Family & Children Programs

Feeding Frenzy

Saturday, February 6 at 11 a.m.

Come see what’s on the menu for lunch. Maybe there will be a tasty tiny morsel for a mouse, or a cricket for a tree frog or perhaps you’ll see an owl eat a special treat!Join us for an up close look as our naturalist and animal caretakers feed some of our resident animals at Center at Fairfield. They’ll share some cool animal facts, too! When it’s feeding time animal habitats come to life. It’s a great time to observe animal behaviors.   All ages welcome.  Free.  This program is held at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street.

Owls in Glastonbury

Owl Prowl and SuperbOwl 2016.  Join us for our SuperbOwl program on Sunday afternoon, February 7, at 2 p.m. and an Owl Prowl on Friday, February 12, at 7 p.m.

Barred Owl, Photo by Brian Fisher

Barred Owl, Photo by Brian Fisher

Please pre-register by calling 860-633-8402.  Both programs take place at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The Owl Prowl is rescheduled from February 5If you registered for the 5th, you are now registered for the 12th; please let us know if you cannot be with us then.

SeaSquirts: Pre-K Kids!

Mondays February 1, 8, 22, 29 10 – 10:45 am

For children ages 2-4 accompanied by an actively participating adult.

We’ll discover the colorful coats animals are wearing, the foods they like to eat, and where they make their homes during the winter season here at the Coastal Center.  Each program includes a story, craft to do together, hands-on activities, and weather permitting a short outside exploration. 

Pre-registration required, please call 203-878-7440 
Individual class fee includes one child and one adult

Fee: CAS Members $ 10/class; Non-members $ 12 /class

Owl Diet Discovery!

Saturday February 27  1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Family program for ages 7 and up.

Do you ever wonder what an owl eats? Why it coughs up a pellet? Pick apart a pellet, use a tiny tool, find out what’s inside, owl behavior is so cool.  Prepare to be amazed when you study the remains of an owl’s dinner here at the Coastal Center. We’ll provide the tools for you to study this extraordinary eating strategy.  

Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Fee: CAS Members $ 6/person; Non-members $ 8/person.

Family Concert Series

Our Coffee House Concert Series offers a varied menu of good music by popular regional entertainers in an intimate setting.  This winter and spring we are offering a series of monthly one-hour Family Concerts (2 p.m. Sundays unless otherwise noted).  Tickets are $10 ($30 family maximum) for CAS members, $14 ($40 family max) for non-members, ½-price for children under 12.  Please call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats.

Plan now to join us on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. as Don Sineti entertains us with his exhaustive knowledge about whales, dolphins and other cetaceans using music and illustrations; click here for details.

 

Also calendar Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Kalevala Day with Kasha Breau singing songs and telling stories about the myth and magic of epic tales of Finland while playing the kantele (Finnish zither) and harp.
 
Click here for info about future family entertainment & concerts at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8402; cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org.

Children’s Nature Classes for Ages 1½ to 4: Now through March 31

The Wees’ (ages 1½ to 4) preschool program series is scheduled for 10-11 a.m on the following Wednesdays: February 10, 24; March 2, 16, 23.  Click here for program details, prices and registration info.  Pre-registration (860-633-8402 or at the center) is strongly encouraged, since classes with insufficient advance registration will be canceled.  The Connecticut Audubon Society Nature Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts

A Geologist Pin Program for Webelos Scouts will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury.  $15 per Scout.

Rocks on wall at end of lane at Trail WoodWebelos will earn all the requirements for the Geologist Activity Pin by participating in a 2- to 3-hour program by a BSA National Camp School Certified, Ecology and Conservation Instructor.  Click here for details and call 860-633-8402 to register. 

Why Hibernate? Family program

Come join us Saturday, January 30 from 2-3:00 p.m. at the Coastal Center for a Ground Hog Day Discovery program.  Do groundhogs really wake up and leave their burrow on February 2?  Get the inside scoop as we uncover some interesting habits of this furry friend and other Connecticut hibernators. Our educator will begin with a story and share fun facts about hibernators.  You and your child will make a take home craft, participate in some hands on activities and play the Hibernation Challenge!

Family program suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Fees based on one actively participating adult and one child.
Additional participants $6 each.

Fee: CAS Members $12 ; Non-members $16.

Coastal Center at Milford Point
1 Milford Point Road, Milford

Visit Us at Shepaug Dam to Watch the Eagles this Winter

Families love the eagle viewing site. Photo courtesy of FirstLight.

Families love the eagle viewing site. Photo courtesy of FirstLight.

Another winter of Bald Eagle viewing is underway at the Shepaug Hydroelectric Station in Southbury, and the Connecticut Audubon Society is again proud to be collaborating with FirstLight Power Resources to make the experience enjoyable and educational.

The viewing area at the Shepaug Hydroelectric Station provides visitors with a panoramic view over the Housatonic River and the forests in the distance. Each winter Bald Eagles gather near the dam to hunt for fish.

The viewing station is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through the first weekend in March, from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. FirstLight Power has made improvements to the viewing building and has supplied it with new spotting scopes and binoculars.

FirstLight Logo for Electronic UseThe bald eagle viewing location is free and open to the public but, because space is limited, reservations are necessary. Call 800-368-8954 or reserve a space online, here.

The Connecticut Audubon Society has been coordinating volunteers at the site since 2001. FirstLight held a ceremony on January 16 to thank us for our work there.

On Saturday, February 6th, we’re organizing a special visit to the site for members of the Connecticut Audubon Society. All the details are here.

 

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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