The Coastal Center at Milford Point

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Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Training

This is a FREE 2-hour Animal Rescue First Responder training hosted at the Coastal Center.

Saturday December 17, 2016  1 – 3:00 p.m. mystic-animal-rescue

First responders are vital to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The initial response helps us determine the status of an animal and helps us prepare for action when necessary.  Learn about federal regulations that ensure the safety of these animals. You will also learn how to identify Connecticut and Rhode Island’s marine mammal and sea turtle species.

(MUST be 18 or older to attend)

RSVP required, for your free tickets please – click here.

Bird Seed Sale – 20% Off Orders

The Coastal Center Nature Store is offering a 20% discount on premium bird seed orders.  It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for the fall and winter.  To ensure that adequate supplies are available, pre-ordering is strongly recommended.  Click here for order form.  Order forms must be received by November 9, 2016. 

So, what to put on the menu?  Most of the birds that stay in Connecticut are seed eaters.  Seed and suet provide the calories and nourishment they need to stay warm, and healthy as the cold weather approaches and food becomes scarce.  Good choices for food include black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds, nyjer and suet-a great energy source.

SOLO Wilderness First Aid

Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th, 2017
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Man with Splint - First Aid RescueHands-on scenarios provide realistic experience!

  • Meets the ACA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Connecticut Summer Camp Licensing Boards’ First Aid requirements
  • Accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour first responder)
  • Cost: $215 includes snack & drinks—Bring a bagged lunch both days.
  • ($100 non-refundable)
  • Please register ASAP; payment is due in full upon registration
  • Adult CPR possible—inquire; Maximum participants—20

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center
1 Milford Point Road | Milford, CT 06460   

 

Ornament Making

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Session 1: 2 – 3 p.m.
Session II: 3 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season with us!  Using Nature’s bounty, make beautiful holiday ornaments to take home and share with loved ones. All materials provided.
For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    


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

Ornament Making

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Session: 3 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season with us!  Using Nature’s bounty, make beautiful holiday ornaments to take home and share with loved ones. All materials provided.
For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28     

 

Winter Tracks & Traces

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2- 3 p.m.

Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and traces! Come explore, and make a track guide to take on outdoor adventures. Dress for a short outdoor tracking walk.
For age 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    


All the Colors of Winter

Sunday, January, 22nd
 2–3 p.m.

 Even in the midst of winter, if we really look, the world is filled with beautifully colored plants and animals. On our scavenger hunt, we’ll discover the many colors to be found outdoors before making marbled snowflakes to brighten the season. For children between the ages of 4 and 6 years with an actively participating adult. 

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

Animal Camouflage

Sunday, February 19th,
 2–3 p.m.

The wilderness can be pretty dangerous for a critter. To help stay safe, many animals use camouflage to blend into their environment. Come learn about the many creatures who are masters of disguise. Children will create their own camouflaged creature to take home! For children between the ages of 4 and 6 years with an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

What’s on the Menu?

Sunday, February 26, 2017
2 – 3 p.m.

Explore the simple feeders you can make with items from your kitchen. Learn to recognize the hungry diners at your feeder, and make your own special bird food mix for your feathered friends. 
For age 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    


Celebrate Spring

Sunday, March 19, 2017
2 – 3 p.m.

Tired of winter? Come make seed paper as we dream of warm sunny days to come. Using recycled paper, we’ll make our own plantable paper mixed with flower seeds.
For ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    

 

Bird Homes

Sunday, March 26th
2 – 3 p.m

It’s spring and birds are returning from their winter away. Let’s welcome our feathered friends back. Come build your very own bird house to take home, and learn about our local birds. For children ages 6 and up with an actively participating adult. 

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

Eggs! 

Sunday, April 2nd
2 – 3 p.m

Come learn about how different animals, from snakes to piping plovers, lay eggs and how they protect their offspring from both the predators and the weather. This program is for children ages 7 and up with an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

This is a FREE 2-hour Animal Rescue First Responder training hosted at the Coastal Center.

Saturday December 17, 2016  1 – 3:00 p.m. mystic-animal-rescue

First responders are vital to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The initial response helps us determine the status of an animal and helps us prepare for action when necessary.  Learn about federal regulations that ensure the safety of these animals. You will also learn how to identify Connecticut and Rhode Island’s marine mammal and sea turtle species.

(MUST be 18 or older to attend)

RSVP required, for your free tickets please – click here.

