Center at Glastonbury

Photo Critique & Tea -Class will be repeated 2/13/16

Due to popular demand we are repeating The Photo Critique & Tea workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016.  This workshop will be conducted by photo contest judge Gary Melnysyn.  Gary is a professional wildlife & nature photographer, Master Wildlife Conservationist and former National Park Ranger.  Preregister by calling (860) 633-8402.   The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  

The photo contest and related events are sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund,  Larry Lunden and Edith “Duffy” & Gerhard Schade.

Owls in Glastonbury

Owl Prowl and SuperbOwl 2016.  Join us for our SuperbOwl program on Sunday afternoon, February 7, at 2 p.m. and an Owl Prowl on Friday, February 12, at 7 p.m.

Barred Owl, Photo by Brian Fisher

Barred Owl, Photo by Brian Fisher

Please pre-register by calling 860-633-8402.  Both programs take place at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The Owl Prowl is rescheduled from February 5If you registered for the 5th, you are now registered for the 12th; please let us know if you cannot be with us then.

“Our Natural World” Photography Contest Exhibit & Sale

February 2-27, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday:  20th Annual “Our Natural World” Amateur Photo Contest Exhibit & Sale of over 250 nature photographs at The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT.  Center entry fee $3 during exhibit (children accompanying adults free).  Click here for contest details and here for directions if needed.

THE FEBRUARY 6 PHOTO CRITIQUE & TEA IS SOLD OUT.  We will repeat this workshop on Saturday, February 13 from 2-4 p.m. please call 860-633-8402 to register.  
Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m.Photo Critique & Tea with contest judge Gary Melnysyn, a professional wildlife & nature photographer, Master Wildlife Conservationist and former National Park Ranger Click here for cost & details.

This photo contest and related events are sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund,  Larry Lunden and Edith “Duffy” & Gerhard Schade.

Family Concert Series

Our Coffee House Concert Series offers a varied menu of good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate setting.  This winter and spring we are offering a series of monthly one-hour Family Concerts (2 p.m. Sundays unless otherwise noted).  Tickets are $10 ($30 family maximum) for CAS members, $14 ($40 family max) for non-members, ½-price for children under 12.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.

Plan now to join us on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. as Don Sineti entertains us with his exhaustive knowledge about whales, dolphins and other cetaceans using music and illustrations; click here for details.

 

Also calendar Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Kalevala Day with Kasha Breau singing songs and telling stories about the myth and magic of epic tales of Finland while playing the kantele (Finnish zither) and harp.
 
Click here for info about future family entertainment & concerts at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

Children’s Nature Classes for Ages 1½ to 4: Now through March 31

The Wees’ (ages 1½ to 4) preschool program series is scheduled for 10-11 a.m on the following Wednesdays: February 10, 24; March 2, 16, 23.  Click here for program details, prices and registration info.  Pre-registration (860-633-8402 or at the center) is strongly encouraged, since classes with insufficient advance registration will be canceled.  The Connecticut Audubon Society Nature Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts

A Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury.  $15 per Scout.

Rocks on wall at end of lane at Trail WoodWebelos will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity Pin by participating in a 2- to 3-hour program by a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor.  Click here for details and call 860-633-8402 to register. 

Other Opportunities That Might Interest You

Click on titles for info
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
Earn your Master Naturalist Certificate.
Study as an Intern at the Connecticut Audubon Society.
Volunteer at our Nature Center (ages 7-adult).
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.  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

“Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit & Sale

The 20th annual “Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit of over 250 nature photographs will be open for viewing and purchase from February 2-27, 2016.

This contest was judged by Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant columnist, reporter & photographer; Gary Melnysyn, a professional wildlife & nature photographer, Master Wildlife Conservationist and former National Park Ranger; and Chris Rakoczy, commercial & events photographer.

Here’s the event calendar:

February 2-27, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-SaturdayExhibit Viewing Vote for your favorite photo to receive the People’s Choice Award to be given at the end of the show.  Photos which have been offered for sale by the artist may be purchased for future pickup (see below).  Center entry fee $3 during exhibit (children accompanying adults free).

