The Coastal Center at Milford Point

Pollinator Palooza & Open House

Saturday, June 3   
Noon – 3 p.m.

Bugs and birds need your help! Come to The Connecticut Audubon Society’s 2nd Annual Pollinator Palooza and to learn about the decline of pollinators, why their health is critical to our food and ecosystems, and what you can do to make a difference.

We may not always notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles and butterflies that carry pollen from one plant to another while collecting nectar. These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops.

Without pollinators, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables and nuts like blueberries, squash and almonds… not to mention chocolate and coffee!

At this free, family-friendly event, learn how your own yard can be improved for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Hear animal and plant experts talk about the biology and habitat needs of pollinators. Visit with local gardening and environmental experts supporting this event including: Beardsley Zoo, the Milford Garden Club, Milford Environmental Protection Initiative, CT Sea Grant, CAES, USDA and local beekeeper Ralph Harrison and UCONN Master Composters. There is something for everyone including live displays, kid crafts, and free pollinator seed packets, handouts, posters and more.

This event is free and suitable for all ages.

 

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.            

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.              

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

Sunset Sips at the Coastal Center

Join us after work on Thursday, June 1, at a sunset happy hour from 6-8 p.m. to unwind, enjoy some music, and watch the sky light up with color!

Enjoy a rare opportunity to watch a beautiful sunset over the salt marsh from our Great Room at the Milford Point Coastal Center.

While there you can get a close up and personal look of the Osprey Nest featured on our webcam, meet some of the resident exhibit animals, and take a stroll around the grounds and down the path to Long Island Sound. You also won’t want to miss out on our awesome raffle prizes.

All this while meeting new people – cheers to you!

This event is free for Connecticut Audubon Society members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required – register here.

Beverages provided by Two Roads Brewing Company.

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

Pollinator Palooza & Open House

Saturday, June 3   
Noon – 3 p.m.

Bugs and birds need your help! Come to The Connecticut Audubon Society’s 2nd Annual Pollinator Palooza and to learn about the decline of pollinators, why their health is critical to our food and ecosystems, and what you can do to make a difference.

We may not always notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles and butterflies that carry pollen from one plant to another while collecting nectar. These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops.

Without pollinators, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables and nuts like blueberries, squash and almonds… not to mention chocolate and coffee!

At this free, family-friendly event, learn how your own yard can be improved for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Hear animal and plant experts talk about the biology and habitat needs of pollinators. Visit with local gardening and environmental experts supporting this event including: Beardsley Zoo, the Milford Garden Club, Milford Environmental Protection Initiative, CT Sea Grant, CAES, USDA and local beekeeper Ralph Harrison and UCONN Master Composters. There is something for everyone including live displays, kid crafts, and free pollinator seed packets, handouts, posters and more.

This event is free and suitable for all ages.

 

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.            

                                                                                                                              

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

 

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.

Register for Summer Camp

Sanctuary Map
Get Directions

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