A “mommy and me” introduction to nature at the Coastal Center.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM         

Children ages 3 – 5 and their parent or guardian will enjoy a story, nature lesson and make a creative craft to take home with them in this 8-week series.  Class meets every month on the third Tuesday. (No program in December.)                  

January 17, 2017Mixed up Chameleon (lizards)

Discover the amazing lives of snakes and lizards as we visit with the Coastal Centers reptiles.

February 21, 2017Creepy, Crawly Critters (insects)                                          

Explore the world of slugs and bugs.

March 21, 2017Beautiful Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are returning from their migration south. Come learn why. Perhaps we can even catch some for a closer look and then let them go.

April 18, 2017Spring is here! (frogs)

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.

May 16, 2017Planting a Rainbow (The Tiny Seed)

April showers will bring May flowers! Bring your green thumb and plant some flower seeds of your own. Help make the world more beautiful.                                                                                                                                                    

June 20, 2017The Sea Around Us (tidal pools)

Read The Sea That Feeds Us and discover how we are all connected. All plants and animals depend on each other. Observe the life in our ocean tank and at the beach.

 Fees: $8, class for CAS Members; $10, class for non-members; $5, class for all siblings. Series: $59, members; $75, non-members; $30, series/member siblings; $40, series/non-member.

Saturday, October 22

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of hawk identification in the field, at the peak of hawk migration, with expert birder Frank Gallo. We’ll spend three hours at Stratford’s Boothe Park’s hawk station sorting through the different groups of hawks, from accipiters to eagles. Frank will address the finer points of distinguishing similar species such as, sharp-shinned from Cooper’s Hawks, Kestrel’s from Merlin’s, and Red-shouldered from Red-tailed Hawks. Please meet at the Boothe Park parking lot, 5800 Main St, Stratford. To register, call Louise Crocco at 203-878-7440 x 502

 Fee: $20 (CAS members $15); Seniors $10

 

Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th, 2017
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Man with Splint - First Aid RescueHands-on scenarios provide realistic experience!

  • Meets the ACA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Connecticut Summer Camp Licensing Boards’ First Aid requirements
  • Accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour first responder)
  • Cost: $215 includes snack & drinks—Bring a bagged lunch both days.
  • ($100 non-refundable)
  • Please register ASAP; payment is due in full upon registration
  • Adult CPR possible—inquire; Maximum participants—20

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center
1 Milford Point Road | Milford, CT 06460   

 

Ornament Making

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Session 1: 2 – 3 p.m.
Session II: 3 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season with us!  Using Nature’s bounty, make beautiful holiday ornaments to take home and share with loved ones. All materials provided.
For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    

eastRock_NewHavenJoin us Sunday, June 7, 7:30 a.m., for a bird walk at East Rock Park, New Haven, with Miley Bull, our senior director of science and conservation.

This Important Bird Area is a great place to see warblers and other spring migrants. Free but you have to be a member of Connecticut Audubon Society. Join here.

RSVP to Allison Bryant, Membership, at abryant@ctaudubon.org or (203) 259 0416 x106.

Birding for Beginners

Thursday, March 22, 7–9 p.m. (classroom)
Sat., March 31,  9-11:30 a.m. (field trip) 
or
Thursday, March 29, 7–9 p.m. (classroom)
Sat., March 31,  9-11:30 a.m (field trip)

Learn the basics for identifying birds on your own! During this fun and comprehensive hands-on course, longtime instructor and expert birder Frank Gallo will teach you ID skills as well as how to choose and use field guides and binoculars, and where to find birds locally. The course culminates with a field trip to a local birding “hot spot”. No experience is necessary. Bring the “Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds.” (Field guides are available for sale at the Coastal Center.) Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $75/person. Seniors $65. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Sorting Out Bird Songs

Tuesday, March 27,  7 – 9 p.m.

Discover the basics of birding by ear!  Using a variety of sound resources, instructor Frank Gallo will teach you tips, tricks, and even pitfalls to identifying birds by sound.  Is that an oriole or a tanager singing? Come find out, as we delve into the secrets to birding by ear. Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $35. Seniors $31.

Birding By Ear – New!!

Thursday, April 19, 7 – 9 p.m.

Birdsong can be an incredible aid to finding and identifying birds. Instructor Frank Gallo, an avid student of birdsong, has created a challenging new program designed to give students practice with identifying similar sounding birds. Group participation is encouraged. Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $35. Seniors $31

Advanced Birding – New!

