Celebrating 30 Years of Outdoor Education at the Center at Glastonbury

Volunteers and staff at the Center at Glastonbury, where they are celebrating 30 years of providing high quality outdoor education. Photo courtesy of Dr. Peter Barrett.

October 2012 – Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Glastonbury is celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall by highlighting its key role in Connecticut Audubon’s statewide education program.

Founded on October 2, 1982, the Center at Glastonbury has been a gathering place for residents of Glastonbury, South Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Portland, Manchester, East Hartford, Hartford, Marlborough and elsewhere, who visit for nature walks, birdwatching, art exhibitions, coffee house concerts and other events.

The Center’s staff has also provided high quality environmental education to more than a generation of school children, and is now working to integrate its education programs into Connecticut Audubon’s new, statewide Science in Nature program.

“Our volunteers are the heart of our Center,” said Cynthia Bartholomew, the director of the Center at Glastonbury. “They organize and run the events, they greet visitors, care for animals, clean the center, maintain our gardens, and raise the funds needed to keep our Center active and relevant. But it’s important to the communities we serve that we offer more, which is why for our 30th anniversary and beyond, we are putting such an emphasis on outdoor education.”

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