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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

On-demand 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.


Click here for details and to register for the sessions your children want!
Note that group sizes are limited and popular sessions fill up early. 

Opportunity: 20 Hartford kids have camperships but no way to get to Glastonbury. If you can help rent a van for them, please click here.


Tree Identification Walks (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

In Part 1, we took an evening stroll through beautiful Earle Park, where Master Naturalist Jesse Gillis guided us through the tree identification process. We learned about the characteristics of trees and shrubs, their interactive roles in the environment, and how we can become involved in their conservation.

In Part 2, we will deepen our understanding of tree identification through aspects that can’t be observed directly: tree migration, evolution, naturalization, and anatomy. Indoor presentation followed by a guided walk through Earle Park.

Dress for the weather and insects.  Bring your favorite tree identification book, water bottle, walking stick, camera, and curiosity!

Connecticut Audubon members $5, non-members $8. Please click here to reserve your space..


Citizen Science Workshop: Project Budburst

Photo by Lea Kessler Shaw

Tuesday, September 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033 ( / 860-633-8402)

Join Master Naturalist/Master Gardener Howard Becker to learn about Budburst, the Citizen Science Project that reports about how and when the plants in your garden, park, town, or city are changing with the seasons.  Contribute scientific data that can help scientists understand how plants are responding to this year’s seasons and long-term changes in climate.

Scientists are using data about the timing of seasonal changes in plant species in computer models to predict how climate and ecosystems will change decades and even centuries into the future.

Learn to identify plants in our nature center’s native plant garden and get started reporting data to the Budburst website (

The workshop is free, but please click here to reserve your seat.


Master Naturalist Training Course

8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

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 complete course syllabus is here.

Course fee 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, click here to claim your seat. No registrations are accepted after the series has begun.

If you have questions or would like to be notified when the next series is scheduled, please contact Kate Reamer at or at 860-633-8402 ext 205.


Through the Lens – Connecting to Nature

Four-session workshop for adults:
Saturdays September 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10:30-12:30.
Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

In order to be a creative photographer, you have to be comfortable with your camera. In this series, Craig Norton (, professional photographer, award-winning photography teacher and author of Rock the Shot, will guide you in experimenting with creative ways to take interesting nature photos.

Learn about your camera while connecting to the beautiful natural environment at Earle Park just steps from the nature center. You’ll explore camera technology while exploring the outdoors in a fun, all levels experience. A DSLR or point & shoot camera is required.

Connecticut Audubon member $120.00, non-member $150.00. Click here to reserve your seat.


Protecting Nature through Land Trusts

Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

Find out how local Land Trusts are playing a vital role conserving important wildlife habitat in Connecticut and Glastonbury.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of The Connecticut Land Conservation Council and Jim Wright, President of The Kongscut Land Trust (Glastonbury), will discuss the importance of conserving land in our local communities, and how you can participate.

Connecticut Audubon members $5, non-members $8. Please click here to reserve your seat.


Kettle Ponds of Central Connecticut

Saturday, September 22, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033
( / 860-633-8402)

Dr. Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut and author of The Guide to Walden Pond

The program will begin with a slide lecture about the Hydrology and Ecology of the Kettle Ponds of Central Valley, Connecticut.

Then Dr. Thorson will lead a tour of Glastonbury’s Great Pond.

Q&A will follow. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing as a fundraiser for The Connecticut Audubon Society.

Members $8, Non-members $10. Click here to reserve your seat.


Summer Camp for Ages 3-12 Runs through August 17

Summer Camp is open at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

Eight Sessions, Monday-Friday,  9-noon (ages 3-12) or 9-4 (ages 6-12 & Junior Counselors only):

June 18-22 & July 23-27 — Wild Things and Wet Lands!
June 25-29 & July 30-Aug 3 — Outdoor Creativity and Engineering
(July 2-6 — No Camp)
July 9-13 & August 6-10 — Bird SuperHeroes!
July 16-20 & August 13-17 — Science in Nature

Students ages 14-18 are welcome to become Junior Counselors, assisting experienced staff working with campers.

Lunches and after-camp care are also available.

Click here for the camp brochure with program details, here to register or here for additional camp information.
Note that group sizes are limited and popular sessions fill up early; reserve your child(ren)’s choice before they miss out.

You may also register by mail or in person using these forms:
Mail-in registration form
Medical form
Medical Authorization Release form


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


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 or 860-633-8402 ext 204.





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