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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

Because of concerns about COVID-19, the Center building is closed and all indoor and outdoor programs are cancelled through the end of April. Summer Camp registration is open; click here for more information. Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries are open for hiking. Please keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other hikers and birders. We will be continually re-evaluating the situation and make decisions accordingly. 

Summer Camp Registration

Children ages 4-14 thrive with an excellent balance of summer fun and discovery. Activities take advantage of the natural features and habitats at the Coastal Center!
Weekly summer camp programs run through August 14.

Sessions fill quickly. Click here for info and to register.

Birding 101: The Series

 

White-throated Sparrow

 

Not all birds fly south for the winter. There’s a diverse community of birds to be found in our backyards. Spend the winter with us fine-tuning your bird watching, feeding, and habitat building skills.  Each month we will offer basics on bird identification as well as more specific information about attracting birds to your yard. These classes are geared towards beginners but all levels are welcome. Program is held indoors and weather permitting, we’ll take a short walk around the grounds. Members $7/class, Non-members $10/class. Pre-registration required.

 

Birding 101: Bird Nesting Boxes  This program has been cancelled.
Sunday, March 29
1:30 -2:30 p.m.
What do bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees, and woodpeckers have in common? They’re cavity nesters. Our teacher/naturalists will share tips 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Sunday Afternoon Talks

Join us for a series of Sunday afternoon talks on topics related to Long Island Sound, the Housatonic River, and your backyard. Programs are indoors. Pre-registration is required.

Oysters and Oystering in Long Island Sound  This program has been cancelled
Sunday, March 22
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join Larry Hernandes, local oysterman, who will share his knowledge of oysters, oyster harvesting and the marine environment of Long Island Sound.
Click here for more information.

Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic River 
Sunday, April 5
1 – 2 p.m.
Join Paul Dinice, fly fisherman extraordinaire, for an informative afternoon of fishing talk.
Click here for more information and to register.

Ospreys: An Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 26
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with a talk about our resident Ospreys at the Coastal Center and the status of Osprey in Connecticut. 
Click here for more information and to register.

Hummingbirds in Your Backyard
Sunday, May 17
1– 2 p.m.
Discover fun facts, amazing adaptations to these jewels of the backyard. We’ll explore the natural history of hummingbirds, their amazing migration journey, and how to attract them to your yard.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

Oysters and Oystering In Long Island Sound

This program has been cancelled.
Sunday, March 22   

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The oyster is often described as a slippery, briny foodie’s delight but to some it’s not so appealing. Whether you love to eat them or not, these fascinating bivalves are an integral part of the Long Island Sound ecosystem. An oyster can filter an average of 50 gallons of water a day! Join us for a talk by local oysterman, Larry Fernandes who will share his experiences and knowledge of harvesting oysters and fishing in Long Island Sound.

Larry Fernandes, of Larry’s Lobsters LLC, has always had a love of the water ever since his father took him lobstering at the age of five. At age eleven he started clamming for fun. In September of 1991, he started his own lobster business. When the lobsters died off in 1999, he started fishing for whelk and began offshore lobstering. Larry went onto open a seafood wholesale company and in 2013 he left the wholesale business and went into oystering. His passion and life-long, extensive knowledge of the marine environment contributes to Larry’s success in oyster farming.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

 

 

 

 

 

Build a Birdhouse

This program had been cancelled.

Sunday, March 29 
3 – 3:45 p.m.

Birds will start their search for the perfect nesting spot to lay eggs and raise their young. Are you ready? Come assemble a functional birdhouse for your yard. We provide the pre-cut wood, screws, and tools. You supply the person-power. Directions for best placement and proper care of birdhouse provided.
Appropriate for adults, families with children age 5 and up.

Members $18/birdhouse, Non-members $23/birdhouse. Pre-registration required.

 

Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic River

This program has been cancelled.

Sunday, April 5
1 – 2 p.m.

Join Paul Dinice, fly fisherman extraordinaire, for an informative afternoon of fishing talk. Paul will share his love and knowledge of fishing along the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound. Discover fishing locations on the lower Housatonic from the Derby Dam to the Sound. Learn about river access points, and the ins and outs of fishing gear, flies, bait, and fish imitations.  He will also hand out a limited number of “A Guide to Stripers in the Housatonic.” Paul began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age and has been exclusively fly fishing since 1980. Paul’s “home” club/organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association and for the past 35 years he has written “Fly of the Month” column for the HFFA newsletter and website.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

Earth Day Bird Walk

This program has been cancelled.

Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. – Noon

Join Frank Mantlik, expert birder and Coastal Center Regional Board member, for an Earth Day bird walk along Milford Point. We’ll look for lingering ducks, gulls, early songbirds and shorebirds, and returning Ospreys and Piping Plovers, as well as just enjoying Mother Nature. Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled for inclement weather.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Appropriate for adults and teens 16 and up. 

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

Ospreys: An Earth Day Celebration

This program has been cancelled

Sunday, April 26
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with a talk about our resident Ospreys at the Coastal Center and the status of Osprey in Connecticut. Learn about their natural history as well as how they rebounded from the endangered species list. Discover the challenges they face, the future outlook for Ospreys, and how we can all become better environmental stewards

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

 This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

 

Spring Bird Walk with Frank Mantlik

Sunday, May 3
9 – 11 a.m.

Join Frank Mantlik, expert birder and Coastal Center Regional Board member, for a bird walk along Milford Point. We’ll look for lingering ducks, gulls, early songbirds, and shorebirds. We’ll check on the Ospreys, and Piping Plovers, as well as just enjoying our time outdoors. Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled for inclement weather.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Appropriate for adults and teens 16 and up.
Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

Girl Scout Badge Day

May 9

Pre-registration required.

10 – 11 a.m. Daisy – Outdoor Art Maker
For more information click here. Click here to register at Girl Scouts of Connecticut website.

11:15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. Brownie – Outdoor Art Creator
For more information click here. Click here to register at Girl Scouts of Connecticut website.

1:30 – 3 p.m.  Juniors – Outdoor Art Explorer
For more information click here. Click here to register at Girl Scouts of Connecticut website.

Beginner Bird Walk – Migration Madness

Friday, May 15
2 – 3:30 p.m.

The Purple Martin Colony at the Coastal Center.

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 and the Purple Martins. Please bring binoculars if you have them or you may borrow a pair from us.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

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

Migration Madness Bird Walk

Saturday, May 16
3 – 5 p.m.

Shorebirds at the Coastal Center. Photo by Anthony Donofrio.

It’s migration madness along the shore. Join Frank Mantlik, expert birder and Coastal Center Regional Board member, for a bird walk along Milford Point. We’ll be searching for a wide variety of bird life during the peak of spring migration.

Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled for inclement weather.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Appropriate for adults and teens 16 and up.
Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.

Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

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

Hummingbirds in Your Backyard

Sunday, May 17
1– 2 p.m.

Discover fun facts, amazing adaptations to these jewels of the backyard. We’ll explore the natural history of hummingbirds, their amazing migration journey, and how to attract them to your yard.
Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.
Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

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

Bird Bingo Scavenger Hunt—kid-friendly family program

Sunday, May 17
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! We’ll explore the habitats of the Coastal Center in search of birds and their behaviors to complete your Bird Bingo Scavenger Hunt.  Where will we find the most birds? What birds will we find? Join us as we search the land, water, and sky. Bring binoculars if you have them.
This is a FREE program.  Pre-registration required.
Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

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

Project Limulus Horseshoe Crab Tagging

Saturday, May 23
12:30 p.m.

OR

Saturday, June 6
Noon

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 outdoors, then will head to the beach in search of horseshoe crabs. Participants should wear shoes or rubber rain boots that can get wet and sandy, a sun hat and plenty of sunscreen; we will be walking out along the beach. Members $9/person; Non-members $12/person. Pre-registration required. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.
Please register for ONE date.

Click here to register for May 23 program. NO WALK INS.  

Click here to register for June 6 program. NO WALK INS.

 

Nature & Bird Walk – Connecticut Trails Day

Photo by A. McNulty

Sunday, June 7
9 – 10:30 a.m.

A guided nature and bird walk of Milford Point. Approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the marsh through the woodlands and along the beach. Includes a stop at the Pollinator Garden and bird feeding stations.  Terrain is level but beach area is rocky.  Wear sturdy shoes, jacket if windy, sun block and sun hat recommended. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Rain cancels the walk. Meet at the front benches.  This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

This program is free but you must register through the Connecticut Forest and Park Association website: www.ctwoodlands.org      NO walk-ins.

 

 

 

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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