

 

 

 

trinity-red-tailed-hawk-aviary-2Trinity (red-tailed hawk who lost use of one ear and one eye when hit by a car).

Red-tailed hawks measure 18–26″, weigh about 3.5 lbs, eat birds, mammals, fish, reptiles & amphibians and live in scrub desert, grasslands, farm fields, pastures, parks, woodlands & tropical rain forests in the US, Canada, Mexico & Central America.

 

 

buddy-broad-winged-hawk-kashaBuddy (broad-winged hawk who lost part of a wing when hit by a car), seen here with our naturalist, Kasha.

Broad-winged hawks measure 15-17″, weigh 9-20 lbs, eat small mammals, amphibians & insects and live in forests in eastern US, most of southern Canada, the pacific slope of southern Mexico, Central America & northern South America.

 

 

Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

No matter what your interests or talents may be, you can help:  volunteer teachers, Center hosts, animal caretakers, office and general indoor/outdoor help are just some of the skills that keep your Glastonbury Center going.

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, contact Center Director Michelle Eckman at 860-633-8402 ext. 205 or meckman@ctaudubon.org.  Our Center is fully handicapped-accessible.   If you have allergic reactions to animals, this may not be the place for you!  Click here to download a printable application form (please print the two pages back to back on one sheet).  These are just some of the ways you could help your Center:

Phone, Reception & Nature Store 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 are shopping our Nature Store or have questions about hurt or orphaned animals.  Some office or clerical help is also appreciated.  We need volunteers from 10-3 daily except Sundays to help keep our Center open for the public.  Saturday volunteers are especially important and must be able to function independently without staff supervision.  Training will be offered by staff and experienced volunteers.  We also have openings for both adult and youth animal caretakers.

Administrative Help: Assist the Director with such tasks as phone calls, correspondence, research and others as needed.  This would be good experience for students in business or secretarial schools.

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 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:  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 Center grounds for our visitors.  After a brief training and orientation session, volunteers can garden on their own schedules.

Event Committee Volunteers:  Our events raise money to support our Center, care for our animals, 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!  Opportunities include Adult & Family Education Programs and the annual Photo Contest, Earth Fair & Harvest Dinner.  Join a committee and find yourself in the midst of community members who enjoy doing what they are doing, have fun doing it and help us accomplish our mission!

Earle Park – Right Outside Our Door

The Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park, with its pond and 2 miles of trails, runs from our Center to the Connecticut river and is open daily from dawn to dusk.  Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.  On a kiosk between our entrance and the park are trail maps which may be borrowed for use while you are hiking or, if you wish to plan ahead, you may click here to download a printable copy.  For more details about the park’s features, click here for our guide for group leaders.

The park has 49.7 acres and 2 miles of trails.  It was previously used by the Glastonbury Pony Club and they continue to use it for their trail riding events.  It is named in memory of Dr. B. Baylis Earle and his family, the previous owners.  Before 1900 it was used as a farm.  Most trees are no older than this. 

The adjacent Old Church Cemetery was established in 1823; click here for photos.  The dirt dug from the graves was dumped along side the cemetery, creating the embankment where the trail runs.
It is a popular place – people are dying to get in there!
How many people are dead in there?   All of them!

Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control

Woodpecker damage is a wide-spread problem, not just here in the Glastonbury area.  Unfortunately we know of no sure-fire solutions, but to learn more about this problem from the researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 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)

Donate online at donationline.com or 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!

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

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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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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