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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

Summer Camp at Glastonbury Starts June 18, but …

Its’ not too early to register for the sessions your child(ren) want!
Group sizes are limited and popular sessions fill up early. Click here for details.


Mountainfilm on Tour

April 6, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

Up to a dozen top-quality independent films oriented toward outdoor sports and adventure, mountain culture and conservation. 

Mountainfilm doors open at 6 p.m. Smith Middle School is at 216 Addison Rd, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

Connecticut Audubon members $12, non-members $15, children 10 & under $8.

Buy your tickets here! (You can also become a sponsor.)

All Mountainfilm proceeds will support Connecticut Audubon’s dynamic mix of nature programs, citizen science, naturalist training courses, conservation-oriented public lectures, and our award-winning K-12 STEM-based outdoor education program, Science in Nature. Please note that all ticket sales are final.


Celebrate Our Earth

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8 p.m. (Snow date if needed March 27)

Center at Glastonbury, 1226 Main Street 06033
( / 860-633-8402)

Our Environmental Teen Group invites you to join them in a conversation about our impact on the environment.

We will use both a macroscopic and microscopic lens to look at how culture and society change the use of resources.

Listen and share personal experiences from around the world or in your own backyard! You’re invited to bring pictures and stories to celebrate our earth.

All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

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


Science in Nature: Winter Homeschool Series for Ages 5-12

Whose tracks are these?

Thursday, March 22, 10-1: The Spring Equinox (end of series)

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

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

Hands-on, outdoor classes (two age groups: ages 5-8 & 9-12)

Connecticut Audubon Members $25class, non-members $35; click here to register.

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


Bird Walks for Beginners

Lea Kessler Shaw Photo

New to Birding? Come see what you’re missing!

Saturdays, March 24 & May 5,  9-11 a.m.

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

You’ll learn to identify the songbirds at the Center’s busy feeders,  go for an easy walk in Earle Park to see what birds we can find, and learn about resources to improve your birding skills.  Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

$5; click here to register.



Owl Prowl in Earle Park

Friday, March 30, 7-8 p.m.

Enjoy a night walk in the woods at Earle Park listening and calling to the owls.

Dress warmly. Bring a flashlight and enthusiasm to learn about the owls that live in Connecticut.
Note that there is some uphill walking on the trail.

Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

Connecticut Audubon Members $8, non members $10, children under 12 half price.

Click here to register.


Master Naturalist Training Program

8 Tuesdays, April 3 – May 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 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. Click here to see the course syllabus.

$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, register here now to claim your seat.

For more information, email Michelle at or call her at 860-633-8402 ext 205.


The Natural World, Poetically Speaking

On Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury 06033, explore dimensions of the natural world through poetry with Joan Hofmann.

There will be an open mic focused on poems written and read by participants on related topics (e.g. natural world, climate change, conservation).

Ms Hofmann is poet laureate of Canton, CT, and Professor Emerita of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

$5 donation recommended.




Cub Scout Badge Day: Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – noon

Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury
1361 Main Street, Glastonbury 06033

Don’t miss this opportunity to qualify for one or two of the following Adventure badges:

Tiger: My Tiger Jungle (10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Tiger: Tigers in the Wild (10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Wolf: Call of the Wild (10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Wolf: Paws on the Path (10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Bear: Fur, Feathers and Ferns (10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Webelos: Into the Wild (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Webelos: Into the Woods (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

One-hour Tiger/Wolf/Bear sessions $10 each, 2-hour Webelos sessions $15. Click here for details and to register.

For more information email Catie Resor at or call her at 860-633-8402 ext 204.


A Traditional Afternoon Tea Returns this Spring





On Saturday, April 28, 2-4 p.m., we will serve a Traditional Afternoon Tea at South (Congregational) Church in Glastonbury.

Enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches while learning about what you can plant in your yard to attract birds and promote biodiversity in a presentation, Beyond Bird Feeders, by Margery Winters.

Click here to register or contact the Connecticut Audubon Society at or 860-633-8402.

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




Citizen Science: Connecticut Bird Atlas Volunteer Training

Migrating Tree Swallows (Diana Atwood Johnson)

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1226 Main Street 06033
( / 860-633-8402)

All Connecticut Bird Atlas Volunteers, and anyone else who wants to submit data for the Bird Atlas, are invited to attend this training session led by Volunteer Coordinator Craig Repasz.

Craig will review the Atlas Breeding Protocol, discuss the breeding codes and give technical support for entering data and for navigation. Please come with your questions.

Anyone involved or interested in this project, not just registered volunteers, is invited. Note that the material will be specific to the Bird Atlas and may not appeal to those mainly looking to improve their birding skills.

Any interested person may submit data during the three-year survey, not just registered volunteers. If you’re unfamiliar with the project, click here and  here to learn about it.

Admission is free, but please click here to reserve your seat. Donations to support the Connecticut Audubon Society are welcomed.


Girl Scout Badge Day at The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – noon

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:

Senior Locavore (10-12)
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)

Click here for details and to register for the session(s) you want to attend.


Where Is Your Walden? Two Great Ponds.

Great Pond, Glastonbury

Saturday, May 19, 1-3:30 p.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1226 Main Street 06033
( / 860-633-8402)

Dr. Robert Thorson, author of The Field Guide to Walden Pond

“Great Pond” was an old legal term for a body of water exceeding ten acres. Concord’s Walden Pond received a distinctive name; Glastonbury’s Great Pond, did not. Though they are alike in many ways, they have very different flood hydrology and ecology, with Great Pond’s being more interesting and richer, respectively.

Professor Thorson’s slide lecture and reading will use Great Pond in Glastonbury as a literary foil for Thoreau’s Great Pond in Concord. This will segue into his question “Where’s Your Walden?” His answer will emerge from having written the first ever Guide to the world’s most famous 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 our seat.


Summer Camp for Ages 3-12: Register Now

Registration has begun for Summer Camp 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.

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


Watershed on Wheels Exhibition

Watershed on Wheels Fishing Exhibit

Exhibits from The Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge’s Watershed on Wheels are on display at the Center at Glastonbury through March at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, 06033.

Seven kiosks feature multimedia panels about the ecology and conservation of the Connecticut River Watershed.

The species commonly found in the Connecticut River watershed from New Hampshire to Long Island Sound, the  threats to the health of the watershed, and the solutions to recapture and maintain its health – these interactive panels cover it all.

You can do everything from try to find the camouflaged animals in the scenes, to seeing if you can grip as hard as a Bald Eagle’s beak!


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.
  • 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 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 email or call 860-633-8402.





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