Wednesdays, April 18 & 25,  7- 9 p.m. (classroom)
Sat., April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (field trip)

Discover bird watching with naturalist Frank Gallo; Frank leads bird tours worldwide, is a member of Connecticut’s Avian Rare Records Committee, and a past president of the New Haven Bird Club. This course approaches more difficult identification challenges, including gulls, shorebirds, and terns. Other local experts will be encouraged to participate. The course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Sibley or National Geographic Field Guides. (Field guides also for sale at the Center.)  Meet at the Center. Fee: $105/person.  Seniors $95. The class meets at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point.  Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Spring Owl Prowl

Tuesday, April 24, 7:15– 9:15 p.m.

Barred Owl – Photo by Howard Lindler

When the sun retreats, owls awaken to go in search of prey. Some say that owls are wise, others that they sparked legends of ghosts. Whatever the truth, we’ll uncover the mysteries of these amazing nocturnal hunters, while learning about a few of the species that co-exist in our area. The evening culminates at a local park, where we’ll carpool and try to call one in. It’s a hoot! Fee: $35/person. Seniors $31.

How to Learn Birds!

Wednesdays,  May 2 and 9,   7 – 9 p.m. (2 nights in classroom)
Saturday,  12, 9 a.m. – noon (field trip)

Discover bird watching with naturalist Frank Gallo. Frank leads bird tours worldwide and is a member of Connecticut’s Avian Rare Records Committee and a past president of the New Haven Bird Club. His enthusiastic hands-on style quickly teaches you the basics of identifying birds using field guides and observational skills. The course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. (Field guides also for sale in class.)  Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $105; Seniors $95.

Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register for all programs.

Seaside Stories
Second Saturdays: Jan. 14th, Feb. 11th, March 10th

Get nice and cozy in our Coastal Center and listen to a good tale about your favorite animal. Afterward, we will have a craft available for you to make and take home. On occasion, a live animal may visit during story time. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $4 adult and $2/child CAS Members; $8/adult and $4/child Non-members. Senior rate: $2 per session.

The Return of the Seals
Saturday, January 21st 1:30 PM

Inquisitive harbor seals have returned to Long Island Sound. After a brief indoor presentation, we’ll hike along nearby beaches or carpool to a local state park in hopes of locating these amazing mammals. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $8/adults and $5/child for CAS Members; $12/adult and $10/child for Non-members. Senior rate $5.

LIVE Animal
Demonstration & Feeding
Third Saturdays: Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th, March 17th

Meet a new animal each week and sneak a peek into their worlds. From snakes to turtles to insects, there is sure to be something for everyone! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $4/adult & $2/child CAS Members; $8/adult & $4/child Non-members. Senior Rate $2.

Animal Tracking Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 28th 2:00 –3:30 pm

Who is in your yard? Learn some common tracks and signs of winter visitors. We’ll begin with an indoor program and workshop to practice identifying tracks and trails, then take a walk outdoors to see who has been in our area!

Cost: $8/adults and $5/child for CAS Members; $12/adult and $10/child for Non-members. Senior rate $5.

Groundhog Day
Saturday, Feb. 4th 2:00 pm

We celebrate Groundhog Day on the 2nd of February each year. How did this tradition get started? What does the groundhog have to do with the changing of seasons? Come find out more about this fun holiday and the mammal that inspires it!

Cost: $4/adults and $2/child for CAS Members; $8/adult and $4/child for Non-members. Seniors, $2.

Winter Vacation Camp
Monday-Thursday, Feb. 20-23
9am -noon, ages 5-8 and 1-4 pm, ages 9-12

It’s another nature-filled week at the Coastal Center! Discover hidden treasures along our shores, meet visitors to our marsh, and learn about our animals. Advance registration only. Please provide your child with appropriate clothing for all weather conditions.

Cost: $35/day or $125/4-day series for CAS Members; $45/day or $165/4-day series for Non-members. Early Birds (8-9am) or Lunch Bunch (Noon-1pm): $7/day.

Feed the Birds!
Saturday, March 3rd 2:00 pm

Do you want to attract more birds to your backyard? We’ll show you what to plant and what seeds and feeders to use to have to “birdiest” lawn in the neighborhood. Included in   sign up cost are materials to make two kinds of feeders and seed.

Cost: $10/adults and $6/child for CAS Members; $15/adult and $12/child for Non-members. Seniors, $6.

