Center at Glastonbury

Wednesday Nature Classes for Children Ages 1½-9 Begin September 10

Polliwogs (ages 1½-4+) meet from 10-11 a.m. and Discoverers (ages 5-9) from 4-5 p.m.

CAS members $10/class or sign up for 6 for $55; non-members $13/class.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your space.  Click here for the required registration and medical form.

Sep 10 – Busy Bees
Sep 17 – Lovely Sunflowers
Sep 24 – Amazing Migrations
Oct  8 – Snakes
Oct 15 – Rabbits
Oct 22 – Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Oct 29 – Going Batty
Nov 12 – Going Nuts: Acorns and Squirrels
Nov 19 – Harvest Time
Click here for details.

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.

Coffee House Concert Series Opens Sep. 27

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are at 7:30 at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury and tickets are $15 for CAS members, $20 for non-members, ½-price for children under 12.  Currently scheduled are:

Saturday, September 27 – David Sutherland & Lara Herscovitch (click here for details)

Friday, November 7 – Harvey Reid

Saturday, January 10 – Amy Gallatin

“Watch this space” for updates.

Harvest Dinner Under the Stars September 12 – Almost Sold Out!

Only 2 seats left as of 8/30  - Don’t Miss Out! 

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.

2014 Harvest Dinner Under the Stars Ticket Purchase & Sponsorship Levels


Harvest Dinner 2014

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.

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

Wednesday Nature Classes for Children Ages 1½-9 Begin September 10

Polliwogs (ages 1½-4+) meet from 10-11 a.m. and Discoverers (ages 5-9) from 4-5 p.m.

CAS members $10/class or sign up for 6 for $55; non-members $13/class.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your space.  Click here for the required registration and medical form.

Sep 10 – Busy Bees

Bees are an important part of our food, pollinating the flowers for the food we eat.  Learn about different types of bees and all about honey.

Sep 17 – Lovely Sunflowers

These beautiful fall flowers just make us smile.  They follow the sun from sunrise to sunset.  They attract many insects that sip the nectar and birds who eat their seeds.

Sep 24 – Amazing Migrations

When we think of migration, we often think of birds.  But there are a few more animals who fly elsewhere to survive the winter. Learn where these travelers go and how far they need to travel.

Oct  8 – Snakes

As the cold of fall arrives, many of our reptile and amphibian friends need to hunker down for the cold. Where do snakes go and what do they do for the winter?  Visit with our snakes for an up close experience

Oct 15 – Rabbits

Our domestic rabbits are very much like their wild kin.  Learn about what they eat, where they live, and how they survive their predators.

Oct 22 – Why Do Leaves Change Color?

How does a green leaf turn so many colors?  Is it magic?  It seems like it.  Chromatography is the process of the separation of pigments in leaves.  We will pick leaves to see their colors on paper and make a leaf crown for our heads.

Oct 29 – Going Batty

Connecticut has several native bats.  As Halloween is upon us, thoughts of bats, spiders and spooky creatures are in our thoughts. Bats are an important part of our environment.  They are not as scary as you think.

Nov 12 – Going Nuts: Acorns and Squirrels

Squirrels have been getting ready for winter for a while by burying their acorns.  Why do they do that?  Where else do they store them and what do they eat in the winter months.  Gray squirrel, shake your little tail.

Nov 19 – Harvest Time

It’s a time to be thankful for all the food that has been harvested by the local farmers and from our gardens.  How did people 100 years ago save the harvest for the coming year?  Does your mom can or dry food?

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 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, 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:

Cars for Conservation

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

Your Contributions Will Help Keep Us Flying!

Donate online at

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 ( 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.


1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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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