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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.

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 information about your Glastonbury center.

 

Glastonbury Summer Camp for Ages 3-18 Now Accepting Registrations

Capacity is limited and popular weeks sell out early, so reserve the one(s) you want now! Click here for details.

 

 

Science in Nature: Winter Homeschool Series for Ages 5-11

Cottontail – Eastern or New England?

2 Tuesdays/month (dates below), 10:30-12

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

Join us twice a month for hands-on indoor/outdoor classes, exploring topics from weather and climate to animal and plant adaptations. Get involved in citizen science, collecting data and making observations that can add to our knowledge of conservation science. Two age groups: ages 5-7 & 8-11.
Remaining sessions:

Mar 26 – Signs of Spring
Apr 9 & 23 – Tracking Spring in a Changing Climate: Citizen Science 
May 7 & 21 – Aquatic Habitats come to Life; What’s Happening at the Pond?

Connecticut Audubon Members $15/class, non-members $20; click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

*If your family has more than 2 children interested in the program you can receive a discounted rate. Please call our office at 860-633-8402 to register*

A similar series is offered for teens; click here for details and to register.

For more information, contact Catie Resor at cresor@ctaudubon.org or 860-633-8402 ext 204.

 

Science in Nature: Winter Homeschool Series for Teens

Whose tracks are these?

1 Tuesday/month (dates below), 1-3 p.m.

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

Join us each month for hands-on indoor/outdoor classes, exploring topics from weather and climate to animal and plant adaptations. Get involved in citizen science, collecting data and making observations that can add to our knowledge of conservation science. Remaining sessions:

Mar 26 – Amphibians
Apr 23 – Spring Migrants 
May 21 – Wetland Monitoring: Macro Invertebrates as an Indicator of Ecosystem Health

Connecticut Audubon Members $15/class, non-members $20; click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

A similar series is offered for ages 5-11; click here for details and to register.

For more information, contact Catie Resor at cresor@ctaudubon.org or 860-633-8402 ext 204.

 

Budding Naturalists: Seedlings (Ages 1-5)

Wednesday Nature Exploration Series, March 6 – April 3, 9:30-11

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

Start your “seedlings”‘ love of nature early. This five-week program for budding naturalists ages 1-5 and their favorite adults is taught by Jessica (Maack) LaPolt, a certified preschool teacher with a background in environmental studies.

Each class includes a story, a craft for child and adult to do together, and an outdoor exploration. A printable brochure is here. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please. Remaining sessions:

March 27: Gardening

April 3: Pond Study

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

 

CANCELED: 3/30 Photo Editing for Everyone @Glastonbury

 

 

April Vacation Family Fun!

Buddy: Broad-winged Hawk (Linda Hincks)

Wednesday, April 17, 1-4

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

Join us for an afternoon of exploration, crafts, activities and animals! Meet our live animals, create a bee habitat and learn about composting, bird feeders and other ways to care for our environment.

The center will be filled inside and out with interesting displays and our educators will be on hand to introduce you to our live animals and lead you through fun activities.

$5/person or $20/Family of 5 or more. Reserve the date now and  click here after March 25 to register.

 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Family Series

Saturday, April 13, 1-3:30 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

The HSO Family Series offers immersive presentations for families that bring music into the community’s backyard. Enjoy performances by our HSO chamber music ensembles, and make some noise at our Instrument Discovery Lab!

Free admission with preregistration; click here to reserve your seat(s).

Sponsored in part by

 

A Traditional Afternoon Tea Returns this Spring!

 

Saturday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.

South Church, 949 Main Street, South Glastonbury CT 06073

A Traditional Afternoon Tea is one of the Center at Glastonbury’s most popular events!

Join us for tea, delicious treats, and a multi-media presentation by Margery Winters:
Butterfly Gardens Are For the Birds.”

Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies!  Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat.

Margery Winters is chairman of the Simsbury Inland Wetland Conservation Commission and assistant director of the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton.

$30/person through April 14, $35/person after April 14. Several sponsorship levels are also available to support our conservation work. Click here no later than April 19 to reserve your seat(s).

All proceeds benefit the nature programs at your Center at Glastonbury. Please note that ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, May 4, 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 (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)

Please click here for badge details and to register for the session(s) you wish to attend.

