Come explore the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh in a guided canoe tour with the CT Audubon Society. The marsh has a wealth of birds, wildlife, and beautiful views. Dates for the tours are July 18th (12:15pm-2:45pm), August 1st (11:30am-2pm), and August 29 (10:15am-12:45pm). Make sure to pack a lunch or snack, plenty of water, and wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet! Canoes and equipment will be provided. Inclement weather (such as wind or rain) may cause the trip to be cancelled so make sure to call the Coastal Center for information before at (203) 878-7440. Be sure to pre-register as spots fill up quickly.
To rent a Coastal Center canoe the fees are: CAS Members $27/person, $69/canoe (3 people) Non-members $35/person, $95/canoe (3 people)
To use your own canoe fees are: $20 CAS Members, $30 Non-members
Head out to Hammonasset Beach State Park this Saturday at 8pm for an evening of stories and fables! Sit by the campfire with marshmallows as Ranger Russ tells Native American stories in this family friendly event. Be sure to RSVP to their Facebook event!
Want to explore nature trails under the full moon? Head out the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center this Saturday, June 27th at 8pm to join the park rangers on a nighttime walk around the trails in the park. This event is for adults and children, and there is a $1 fee per person. Strap on your hiking boots, and be sure to register by calling the center at 203-736-1053.
Head out to Session Woods this Tuesday (6/30) at 10am for a habitat hunt! First learn about the habitats and animals in Session Woods, then go on a scavenger hunt around the ecosystem. This program also includes a short hike to the beaver marsh (2 miles round trip). This free event is great for families, and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adults. Be sure to pre-register by calling 860-424-3011 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Wear good walking shoes!
Head over the the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center on Saturday, June 27th at 2pm to learn some valuable wilderness skills! Ranger Jessica will be teaching the group how to build a fire with natural resources found outside, like bark and dead branches. This event is free, but make sure to register by calling the center at 203-736-1053.
On Saturday, June 27th from 10-11:30am, join Donna Dione in exploring the pond in Bauer Park. Come dip your nets and learn about the freshwater critters that live in the pond. There is a $9 fee per family, and make sure to wear clothes that can get muddy. Kids must have an adult with them.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a farmer? Head out to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center every Wednesday at 2pm this summer to discover the life of a farmer on Heckscher Farm. There will be a different farming activity each week including milking, grooming, caring for young animals, and more! This program runs from June 24th-August 19th and runs for 30-45 minutes. This program is free (with gate admission) and for all ages. Meet at the chicken coop!
New in town, or want to learn more about the animals that live in Connecticut? Join the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center every Tuesday this summer in this family event to explore the natural habitats and animals in the area. There will even be a campfire and marshmallows. This event is great for families with children of all ages. There is a fee of $25 per family (up to five people). Register for this program by calling the center at 860-536-1216 or on their website.
Are you a youth conservationist interested in getting involved in protecting the environment and wildlife around Connecticut? Apply to become a Youth Conservation Ambassador with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association!
The Teen Conservation Ambassadors will learn all about the environments in Connecticut, the natural history of the area, and how to communicate what they’ve learned with their community. Dates for this program are July 7-8 from 9am-3pm at the CFPA headquarters in Rockfall. The registration deadline is June 25th!
The Junior Conservation Ambassadors (grades 4-7) will learn about Connecticut’s land and wildlife through fun outdoor activities. Ambassadors will explore the natural habitats in the area, and conduct projects that will help conserve the environment and wildlife. Dates for this program are June 29-30 from 9am-3pm at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, or July 1-2 from 9am-3pm at the CFPA headquarters in Rockfall. The registration deadline is June 24th!
Check out their website for more details on registration and cost!