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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

Mountainfilm on Tour Comes to Hartford on March 24: Get Your Tickets Now!

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30)

Infinity Hall, 32 Front St, Hartford 06103

Buy tickets here!

Mountainfilm on Tour returns with a new selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, and inspiring documentaries curated from the 2019 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.

We’ll show more than a dozen short films: exciting, colorful, and thought-provoking movies about rock climbing, mountain biking, downhill skiing, mountain culture, and global conservation issues.

These films connect us to fascinating parts of the world and those who explore it in unique ways.

Premium admission: Your $75 ticket brings you preferred seating and an invitation to a 5:30-6:30 pre-show VIP Event, including cocktail hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks!

General admission: $25.

Get your tickets here! Or further support our work and promote your business by becoming a sponsor; click here for options!

All proceeds benefit the conservation, education, and animal care programs at Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Glastonbury.

Click here for short videos from the 2019 tour.

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033
(glastonbury@ctaudubon.org860-633-8402)

 

It’s Time to Register Your Child(ren) for Summer Camp at Glastonbury

9 weeks: June 22 – August 21. Capacity is limited and popular weeks sell out early, so reserve the one(s) you want now! Click here for details and to reserve your child(ren)’s space.

 

Customized programs offered all year:

Let your child celebrate a birthday with a party at the Center at Glastonburyclick 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.

Science in Nature education programs for pre-k through grade 8 – at our Center or your school/site. Educators please click here for details.

Click here for more info about our center and our resident raptors.


Please note:
Programs with insufficient advance registrations may be canceled.
Be sure to register for the program(s) you want, so we’ll know you’re coming.

 

Night Series One: Coyotes & Black Bears in Connecticut

Eastern Coyote

Photo by Rebecca Richardson from Wikipedia under the cc-by-2.0 license

Fridays, February 21 & March 27, 7-8:30 (note new dates)

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

In this 3-part series, delve deep into the lives of bobcats, coyotes and black bears  in Connecticut. Learn from a Master Wildlife Conservationist about these animals’ behavior, habitat, anatomy, diet, how to protect these animals and how keep yourself safe. There will be opportunities to feel their pelts, see their ID tags used by DEEP Wildlife and to look at molds of their tracks and skulls. Each session will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, discussion, and Q&A.

Remaining sessions:
February 21: Coyotes (rescheduled from Mar 13)
March 27: Black Bears (rescheduled from Feb 21)

Connecticut Audubon members $10/class, non-members $15. Preregistration required; please click here to reserve your seat.

 

Legislative Update: Environmental Initiatives

Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m.

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

In 2020, the Connecticut General Assembly will be running a “short session” from February to May. There will be a significant amount of legislation considered affecting wildlife, open space, clean water, protection from chemicals like PFAS, and in particular many initiatives relating to renewable energy and climate change mitigation.

Join a discussion of these issues led by Stephen Lewis, who will provide a preview of these expected bills and how citizens can be more involved and follow the action more closely. Stephen is a member of the CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and a volunteer on their legislative committee, has 13 years of experience working on staff in the General Assembly and is a Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist and volunteer presenter.

This event is free, but, since seating is limited, please click here or call 860-633-8402 to reserve your space.

 

Budding Naturalists: Animal Adaptations (Ages 1-5)

Wednesdays, March 11 – April 8, 10-11:30

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

Start their love of nature early. This five-week series with Teacher Naturalist Jessica LaPolt is for ‘budding naturalists’ ages 1-5 and their favorite adult(s).

In these sessions, children will learn about each animal at our center and how its special adaptations make it unique. Each class incorporates a book, a short discussion, an art project, a hike, and the investigation of a live animal.

5-class series: Connecticut Audubon member $100, non-member $125 (preregistration required; no walk-ins). Please click here to register your child(ren).

 

Sponsor Mountainfilm on Tour to Support Local Conservation

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Infinity Hall, 32 Front St, Hartford 06103

Don’t miss this opportunity to support the conservation, education, and animal programs of Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Glastonbury!

On March 24, the Center at Glastonbury will  present its third annual Mountainfilm on Tour festival.