Spring Vacation Camp
Tuesday-Friday, April 17th-20th
9:00-12:00pm, ages 5-8 and 1:00-4:00pm, ages 9-12

Spend four fun-filled days meeting incredible live creatures, combing the Coastal Center’s beaches, playing games, and creating crafts to take home. Come ready to explore during a vacation week that can’t be beat!!

Cost: $35/day or $125/4-day series for CAS Members; $45/day or $165/4-day series for Non-members. Early Birds (8-9 am) or Lunch Bunch (Noon-1pm):$7/day. (Please provide your child with a nut free snack or lunch).

Saturday,  June 18
10 – 11:30 a.m.

On rising tides in May and June, horseshoe crabs visit our beaches to lay eggs. Shorebirds, traveling north to Canada, time their arrival to take advantage of this rich food source. Researchers trying to understand and protect these living fossils need your help! Delve into the incredible world of the horseshoe crab, by helping to tag and release these amazing creatures. Bring water shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. Sign up early.

Children $5 members; Non-members $10/CAS Members: $8 adult; Non-members: $12 Adult; $7 Senior

Birding for Beginners
Thursday, Sept. 22, 7–9 p.m. (classroom)
Sat., Sept 24, 9-11:30 a.m. (field trip) &
or
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7–9 p.m. (classroom)

Sat., Oct. 15, 9-11:30 a.m. (field trip)
 Learn the basics for identifying birds on your own! During this fun and comprehensive hands-on course, longtime instructor and expert birder Frank Gallo will teach you ID skills as well as how to choose and use field guides and binoculars, and where to find birds locally. The course culminates with a field trip to a local birding “hot spot”. No experience is necessary. Bring the “Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds.” (Field guides are available for sale at the Coastal Center.) Meet at the Center at Milford Point. Fee: $75/person. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Birding By Ear – New!!
Wednesday, October 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Birdsong can be an incredible aid to finding and identifying birds. Instructor Frank Gallo, an avid student of birdsong, has created a challenging new program designed to give students practice with identifying similar sounding birds. Group participation is encouraged. Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $35.

Advanced Birding – New!
Tuesdays, Oct. 25 and November 1, 7- 9 p.m. (classroom)
Sat. November 5, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (field trip)
 Discover bird watching with naturalist Frank Gallo; Frank leads bird tours worldwide, is a member of Connecticut’s Avian Rare Records Committee and a past president of the New Haven Bird Club. This course approaches more difficult identification challenges, including gulls, shorebirds, and terns. Other local experts will be encouraged to participate. The course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Sibley or National Geographic Field Guides. (Field guides also for sale at the Center.)  Meet at the Center. Fee: $105/person.  The class meets at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point.  Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Autumn Owl Prowl
Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:15– 9:15 p.m.
When the sun retreats, owls awaken to go in search of prey. Some say that owls are wise, others that they sparked legends of ghosts. Whatever the truth, a night near All Hallows Eve is a fine time to uncover the mysteries of these amazing nocturnal hunters. We’ll learn about a few of the species that co-exist in our area, and then carpool to a local park to try to call one in. It’s a hoot! Fee: $35/person. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Birding 101
Thursdays, November 10 and 17,  7 – 9 p.m. (2 nights in classroom)
Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. – noon (field trip)

Discover bird watching with naturalist Frank Gallo. Frank leads bird tours worldwide and is a member of Connecticut’s Avian Rare Records Committee and a past president of the New Haven Bird Club. His enthusiastic hands-on style quickly teaches you the basics of identifying birds using field guides and observational skills. The course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. (Field guides also for sale in class.)  Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $105


Come join us once a month at Connecticut Audubon
Society Coastal Center at Milford Point as conservation and wildlife experts
come in to share with you their knowledge on an array of topics from Ospreys
to Declining Amphibian Populations and much more.

Horeshoe Crab Tagging:  Tues., May 31, 7:30-8:30 pm

Bats:  Tues., June 14, 7-8 pm.

Pre-registration is required for all programs.  There is no fee but donations are appreciated.

Please click here to view more about our Adult Lecture Series.

(A parent/child nature series for children ages 3-5)

Thursdays: April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9
10:30-11:30 a.m

Moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians, bring your youngster to the Coastal Center for a hands-on introduction to nature. Each one-hour program features an outdoor discovery walk or live-animal presentation, plus stories, songs, and crafts. Adult participants will learn tips on sharing nature with children while engaging in inspiring family exploration.