THE FEBRUARY 6 PHOTO CRITIQUE & TEA IS SOLD OUT.  We may repeat this workshop if there is sufficient interest; please call 860-633-8402 to join the wait list.  Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m.Photo Critique & Tea with one of this year’s team of judges.  Gary Melnysyn, a professional wildlife & nature photographer, Master Wildlife Conservationist and former National Park Ranger will offer a tour and critique of the photo contest entries, which are on display through February 27.  He will lead a discussion of techniques and attributes used in various photographs that may help you improve your photography appreciation and skills and will be open to questions about the work submitted by contest entrants.   This is a great learning opportunity for both present exhibitors and those considering entering the next year’s contest.

March 1-12, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 SaturdayPhoto Pickup.  All exhibited/purchased photos must be removed from the Center during this period.  Unless special pickup arrangements have been made, all photos remaining at the Center after March 12 are considered donated to The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and may be sold for our benefit.

GHAC_HORZlogo_CMYKThis photo contest and related events are sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund,  Larry Lunden and Edith “Duffy” & Gerhard Schade.

Family Concert Series

Our Coffee House Concert Series offers a varied menu of good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate setting.  This winter and spring we are offering a series of monthly one-hour Family Concerts (2 p.m. Sundays unless otherwise noted).  Tickets are $10 ($30 family maximum) for CAS members, $14 ($40 family max) for non-members, ½-price for children under 12.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.

Plan now to join us on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. as Don Sineti entertains us with his exhaustive knowledge about whales, dolphins and other cetaceans using music and illustrations; click here for details.

 

 

 

 

Also mark your calendar now for these upcoming concerts:

February 28 at 3 p.m.Kalevala Day celebration with Kasha Breau singing songs and telling stories about the myth and magic of epic tales of Finland while playing the kantele (Finnish zither) and harp; click here for details.

March 20Nancy Tucker blends outrageous squeaky-clean comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience in a show for people of all ages.

April 24Bill Dougal‘s original songs entertain and educate about underwater life in “Fish Song Fun.”

May 15Greg Wilfrid

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

Morning Bird & Nature Walks

Join us for these Friday morning guided bird and nature walks (7:30-8:30 in Earle Park unless otherwise noted).

CAS Members $5, non-members $10 (cash only) at the door.  Meet at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT.  All experience levels welcome!  Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair.  Important: please call 860-633-8402 (10-5 Tue-Sat) to let us know you are coming, since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled.

February 19, 2016 (Nature Walk) – Host Marcia Machuga, Certified Master Naturalist.

March 11, 2016 – Host Annette Pasek.  This bird walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

April 22, 2016 – Host Sara Zagorski – SPECIAL WALK at Great Pond.  Meet at the Audubon center at 7 a.m. to car pool since parking near Great Pond is limited.

April 29, 2016 – Host Larry Lunden (tentative).

May 20, 2016 – Host Larry Lunden (tentative).

June 3, 2016 – Host Sara Zagorski.

July 22, 2016 – Host TBA.

Additional winter weekend walks are offered by the Great Meadows Conservation Trust on these dates:  Sundays Jan 31 & Feb 7 and Saturdays Feb 20 & 27Click here for details.

Watch this space for updates..

Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts

A Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury.  $15 per Scout.

Rocks on wall at end of lane at Trail WoodThe Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury is offering a program on Geology for scouts.  Webelos will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity by participating in a 2- to 3-hour program by a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor.  Scouts will have the experience of matching minerals to popular public products based on properties, and many hands on experiences with the materials.  This program is limited to the first 15 scouts that sign up. Program dates will be added if more Scouts wish to attend.  You may bring snacks and lunch but please do not bring peanut or tree nut based foods.  Please call 860-633-8402 to register. 

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, 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

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.

Master Naturalist Certificate Program

Our Master Naturalist Certificate Program program is scheduled periodically according to demand.  This 10-session series trains volunteers to assist with nature and science classes, lead hikes and conduct programs as they relate to the volunteer’s experience and knowledge.  If you would be interested in a possible future session, please contact Cindy Bartholomew, cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org or 860-633-8402 ext 205.

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

WE ARE OPEN TO DISCUSSING ANY OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT OR NATURE IDEAS.

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!

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 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 experienced volunteers.  Volunteers are needed other days of the week as well.  We also have openings for animal care.

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, 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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