Sanctuary Walks and Programs
Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through February 25, 12 p.m.
Hike our sanctuary trails. Enjoy fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Fee: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Thursday Morning Walks
Now through Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m.
Are you a morning person interested in getting out on the trails in the quiet beauty of the early day? Consider coming out for guided walks on the sanctuary with our longtime volunteers who will explore and search for animal tracks and sign along the way.
Monthly Bird Walks
Thurs., Feb. 26, 1 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species. We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Cost: $5 members/ $10 non-members
Winter Owl Walks
Sat., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Join sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he takes you in search of wintering owls. We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. Saw-whet and long-eared owls have been spotted in previous years as well. Most of the calling will be from the road. Program will cancel in the event of bad weather (rain, snow, high winds). Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.
Saturday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he attempts to call in various owl species. Screech, Barred, and Great-Horned Owls are likely at this time of year. Maybe a Saw-whet will show up? We carpool to several locations and the majority of our owls will be seen from the road. Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.
Monthly Bird Walk
Thursday, February 26, 1 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species. We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Cost: $5 members/ $10 non-members.
Toddler Trails & Tales
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
January 7 through February 25
Center volunteer and dad of two, Nick Beams, will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for cold weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free to members/$5 non-members.
After School Nature Club
January Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays Jan 8, 15, 22, & 29
February Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Feb., 5, 12, 19, & 26
Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them to the Center. After a quick snack, we will head out on the trails exploring the woods, meadows and streams. Their afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way. Cost per session: $40 members/$50 non-members.
SCHEDULE SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND IN-CLASS PROGRAMS
Want to add a little excitement to your classroom this winter? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Old Man Winter, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Rockin’ Out and a lot more. Also, it is not too early to schedule your spring field trip. The calendar is filling up. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Monitoring Program
Become a Citizen Science Volunteer! For more info, call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email email@example.com
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring
You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science Wildlife Monitor by completing six training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons.
Additional monitoring hikes TBA
Our wildlife tracking volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, and Woodstock quarterly. In Willington and Woodstock, we now have over ten years of data showing regular presence of fisher, river otter, mink, red fox, coyote, as well as the occasional black bear, moose and porcupine. These sites also provide perfect habitat for white tailed deer, raccoon, beaver, and a variety of rodents. Great thanks to Chris and Kathy Demers who led the Willington team for several years and to Cheryl Dziura-Duke who is the new team leader. Tracey Ferguson leads the team at our newest study site where exciting sign of bobcat, fisher, beaver, fox, and mink have been reported in Canterbury.
Registration with Citizen Science Coordinator, Paula Coughlin, is required. For info contact Paula at 860-928-4948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Winter Tracking Hikes
Sat., Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodstock monitoring/training hike
All hikes subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Wildlife Tracking Workshop
What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary. Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch, and snack. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at email@example.com
Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs
Playful Celebration of a Bountiful Terrain
Photography by Virge Lorents
Exhibit and Sale through January 30
Virge Lorents began as a studio product and industrial photographer in the late 1970s. In those pre-Photoshop days, getting the details right before clicking the shutter, was all-important. When first exploring the possibilities of creating artful photographs, her focus on details found expression in her kaleidoscopic Nature Mandalas, using color, texture and pattern to “assemble” an intricate, hopefully contemplative, image. Virge’s “Garden, Fruit, Veggie” series has its roots in her move to northeast Connecticut as a back-to-the-land hippie. Establishing a garden was the first order of business and continues to be a source of both culinary and artistic inspiration. Recently, she let go of the drive for control and perfection. Her “Motion” series celebrates spontaneity. The camera jiggled. The zoom lens careened through a scene. The shutter randomly clicked as the pine branches danced in the wind. Rather than making images, she let them happen. A portion of all sales to benefit the Center.
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood, our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten, four hour sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration limited to 15.
Summer Camp 2015
Keep an eye out for the 2015 summer camp brochure coming January 2015!
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