Center at Glastonbury

Join Our Fall 2015 Master Naturalist Certificate Program!

Starting September 17 for ten Thursdays from 12-4 p.m., our Master Naturalist Certificate Program will train volunteers to assist with nature and science classes, lead hikes and conduct programs as they relate to the volunteer’s experience and knowledge.  If being with or in front of a class is not for you, there are many other volunteers activities you can perform to support Audubon.   Click here for program details and to register.

Help Wanted – Fall 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 position with Director Cindy Bartholomew, 860-633-8402 ext. 205, or with Senior Teacher/Naturalist Kasha Breau at ext. 204.  

Children’s Nature Classes for Ages 1 1/2 to 4, and ages 5-8

Wee’s preschool programs for ages 1  1/2 to 4 at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and for this series the same class will be repeated on Fridays at 10 a.m. A typical preschool program includes nature story time, a live animal encounter, a walk outdoors, and a craft.  For more information.  All programs are at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. You may call us to reserve your child’s seat. $13 per class for members or $150 for all 12 classes; $15 for non-members.

Children’s after school Outdoor Adventures for ages 5-8 begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. A typical program will include time outdoors hiking and observing the seasonal changes as well as looking for various plants, animals and birds. The children will create their own nature journal.  The classes are focused on learning conservation, ecology, weather, animal and bird behavior and identification, plant identification, and Native American culture and life in the region. All programs take place at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. You may call us to reserve your child’s seat.   $13 per class for members or $150 for all 12 classes; $15 for non-members.

The Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT. (860) 633-8402.

Harvest Dinner Under the Stars – SOLD OUT!

On Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5 p.m., the 6th Annual Harvest Dinner Under the Stars will be held to benefit The Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Glastonbury. 

This popular annual event is sold out. We thank our hosts, sponsors, and patrons for their generosity. We encourage you to visit their businesses and thank them for supporting this important fund raiser for the Center at Glastonbury. Please call us at 860-633-8402 ext. 206 or 205 if you have questions.  Thank you to our major sponsors: 

Ralph and Pauline Wood
 Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C.
Paper Roll Supplies
CNC Software, Inc.
Dermatology Associates of Eastern Connecticut, LLC

This is our sixth year at Rose’s Berry Farm with the wonderful crafting of a multi-course dinner by 2hopewell American Bistro & Bar.  The evening begins with a sparkling wine and cheese reception thanks to M&R Liquors, EZStrEATS, and Whole Foods in Glastonbury, with tractor rides around Rose’s Berry Farm and live light jazz music by the Dave Palla Trio.  During the reception guests are treated to up close encounters with birds of prey from the Audubon Center and presented by Kasha Breau, Teacher/Naturalist from the Center. By 6:15 guests are seated and enjoying a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by and paired expertly with unique wines donated by Hartley and Parker LTD while enjoying the company of friends and other Audubon supporters.  

See you at the farm!  Your friends on the Harvest Dinner Committee:  Volunteer Co-Chairs Elizabeth Linderman and Ralph Wood; Toshia Barnett, Sandee Brown, Bill Driggs, Brian Fisher, Christine Krumperman, Vanessa Pergolizzi, Ann Pettengill and Sandi Rose.

COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT Series

Plan now to join us on Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. when the popular regional group Seat of Our Pants (SOOP) opens our 2015-16 season.  Click here for details.

You’ll also want to calendar Saturday, January 9, 2016, to enjoy Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters‘ annual return to our stage.

Watch this space for additional concerts at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

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.  Trail maps are available for use while hiking.

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

Harvest Dinner Under the Stars – SOLD OUT!

On Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5 p.m., the 6th Annual Harvest Dinner Under the Stars will be held to benefit The Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Glastonbury. 

This popular annual event is sold out. We thank our hosts, sponsors, and patrons for their generosity. We encourage you to visit their businesses and thank them for supporting this important fund raiser for the Center at Glastonbury. Please call us at 860-633-8402 ext. 206 or 205 if you have questions.  Thank you to our major sponsors: 

Ralph and Pauline Wood
 Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C.
Paper Roll Supplies
CNC Software, Inc.
Dermatology Associates of Eastern Connecticut, LLC

This is our sixth year at Rose’s Berry Farm with the wonderful crafting of a multi-course dinner by 2hopewell American Bistro & Bar.  The evening begins with a sparkling wine and cheese reception thanks to M&R Liquors, EZStrEATS, and Whole Foods in Glastonbury, with tractor rides around Rose’s Berry Farm and live light jazz music by the Dave Palla Trio.  During the reception guests are treated to up close encounters with birds of prey from the Audubon Center and presented by Kasha Breau, Teacher/Naturalist from the Center. By 6:15 guests are seated and enjoying a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by and paired expertly with unique wines donated by Hartley and Parker LTD while enjoying the company of friends and other Audubon supporters.  

See you at the farm!  Your friends on the Harvest Dinner Committee:  Volunteer Co-Chairs Elizabeth Linderman and Ralph Wood; Toshia Barnett, Sandee Brown, Bill Driggs, Brian Fisher, Christine Krumperman, Vanessa Pergolizzi, Ann Pettengill and Sandi Rose.

Join Our Fall 2015 Master Naturalist Certificate Program!

Starting September 17 for ten Thursdays from 12-4 p.m., our Master Naturalist Certificate Program will train volunteers to assist with nature and science classes, lead hikes and conduct programs as they relate to the volunteer’s experience and knowledge.  If being with or in front of a class is not for you, there are many other volunteers activities you can perform to support Audubon.  Some of the topics covered in past classes include the geology of the Connecticut River Valley, tree identification and Connecticut’s most notable trees, identifying insects, the history of the Connecticut Audubon Society and that of the Center at Glastonbury, plant identification, and invasive species of plants, insects and animals.  A minimum 40 hour volunteer commitment is required outside of classroom time.  Sign up deadline is September 12 at 4 p.m.  This program costs $200, plus $50 for a one year membership in the Connecticut Audubon Society if you are not already a member.  Click here to download your application as a PDF or here for an MS Word document.

Coffee House Concert – Seat of Our Pants

Enjoy a varied menu of good music in an intimate coffee house setting as we kick off our 2015-16 concert series.  Refreshments available.

Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. – Seat of Our Pants, an Acoustic/Folk/Blues/Bluegrass/Country/Old-Timey Rock group based in Marlborough, CT, will bring us their sound of contemporary, acoustic folk.  Listen to blues with Jeff on the harmonica, bluegrass with Mike on the fiddle and close harmonies with Carolyn and Mark.  Click here for more info.

Tickets are $15 for CAS members, $20 for non-members and ½-price for children under 12.  Credit/debit cards are accepted for advance reservations only; cash or check is required at the door.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.  Doors open at 7 for pre-registered attendees and at 7:15 for walk-ins if seats remain.
 
You’ll also want to calendar Saturday, January 9, 2016, to enjoy Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters‘ annual return to our stage.

All concert proceeds benefit the educational programs of the CT Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.  Thank you for your support.

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.  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).

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.

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.

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)

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 (cbartholomew@ctaudubon.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!

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

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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