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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.

 

 

Nesting Shorebirds – The 2020 Season at Milford Point

Friday, October 2 DATE CHANGE TO Saturday, October 3
9:30 – 11 a.m. 

Join Coastal Ranger Kat Gillis as we walk along the shore recounting the exciting shore bird breeding season. Learn how the Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers adapted in order to coexist with humans and adverse weather events of this summer.  

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The entire program is outdoors, we will be walking along the shore. 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 is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).  

This program is for adults only. Group is limited to eight participants. Please bring binoculars. Members $15, Non-members $20.  These walks may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather. Pre-registration required. Once registered, participants will need to complete and return a waiver. This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.    

Click here to register for Saturday, October 3 

 

Programs for Home Learners

Join us for an unplugged morning of outdoor explorations for your home learning students. 

Map Making (Cartography) for ages 9-11
Tuesday, October 6
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Be an explorer or a pirate! Want to know how to get to your destination or find the treasure? Maps are the answer! Before there was GPS, paper maps ruled, and the cartographers that made them!  Join teacher-naturalist Jenn Silberger to discover the many different types of maps and learn how to read them. Walk the Coastal Center trails to observe your surroundings and then make a map of your own. ** Supplies for making the maps will be provided, if you prefer to bring your own supplies, a list is provided below.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer.

Group is limited to eight participants. This is a drop-off program.
Members $20, Non-members $25. Pre-registration required.
This program may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather.
A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.
This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

Click here to register

**Supplies for making the maps will be provided, if you prefer to bring your own supplies, a list is provided.

Supply list
8×10 sheet of paper or larger (supply a few in case of mistakes)
Box of colored pencils or crayons
Clip board or hard surface to write on
Pencil with a good eraser

 

Furry Friends in the Fall –  for ages 6-8 
Wednesday, October 28
10 – 11 a.m.

Teacher-naturalist Jennifer Silberger will lead you on a search of the Coastal Center sanctuary for signs of animals preparing for winter. Discover how animals go “shopping” in nature as they prepare for the winter season. 

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

Group is limited to eight participants. This is a drop-off program.
Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration required. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather.
A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.
This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

Click here to register

 

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Bird Walk with Stefan Martin

Thursday, October 8
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 habitat 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 physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet 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.  
A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.
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.

Click here to register

 

Striped Bass Fishing on the Housatonic—A Walk and Talk

Sunday, October 11, 2020        
1:00 – 2:00 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. Learn about river access points, and the ins and outs of fishing gear, flies, bait, and fish imitations, lures, and bit about spin casting  He will also hand out a limited number of “A Guide to Stripers in the Housatonic.” Tables will be set up to display gear and types of flies.

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. His “closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine.  Paul has organized numerous small fly fishing expo’s here in Connecticut. 

The entire presentation will take place outside, including a short walk to the shoreside viewing deck to point out fishing locations. Spaced seating will be available. Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 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 is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

This program is for adults only. Group is limited to 10 participants.
Members $20, Non-members $25. Pre-registration required.
These walks may be cancelled due to adverse weather. Program participants will be notified in the event of any weather related program changes.

Online waivers for each participant must be completed and returned to the Coastal Center before arrival.
Click here for waivers.
This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

Pre-registration required. No walk-ins permitted.
Click here to register.

 

The Big Sit! A great chance to support bird conservation

Help the Coastal Center’s Birds by Supporting the Big Sit Bird Challenge!

Thw Surf Scopers Big Sit 2019 photo by Frank Mantlik

Six of New England’s best birders will be representing the Connecticut Audubon Society in this year’s International Big Sit Bird Challenge, to be held Sunday, October 11.

The event is a fundraiser for the Coastal Center at Milford Point. The team — Frank Mantlik, Jim and Patrick Dugan, Frank Gallo, Tina Green, and Tom Murray, dubbed the Surf Scopers — will be trying to raise more than $5,000 by identifying as many species of birds as possible from one spot (an observation platform in the dunes).

This year the Coastal Center at Milford Point will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary, every dollar you pledge will help us sustain our important, far-reaching, education and conservation efforts. 

Click here to help the Coastal Center by making a Big Sit donation!

Your generous support will protect threatened nesting birds such as Purple Martins and Piping Plovers. It will fund adult birding courses, lectures, and field trips, and will deliver school programs to thousands of children in the Milford-New Haven area. 

Remember, 100% of your donation directly supports these activities at the Coastal Center at Milford Point! Thank you for your generosity! 

All the best,
Shari Greenblatt
Southwest Regional Director

And the Surf Scopers
Jim Dugan, Patrick Dugan, Tina Green, Frank Gallo, Frank Mantlik and Tom Murray

Donate here to make the Surf Scopers Big Sit day a big success!

 

 

CANOE TRIPS AT THE COASTAL CENTER

Our fall trips are sold out. Please check back in the late spring for information about future canoe trips.

Sunday, October 4 at 12 p.m.
Coastal Center Canoes sold out
Bring Your Own Kayak sold out

Sunday, October 18 at 11:30 a.m.
Coastal Center Canoes sold out
Bring Your Own Kayak sold out

Join us on a guided canoe tour of the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh. Steeped in local history, the marsh offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas and a chance to paddle and relax. This guided tour is great outdoor adventure. We provide the canoes, equipment, and guide. You provide the paddling power.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing (6-feet apart from participants not in your “family” group).

The entire program is outdoors and will last approximately 2.5 hours. Please wear shoes that can get wet, bring water, a sun hat, and apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. It is often cooler at the coast, we suggest bringing a jacket.
 Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

Please bring a snack and water—we will stop halfway through for a rest and snack.

Please review the following information before registering:

For the safety of all participants you must register by boat. You are responsible to provide all the people necessary to paddle the boat. All participants should reside together per state guidelines. People who know each other may also share a canoe.
Two or three people are required for canoes.
Only Bring Your Own Boat single kayakers may register as an individual.
Participants are expected to be physically able to paddle the entire trip.
To paddle you must be 15 years or older
Minimum age – 8 years old
Anyone 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult on all trips
All equipment is included when using a Coastal Center canoe
It is recommended that one person in each canoe have some paddling experience.

Coastal Center Canoes We provide the PFDs, paddles, canoes. Two or three people are required per boat to use canoes.
Members: 2-person canoe $70, 3-person canoe $90
Non-members: 2-person canoe $90, 3-person canoe $120.

Bring Your Own Kayak a limited amount of spaces are available. You must pre-register to participate in the tour. You must bring your own boat, equipment, PFDs, paddles.  Launching is not permitted at the Coastal Center at anytime unless you are pre-registered with our group.
Members: 1-person kayak $25.
Non-members: 1-person kayak $30.

These trips may be cancelled or postponed on short notice due to adverse weather, including wind. For windy days, please call the Center an hour in advance of the trip 203-878-7440 to confirm that the trip is still running.

Pre-registration required. Walk-ins not permitted.

Online waivers for each participant must be completed and returned to the Coastal Center before arrival.
Adults must sign waivers for anyone under 18.
Click here for waivers.

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

 

 

 

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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