May 12: Food Chain
Read This is the Sea that Feeds Us and discover how we are all connected.
All plants and animals depend on each other.  Make your own food chain and
observe the life in our ocean tank and at the beach.

May 26: Beautiful Butterflies
Come read about the Very Hungry Caterpillar and learn the life cycle of the
butterflies that visit our butterfly garden. We’ll also make our own
butterfly craft to take home.

June 9: Recycle Mania – Paper Making and Trees
Learn how to make recycled
paper and how we can help to conserve our trees. Read about the Little
Chestnut Tree and discover the chestnut trees at our Coastal Center.

Fee per program (includes 1 child and 1 adult; 2nd child $5): $10 CAS Members, $15 Non-members.

Saturday, June 4
12:30-1:30

Discover why our Life Between the Tides program remains one of our most popular offerings!  Join a Coastal Center educator as we wade into our tidepools and uncover their treasures. Seaweeds, hermit crabs, slipper snails, and possibly a few sea stars await discovery!  Every week offers the opportunity to find something new, so let’s grab our buckets and nets and explore!

Fee: $8 Adult, $5 Child CAS Members, $12 Adult, $10 Child Non-members, $7 Senior

Saturdays, May 14, 28, and June 4
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Would you like to share your interest in birds and learn identification tips from others? Here’s a chance to see old friends, meet new ones, and get your bird I.D. questions answered. We’ll concentrate on the basics and learn from one another as we search for migrants with Frank Gallo on the productive beaches, marshes, mudflats, and forests of Milford Point. More than 315 species out of Connecticut’s total of 424 have occurred at Milford Point!

Fee: $15

Sat., May 28th, 12:30-2:00pm

Working together will be the theme for today. Come prepared to use your brain to solve group challenges. You never know what’s in store on this challenging day of family fun.

Children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $8/adult & $5/child CAS Members; $12/adult & $8/child Non-members

Friday, May 14, 2:15-4:00 p.m. (Low is at 3:05)  0

Discover the natural history and folklore that make this island the “treasure” of Milford. Wear comfortable sneakers or boots that can get wet, as we hike the ½ mile tombolo out to the island. Water, a snack, hat, and
sunscreen are recommended.  Advance Registration Only.  Please call for directions, and register early for this popular program! We meet at the beach end of the board walk.

Fee: $12 Adult, $6 Child CAS Members, $16 Adult, $10/Child Non-members, $7/Senior

(advanced beginners and above)

Wednesdays, May 4 and 11, 7 – 9 p.m. (classroom)
Saturdays, May 14, 9:00 a.m. –  noon (field trip)

This course picks up where Beginning Birding and Birding 101 finish, and offers many more identification challenges to students. Participants will continue to identify birds themselves using field guides and observational skills. As always, we’ll visit a local birding hot spot to practice in the field. Bring the Sibley or Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. (Field guides also for sale in class.) Meet at Milford Point Coastal Center.

Fee: $95

12:30 p.m. on Saturday,  Feb. 19.

Meet a new animal each week and steal a peek into their individual worlds. From snakes to turtles to insects, there is sure to be something for everyone. Participants are also welcome to explore our Discovery Center. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Per-program fee: $4/adult and $2/child Connecticut Audubon Society Members, $8/adult and $4/child Non-members, $2/Senior.

A parent-&-child nature series for children ages 3-5.

Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, March 3, 17, 31.

Moms, dads, grandparents and guardians, bring your youngster to our Coastal Center for a hands-on introduction to nature. Each one-hour program features an outdoor discovery walk or live-animal presentation plus stories, songs and crafts. Adults will learn tips on sharing nature with children while engaging in inspiring family exploration.

Per-program fee (includes 1 child and 1 adult, 2nd child add $5): $10 CAS Members, $15 Non-members.

News and Announcements

Winter Family Fun!

Ornament Making

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Session: 3 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season with us!  Using Nature’s bounty, make beautiful holiday ornaments to take home and share with loved ones. All materials provided.
For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28     

 

Winter Tracks & Traces

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2- 3 p.m.

Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and traces! Come explore, and make a track guide to take on outdoor adventures. Dress for a short outdoor tracking walk.
For age 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    


All the Colors of Winter

Sunday, January, 22nd
 2–3 p.m.

 Even in the midst of winter, if we really look, the world is filled with beautifully colored plants and animals. On our scavenger hunt, we’ll discover the many colors to be found outdoors before making marbled snowflakes to brighten the season. For children between the ages of 4 and 6 years with an actively participating adult. 

