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The Coastal Center at Milford Point

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…

All the Colors of Winter

Sunday, January, 22
 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  


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

 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. 
Appropriate for adults and families with children age 6 and up. 

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.
Appropriate for adults and families with children age 6 and up. 

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  

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.

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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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