Coastal Center Programs & Events
Adopt a Purple Martin Gourd for the 2019 Nesting Season
The Coastal Center at Milford Point is one of the largest of the 30 monitored Purple Martin colonies in the state. For Purple Martins, conservation efforts are essential. The birds build nests only in man-made houses — often plastic or natural gourds. Your adoption of a Purple Martin gourd will greatly aid our citizen science efforts. Coastal Center volunteers monitor and maintain the nests throughout the April to August season, which helps the nestlings survive and fledge at a higher rate.
With each adoption there will be:
- A numbered, paper cut-out gourd, including your chosen name, to be hung inside at the Center. A matching numbered gourd will be placed outside for the Purple Martins.
- Weekly updates will be sent as the season progresses (via email) of the gourds that have nests being built in them.
- A copy of the end of season report.
By adopting a Purple Martin gourd, you will be helping to provide housing for this human-dependent songbird. Purple Martin gourd adoptions also make great gifts for members of your family or friends! A limited amount of gourds are available. Adoption fees are $50 per gourd. Click here to adopt your gourd today!
Project Limulus – Horseshoe Crab Tagging
Saturday, June 15 THIS SESSION IS FULL.
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Project Limulus researchers from Sacred Heart University will share information about this ongoing research and monitoring program studying horseshoe crab ecology in Long Island Sound.
The program will begin with a brief introduction and information session indoors, then will head to the beach in search of horseshoe crabs. Participants should wear shoes or rain boots that can get wet and sandy; we will be walking out along the beach. We also suggest a hat and plenty of sun-block too.
Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person
Pre-registration is required. NO WALK-INS.
For more information about Project Limulus please check out The Sacred Heart University Project Limulus website here
Naturalist Training Program
Tuesdays: September 3 – November 5
(except for October 1, 8 a.m. -noon)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 15
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Naturalist Training Program provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks (see our graduates from 2018). Training programs prepare adults of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.
Classes are taught by field experts. The cost is $260 for members and $315 for non-members (includes Connecticut Audubon Society membership). As part of the tuition, participants must be able to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class. Application deadline is Thursday, August 15. To download the application, click here. To view our brochure, click here.
Classes will be held at each of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Southwest Region Centers: Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield (September 3, 17; October 8, 15, 29); Birdcraft, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield (October 1); and the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford (September 10, 24; October 22, November 5). For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes.
Birthday Parties and Scouts
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!