Center at Glastonbury

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to help Connecticut’s vulnerable wildlife!

Photo by Melissa Groo

Visit Glastonbury’s Expanded Nature Store

Just in time for your holiday shopping, Mon-Sat 10-3, our Nature Store offers an expanded selection of gifts for nature lovers of all ages, as well as houses, feeders and seed for your birdsClick here for more info.

Coffee House Concert – AMY GALLATIN

amy-gallatins-hot-flashes-promo-picOn Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m., The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury’s Coffee House Concert Series, a variety of folk and other good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate coffee house setting, welcomes Amy Gallatin‘s annual return to our stage, this time with her new “girl group,” the Hot FlashesClick here for details.

CAS members $15, non-members $20, children under 12 half price.  Please visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

Photo Contest Logo (pic & text)

Our 21st annual Our Natural World Photo Contest entries will be on view, and most available for sale, from January 31 – February 25, 10-3 Monday-Saturday (we’re closed Sundays).  Admission $3.

Click here for more info and the complete contest event schedule, including an opening preview reception on Friday 1/27, a photo critique & tea on Saturdays 2/4 & 2/11 and the photo pickup period for purchasers and exhibitors Tue-Sat 2/28-3/4.

Amateur nature photographers: prepare now to bring in your entries Tue-Fri 1/10-13/17 from 1-5 or Sat 1/14 from 10-5.

The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033, 860-633-8402.

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).
   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.
   Earn your Master Naturalist Certificate.
   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

Coffee House Concert – AMY GALLATIN

amy-gallatins-hot-flashes-promo-picOn Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m., The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury’s Coffee House Concert Series, a variety of folk and other good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate coffee house setting, welcomes Amy Gallatin‘s annual return to our stage, this time with her new “girl group,” the Hot Flashes.


The Hot Flashes ( are an exciting and eclectic group fronted by three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings.

The Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive soulful singing has made a name for herself both in North America and overseas, award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of the legendary bluegrass group Traver Hollow.

Peggy was a guest fiddler in Amy’s band Stillwaters for many years and adds sass and grit to the Hot Flash sound with her stellar soprano sax and harmonica playing.  Amy and Gail were drawn together through music, their mutual love of horses and the Western life.  All three share a passion for acoustic music, and together they have amassed a wealth of beautifully performed songs drawn from the bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues genres, with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure.

Backed by the solid chops of mandolinist JD Williams, Dobro veteran Roger Williams, both from Gallatin’s band Stillwaters, and bassist John Urbanik, the instrumentation also includes the occasional clawhammer banjo.

As a group these six veteran musicians meld their collective experiences, voices and instruments into a unique and rousing musical experience as the three women fuse their distinct voices into one soaring, harmonious musical element.

CAS members $15, non-members $20, children under 12 half price.  Please visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.

If you have suggestions for future concerts, please contact Michelle Eckman at

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

Photo Contest Logo (pic & text)Amateur nature photographers: prepare now to enter our 21st annual judged photo contest. Event schedule:

1/10-14/17 – Entries accepted 1-5 p.m. Tue-Fri, 10-5 Sat; Click here for rules & entry form;

Fri 1/27 – *Opening Reception 4-7 p.m.; Admission $5 (Snow date Jan 28);

Mon-Sat 1/31-2/25 – Exhibit open 10-3 for viewing & purchase of photos; admission $3;

Sats Feb 4 & 11 – *Photo Critique & Tea 1-3 p.m. (CAS members $20, non-members $30).

*Ticketed event; please visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seat.

Tue-Sat 2/28-3/4 – Photos must be picked up by purchasers & exhibitors.  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.  Contact us at 860-633-8402 or before 3/14 if you need to arrange for later pickup.

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.

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.



Newly-Expanded Nature Gift Store, Bird Seed, Feeders & Houses

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.

Just in time for your holiday shopping, we have greatly expanded the Glastonbury Center’s Nature Store and its 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.

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 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.  

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 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:

Cars for Conservation

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

Donate online at 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, 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  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 on one sheet).

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.

Paid 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 to

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, Concerts 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!


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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