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Coastal Center Programs & Events

Because of concerns about Covid-19, the Coastal Center is running outdoor programming only and asking participants of those programs to practice social distancing and wear masks. Click here to see a listing of our programs. The Coastal Center building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice. For information about our virtual summer camp, click here.

 

Naturalist-Guided Walks for Kids and Families

Wednesday, August 5 – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 12

9 – 11 a.m.

Looking for a small group family outing or drop-off activity for your kids? Then “take a walk on the wild side” and see what’s happening in the natural world on these guided walks at the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

A Connecticut Audubon staff naturalist will provide individualized attention on this specially designed exploration, which is limited to a maximum of four pre-registered and pre-paid attendees. Explore the salt marsh, tide pools and Pollinator Garden.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing (mask removal at the discretion of the program leader). The entire program is outdoors, so please bring water, a sun hat and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there are portable toilets available (please bring hand sanitizer).

$100 per group (max of four to a group). Drop off for kids ages 8 and up (family groups also welcome!) In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. Pre-registration required by one person on behalf of the group; please click below to register. Once registered, group participants will need to complete a waiver. This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. Registration closes at 8 p.m. on the night before the program.

Wednesday, August 5: SOLD OUT.
Wednesday, August 12: Register here.

 

Bird Walks With Stefan Martin

Thursdays: August 6; August 20; September 10
Friday, September 4

8 – 10 a.m.

Search for migrating shorebirds, terns and waterfowl, and other species, during this coastal bird walk along Milford Point with Stefan Martin, Connecticut Audubon’s land steward. Situated on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River, Milford Point is an enormously important IBA site (Important Bird Area) that provides essential habitat and includes sites for breeding, wintering and migrating birds. Time permitting, we will also walk the gardens in search of songbirds.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing (mask removal at the discretion of the program leader). The entire program is outdoors, so please bring water, a sun hat and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there are portable toilets available (please bring hand sanitizer).

All levels of birders are welcome. This program is for adults only. Group is limited to eight participants. Please bring binoculars. Members $20, Non-members $25. These walks may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather. Pre-registration required. Click below to register. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. Registration closes at 8 p.m. on the night before the program.

Thursday, August 6: Register here.
Thursday, August 20: Register here.
Friday, September 4: Register here.
Thursday, September 10: Register here.

 

Connecticut Audubon Adventures: The “Not So Bummer” Summer

Weekly Sessions Available
Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 21
9 a.m. – Noon

To view all the details, including descriptions of weekly topics, a program FAQ and how to register, click here.

We’re going virtual this year with Connecticut Audubon Adventures: The “Not So Bummer” Summer! This unique camp alternative offers interactive, live, nature-themed explorations and activities for ages 6 through 10. The program of online and outdoor adventures, designed and run by Connecticut Audubon’s highly experienced team of summer camp directors and educators, is a great way for kids to have fun at home this summer while connecting with the natural world.

The time-tested camp programs, adapted for online and backyards, will spark curiosity and sharpen thinking skills through experimentation, exploration, art and citizen science. There will be many opportunities throughout to share findings and socialize with others.

Different themes each week keep the program fresh and appealing to many interests. Past Connecticut Audubon favorites such as Fantastic Flyers and Wacky Water Wonders are offered along with new ones like Nosy Neighbors and Digging In. For all subjects, a good balance of engaging hands-on activities, combined with investigative STEAM learning, ensure it will be the solution to a “not so bummer” summer experience that exercises minds while having fun.

For ages 6 – 10. Members $150 per week, Non-members $175 per week. Discounted pricing available for additional sibling(s) or if registering for five weeks, or all season.

To view all the details, including descriptions of weekly topics, a program FAQ and how to register, click here.

Registrations will be accepted up until Sunday at noon, the day before the session begins.

If you have additional questions please email summercamp@ctaudubon.org.

 

Adopt a Purple Martin Gourd

Martins perching on June 26, 2020. Photo © Frank Mantlik

July 29, 2020 — Play a direct roles in conservation by adopting a Purple Martin gourd!

Your adoption will help maintain the structures and support the staff effort to monitor and clean the nests each week — essential tasks for protecting Purple Martins.

Supporting the colony also makes a great gift for members of your family or friends!

The cost is only $60 per gourd. Click here to adopt your gourd today!

Here’s what supporters of the project are saying:

“CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE CARING FOR OUR PURPLE MARTIN COLONY!  HOW EGGCITING!!  AND HOW PRECIOUS ARE THOSE NEWLY HATCHED🐣BABIES!🐣🐦

“THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS AND KEEPING US INFORMED ON THEIR PROGRESS!!  NATURE IS THE BEST!!

Bev”

” Thank you! It is wonderful to see the terrific report and photos. Really appreciate all your hard work!
Carol D.”

Purple Martins have declined in many areas nationwide, including Connecticut and New England. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, competition with invasive House Sparrows and Starlings for nesting space, and pesticides poisoning their food supply, are contributors to their decline. They are considered a Threatened Species in Connecticut.

The team at work checking, cleaning and keeping records at the colony. Photo © Frank Mantlik

 

Purple Martins are completely dependent on human-made structures, either boxes or gourds, for their survival. Our colony is the third largest in Connecticut, and last year we had the most successful year with 170 chicks fledging!

When you adopt a gourd, a numbered gourd will be assigned to you. A paper gourd with your name (or a name you indicate on the registration) will be hung in the windows at the Coastal Center.

Purple Martin supporters receive weekly updates about the gourds, the status of the nests being built in them and a copy of the end-of-season report.

 

Birthday Parties, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts

For more information about the programs, please click on the links below.  For more information and to schedule a party or program, please call 203-878-7440.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Look no further! The 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.
Click here for our Birthday Party brochure.

GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
Our updated scouting programs are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the natural world around them.
For our Girl Scout program brochure click here. 

CUB SCOUT PROGRAMS
Our updated scouting programs are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the natural world around them.
For our Cub Scout program brochure, click here.

 

 

 

 

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