News & Visitor Information at the Center at Glastonbury
Click here for our current program schedule.
Sponsor a non-releasable Ambassador Bird. Scroll down for details.
September Audubon Passport Challenge
Participate in our Audubon Passport Program during September to be entered to win 1 of 10 reusable ChicoBags. Additionally, if you get 6 or more stamps in your Passport, you will automatically win a bag! Visit www.ctaudubon.org/passport for the complete rules and information (you must print your own passport before starting your journey). Then get started right here at the Center at Glastonbury!
Located near the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury has taken full advantage of its unique location since its opening in 1982, promoting awareness of the Connecticut River ecosystem and the birds and habitats it supports, and fostering their preservation through education and related activities.
The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers environmental education programs and events throughout the year for children and adults.
Visitors will find hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a bird-watching station, small live animals, a reference library and a nature store. The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, an aviary housing our non-releasable raptors, bird feeders and a picnic area.
The Center is adjacent to the 49.7-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows, and bluffs overlooking Holland Brook, and culminating at the Connecticut River. The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree. There are trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding; scroll down for more info, maps & guide.
Glastonbury’s Outdoor Aviary Is Home to these Raptors
Cookie, a Barred Owl who was hit by a car and has blurred vision.
Barred Owls measure about 17-24 inches, weigh just under two pounds, eat small mammals and live in suburban neighborhoods and dense woods in the eastern United States and Canada.
Buddy, a Broad-winged Hawk who lost part of a wing when hit by a car.
Broad-winged hawks measure 15-17 inches, weigh 9-20 pounds, eat small mammals, amphibians and insects, and live in forests in eastern United States, most of southern Canada, the pacific slope of southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Trinity, a Red-tailed Hawk who lost the use of one ear and one eye when hit by a car.
Red-tailed Hawks measure 18-26 inches, weigh about 3.5 pounds, eat birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians ,and live in scrub desert, grasslands, farm fields, pastures, parks, woodlands & tropical rain forests in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
You may observe them during any daylight hours, whether our Center is open or not.
Sponsor an Ambassador Bird
Sponsoring one of the Ambassador Birds in the Center at Glastonbury’s outdoor aviary is a rewarding way to ensure the welfare of a bird of prey that cannot survive on its own. It’s a unique present for someone special or as a treat for yourself!
Your sponsorship will support the daily upkeep of your chosen bird, including the considerable amount of scrumptious raptor feed it eats (yes, that does include dead mice and rats!).
You can also honor your favorite person, organization, teacher, or class with the gift of an owl or hawk sponsorship. It’s the perfect way to symbolically introduce them to the hunters of the sky!
Click here for details and a sponsorship form.
Do Not Bring Distressed Wildlife to Connecticut Audubon
If you care, leave it there is usually the best thing you can do for a bird or animal that appears distressed but shows no visible sign of physical injury.
But if it is injured, it may need help.
However, do NOT bring any wildlife to The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury or any other Connecticut Audubon facility.
We are neither licensed, trained nor equipped to care for it. Leaving an injured animal on our doorstep when we are closed gives it a probable death sentence.
Click here for more wildlife info from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division.
Earle Park (right outside our door) and Beyond
The Town of Glastonbury’s 49.7-acre Earle Park, with its Tom’s Pond, Holland Brook and 2 miles of trails, runs from our Center to the Connecticut River and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. On a kiosk between our entrance and the park are trail maps which may be borrowed for use while you are hiking, or, if you wish to plan ahead, you may click here to download a printable copy. For more details about the park’s features, click here for our trail guide for group leaders.
The Glastonbury Pony Club uses many of the trails for horseback riding. It is named in memory of Dr. B. Baylis Earle and his family, the previous owners. Before 1900 it was used as a farm. Most trees are no older than this.
Nearby are the town-owned historic Cider Mill and Red Hill Open Space. Both are connected to the park by a publicly accessible pathway; click here for a map and a bit of history.
The adjacent Old Church Cemetery was established in 1823; click here for photos. The dirt dug from the graves was dumped along side the cemetery, creating the embankment where the trail runs.
It is a popular place – people are dying to get in there!
How many people are dead in there? All of them!
Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control
Woodpecker damage is a wide-spread problem, not just here in the Glastonbury area. Unfortunately, we know of no sure-fire solutions, but check these sources for further information:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers’ findings about why the birds may have selected your house and possible deterrents: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/wp_about/.
CT DEEP “Dealing with Woodpecker Problems: https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/wildlife/pdf_files/outreach/fact_sheets/wdpckrproblems.pdf.
Ensworth Charitable Foundation funds East Hartford Public Schools’ Participation in Science in Nature Education Program
June 1, 2019 – All students in grades kindergarten and 1 from the East Hartford Public Schools district will participate in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s award-winning Science in Nature Education Program at the Center at Glastonbury, thanks to a generous $20,0000 grant from the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Click here for full press release.
Kate Reamer is Named Director of the Center at Glastonbury
July 7, 2018 – Please welcome Kate Reamer as the new director of the Center at Glastonbury!
Kate, a Glastonbury resident with extensive experience in outdoor environmental education, replaces Michelle Eckman, who has held the position on an interim basis for two years. Michelle will be returning to her position as Connecticut Audubon’s education director.
Kate will be working part-time until September 4. Until then, she will be in the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kate spent many years teaching and managing environmental education programs along the east coast before moving to Glastonbury nine years ago with her husband to raise their two daughters.
She has a degree in marine biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and has taught outdoor education programs in the Florida Keys, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island.
Before she moved to Glastonbury, Kate was the Director of the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative AmeriCorps Program in Providence, where she managed a team of AmeriCorps members trained to teach environmental education programs in Rhode Island’s cities.
She spent this past year volunteering at the Center at Glastonbury as the volunteer coordinator. Kate has also been on the board of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and the Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association.
Dan Miller, Winner of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award
The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Dan Miller, a longtime volunteer at the Center at Glastonbury, with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award, at its annual meeting on Oct. 15, 2017, in Sherman, Conn.
He was one of four honorees this year.
Dan has spent the past nine years volunteering roughly 4,620 hours at the Center at Glastonbury. You can read more about it here.
From I-84 in East Hartford: Take Exit 55/Route 2 East to Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.
From I-91 North: Take Exit 25 to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.
From I-91 South: Take Exit 25N to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.
From Middletown: Go east on Route 66 to Route 17 North. Follow through South Glastonbury. Our Center is on the left.
From Marlborough and Southeast: Take Route 2 West to Exit 10. Turn left, then turn right at first stop sign. At first stop light, turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow for 3 miles to Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Our Center is ¼ mile on the left.