Center at Glastonbury
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, November 21, 2015, to hear one of our long-time favorites, Harvey Reid, and 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, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; email@example.com.
On, Saturdays October 17 & 24, 2015, in conjunction with our February 2016 “Our Natural World” Photography Contest, Exhibit & Sale, we are offering two half-day classes on Adobe Photoshop software for processing digital images at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for details and to register.
Halloween fun for toddlers to age 14
On Saturday, October 31, 4-6 p.m., mad science, live owls, snakes and bugs will make this Owl-O-Ween party one to remember. There will be a walk in the woods or graveyard, sticky things to touch, crafts, caramel apples and more – a real old-fashioned Halloween party! Every child will leave with a small goody bag. Come in costume (optional) and join the fun at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; email@example.com. Cost: $5 per person.
Children’s Nature Classes for Ages 1½ to 8
The Wees’ (ages 1½ to 4) weekly preschool program series runs from 10-11 a.m. and the Children’s (ages 5-8) after school Outdoor Adventures from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 16 – December 9 (excluding November 25). The Wees’ series (only) is repeated on Fridays, September 18 – December 11 (excluding November 27) from 10-11 a.m. Click here for program details, prices and registration info.
All programs take place at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033.
Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
Join us for monthly guided bird and nature walks on these Friday mornings from 7:30 to approximately 8:30:
October 16, November 20 December 11, 2015; January 22, February 19, March 11, April 22, April 29, May 20, June 3, July 22, 2016. Dates subject to change. Click here for details, updates and to register (pre-registration is important since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled).
Most walks are in Earle Park and meet at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Our NATURE STORE: Seed for Your Birds & Nature Gifts for All Ages
It’s not too early to start your holiday shopping!
Feed the Birds and Support our Center! 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. We also have an ever-changing variety of gifts for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Click here for more information. The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; email@example.com.
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
Join us on October 17 & 24, 2015, for two half-day classes on Adobe Photoshop software for processing digital images. These workshops are offered in conjunction with our February 2016 “Our Natural World” Photography Contest, Exhibit & Sale. The workshops will help beginners (or the curious) understand and start using entry-level Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. Classes will meet at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees are $10 for Connecticut Audubon members, $15 for non-members, per class. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, since insufficient registration may cancel a class.
Saturday, October 17, 1 – 3:00 p.m.: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: Introduction
Saturday, October 24, 1 – 3:00 p.m.: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: Intermediate Level
Watch this space for another workshop on November 7 on Nature Photography!
Children’s Nature Classes for Ages 1½-8
The Wees’ (ages 1½ to 4) weekly preschool program series runs Wednesdays, September 16 – December 9 (excluding November 25), 10-11 a.m. The same series is repeated on Fridays, September 18 – December 11 (excluding November 27), 10-11 a.m. A typical preschool program includes nature story time, a live animal encounter, a walk outdoors, and a craft. Click here for details.
Children’s (ages 5-8) after school Outdoor Adventures are on Wednesdays, September 16 – December 9 (excluding November 25), 4-5 p.m. 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. 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. Click here for details.
Members $13/class, $75 for 6 classes or $150 for all 12 classes; non-members $15/class. Preregistration is strongly encouraged, since classes with insufficient registrations may be canceled. Click here for a printable registration & permission form. Please call 860-633-8402 or mail the completed form to reserve your child’s seat.
Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walks
Join us for these Friday morning (7:30-8:30) guided bird and nature walks (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.
October 16, 2015 – Host Andrew Dasinger – Sparrows & Other Late Fall Migrants. Andrew has been a birder since 1973, conducting numerous surveys and censuses of wintering, migratory, and breeding bird populations. He is a former board member of the Connecticut Ornithological Association and Connecticut Audubon. Currently, he is the state coordinator for the North American Breeding Bird Survey and organizes coverage of Glastonbury for the Hartford Christmas Bird Count and Summer Bird Count.
November 20, 2015 – Host Lea Shaw
December 11, 2015 – Host Andrew Dasinger – Scouting Birds for the Christmas Bird Count
January 22, 2016 – Host TBA
February 19, 2016 – Host Marcia Machuga (Nature Walk)
March 11, 2016 – Host TBA
April 22, 2016 – Host Sara Pagorski -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)
Jun3 3, 2016 – Host Sara Pagorski
July 22, 2016 – Host TBA
Watch this space for updates.
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
Help Wanted – 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 email@example.com 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.