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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.
The Coastal Center building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice.
See below for current programs. 
The Nature Store has items available for pre-order and pick up. Click HERE for details.



Coastal Center 25th Anniversary Photo Contest

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Coastal Center and as a fundraiser to support our
Center and its programs into the future, we are excited to partner with Milford Photo ( in a special photography contest highlighting the wildlife, environment, and visitors of the Coastal Center.

The contest is open to all amateur photographers excluding staff and board members of Connecticut Audubon Society.

 Photographs must be taken over the last 25 years at the Coastal Center. This would include the Center Building and grounds such as the marsh observation platform, Long Island Sound observation platform, outer platform, and adjoining sandbar.

Click here for more information, how to sumit your photos, and prizes.



How to Build a Bird & Pollinator Landscape–a Zoom program

photo by Jessica Matteson

Thursday, February 25
7 p.m.                                                                                           

Join Jessica Matteson, RLA, as she discusses the considerations and techniques necessary to build a thriving landscape that supports a diverse community of birds and pollinating insects.  With photos and examples from her own projects, Jessica will go into detail on soil testing, installation techniques, and plant palettes.  Jessica will explain the the benefits of having a pollinator garden including how they reduce harmful pests, increase productivity of flowering plants, fruits and vegetables, and make your garden come alive with beautiful birds and butterflies. This program is presented on Zoom.

Program is free, suggested $10 donation.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and for the Zoom link


Jessica Matteson, RLA
Working with the nuances of light, sound, reflection, air movement, and perspective, as well as the finest natural materials, Jessica Matteson creates landscapes that are experienced with all of the senses. By deeply understanding her clients and their properties through her signature discovery process, her landscapes tell a one-of-a-kind story with the dynamic language of landscape. Jessica’s work is influenced by travel to more than 20 countries to study all genre of landscapes and wild places.  She has a Master of Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in horticulture, both from Cornell University.


Winter Bird Walks with Stefan Martin

February 25, March 11, March 25
9  – 11 a.m.                                                                        

Long-tailed Duck photo by Patrick Comins.

Not all the birds have flown away for the winter.  Join Stefan Martin, habitat steward, for a guided bird walk of Milford Point. Some birds remain here year-round, while some northern species are commonly seen only during the winter months. This includes a diverse group of waterfowl such as Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Ducks, Common and Red-throated Loons. There’s a chance to see Horned Larks or Snow Buntings with the potential for a Lapland Longspur mixed in as well. Gull numbers should be building and we may possibly see some northern Gull species such as Glaucous or Iceland Gull.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The entire program is outdoors, we will be walking over uneven surfaces.  We strongly recommend that you dress for cold temperatures: winter coats, hats, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots. Please bring binoculars, spotting scopes if you have them.  We are not able to loan binoculars at this time.

This program may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather. We will contact you by email and/or phone.

Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

Group is limited to 8 participants.
Members $20, Non-members $25. Pre-registration required.
Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver and return to Louise Crocco at
This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

February 25: Click here to register.
March 11:
Click here to register.
March 25:
Click here to register.


25th Anniversary Challenge

Join the 25thAnniversary Challenge! You can help us launch our next 25 years by donating any multiple of $25 in honor of our 25thAnniversary.

We also hope that you will post the link below to your social media pages.

Click here to make a Donation to the Coastal Center at Milford Point

As many of you know, the Coastal Center is a hidden gem located next to the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

For 25 years the Coastal Center at Milford Point has been a popular educational facility for children and adults, promoting awareness and fostering the preservation of Long Island Sounds ecosystem, birds and other wildlife inhabitants.

The Center now reaches thousands of school children annually with both on-site and outreach programs. Our summer camps, public programs and wildlife sanctuary serve as a resource for many statewide conservation efforts.

Thousands of visitors and birders come to the sanctuary year–round, with this year having record breaking numbers.

You made it possible for us to keep our grounds open when state parks were closed and we are committed to being here for you for years to come.

We need you now more than ever!

Your support has made amazing things happen at the Coastal Center over the past 25 years, and we have a lot more that we can do!

Click here to make a donation to the Coastal Center at Milford Point’s 25th Anniversary Challenge.




Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, & Birthday Parties

For more information about the programs, please click on the links below.  For more information and to schedule a program, please call 203-878-7440 ext. 502 or email

Our 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. 

Our  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.

Look no further! The Coastal Center at Milford Point is the perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday with an outdoor nature exploration program! For more information please contact Louise Crocco at





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