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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

Science in Nature: Fall Homeschool Series

Experiential learning in nature is exciting and makes it easier to understand science, math, and other core concepts.

Join us at the Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, on seven Thursdays from 10-1, for hands-on, outdoor classes (two age groups: ages 5-8 and 9-14) in:

  • Bird Ecology – October 5
  • Plant Ecology – October 12
  • Wetland Ecology – October 19
  • Geology – October 26
  • Adaptations – November 2
  • Weather and Climate – November 9
  • Caring for our Rescue Animals – November 16

Click here to register or contact Catie Resor ( or 860-633-8402) for more information.






Girl Scout Badge Day in Glastonbury

Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. – noon
The Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street

The Girl Scouts of Connecticut will offer activities designed to help girls achieve the objectives of any one of the following 5 badges:

Ambassador Water Badge
Senior Locavore Badge
Cadette Outdoor Art Badge
Junior Flowers Badge
Brownie Outdoor Adventurer Badge

Click here for details and to register for the activity of your choice.


Budding Naturalists Ages 1-5

Five Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m., October 31 – November 28.

Preschool children ages 1-5 are not too young to be aware of and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature.

You and your children or grandchildren will explore habitats in Earle Park at the Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury.

Topics include Owls & Bats on Halloween, Seeds All Around Us, Fast Foxes & Cunning Coyotes, Turkeys & Corn, and Fall Scavenger Hunt & Bird Count.

The cost of the series is $50/child for Connecticut Audubon members, $60 for non-members. Click here for descriptions of these programs and to register your child. You may also call 860-633-8402 for more information.


Nature Photography 101

On Saturday, November 4, from noon to 2 p.m., join us for a photography workshop to learn how to mat and frame your photos.

Connecticut Audubon members $25, non-members $35.  Please email, call 860-633-8402 or visit the Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, to reserve your seat.


Planting for the Bees’ Needs

Monday, November 6, 7 p.m.

Join us to hear Dr. Kimberly Stoner, entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, discuss the state and needs of Connecticut’s bees.

Bees play a vital role in pollination, not only of our food crops but also many of the native plants in our ecosystem.

Dr. Stoner will give an overview of bee diversity in Connecticut (we gave 349 species, of which the honey bee is just one!), discuss the stresses bees face from parasites, pathogens, pesticides, and loss of habitat, and tell you what you can do to create a safe and productive habitat for a wide diversity of bees.

The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street ( / 860-633-8402)


Naturalist Training Program

The next Naturalist Training Program is not yet scheuled. To express your interest in a future session, email Michelle at or call her at 860-633-8402 ext 205.

Learn about our region’s natural history through an 8-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 at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402,

The estimated price (subject to change) is $205 for Connecticut Audubon members and $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; if you are interested, claim your seat early.


Animal Care Program

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.
  • Complete an application form (click here for a printable PDF).
  • Children under age 16 MUST BE accompanied by an adult during EACH animal caretaking session.


BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Let you child celebrate his/her next birthday at our nature center! Please click here to download the Birthday Party Brochure with all the details you need to know or here to print a Birthday Party Application Form which can be brought to the center to schedule your party.





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. To request a program, please click here to download a Program Request Form. For questions about Scout Programs, please contact Gail Zemantic by emailing her at 



Glastonbury’s Outdoor Aviary Is Home to these Raptors

Cookie. Photo by Carol Welsh/CW Photography

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.

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.

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.

You may observe them during any daylight hours, whether our Center is open or not.


Earle Park – Right Outside Our Door

The Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park, with its pond 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 guide for group leaders.

The park has 49.7 acres and 2 miles of trails.  It was previously used by the Glastonbury Pony Club and they continue to use it for their trail riding events.  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. 

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!





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