General Information

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.

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EcoTravel trips are led by Andy Griswold, Director of EcoTravel, Priscilla Wood, EcoTravel Assistant, or the Society’s scientists, naturalists, and qualified volunteers.  Our tour leaders are experienced, personable, and enthusiastic about sharing these special experiences with you.

For further information about EcoTravel’s trips, programs, registration, and travel procedures, please contact the EcoTravel office at 860-767-0660 or 1-800-996-8747; Andy Griswold at; or Priscilla Wood at

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Special Programs


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.



Rarity Chases
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!

Travel Insurance Protection
Any U.S. citizen traveling these days should consider insurance protection. Reasonably priced coverage is available to provide protection against financial loss due to trip cancellation or delay, as well as lost baggage. In addition, your U.S.-based health plan may not cover you outside of the US. Additional insurance to cover an emergency medical evacuation, trip delay, lost baggage, etc. is available through our provider. To acquire insurance, travelers may contact the CAS office (800-996-8747) to have us send a brochure or call the insurance company (Travelex) directly at 1-800-228-9792. Travelers will need to give the following number to Travelex to be sure to get the best insurance plan and to associate you with Connecticut Audubon Society:

Location Number: 07-6073   Suggested Coverage: Travel Max

You may also Click Here to get a Travel Insurance Quote and be directly linked to Travelex.

Family Rates
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.



Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426

Andrew Griswold, Director

Priscilla Wood,
EcoTravel Assistant

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