The Coastal Center at Milford Point

Spring Lecture Series: “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 7
1 p.m.

Gregory Nobles, author of “John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman”, believes that one of Audubon’s greatest creations was himself.  Nobles explores the irony of Audubon’s true nature: themas who took so much time and trouble to depict birds so carefully left us a bold, but deceptive, picture of himself.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Please join us for the other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.: “Connecticut’s Black Bears/the Bear Reality” with Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist.

Sunday, May 28 , 1 p.m.: “Project Limulus/Horseshoe Crabs” with Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak, Sacred Heart University Biology Department

 

Spring Lecture Series: Connecticut’s Black Bears – the Bear Reality

Sunday May 21
1 p.m.

Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, will provide education and facts about bears and help dispel myths and comon misunderstanding.  Accumulated data reveals the black bear is seldom aggressive toward humans.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 7,  1 p.m.: Gregory Nobles – Author, “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 28 , 1 p.m.: “Project Limulus/Horseshoe Crabs” with Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak, Sacred Heart University Biology Department

Spring Lecture Series: Project Limulus – Horseshoe Crabs

Sunday, May 28
1 p.m.

Join Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak for a horseshoe crab ecology talk and walk.  You’ll have an opportunity to help tag horseshoe crabs with Project Limulus, too.  Please bring waterproof boots.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 7,  1 p.m.: Gregory Nobles – Author, “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m. “Connecticut’s Black Bears – the Bear Reality” with Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist

Register for summer camp at the Coastal Center

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14! 

 

Use this link to register now:

Milford Point Coastal Center

 

NEW! Additional full-day week offered for Beachcombers (ages 5-7)
July 24-28  SMARTER THAN A SQUID?
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Do squid have 8 legs, four, or even more?  Join us for a fun-filled week
learning amazing facts, watching wildlife, and exploring the beach.
Use the link above to register for this week and all our camp programs.

 

Use these links for more information:
Camp brochure
Registration Information
Registration Form

Welcome Letter–what to bring to camp
Pick up/Drop off Form

Health Form
Authorization for Administration of Medication Form

 


General Information

Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center at Milford Point

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.  The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.  The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher’s paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities. The Coastal Center offers a full range of educational programs and many events for families, children, and adults.  The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms. The Coastal Center’s grounds contain the 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, a boardwalk and observation platform with interpretive signage, and a 70-foot covered observation tower for panoramic vistas.  Viewers from around the world watch the Center’s seasonal Osprey Cam, operated from our 18-foot tall nesting platform.

 

Join our Volunteer Team!

At the Connecticut Audubon Society, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment. By volunteering at our Coastal Center at Milford Point, you can help promote understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural world. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, including working at the front desk as a receptionist, in the exhibit room as a docent, or outdoors on the nature sanctuary in various capacities.

If you are interested in becoming a Coastal Center Volunteer, click here to download a printable application form. Please email the form to Louise Crocco, Office Manager, at lcrocco@ctaudubon.org, or come on in to the Coastal Center and deliver it in person! We’re located at 1 Milford Point Road in Milford, CT. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

 

Education Programs

Science in Nature

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Science in Nature programs consist of hands-on, inquiry-based activities that relate to earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and citizenship. Each program is aligned with the state’s science, math and literacy standards. These programs are an invaluable resource for building student and teacher learning capacity by providing opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills, using and designing models, and developing evidence-based explanations of natural phenomena. Click here for the full curriculum palette, brochures, and program design. 

School Programs (for children ages 3 and above).

Our professional naturalists and educators offer a wide range of programs that can be delivered at our Center, or in your classroom or schoolyard.  

Click here for program descriptions and a copy of our school program flier. To schedule a program or for more information, call use at 203-878-7440, ext. 502.

Preschool Programs

The Coastal Center also offers programs tailored for preschools. Click here for a pre-K program flier.

After School Programs

The Coastal Center currently presents after school program series in nearly all the elementary schools in Milford, and in other area towns.  For more information about our hands-on dynamic programs,  click here for copy of our after school program flier.

Birthday Parties

Look no further! CAS’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is the perfect place to hold your child’s next birthday party! Our staff has designed a wide range of “theme” parties to provide your child and their friends with a memorable and fun hands-on learning experience. Call 203-878-7440  for details or click here for our birthday party brochure.

Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout & Boy Scout Programs

Our updated scouting programs are 60-90 minutes long and are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the environment. 

Click here for our new Girl Scout & Brownie Programs brochure, or click here for our new Boy Scout & Cub Scout Programs brochure. Call 203-878-7440 for more information or to book a program for your scout today! 

Events at the Coastal Center at Milford Point

Spring Lecture Series: “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 7
1 p.m.

Gregory Nobles, author of “John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman”, believes that one of Audubon’s greatest creations was himself.  Nobles explores the irony of Audubon’s true nature: themas who took so much time and trouble to depict birds so carefully left us a bold, but deceptive, picture of himself.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Please join us for the other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.: “Connecticut’s Black Bears/the Bear Reality” with Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist.

