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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

Customized programs offered all year:

Let your child celebrate a birthday with a party at the Center at Glastonbury – click here to learn how!

From Daisies & Cubs to Gold & Eagle, we can offer your scouts customized science and nature-related programs, either here or at your site – click here for info.

 

Budding Naturalists (Ages 1-5)

Wednesdays November 21 & 28, 9:30-11

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033
(glastonbury@ctaudubon.org / 860-633-8402)

Children ages 1-5 will explore the wonders of nature with their favorite adults! Autumn wildflowers are blooming, leaves are turning colors and animals are on the move. We’ll discover what animals and plants are doing as the season changes.

Each class includes a story, craft for child & adult to do together, and an outdoor exploration if weather permits. Classes are taught by Jessica Maack, a certified preschool teacher with a background in environmental studies. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please.

Remaining programs in this series of 5 are:
     November 21: Squash, Pumpkins & Gourds
     November 28: Old Cider Mill

Connecticut Audubon members $15/class, non-members $17 (preregistration required; no walk-ins).
Click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

 

Birds in Winter (Ages 5-11)

Horned Lark (Lea Kessler Shaw Photo)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 2-4 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033
(glastonbury@ctaudubon.org / 860-633-8402)

Brrr, it’s cold outside! How do Birds stay warm in winter? Look at different types of feathers, make a bird feeder to take home, meet one of our raptors, go for a walk to observe bird behavior, and warm up back at the center with a mug of hot chocolate. Dress warmly!

This is a family program for children ages 5-11 with their favorite adult.

Connecticut Audubon member $5, nonmember $8; family max $20. Click here to Reserve your space.

 

Great Meadow Land Trust Winter Walks

Winter Birding (Bob MacDonnell Photo)

Join other outdoor enthusiasts for the 2019 Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks on various land trust properties in central Connecticut, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield, and Goodwin College.

Dates are January 1, 6, 12, 20 & 26 and February 2, 10 & 17. Walks meet at various times and locations; click here for the complete schedule.

Dress for the Weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. These areas are used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Call Jim Woodworth for the latest information, 860-808-9968. Free.

 

Winter Nature Photography (2-Part Series)

Hampton Brook at Trail Wood Sanctuary

Saturdays, January 12 & 19, 2019, 10-11:30.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033
(glastonbury@ctaudubon.org / 860-633-8402)

Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean it’s time to put the camera away for the winter. Be inspired by professional photographer and teaching artist, Craig Norton, to get outside and shoot in any conditions. You’ll get tips and techniques for capturing beautiful images of snow, ice, wood and stone. Any type of camera and all skill levels welcome.

Connecticut Audubon member $60, non-member $70 for the series. Please click here to reserve your space.

 

Friday, February 22 – Save The Date!

Mountainfilm on Tour is returning to Glastonbury with a new selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the 2018 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.

Held at the Smith Middle School on Friday, February 22, 2019, 7-9:30 p.m., the show will explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Mountainfilm on Tour in Glastonbury is hosted by The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. Watch this space for more details and individual ticket information.

If you would like to sponsor this event in support of our conservation work, please click here.

Click the arrow below for some scenes from the 2018 films:

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10 a.m. – noon  (Registration Deadline April 19)

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

The Girl Scouts of Connecticut will offer activities to help girls achieve the objectives of one or two of the following badges:

Brownie Outdoor Adventurer: Earle Park has all of the elements for an exciting and joyous outdoor adventure like streams, a pond, hills, and trees. Together, we will explore it all, including a study of the clouds to learn what they can tell us about the upcoming weather! We will provide a nature journal where you can record your observations and write down your favorite experiences of the day. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2, 3. *Badge not included with program. For: troop, individual w/adult.
Fee: $14 girl, $2 adult. Times: 10-11 (register here) or 11-12 (register here).

Brownie Outdoor Art Creator: The colors, shapes, and sounds of nature have always been an inspiration for artists. Join us to learn about nature journaling and use nature and natural materials to create your own works of art. You will come away with nature-inspired art and gifts just in time for Mother’s Day! Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2 & 3. *Badge not included with program. For: troop, individual w/adult.
Fee: $14 girl $2 adult. Times: 10-11 (register here) or 11-12 (register here).