 

Migration Madness & Birdathon – Big Weekend Bird Challenge

Photo by Julian Hough

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

All Connecticut Audubon Centers

Join us for a great weekend of bird walks, talks and other activities!

Participate in a fun and friendly fund-raising Birdathon competition to find and count birds throughout Connecticut. All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome.
Click here for a printable flyer.

Participation & sponsorship proceeds will benefit conservation work & education at Connecticut Audubon centers and sanctuaries throughout the state.

Click here for Birdathon details and the statewide events schedule (more will be added, so check back frequently).

Center at Glastonbury events (1361 Main Street 06033, glastonbury@ctaudubon.org / 860-633-8402) are listed below; watch this space for additional announcements.

Lea Kessler Shaw Photo

Friday, May 17, 7:30 a.m.: Bird Walk for Beginners #1 of 2.

New to Birding? Come see what you’re missing! Join local birders Denise Jernigan and Annette Pasek to learn what to look and listen for on this beginners’ bird walk in Earle Park (behind the Center). Bring your binoculars or borrow ours.

Free, but group size is limited; please click here to reserve your space.

Friday, May 17, 2019, 6:30-8:30An Evening of Poetry and Music: Celebrating Migration Madness.

Join the fun as Michael F. Lepore, current Poet Laureate of Glastonbury, hosts An Evening of Poetry and Music, joined by poets Alexandrina Sergio, first Poet Laureate of Glastonbury, and Gloria Jainchill & Karen Ciosek, 2nd Sunday Poetry Group.

Music by 3magneatos. Open mic and light refreshments following the program. Click here for a printable flyer.

Connecticut Audubon members $5, non-members $8.
Preregistration required; please click here to reserve your seat(s).

Saturday, May 18, 10:30: Bird Walk in Earle Park and the Cider Mill Open Space.

Join regional board member Andrew Dasinger and the Glastonbury Center’s Migration Madness Birdathon team to explore Earle Park and the Old Cider Mill open space.

Free, but group size is limited; please click here for details and to reserve your space.

Saturday, May 18, 1-3: Family-friendly Photography “Playshop” with professional photographer Craig Norton.

Connecticut Audubon members $20, non-members $30, children 12 & under half price. Please click here to reserve your seat.

Lea Kessler Shaw Photo

Sunday, May 19, 7:30 a.m.: Bird Walk for Beginners #2 of 2.

New to Birding? Come see what you’re missing! Join our lead educator, Catie Resor, to learn what to look and listen for on this beginners’ bird walk in Earle Park (behind the Center). Bring your binoculars or borrow ours.

Free, but group size is limited; please click here to reserve your space.

 

Summer Camp 2019

June 24 – August 23 (Eight 5-day weeks; registration details below)

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

Jun 24-28:     Eco-Explorers
(Jul 1-5: no camp)
Jul 8-12:         Animal Architects
Jul 15-19:       Bio-Blitz
Jul 22-26:       Forest Fantasy
Jul 29-Aug 2: Buggin’ Out
Aug 5-9:          Nature-Nuts
Aug 12-16:      Bird Brigade
Aug 19-23:      Survival Skills

Ages 3-5:   9-noon. Connecticut Audubon Chickadee ($55 family) or higher-level member $180/week, other $260)
Ages 6-12: 9-noon (above prices) or 9-4 (member $285/week, other $365)
Optional Lunch (all): 12-1 ($12/day)
Optional After Care (ages 6-12): 4-4:30 ($10/day)
Students ages 13-18 are welcome to become Junior Counselors, who assist experienced staff working with campers.

Click here for a camp brochure with program details and other important information.

Click here for a parent information letter with additional important details for camp attendance.

Click the titles to download printable (PDF) forms which we must have on file before the child starts camp:

  Health Form – Physical (valid for 3 years from exam date)

  Parental Permission Form (valid for 2019 camp season)

  Medication Authorization Form (for each medication to be administered at camp; valid for 2019 camp season)

  Individual Care Plan (for any child with a special health care need or disability; valid for 2019 camp season)

Click here to register online, here to download a mail-in registration form, or register in person at the Center at Glastonbury.

 

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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