Center at Glastonbury
Coyotes in the Glastonbury Area
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Center at Glastonbury
Learn about the increasing population of coyotes in the Glastonbury area and how to live with them.
Call 860.633.8402 to reserve your seat: members $8, non-members $10; children under 12 half price. Click here for details.
Register Today for Summer Camp at the Center at Glastonbury
Connecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.
For complete details, download the program brochure.
Center at Glastonbury: Register here, ages 3-9.
Glastonbury Mail-in Registration
Glastonbury Registration Instructions
Glastonbury Welcome Letter
Glastonbury Health Form
Glastonbury Permission Form
Glastonbury Authorization to Administer Medicine
Children’s Winter Programs for Ages 1.5-4
Polliwogs ages 1.5-4 − Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.
Members: $10/ non-members: $13; members: sign up for all 6 classes for only $55. Please visit us or call 860-633-8402 at least one day prior to the program to register. Click here for program details.
February 25 – Evergreens
March 4 – Going to the Beach
March 18 – Spring into Spring
“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale
The 19th annual “Our Natural World” judged amateur photo contest is on display through February 28 for viewing and purchase of entries.
Tuesday-Saturday 1-5, some Sundays 1-4 (call 860-633-8402 after 1:15 to check). Admission $3. Click here for the complete photo contest events calendar.
This event is sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund.
Brisk Winter Walks
On February 21 & 28 at 9 a.m., join other outdoor enthusiasts for the final two 2015 free winter walks on various land trust properties in central Connecticut. Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome if owners clean up after them. Deep snow, flooding, dangerous wind chill, or pouring rain may cancel or change the walk; click here for locations and details. Click here for more free hikes scheduled throughout the year by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust.
Bird Seed & Nature Store
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 feeder? We have those, too. Do birds fly into your windows? Many have solved this problem with our “Window Alert” bird decals.
Our Nature Store also has an ever-changing variety of gifts for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Click here for more information.
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.
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
Children’s Winter Programs for Ages 1.5-4 (Polliwogs)
Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. Members: $10, non-members: $13. Please visit us or call 860-633-8402 at least one day prior to the program to register. Click here for a downloadable copy. Remaining classes:
Feb. 25 Evergreens
Evergreens are plants that stay green all year long. Come listen toa Native American story about why the evergreens stay green all winter. They are a haven of protection for many animals. We’ll take a walk to the pond to visit the white pines and see how they help the local wildlife.
Mar. 4 Going to the Beach
Have you had enough of winter and snow? Let’s take a pretend visit to the beach. Learn about sea shells, birds that live there, and play with some sand. There are lovely crafts to be made from seashells.
Mar. 18 Spring into Spring
YES!!! It’s just around the corner. SPRING! Just can’t wait for some warm weather to come our way. Are the maple buds in bloom? We’ll look for sign of spring: birds, flowers, tree buds, and maybe a few daring insects may be out.
“Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit & Sale
The 19th “Our Natural World” Amateur Photography Contest Exhibit will be open for viewing and purchase from January 31 – February 28, 2015. Here’s the event calendar:
January 13-17: Entry Submission Period (1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturdays). Click here to download printable contest schedule, rules and entry forms or visit the center to pick up a copy.
Friday, January 30, 4-7 p.m.: Opening Reception (Judging completed and winning photos bearing ribbons). $5/person (photographers get one free ticket per entry). Visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to pre-register. (Snow date January 31.)
January 31 – February 28, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday: Exhibit 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).
Saturday, February 7, 2-3 p.m.: Photo Critique & Tea with Roland Chirico, one of our judges. Click here for details. CAS members $10, non-members $15. Visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 for reservations.
March 3-14, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday: Photo Pickup Period. All 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 14 are considered donated to CAS and may be sold at any of our fund raisers.
This contest & events are sponsored in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council United Arts Fund.
Coyotes in Connecticut & Glastonbury
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m. – Learn about the increasing population of coyotes in Connecticut, and the Glastonbury area, and how to live with them.
Call 860.633.8402 to reserve your seat: members $8, non-members $10; children under 12 half price.
The population of Coyotes in Glastonbury and surrounding areas continues to increase. Come and learn from CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Ray Hardy about these fascinating creatures who can run 35-40 mph when pursued and thrive in close proximity to populated areas. Ray will talk about Coyotes’ extensive diet as well as their variety of vocalizations. Our speaker will share his knowledge of the natural history of the common Eastern Coyote and tips for avoiding conflicts.
Brisk Winter Walks
On February 21 & 28 at 9 a.m., join other outdoor enthusiasts for the final two 2015 Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks on various land trust properties in central Connecticut. This is a joint project of Connecticut Audubon Society-Center at Glastonbury, the Great Meadows Land Trust and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield. Well-behaved dogs are welcome if owners clean up after them. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Deep snow, flooding, dangerous wind chill, or pouring rain may revise or cancel. Some of these areas are used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Free. Call the CT Audubon Society at 860-633-8402 for the latest information. Following are the remaining 2015 dates for this annual January-February series; click here for the complete schedule. Click here for more free hikes scheduled throughout the year by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust.
Saturday, Feb 21, 9:00 a.m., Wethersfield. About 2 hours. Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge. We’ll peel away the centuries to imagine the river bank before the bridge, and explore the 300+ acre Crow Point property owned by Goodwin College. We’ll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highway across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows.
From I91 N, take exit 25/26 and bear right on Exit 26 to Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the Putnam Bridge to the parking lot. From I91 S, take exit 26, Marsh St. /Old Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the highway and right at the T toward the Putnam Park lot. From Route 3N / Maple Street, take the exit toward I91 north, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot. From Route 3S, take the I91N exit at the end of bridge, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.
Saturday, Feb 28, 9:00 a.m., East Hartford. About 3 hours. Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College’s Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at Hockanum Park, 324 High St. Explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement.
From Route 2 west, take exit 5 A, Main St. At the second traffic light, take a left, then another left and under the highway onto High St. From route 2 east, take exit 5 A, High St. Once on High St, follow it south, past the elementary school, to the park on the left.
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
‘Make A Birdhouse’ Contest
Be creative! Enter our Bird House Contest by making a hanging birdhouse out of re-purposed materials that would normally go into the garbage or recycling. Any materials are acceptable, but need to be viable as a birdhouse that will hold up to weather and wind. All ages are welcome! Birdhouses will be hung and judged for our Earth Fair on April 25.
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 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 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: 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 (email@example.com). 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.