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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 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.


Budding Naturalists (Ages 1-5)

Wednesdays September 26; October 3, 10, 17; 9:30-11

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

Children ages 1-5 will explore the wonders of nature with their favorite adult! Autumn wildflowers are blooming, leaves are turning colors and animals are on the move. We’ll discover what animals and plants are doing as the season changes.


Each class includes a story, craft for child & adult to do together, and an outdoor exploration if weather permits. Classes are taught by Jessica Maack, a certified preschool teacher with a background in environmental studies. Please wear appropriate outdoor attire and footwear. No strollers or baby carriers, please.

September 26: Bugs & Butterflies
October 3: Changing Leaves
October 10: Hibernation or Migration?
October 17: Fast as a Fox

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


Homeschool Science in Nature Series (Ages 5-12)

Photo courtesy Carya Ecological Services

Series 1: 4 Wednesdays, September 26-October 17, 11:30-2 – Plant Study
Series 2: 4 Wednesdays, October 31-November 21, 11:30-2 – All about Birds

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

Join us for Homeschool Science in Nature, two series of  hands-on, indoor/outdoor classes taught by Catie Resor, MS, Center at Glastonbury lead educator and a former homeschool mom.

In Series 1,  learn about the structure and adaptations of plants, how to identify our Connecticut plants, and how you can be involved in preserving our unique ecosystems. Fall is a great time to learn about plants. Trees create beautiful colors while making preparations to survive the winter.

Then participate in Series 2 to learn all about birds! Study the anatomy and special adaptions unique to birds. Learn how to identify our local birds and get involved in bird conservation.

Please wear or bring appropriate outdoor attire and footwear, drink and snack.

Connecticut Audubon members $120, non-member $140,  for each four-week series.
Click here to register your child(ren) for Series 1 and here for Series 2.


Birds from Here and There: A Fundraiser for Puerto Rican Birds

Puerto Rican Spindalis by Javier Roman-Nieves

Thursday, September 27, 6 p.m.

Event location: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford 06106 (Map)
(I-84 Exit 46, left onto Sisson Ave at light, left onto Capitol Ave at light, 3rd right onto Arbor St, driveway with Real Art Ways sign to parking and entrance at rear).

The Connecticut Audubon Society cordially invites its Center at Glastonbury friends to a lively and colorful evening of photographs, delicious Puerto Rican fare and conversation to raise funds for bird conservation in Puerto Rico.

Bird habitat in Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria last September. The island’s communities are still struggling to recover. So are its birds.

Wildlife photographer Javier Román-Nieves,  a native of Puerto Rico and a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. will highlight the evening with a presentation of his photographs of the birds “from here and there,” underscoring the link between the birds of Puerto Rico and, through migration, the birds of Connecticut. His presentation will be accompanied by an auction of his photographs and followed by a sale and signing of his book.

Tickets are just $15 per person and can only be purchased online before the event; please click here for yours.

The Connecticut Audubon Society is hosting this event with our partners – the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda, Real Art Ways, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the William C. Young Family Foundation. Proceeds will go to the Puerto Rico Ornithological Society (Sociedad Ortinológica Puertorriqueña).


Fall Foliage Bird Walk

Wild Turkeys – Photo by Lee Anne Russell

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8-10 a.m.

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

Join experienced local birder Annette Pasek for a bird walk during the height of fall foliage season at two Glastonbury sites: Great Pond and Cotton Hollow. Enjoy the fall colors and visit forest, pond, brook and fields while searching for year-round residents and migrants: songbirds, raptors and wildfowl. We may even see some wild turkeys or a surprise or two.

Connecticut Audubon members$5, non-members $8. Click here to join the group.


Girl Scout Badge Day

Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. – noon  (Register by October 5)

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:

Ambassador Water Badge (1012)
Brownie Outdoor Adventurer (10-11 or 11-12)
Cadette Outdoor Art (1012)
Junior Flowers (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.

Looking ahead: Registration is open for the next Badge Day at the Center at Glastonbury on Saturday, May 4, 2019; click here for details.


Black Bears in Connecticut: When, Where and How Many?

Black Bear (Dr Tracy Rittenhouse)

Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

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

Black bears (Ursus americanus) have become an unmistakable presence in Connecticut. As their population has grown, these adaptable omnivores have expanded their range to include both rural and suburban areas of the state, bringing them into close proximity with people. Black bears’ increasingly conspicuous presence has raised many questions about their population.

Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse, Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut, will tell us about a four year research project studying Connecticut’s Black Bear population.

Connecticut Audubon member $5/ non-member $10. Click here to reserve your seat.


Beginners’ Bird Walk: Learn to Identify Sparrows

Tuesday, October 23,  8-10  a.m.

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033

October is a great time to look for sparrows. White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow: learn to differentiate these “Little Brown Jobs”  – yes, it is possible! Then we’ll head out to the fields adjacent to Earle Park to see which species we can find, and look for other birds taking advantage of the fall farm bounty.

Connecticut Audubon member $5, non-member $8. Click here to join the group.


Master Naturalist Training Course

Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street 06033.

Registration is closed for the fall 2018 class; the next offering of this periodic 8-session series is not yet scheduled. If you are interested in a future class, please call Kate Reamer at 860-633-8402 ext 205.

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 current 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.


Photography Workshop: Connecting to Nature Through the Lens

This 4-session workshop for adults is already in progress; registration is closed:
Saturdays September 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 (www.craignorton.com), 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.



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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