Sunday, May 28 , 1 p.m.: “Project Limulus/Horseshoe Crabs” with Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak, Sacred Heart University Biology Department

 

Spring Lecture Series: Connecticut’s Black Bears – the Bear Reality

Sunday May 21
1 p.m.

Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, will provide education and facts about bears and help dispel myths and comon misunderstanding.  Accumulated data reveals the black bear is seldom aggressive toward humans.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 7,  1 p.m.: Gregory Nobles – Author, “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 28 , 1 p.m.: “Project Limulus/Horseshoe Crabs” with Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak, Sacred Heart University Biology Department

Spring Lecture Series: Project Limulus – Horseshoe Crabs

Sunday, May 28
1 p.m.

Join Professor Jo-Marie Kasinak for a horseshoe crab ecology talk and walk.  You’ll have an opportunity to help tag horseshoe crabs with Project Limulus, too.  Please bring waterproof boots.

Pre-registration required. To register call: 203-878-7440.

$5/lecture Members; $8/lecture Non-members

Other lectures in the series:

Sunday, May 7,  1 p.m.: Gregory Nobles – Author, “John James Audubon: the Nature of the American Woodsman”

Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m. “Connecticut’s Black Bears – the Bear Reality” with Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist

Sea Squirts

An introduction to nature for children ages 3 – 5 and their favorite adult.

Explore the wonders of nature through stories, a nature lesson, and a craft to do together.            

February 21, 2017Creepy, Crawly Critters (insects)
10 – 11 a.m.

Explore the world of slugs and bugs.
Members $8/class, Non-members $10/class, Additional siblings $5/class.
Pre-registration required. To register call 203-878-7440 ext. 502.

March 21, 2017Beautiful Butterflies
10 – 11 a.m.

Come learn why monarchs migrate south for the winter. Explore the beauty of butterflies through a nature lesson, story, and craft. You’ll create your own beautiful butterfly to take home.
Members $8/class, Non-members $10/class, Additional siblings $5/class.
Pre-registration required. To register call 203-878-7440 ext. 502.

April 18, 2017Spring is here! (frogs)
10 – 11 a.m.

Spring is here! Learn about spring peepers, tiny, brown frogs that whistle and peep to let us know that spring is here. Even though they are only the size of a postage stamp, a chorus of them will delight your ears at night.
Members $8/class, Non-members $10/class, Additional siblings $5/class.
Pre-registration required. To register call 203-878-7440 ext. 502.

May 16, 2017Planting a Rainbow (The Tiny Seed)
10 – 11 a.m.

April showers will bring May flowers! Bring your green thumb and plant some flower seeds of your own. Help make the world more beautiful.  
Members $8/class, Non-members $10/class, Additional siblings $5/class.
Pre-registration required. To register call 203-878-7440 ext. 502.                                                                                                                                                  

June 20, 2017The Sea Around Us (tidal pools)
10 – 11 a.m.

Read The Sea That Feeds Us and discover how we are all connected. All plants and animals depend on each other. Observe the life at the beach.
Members $8/class, Non-members $10/class, Additional siblings $5/class.
Pre-registration required. To register call 203-878-7440 ext. 502.

 

News and Announcements

Register for summer camp at the Coastal Center

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14! 

 

Use this link to register now:

Milford Point Coastal Center

 

NEW! Additional full-day week offered for Beachcombers (ages 5-7)
July 24-28  SMARTER THAN A SQUID?
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Do squid have 8 legs, four, or even more?  Join us for a fun-filled week
learning amazing facts, watching wildlife, and exploring the beach.
Use the link above to register for this week and all our camp programs.

 

Use these links for more information:
Camp brochure
Registration Information
Registration Form

Welcome Letter–what to bring to camp
Pick up/Drop off Form

Health Form
Authorization for Administration of Medication Form

 

Fairfield Resident and Conservationist Joins Connecticut Audubon as Director of Fairfield and Milford Operations

Rick Boucher

For immediate release

Fairfield, January 19, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has named longtime Fairfield resident Rick Boucher to lead its two busiest centers, in Fairfield and Milford, as well as its historic Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield.

Boucher, an outdoorsman with a long career in packaging, takes over in Fairfield from Nelson North, who was named executive director of Connecticut Audubon last year. Boucher replaces Cathy Hagadorn at the Milford Point Coastal Center. Connecticut Audubon will be making an announcement about a new assignment for Hagadorn soon.

As director of Fairfield and Milford operations, Boucher will oversee a staff of approximately 10, in addition to seasonal camp and education workers, at the Center at Fairfield and the Milford Point Coastal Center. He will also be involved in plans for renovating and reopening Birdcraft Museum.

“Rick is well-known in the community, he has a hard-working staff of professionals to rely on, and he’ll be a wonderful ambassador to our members and visitors,” North said. “On top of that, he knows his birds and he has a long record as a conservationist. We couldn’t have made a better choice.”

Read the rest of the announcement here…

Directions

Click here for directions to the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

Address

1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT 06460
203-878-7440

Center Hours:

Monday, Closed
Tuesday-Friday
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m.

Our adjoining 8-acre
Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

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Sanctuary Map
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