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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

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.: December 19, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursdays 10 – 11 a.m.: January 17, 31
Thursdays 1:30 -2:30 p.m.: December 20, January 10, 24, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 14, 21, 28


Backyard Birding

This program has been cancelled due to predicted weather conditions.
Sunday, January 20
1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Not all birds fly south for the winter. Many stay here in Connecticut and are showing off for you. The wonderful windows of the center’s observation room are your ticket to exploring the world of winter birds.

Join our teacher-naturalist to learn the field marks that help you identify the birds. Discover which birds are at our feeders and yours during the winter season, what they like to eat, and their unique behaviors. Get tips on how to create a bird-friendly backyard and what seed and feeders to use.

Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person. Pre-registration required.



Little Naturalists – Colors of Winter

Tuesdays: January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26
10 – 10:45 a.m.

Winter winds are blowing so come on down and get cozy at the Coastal Center. Explore the colors of winter and learn how animals and plants survive the winter months. From blue jays to purple urchins and more, join us for a different colorful adventure each week. Each class includes a story, hands-on activities, and a craft for child and adult to do together.

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.

January 22:  Click here to register.
January 29:  Click here to register.
February 5:   Click here to register.
February 12: Click here to register.
February 19: Click here to register.
February 26: Click here to register.


Groundhog Day

Sunday, February 3
1 – 2 p.m.

Only one animal has a day named after him! Learn all about this “super sleeper” and other hibernators that live in the Northeast. How do these animals stay warm all winter long? How did Punxsutawney Phil come to predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter? Learn about the science of shadows, make your own self-portrait shadow silhouette and make your own spring arrival prediction!  For families with children age 5 and up.

Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person

Click here to register.

February School Day Out

Friday, February 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

School’s closed! We’re open! Discover how animals and plants cope with winter’s varying conditions. We’ll make our own snow, experiment with water and ice, create a unique wintery art project and make a treat for our outdoor animal friends. Please dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. Participants should bring a water bottle, two nut-free snacks and a nut-free lunch. Grades K– 5.

Members $63; Non-members $73.

To register, click here.



Sunday, February 24
1:30 -2:30 p.m.

 Have you ever opened your front door and no one was there? But, you know you heard knocking. Who’s that knocking on your house? It might have been a woodpecker. Join us for this indoor program that will set you on your way to becoming a woodpecker expert. Learn the woodpecker’s role in our back yard ecosystem, how to identify the basic species and their physical characteristics, and how to attract these fascinating birds to your feeders. Their acrobatic antics will add some pizazz to your feeders…and, by the way, we will also tell you how to stop prank door knocks. 

Members $5/person, Non-members $8/person.

To register, click here.



This Old Birdhouse

Sunday, March 10
1 – 2 p.m.

Calling all environmental engineers! Spring will be here before we know it. Birds will start their search for the perfect nesting spot to lay eggs and raise their young. Build a birdhouse with wood and recycled materials. Plans to make another at home and placement suggestions will be included. For families with children age 5 and up. One birdhouse per family.

Members $15/family, Non-members $25/family.

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.



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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