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

Animal Camouflage

Sunday, February 19th,
 2–3 p.m.

The wilderness can be pretty dangerous for a critter. To help stay safe, many animals use camouflage to blend into their environment. Come learn about the many creatures who are masters of disguise. Children will create their own camouflaged creature to take home! For children between the ages of 4 and 6 years with an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

What’s on the Menu?

Sunday, February 26, 2017
2 – 3 p.m.

Explore the simple feeders you can make with items from your kitchen. Learn to recognize the hungry diners at your feeder, and make your own special bird food mix for your feathered friends. 
For age 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    


Celebrate Spring

Sunday, March 19, 2017
2 – 3 p.m.

Tired of winter? Come make seed paper as we dream of warm sunny days to come. Using recycled paper, we’ll make our own plantable paper mixed with flower seeds.
For ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    

 

Bird Homes

Sunday, March 26th
2 – 3 p.m

It’s spring and birds are returning from their winter away. Let’s welcome our feathered friends back. Come build your very own bird house to take home, and learn about our local birds. For children ages 6 and up with an actively participating adult. 

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

Eggs! 

Sunday, April 2nd
2 – 3 p.m

Come learn about how different animals, from snakes to piping plovers, lay eggs and how they protect their offspring from both the predators and the weather. This program is for children ages 7 and up with an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28  

Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Training

This is a FREE 2-hour Animal Rescue First Responder training hosted at the Coastal Center.

Saturday December 17, 2016  1 – 3:00 p.m. mystic-animal-rescue

First responders are vital to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The initial response helps us determine the status of an animal and helps us prepare for action when necessary.  Learn about federal regulations that ensure the safety of these animals. You will also learn how to identify Connecticut and Rhode Island’s marine mammal and sea turtle species.

(MUST be 18 or older to attend)

RSVP required, for your free tickets please – click here.

Sea Squirts

A “mommy and me” introduction to nature at the Coastal Center.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM         

Children ages 3 – 5 and their parent or guardian will enjoy a story, nature lesson and make a creative craft to take home with them in this 8-week series.  Class meets every month on the third Tuesday. (No program in December.)                  

January 17, 2017Mixed up Chameleon (lizards)

Discover the amazing lives of snakes and lizards as we visit with the Coastal Centers reptiles.

February 21, 2017Creepy, Crawly Critters (insects)                                          

Explore the world of slugs and bugs.

March 21, 2017Beautiful Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are returning from their migration south. Come learn why. Perhaps we can even catch some for a closer look and then let them go.

April 18, 2017Spring is here! (frogs)

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.

May 16, 2017Planting a Rainbow (The Tiny Seed)

April showers will bring May flowers! Bring your green thumb and plant some flower seeds of your own. Help make the world more beautiful.                                                                                                                                                    

June 20, 2017The Sea Around Us (tidal pools)

Read The Sea That Feeds Us and discover how we are all connected. All plants and animals depend on each other. Observe the life in our ocean tank and at the beach.

 Fees: $8, class for CAS Members; $10, class for non-members; $5, class for all siblings. Series: $59, members; $75, non-members; $30, series/member siblings; $40, series/non-member.

SOLO Wilderness First Aid

Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th, 2017
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Man with Splint - First Aid RescueHands-on scenarios provide realistic experience!

  • Meets the ACA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Connecticut Summer Camp Licensing Boards’ First Aid requirements
  • Accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour first responder)
  • Cost: $215 includes snack & drinks—Bring a bagged lunch both days.
  • ($100 non-refundable)
  • Please register ASAP; payment is due in full upon registration
  • Adult CPR possible—inquire; Maximum participants—20

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center
1 Milford Point Road | Milford, CT 06460   

 

Ornament Making

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Session 1: 2 – 3 p.m.
Session II: 3 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season with us!  Using Nature’s bounty, make beautiful holiday ornaments to take home and share with loved ones. All materials provided.
For ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Members  $5/person, family maximum $20;
Non-members   $7/person, family maximum $28    

Frank Gallo on “Bird Calls” radio show with Chris Bosak

Frank talks with Bird Call’s producer Chris Bosak about the 2011 Birding Big Day Fundraiser, getting children involved in birding, and our successful Return of the Osprey Party. Click the link below to listen to the show.

http://www.birdsofnewengland.com/id94.html
Or visit www.birdsofnewengland.com and click on “Bird Calls archives” from the home page.

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-Saturday
10:00 a.m.-4:00 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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