EcoTravel General Information and Registration
For over 50 years, Connecticut Audubon Society’s EcoTravel has been offering trips for birders, naturalists, and travelers, locally, throughout the United States, and around the world. We offer day trips, overnight travel, and many special programs, including custom tours, family adventures, and rarity chases. The places we visit are among the most environmentally significant and interesting habitats in Connecticut and the world. EcoTravel trips are led by Andy Griswold, Director of EcoTravel, or the Society’s scientists, naturalists, and qualified volunteers. Our tour leaders are experienced, personable, and enthusiastic about sharing these special adventures with you.
EcoTravel COVID-19 Disclaimer
Your participation in Connecticut Audubon Society events is an acceptance of all COVID-19 related risks and expenses, and releases Connecticut Audubon Society, its staff, and partners of all liability regarding such. Click Here for Protocols.
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To register or for more information on the EcoTravel programs, please call the EcoTravel staff at 860-767-0660 or email us at:
Andy Griswold, Director of EcoTravel
Matt Bell, Travel Specialist
Overnight Registration Forms and General Terms of Travel
Forms are required only for Overnight Tours. Call us for Day Trip registration. Click Here for the Forms.
Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
PO Box 903
Essex, Connecticut 06426
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Custom and Private Tours
We offer you custom tour design assistance, including private tours for you, your family, or a private group. Give us a call if you would like more information on these special services.
Have you ever wanted to search for a rarity near Connecticut, but couldn’t find directions, or were concerned about going alone? Here’s your chance to join CAS EcoTravel Rarities Expeditions. We’ll provide the transportation, driver(s), company, and experienced leadership. This is how it works: first, call EcoTravel to sign on. When a bird of significance is in the area, EcoTravel will contact you with the chance to join the adventure. You have the option to come along or wait for the next big rarity. The fee will be determined by how far we have to drive for each bird. In the event that we fill our vans, and you would still like to come along, we can provide you with a reduced rate for driving your own vehicle. Call 800-996-8747 to get your name on the list!
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-6073.
Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.
The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
Family travel can offer some of the most joyful and cherished experiences of our lives. Perhaps you can remember how a journey somewhere helped shape your own life, or helped create memories and understanding and love among family members. I know that holds true for many of us at CAS. But if you’ve ever traveled with your family to some of the world’s wild places, you already know that there is no experience that brings people closer together. There’s a real thrill that accompanies discovering wildlife and meeting people from different cultures in a friendly, easy way. That’s the kind of atmosphere we try to create for families on all of our tours. Please, call for special family rates.
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Amazing Amazon Cruises
Year-round Departures. Seven Days!
Our most popular cruise explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of Amazonia. On an eight-cabin expedition vessel, travelers venture far up some of the least inhabited rivers in the Amazon Basin for a full seven days and explore areas rarely visited, seeking out the mysterious life in the heart of the Amazon. This is the most thorough, detailed, and sophisticated trip offered in the entire Amazon and comes with rave reviews from past participants. Guides are accomplished local naturalists. This is a trip of a lifetime, easy for seniors and families! Fee starts at $3,795 per person. Extensions are available to Iguacu Falls, Machu Picchu, Pantanal, Galapagos, and Ecuadorian Highlands. Call for details.
Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
Galapagos, a remote archipelago where life goes on much as it has for millions of years, is the world’s greatest living laboratory for study and observation of nature. Here the animals have no fear of humans, and you can be at one with nature as nowhere else on Earth. Over centuries, animal and plant life reached the islands and gradually evolved into new life forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins in arm’s reach. Cabins available from $4,700 per person. Ecuadorian Highland, Machu Picchu, and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call or email for more detail. Call for details.