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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.

 

Climate Change – How We Are All Part of the Solution

Monday, September 23, 7 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

Stephen Lewis will update us on the urgent problem of climate change with an emphasis on solutions.  The science on climate change is moving quickly, and there are important updates that everyone should be aware of. Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of the climate problem,
  • The Paris Agreement goals and commitments,
  • The progress states and cities are making in the absence of federal leadership,
  • Specific goals and legislative successes and failures in Connecticut,
  • A perspective on what towns are doing and can do, and
  • What citizens can do individually and collectively to reduce their own carbon footprints and play a more impactful role as environmentally concerned voters.

Stephen Lewis is a member of the CT Chapter of The Sierra Club Legislative Committee and a Connecticut Audubon Master Naturalist. He is a Scoutmaster who teaches conservation to Scouting leaders and was recognized for his work on Monarch butterfly conservation with a BSA Hornaday Gold Badge.  Stephen is also a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. If you plan to come, please reserve your seat here.

 

Homeschool Science in Nature Series (Ages 5+)

Photo courtesy Carya Ecological Services

5 Tuesdays remaining: Sep 24, Oct 8 & 22, Nov 12 & 26 from 10-11:30

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

Join staff members Catie Resor and Linda Hincks twice a month for hands-on homeschool classes. Explore topics from weather and climate to animal and plant adaptations, using the woods and fields of Earle Park as our out-door classroom. Please wear or bring appropriate outdoor attire and footwear.

Connecticut Audubon members $20/class, non-members $25. Click here for program details and to register your child(ren).
(Discounts available for the full series or for multiple children; please call 860-633-8402 Mon-Fri to register.)

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. – noon  (registration closes October 3)

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); click here for program details and to register:

Ambassador Water (10-12)
Brownie Outdoor Adventurer (10-11 or 11-12)
Cadette Outdoor Art (10-12)

Junior Flowers (10-11 or 11-12)
Senior Locavore (10-12)

 

Budding Naturalists (Ages 1-4)

5 Tuesdays: October 22 – November 19, 10-11:30 – Weather and Animal Adaptations

(September 10 – October 8 series: All About Seeds is in progress and SOLD OUT)

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

Start their love of nature early with these five-week programs for budding naturalists ages 1-4 and their favorite adults. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please.

9/10-10/8: Learn about the role of animals in helping to make and distribute seeds for plants.

10/22-11/19: Learn about our changing fall weather and what the animals do to survive.

Connecticut Audubon member $100/series, non-member $125.
Pre-registration required; no walk-ins. Click here to register your child(ren) .

 

Wacky Wednesdays: Animal Adventures for Ages 8+

5 Wednesdays: Oct 23 – Nov 20 from 2:30-4 (repeat of Sep 11 – Oct 9 series which is in progress)  

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

On Wednesday afternoons this fall, we are offering a hands-on series of classes on the animals at the center. Topics include husbandry and conservation issues about the reptiles, arthropods, amphibians, rabbit and raptors that live here.

Connecticut Audubon member $125, non-member $140.
Pre-registration required; click here to reserve your space.

 

Naturalist Training Program

8 Wednesdays, September 11 – October 30, 10-2.

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

The registration deadline has passed for this series. If you are interested in a future repeat of this 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, please 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 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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