Junior Flowers: Join us to use different tools and microscopes to look deeply and closely at different parts of flowers! Learn about the jobs of each part of the flower and compare different types of flowers to see their differences and similarities. We will then take our investigation outdoors to learn about our local flowers and the plants that create them. You’ll learn how to determine which flowers use smell and which use color to attract their pollinators. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2, 3. For: troop, individual w/adult.
Fee: $14 girl, $2 adult. Times: 10-11 (register here) or 11-12 (register here).

Junior Outdoor Art Explorer: Join us to explore art and music in nature. The sounds, textures, and colors of the natural world can provide inspiration for both visual art and music. Explore the natural environment of Earle Park and become inspired to create your own artwork. We will provide watercolor and acrylic paints, brushes, pencils, and paper. Girl Scouts must provide other desired art supplies. Please bring your own camera; smartphones are acceptable to use as cameras. Helps accomplish Steps 2, 3 & 4. *Badge not included with program. For: troop, individual w/adult.
Fee: $14 girl $2 adult. Times: 10-11 (register here) or 11-12 (register here).

Senior Locavore: Some of the best ways to care for our environment include watching what we eat and where we obtain it. Eating local food reduces our carbon footprint and is healthier for us, too! Together, we will learn how to grow our own food, identify some local edible plants, discuss the benefits to habitat and human health, and prepare a simple yet delicious meal with food that we harvest ourselves. We will also share some additional recipes you can take back home. Helps accomplish Steps 1, 2, 3. *Badge not included with program. For: troop, individual, individual w/adult.
Fee: $14 girl, $2 adult. Time: 10-12 (register here).

 

Master Naturalist Training Course

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

The next offering of this periodic 8-session series is not yet scheduled. If you are interested in a future class, please contact Kate Reamer at 860-633-8402 ext 205 or kreamer@ctaudubon.org.

Learn about our region’s natural history through Connecticut Audubon’s Master Naturalist program, an eight-week series of field experiences.

Topics will include ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more during 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts. The latest course syllabus is here.

Tentative cost is $205 for Connecticut Audubon members, $260 for non-members (includes one-year membership). In exchange for this greatly reduced training fee, we ask for a 40 hour volunteer commitment during the succeeding year.

This limited-size class usually fills quickly so, if you are interested, claim your seat promptly when the next dates are announced. Registrations are not accepted after a series has begun.

 

Animal Care Program

Turtellini (Eastern Box Turtle) getting some TLC

What is the Animal Care Program?

The animals at the Center at Glastonbury are a part of many of our education programs and need care 6 days a week to stay healthy and happy. Animal care is important, yet can be expensive and time-consuming.

Our Animal Care Program is an opportunity for people to volunteer their time and bond with a live animal, while also providing the organization with invaluable assistance that we otherwise could not afford.

Responsibilities include weekly care on a specific day or days of the week.  Care usually includes feeding, changing or filling the water container, cleaning of the cage, and socialization with the animals.

Do I have to have experience?

Training will be provided by the staff.  Each animal has different requirements, so training is required whenever you begin working with a new animal. All that is required is a willingness to learn and follow instructions. And a few other things…

What is required to be an animal caretaker?

  • You must be at least 7 years old.
  • Individual or family must be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society.
  • Children under age 16 MUST BE accompanied by an adult during EACH animal care-taking session.

For more information, please click here for program details and a printable application form or contact our Animal Care Coordinator, Linda Hincks, at animalcare@ctaudubon.org.

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Let your child celebrate his/her next birthday at our nature center!

Each 90-minute party includes your choice of teacher-led programs, such as a hands-on experience with some of our animals, exploring Tom’s Pond in adjacent Earle Park or a walk in the woods; the rest of the time is yours to plan and prepare for.

Please click here for a brochure with all the details you need to know and here for an application form which can be printed, completed and brought, emailed or mailed to the center to schedule your party.

Note that your party is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation notice from us.

 

Nature Programs for Girl and Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

From Daisies and Cubs to Gold and Eagle, the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has programs and project ideas for every age. Our staff looks forward to working with you help your scouts achieve science and nature-related badge requirements, including conservation, ecology, habitats and bird study.

Watch this page for periodic badge workshops offered here by your state organizations.

If you would like a customized program for your scouts, either here or at your site, please contact Catie Resor at cresor@ctaudubon.org or 860-633-8402 ext 204.

 

 

 

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