We will be showing more than a dozen short films from the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado: Exciting, colorful and thought-provoking movies about  rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, mountain culture, and global conservation issues.

These films connect us to fascinating parts of the world and those who explore it in unique ways.

More than 325 guests attended last year’s event. This year we are thrilled to be holding our event at Infinity Music Hall, where we anticipate a sell-out crowd of almost 400!

As a Mountainfilm sponsor you will receive recognition and exposure to all Connecticut Audubon members and supporters (more than 20,000 contacts), in at least one issue of Infinity Hall’s weekly “In The Know” newsletter sent to 65,000 subscribers, through social media outlets with more than 10,000 followers, plus your name, logo, and advertisement will be in the evening’s program distributed to all attendees and to top supporters.  

Over the years, the Center at Glastonbury has educated more than 20,000 K-12 students in the greater Hartford area. Some 30,000 community members have taken part in various adult, family and youth programs over the past five years. 

All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Glastonbury’s animal, conservation and education programs. Your support will also make it possible for one school in our region to participate in Mountainfilm for Students, a free screening of films supported by educational components.

Please take a moment to consider the options below to support this program and to have a presence in the Mountainfilm on Tour event program.

All sponsors will have the opportunity to receive premium tickets that will give you access to preferred seating and a pre-show cocktail hour.  We look forward to you joining us for this fun evening supporting local conservation!

 

Budding Naturalists: Humans & Habitats (Ages 1-5)

Class Observing Tom’s Pond @Earle Park

Wednesdays, April 22 – May 20, 10-11:30

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

Start their love of nature early. This five-week series with Teacher-Naturalist Jessica LaPolt is for “budding naturalists” ages 1-5 and their favorite adult(s).

In these sessions, children will learn about the impacts humans have on the environment by exploring different areas of Earle Park. Each class incorporates a book, a short discussion, an art project, a hike the use of our scientific equipment.

5-class series: Connecticut Audubon member $100, non-member $125. Pre-registration required; no walk-ins. Please click here to register your child(ren).

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. – noon  (registration deadline April 22)

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

The Girl Scouts of Connecticut will offer activities to help girls achieve the objectives of one or two of the following badges (badges not included with programs):

Brownie Outdoor Adventurer (10-11 or 11-12)
Brownie Outdoor Art Creator (10-11 or 11-12)
Junior Flowers (10-11 or 11-12)
Junior Outdoor Art Explorer (10-11 or 11-12)
Senior Locavore (10-12)

Click here for program details and to register.

 

Register Now for Summer Camp: Exploring Nature in Earle Park

Summer Camp 2020 runs June 22 – August 21 (9 weeks) at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033 (glastonbury@ctaudubon.org / 860-633-8402).

June 22-26  — Adaptations I
June 29July 2 — Wild Jobs
(July 3 — No Camp)
July 6-10 — Survival Skills I
July 13-17 — Birds I
July 20-24 — Geology Rocks
July 27-31 — Adaptations II
August 3-7 — Creepy, Crawly, Grossology
August 10-14 — Survival Skills II
August 17-21 — Birds II

Click here for program details and to register your child(ren).

 

Naturalist Training Program

TBA

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

The next offering of this 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 8-session Naturalist Training Program. Topics will include ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more during 32 hours of classroom & field instruction by nature and conservation experts. A sample course syllabus is here.

Cost (subject to change) is $225 for Connecticut Audubon members or $280 for non-members (includes one-year membership). In exchange for this greatly reduced training fee, participants must be able to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service during the succeeding year. Please plan to attend every class to complete the program and receive your completion certificate. If you have questions, contact Kate Reamer at 860-633-8402 ext 205 or kreamer@ctaudubon.org.

 

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 9 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 30-minute 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. A second half-hour program can be added for an additional fee.

Please click here for a brochure with party details and costs. Parties are scheduled on non-holiday Saturdays at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please click here to find and request an available time. Weekday party times are rarely available; if that’s your need, please call 860-633-8402 Monday-Friday or email glastonbury@ctaudubon.org.

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.

Please note that all program participants will need to submit the liability & photo release downloadable here.

 

 

 

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