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Center at Glastonbury

Pardon Our Appearance, but …

Your Center is currently undergoing a major renovation.

We will be open only for business and seed for your birds, on Monday, 9/26, but will be closed for several days beginning 9/27.  Meanwhile, you may visit our non-releasable owl and two hawks, who are now at home in our new outdoor aviary, and Earle Park remains open daily for hiking from dawn to dusk.  Click here for more info and an introduction to our interim director, Michelle Eckman.

Watch this space for updates and plan to visit your sparkling new Center when it’s finished in October, on our new regular schedule (Monday-Saturday 10-3).

Photography Classes in October

Photo Contest LogoPhotographers – Sharpen your skills at the following classes:

October 8 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Photographing Fall Colors – Joe Madar

October 15, 22, 29 (1-4 p.m.) – Lightroom Photography (3-part series) – Ted Johnson

Save these dates and watch this space for details!

The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury; 860-633-8402, meckman@ctaudubon.org.

Other Opportunities That Might Interest You

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   See our Non-Releasable Raptors at home in their new Outdoor Aviary.
   Watch a live view (seasonal) of an Osprey Nest or a Purple Martin Colony at our Milford Point Coastal Center.
   Volunteer at our Nature Center (ages 7-adult).
   Become a Seasonal Teacher-Naturalist (paid position).
   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.
   Study as an Intern at The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.
   Earn your Master Naturalist Certificate.
   Enjoy Earle Park – right outside our door.
   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 programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for people of all ages.  Visitors will find hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, small live animals, a reference library and a nature store.  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 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 hiking.

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

Photography Classes in October

Photo Contest LogoPhotographers – Sharpen your skills at the following classes:

October 8 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Photographing Fall Colors – Joe Madar

October 15, 22, 29 (1-4 p.m.) – Lightroom Photography (3-part series) – Ted Johnson

Save these dates and watch this space for details!

The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury; 860-633-8402, meckman@ctaudubon.org.

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

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

Our New 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.




The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury’s Coffee House Concert Series, which offers a variety of good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate coffee house setting, is now on hiatus.  Watch this page for future concert announcements

Opportunity – Seasonal Teacher/Naturalists

The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury is looking for teacher/naturalists to teach our Science in Nature classes to school children in Grades K-8.  Areas of knowledge that we are seeking are CT Geology, Weather & Climate, Animal & Plant Adaptations. The ideal person will have experience teaching children in the outdoors, have common sense, a sense of humor, their CPR/First Aid Certification, and be able to identify many natural world plants, trees, water, and bird/animal behaviors.  Send a resume and cover letter to cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org and please call to discuss this paid position with Director Cindy Bartholomew, 860-633-8402 ext. 205, or with Senior Teacher/Naturalist Kasha Breau at ext. 204.  

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 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.

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 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).  They can be shipped to any US address for an additional $1.50 each; if you would like to order by mail, click here for a printable 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.

Opportunity – Interning at CAS in Glastonbury, CT

We offer students opportunities to learn independently, with guidance from qualified teacher/naturalists. Students may design their own project based on the needs of our Center, or may learn to teach current programs and assist or teach depending on their experience level. We also can involve students interested in grants management and development.

Potential teaching topics, projects and issues student can work on:

  • Invasive species removal and eradication
  • Water quality
  • Geology
  • Weather & Climate
  • Adaptations
  • Interactive displays
  • Creating teaching demonstration items
  • Social media, marketing, website and public service announcements
  • Curating and maintaining our mount collection
  • Teaching nature topics at the pre-school, or middle school level


Opportunity – Master Naturalist Certificate Program

NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED.  Please Contact Michelle Eckman (see below) if you would be interested in a future offering.

This 10-session series trains volunteers to assist with nature and science classes, lead hikes, assist the nature Center with various projects and fundraisers, and conduct programs as they relate to the volunteer’s experience and knowledge.

The price is $250 for members and $300 for non-members (includes one year membership) and includes 40 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 details, complete the application and email it to meckman@ctaudubon.org or mail it to Michelle Eckman, The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.

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

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)

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!

Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

No matter what your interests or talents may be, you can help:  volunteer teachers, Sunday afternoon 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, call Center Director Cindy Bartholomew (860-633-8402 ext. 205) or e-mail (cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org).  Our Center is fully handicapped-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 experienced volunteers.  Volunteers are needed other days of the week as well.  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 Teacher/Naturalists to teach our Science/Nature/Animal/Ecology/Conservation 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:  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 Center for the children and all 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!  Current committees are Adult & Family Education Programs, Photo Contest, Concerts, 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.


1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Center Hours

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

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