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Programs & Events at the Center at Glastonbury

 

Your Center at Glastonbury will be closed on January 21, Martin Luther King Day.
If you travel, please stay safe.

 

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.

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 information about the Glastonbury center.

 

Mountainfilm on Tour Tickets & Sponsorships Available Now!

Mf18: Adventure …

Friday, February 22, 7-9:30 p.m. at Smith Middle School, Glastonbury.
Click here for program details, sponsorship info & tickets.

 

 

 

Great Meadow Land Trust Free Winter Walks

Winter Birding (Bob MacDonnell Photo)

Remaining dates: January 20 & 26February 2, 10 & 17.

NOTE: The January 20 weather forecast is not good, but keeps changing. If driving conditions are unsafe, the walk will be postponed or canceled. If you wish to check before driving to the site, call Jim Woodworth at 860-808-9968.

Join other outdoor enthusiasts for the 2019 Great Meadows Conservation Trust free winter walks on various land trust properties in central Connecticut, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield, and Goodwin College.

Walks meet at various times and locations; click here for the complete schedule.

Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. These areas are used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel walks. Call Jim Woodworth for the latest information, 860-808-9968.

 

Science in Nature: Winter Homeschool Series for Ages 5-11

Cottontail – Eastern or New England?

2 Tuesdays/month (dates below), 10:30-12

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

Join us twice a month for hands-on indoor/outdoor classes, exploring topics from weather and climate to animal and plant adaptations. Get involved in citizen science, collecting data and making observations that can add to our knowledge of conservation science. Two age groups: ages 5-7 & 8-11. Remaining sessions:

Jan 29 – Winter Birds and their Habitats
Feb 12 & 26 – Winter Mammals
Mar 12 & 26 – Signs of Spring
Apr 9 & 23 – Tracking Spring in a Changing Climate: Citizen Science 
May 7 & 21 – What’s Happening at the Pond?

Connecticut Audubon Members $15/class, non-members $20; click here for class details and to register your child(ren).
*If your family has more than 2 children interested in the program you can receive a discounted rate.  Please call our office at 860-633-8402 to register*

A similar series is offered for teens; click here for details and to register.

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

 

Science in Nature: Winter Homeschool Series for Teens

Whose tracks are these?

1 Tuesday/month (dates below), 1-3 p.m.

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

Join us each month for hands-on indoor/outdoor classes, exploring topics from weather and climate to animal and plant adaptations. Get involved in citizen science, collecting data and making observations that can add to our knowledge of conservation science. Remaining sessions:

 

Jan 29 – Birds
Feb  26 – Mammals
Mar 26 – Amphibians
Apr 23 – Spring Migrants 
May 21 – Wetland Monitoring: Macro Invertebrates as an Indicator of Ecosystem Health

Connecticut Audubon Members $15/class, non-members $20; click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

A similar series is offered for ages 5-11; click here for details and to register.

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

 

Budding Naturalists: Seedlings (Ages 1-3)

Wednesdays, January 30 – February 27, 9:30-11

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

Start your “seedlings”‘ love of nature early. This five-week program for budding naturalists ages 1-3 and their favorite adults is taught by Jessica (Maack) LaPolt, a certified preschool teacher with a background in environmental studies.

Each class includes a story, a craft for child and adult to do together, and an outdoor exploration. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please.

January 30: Furbearers of Connecticut

February 6: Scents of Nature

February 13: Relationships

February 20: Snow Science

February 27: Bare Naked Tree ID

Connecticut Audubon members $15/class, non-members $17 (preregistration required; no walk-ins). Click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

 

Budding Naturalists: Sprouts (Ages 4+)

Thursdays, January 31 – February 28, 9:30-11

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

Start your “sprouts”‘ love of nature early. This five-week program for budding naturalists ages 4-up and their favorite adults is taught by Jessica (Maack) LaPolt, a certified preschool teacher with a background in environmental studies.

Each class includes a story, a craft for child and adult to do together, and an outdoor exploration. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please.

January 31: Furbearers of Connecticut

February 7: Scents of Nature

February 14: Relationships

February 21: Snow Science

February 28: Bare Naked Tree ID

Connecticut Audubon members $15/class, non-members $17 (preregistration required; no walk-ins). Click here for class details and to register your child(ren).

 

SuperbOWL Sunday

Sunday, February 3, 2:30-4

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

Owls are captivating animals. Our annual SuperbOWL event is your chance to meet live owls from our aviary and Horizon Wings of Ashford.

Learn about Connecticut owls’ natural history and how you can play a role in their conservation!

Preregistration is required. Adults $10, children 12 & under $5. This event sells out quickly, so click here now to reserve your seat(s).

 

 

 

 

Mountainfilm on Tour – Get Your Tickets or Become a Sponsor Now!

Climbing out of a Disaster

Mountainfilm on Tour is returning to Glastonbury with a new selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the 2018 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.

To be presented at the Smith Middle School on Friday, February 22, 2019, 7-9:30 p.m., the show will explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

 

Intersection: Micayla Gatto

Mountainfilm on Tour in Glastonbury is hosted by The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. Connecticut Audubon members $12, non-members $15, children 10 & under $8. Click here to get your tickets or to sponsor this event in support of Connecticut Audubon’s conservation work.

Click the arrow below for some scenes from the 2018 films:

… and some more (with links to additional videos at the end of this one):

 

Photo Editing for Everyone (2-part series)

Saturdays, March 23 & 30, 10-11:30.

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

NOT this way!

Ever wonder why your photos don’t look like the ones in galleries and magazines? Probably because you haven’t spent much time editing your images. Learn about the different options available from free apps on your phone to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS. Take your images to the next level with some basic editing skills. No need for computer in class. Taught by Craig Norton, professional photographer & teaching artist.

Connecticut Audubon member $60, non-member $70 for the series. Please click here to reserve your space.

 

Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – noon  (Registration Deadline April 19)

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:

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)

Please click here for badge details and to register for the session(s) you wish to attend.

 

Master Naturalist Training Course

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

The next offering of this periodic 8-session 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 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 latest course syllabus is here.

Tentative cost 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, claim your seat promptly when the next dates are announced. Registrations are not accepted after a series has begun.

 

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 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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