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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

Little Naturalists: Hello, Spring!

Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 23
10 – 10:45 a.m.

Flowers are peeking out from the thawing soil, birds are singing in the sun and the rain is changing the landscape from brown to green…Hello, Spring! The Coastal Center offers a front row seat to the changes of the season through stories, hands-on activities, crafts for child and their adult and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. Welcome the season with your curious little naturalist at Milford Point!

For children age 2-4 years accompanied by an actively participating adult. Class fee includes one child and one adult. Members $8/class; Non-members $13/class. Pre-registration required.

March 12: To register click here.
March 19: To register click here.
March 26: To register click here.
April 2:      To register click here.
April 9:      To register click here.
April 16:    To register click here.
April 23:    To register click here.




Birds in Boxes

Tree Swallows on nest box

Tree Swallows take advantage of the nest boxes placed around the sanctuary.

Sunday, March 31
1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Location. Location. Location, applies to more than real estate for humans. It is equally important for birds. What do bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees, and woodpeckers have in common? They’re cavity nesters. They need good locations to nest. During this indoor program, we’ll share information on how to build or buy suitable nesting boxes for a variety of species, the proper placement of nesting boxes in your yard, and how to attract birds and discourage predators to these new locations. It’s never too early to plan for nesting season and some of your most important neighbors. This program does not include building a nest box. Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person.

To register click here.



Spring Vacation Family Fun Day

Wednesday, April 17
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us when the kids are out of school! We have a variety of family friendly activites planned for the day. We’ll start the day with a walk on the wild side exploring the wild wonders of Milford Point, then we’ll head back inside around 11:30 for crafts and experiments.  Bring your lunch or a snack and join us at 12:30 for stories, followed by our creature feature live animal program at 1 p.m. Family program for all ages. This is not a drop-off program. All children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.  Come for the whole time or drop in when you’d like.

Pre-registration required.

Members $15/family; Non-members $20/family.

To register click here.

Early Spring Bird Walk at Milford Point

Saturday, April 20
8 – 11 a.m.

Join Frank Mantlik, expert birder and Coastal Center Regional Board member, for an early spring bird walk along Milford Point. Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Appropriate for adults and teens 16 and up. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled for inclement weather. Please dress warmly.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person.

Pre-registration required.

To register click here.

Egg Coloring Egg-stravaganza!

Saturday, April 20
1 – 2 p.m.

Eggs come in all shapes and colors. Some are blue and some are speckled, some are the size of your thumbnail while some are the size of your whole palm! Explore the biology and beauty of eggs and their colors. Experiment with natural dyes made from every day kitchen materials like beets, turmeric and cabbage. Take home some colored eggs and the easy-to-create recipes for further color experiments. Each participant will be able to dye 6 eggs. These eggs will be hard-boiled but are not edible. All ages welcome!

Members $10/participant; Non-members $13/participant

Pre-registration required.

To register click here.

April Showers

Sunday, April 28
1-2 p.m.

We know the saying “April showers bring May flowers!” But, what’s so important about water? Come to the Coastal Center to learn about this important resource. Play the water cycle game, experiment with rainfall on the watershed models, and build your own rain gauge to take home and record your local spring showers.

Kid-friendly family program.

Members $7/child; Non-members $10/child.

Pre-registration required.

To register click here.


Beginner Bird Walk

Friday, May 17

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

New to birding? This walk is for you! Learn basic field marks and other identification clues and how to use binoculars. We’ll visit the marsh, beach and upland areas of the Coastal Center in search of the birds that are here this time of year, including our resident Osprey pair. Please bring binoculars if you have them or you may borrow a pair from us.

Members $7/person, Non-members $10/person.

Pre-registration is required.

To register click here.

This is a Migration Madness event. Migration Madness is Connecticut Audubon’s statewide celebration of the birds of Connecticut.

Project Feeder Watch

Wednesdays and Thursdays, through March 28
(See below for specific days and times)

Join us at the Coastal Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays to learn more about backyard birds and participate in Project Feeder Watch. We’ll observe and count the birds at our feeders using the Project Feeder Watch protocol. It’s fun and easy to do!

Discover more about winter birds while meeting new people and becoming a citizen scientist. The season runs November – early April. Come for one day or more, it’s up to you!

Project Feeder Watch is a citizen science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Citizen science is a way for the public to contribute to the scientific understanding of the natural world. This program runs rain or shine and is appropriate for adults or children age 16 and above. Free. Pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please contact Carol Kratzman at 203-878-7440, ext. 504.

Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m., March 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., March 7, 14, 21, 28


Winter Programs

Please click here for our complete Winter Program brochure.

Birthday Parties and Scouts

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. Click here for our brochure. Call 203-878-7440 for details.

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 brochure on Girl Scout programs. For our Cub Scout brochure, click here. Call 203-878-7440 for more information or to book a program for your scout today!





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