Family & Children Programs

Osprey Cam

The Ospreys are nesting at the Milford Point Coastal Center and you can watch them 24 hours a day no matter what the weather.

 

Nest-building started late in the day on April 4 and resumed on April 5. The first egg was laid on Wednesday, May 3, the second on Saturday, May 6, and the third on May 9.

The female will lay eggs 1-3 days apart. Incubation begins with the first egg and takes 36-40 days; the eggs hatch asynchronously, each hatching in the order laid. This gives a distinct advantage to the older chicks in years with meager food supplies. If the weather is bad, all may not hatch. Generally, two or three babies fledge annually. In 2016, she laid three eggs, one of which hatched.

Ospreys were driven to the edge of extinction in the 1960s and early 1970s because of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. They were listed as endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act. After DDT was banned, the Osprey population began to thrive.

The Connecticut Audubon Society began its Osprey Nation stewardship program in 2014 to collect data on Ospreys that nest in our state. With more than 200 volunteers, it has grown to become one of the largest citizen science projects in New England.

View the Osprey Cam here to enlarge the screen and use the comments section to tell us what you see.

 

Summer Camp Programs at Glastonbury

Our 2017 summer camp weekly sessions run Monday-Friday as follows:
Ages 3-5:  Jun 5 – Aug 18 from 9-noon,
Ages 5-8 & 9-12:  Jun 19 – Aug 18, 9-4,
(holiday exception:  3 days only Jul 5-7).
Click here to register your child.

We also offer pre-camp from 8-9 a.m. for $50/week.  To register for pre-camp, please fill out the Pre-Camp Signup Form or contact Kathy at kneville@ctaudubon.org.

For program details, click here for the camp brochure and
here for the welcome letter, which contains additional important information.

Visit Glastonbury’s Expanded Nature Store

Need a gift for a nature lover?  The Connecticut Audubon Society Nature Store at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033 (Mon-Sat 10-3) offers a large selection of gifts for nature lovers of all ages, as well as houses, feeders and seed for your birdsClick here for more info.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Let you child celebrate his/her next birthday at our nature center!  Please click here to download the Birthday Party Brochure with all the details you need to know or here to print a Birthday Party Application Form which can be brought to the center to schedule your party.

Nature, Science and Environment PROGRAMS FOR SCOUTS

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

From Daisies and Cubs to Gold and Eagle, The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has programs and project ideas for every age.  Our staff looks forward to working with you to develop a program for science and nature-related topics, including conservation, ecology, habitats, and bird study.  Click here for program information.

Creek Critters: Use Our New Mobile App to Learn if Your Stream is Healthy

Searching for macroinvertebrates to identify with the Creek Critters app. Connecticut Audubon photo by Eleanor Robinson

Searching for macroinvertebrates to identify with the Creek Critters app. Connecticut Audubon photo by Eleanor Robinson

May 19, 2016 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new mobile app designed to help Connecticut residents – especially youngsters – evaluate the health of their local streams by finding and identifying the creatures that live in them.

Called Creek Critters, the new app had its first field test on Saturday, May 14, when three dozen kids and adults gathered at the Old Saybrook Town Park to inaugurate it.

The new free app makes it fun and easy to collect and identify the macroinvertebrates (basically, large bugs) that help indicate whether a stream is in good shape or is impaired by pollution. Users get a quick analysis of overall stream quality based on their findings. Because different species are adapted to living in waters with different levels of pollution, their presence or absence gives a quick snapshot of how well the stream is doing.

The data can be shared with conservation organizations or local officials and planners working to improve habitat quality and limit the environmental impacts of development in the region.

Connecticut Audubon’s education director, Michelle Eckman, worked on Saturday’s field trip with the Old Saybrook Land Trust and Outdoor Adventure Kids of Old Saybrook, headed by Laurel Friedmann. Eleanor Robinson, an environmental educator and member of Connecticut Audubon’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center board, was instrumental in planning and organizing the field trip.

“The Connecticut Audubon Society has always stressed the importance of getting young people involved with the natural world, for its own sake and to help establish the next generation of conservationists,” said Robinson, who is a member of IMG_3487Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors. “Mobile phones are a part of almost every child’s life these days, so Creek Critters is a great way to make the most of that reality.”

Creek Critters was developed by the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Connecticut Audubon Society, Audubon of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Audubon and New Hampshire Audubon. Gregg Trilling of the Audubon Naturalist Society participated in Saturday’s event, helping to collect and identify some of the bugs the kids collected.

Saturday’s participants waded into five streams in three watersheds, collecting macroinvertebrates by gently rubbing rocks and silt found in the stream bed. Using magnifying lenses and charts in the Creek Critter app, they identified stonefly larva, aquatic worms, midgefly larva and other species.

“Stonefly and mayfly larva have very low pollution tolerance, so their presence indicates good water quality,” Michelle Eckman said. “Other species found are more tolerant of pollution: midgefly larva, scuds, dragonfly larva, and mosquito larva. This does not mean that these species require pollution to survive, it just means they are more tolerant of it.”

The kids used the app to submit reports, starting a database for stream testing in Connecticut. Several of the participating families offered to “adopt” a stream and test it throughout the year to learn how changes in the seasons and bio-indicators influence water quality.

Creek Critters can be downloaded from the Apple App store or via Google Play.

 

Your kids will love our Summer Camps!

 

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Centers provide extensive programming for families and children. Our main offerings include:

  • Summer Camp
  • Vacation Camp and Programs
  • Pre-School Nature Programs
  • After School and Weekend Programs
  • Programs for Scouts
  • Live Animals and Animal Care Programs
  • Birthday Parties

The specific programs offered at each Center vary, so click on the links to find out what’s available near you.

 

Center at Fairfield

2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305

Birdcraft Museum

314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-0416

Coastal Center at Milford Point

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

Center at Glastonbury

1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860-633-8402

Center at Pomfret

218 Day Road
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
860-928-4948

EcoTravel

30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426
800-996-8747
860-767-0660

Trail Wood Sanctuary

93 Kenyon Road
Hampton, CT 06259
860-928-4948

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