Connecticut Audbon Society
The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
Programs & Events

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All programs can also be provided in person or virtually via Zoom


Youth Programs

RTP Estuary Center Afterschool Adventures Program

RTP Estuary Center Summer CampRegistration Open For All Sessions!

Session 4 begins February 27, 2024

The RTP Estuary Center’s afterschool program allows participants the opportunity to participate in hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences through STEAM based activities. Participants will learn how to use various types of scientific equipment and design, conduct experiments based on different weekly, seasonally-based topics while still leaving room for crafts and games.  Themes will reflect the seasonal change found in nature. Each program will run for 7 weeks, meeting once a week from 3:45-5:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a snack and water bottle. Cost is $85 per 7 week program for members; $100 for non-members. * 6 week program is $75 for members and $90 for non-members

Busing is provided ONLY for Mile Creek Elementary and Lyme Consolidated students from school to the RTP Estuary Center for drop-off. Parent/Guardian must pick-up from RTP Estuary Center.

Session 4
Tuesdays; February 27-April 2 – Register Here
Wednesdays; February 28- April 3 – Register Here

Session 5
Tuesdays; April 16- May 21 – Register Here
Wednesdays; April 17-May 22 – Register Here


April Vacation Week

Monday, April 8- Friday, April 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
RTP Estuary Center

Explore with us this spring at the RTP Estuary Center! Outdoor explorations, hands-on science experiments, games, and creative activities are in store!  Outdoor attire required. Program is for ages 5 – 11. Each child should bring a water bottle and a snack and lunch. Registration is required. $375/child for the full week or $75/child per individual day

Click Here  to Register for the Full Week

Click Here to Register for Monday, April 8
Click Here to Register for Tuesday, April 9
Click Here to Register for Wednesday, April 10
Click Here to Register for Thursday, April 11
Click Here to Register for Friday, April 12


Adult Programs

Winter Bird Walks

While many are dormant in winter, there are still plenty of bird species to see out and about during the colder months, including some of our most charismatic species. We’ll bundle up and search for these hardy birds at some of the best birding spots in southern Connecticut. $13 members; $18 non-members

– Cross lots walk will be an approximately 1 mile loop on level dirt and gravel terrain. No restrooms

Saturday, February 24, 9-11 am at Cross Lots, Essex – Register here

The RTPEC frequently uses open space and land trust properties that are open to the public without fee.  Open space permits our use of these properties and receives no part of any fee collected by the RTPEC.


Waterfowl Walk

Photo by Dick Daniels/

Saturday, March 2; 9-11 am
Old Saybrook

Winter in Connecticut means numerous waterfowl species head to the coast in search of open water. We’ll search for late winter waterfowl in the sheltered waters of South Cove, before they head back to their breeding grounds further north. $13/members; $18/non-members
– Walk will be an approximately .5 – 1 mile loop on level, dirt paths. No restrooms on site.

Register here

The RTPEC frequently uses open space and land trust properties that are open to the public without fee.  Open space permits our use of these properties and receives no part of any fee collected by the RTPEC.


Winter Walk

Saturday, March 9 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Banningwood Preserve, Lyme

When it’s cold and snowing outside it can seem as if nature is standing still and waiting for warmer weather. But take a walk outside and you’ll see that life abounds and plants and animals have amazing adaptations to surviving winter here in Connecticut. We’ll search for the state’s winter inhabitants and learn about what plants and animals do when the temperature drops and the ground is covered in snow. Dress for the weather! $13 members; $18 non-members 

– Walk will be an approximately 1-1.5 mile loop on fairly level, dirt paths. No restrooms.

Register here

Vernal Pools of the Arboretum

Saturday, March 16; 9-11 a.m.
Connecticut College Arboretum

Each spring, as snow melts and temperatures rise, vernal pools come to life! Many amphibian species rely on vernal pools pools for breeding and unique plants and insects can be found in these seasonal wetlands as well. Join us to search the vernal pools that dot the Connecticut College Arboretum, and look in the other wetland habitats on the property for amphibians, birds, insects, and more! Free for members of either the CT Audubon Society or CT College Arboretum; $10 for non-members

Register Here 


Webinars via Zoom


FrogWatch USA Training Workshop

Gray Treefrog by Stefan Martin

Wednesday, February 28; 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom
in partnership with Mystic Aquarium

Did you know that you can help monitor frog and toad populations in your area in just 10 minutes a week? Become a certified FrogWatch USA volunteer during our 90 minute training program, where you’ll learn how to identify frogs and toads by call, and how to collect and submit valuable population data to a national survey. Volunteers only need to attend one workshop and successfully pass the amphibian assessment.  Following the 90 minute virtual training there will be an optional virtual tour of Mystic Aquarium’s Frogs! exhibit. Program is free; Registration required.

Register here


Corvids Webinar

Photo by Gilles Carter.

Wednesday, March 20; 6-7 pm

The term “Birdbrain” is a misnomer, with many bird species showing quite the degree of intelligence. One group in particular that is well known for its intelligence are the Corvids, our crows, jays, and ravens. In this webinar, Conservation & Education Coordinator Joe Attwater will go over the behaviors of these incredible birds, and which ones call Connecticut home. Joe will discuss:

  • Corvid behaviors & Intelligence
  • Breeding & Nesting Behaviors
  • CT Species
  • Threats & Conservation

Register here for Zoom link





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