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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 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.

 

Great Meadows Conservation Trust Winter Walks

January 25 – February 15, 2020

Free. Various times & locations; click here for schedule.

The 2020 Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks series is co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury (1361 Main St 06033, 860-633-8402, glastonbury@ctaudubon.org), the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield, and Goodwin College.

 

Winter Wildlife Tracking

Whose tracks are these?

Saturday, January 25, 10:30-12

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

Join Connecticut Audubon’s own Master Naturalist, Miranda Procko, for an introduction to wildlife tracking. Learn to identify, interpret and follow tracks and signs left behind by our local wildlife. Wildlife tracking skills enhance outdoor experiences, and can be used to contribute to wildlife research and conservation.

The class will include a short PowerPoint presentation, followed by an hour of field experience to practice new skills learned.

Connecticut Audubon member $5, non-member $10. Preregistration required; please click here to reserve your seat.

 

SuperbOwl

Barred Owl (Brian Fisher)

Sunday, February 2, 2:30-4:30

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

Come and meet several owls native to Connecticut. Learn about their natural history and how you can play a role in their conservation! Our animal care coordinator, Linda Hincks, will be joined by Mary Beth Kaeser with owls from Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education.

Adult $10, child 12 or under $5. Seating is limited; please click here to reserve your seat.

 

 

 

 

 

Night Series One: Coyotes & Black Bears in Connecticut

Bobcat (courtesy CT DEEP)

Fridays, February 21 & March 27, 7-8:30 (note date changes)

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).

 

Mountainfilm on Tour Returns March 24th: Become a Sponsor!

Tuesday, March 24, 7-9 p.m.

New Venue: Infinity Hall, 32 Front St, Hartford 06103.

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

More than a dozen short films will be shown with topics including rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, mountain culture and global conservation issues. Exciting, colorful and thought-provoking, these films connect us to fascinating parts of the world and those who explore it in unique ways.

Save the date now and watch this space for ticket info.
Opportunity: become a sponsor of this event! Click here for options.

Click the arrows below for some scenes from the 2019 tour:

2019 Mountainfilm on Tour Intro by Esme Fahnestock from Tour Screeners on Vimeo.

2019 Tour Intro by Aurélie Slegers from Tour Screeners on Vimeo.

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

 

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.

 

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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