All Programs Require Registration

To register click here which will route you to their website www.ctaudubon.org/rtpec

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Sunday Family Hike

Sunday, October 6, 9 - 10 a.m.

Grove Preserve, Old Saybrook

Get the whole family outside and connecting with nature with the RTP Estuary Center’s Sunday Family Hikes. We will visit local land trusts and preserves as we discover and explore the natural world. All ages welcome!

Free program. 

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RTPEC Touch Tank Exploration    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RTP Estuary Center

Fantastic Fish – October 12, 10-11am

Estuary Animals – October 20, 1-2pm

Join us for a family fun, hands-on touch tank experience! Get up close with, learn about and touch(!) fish, crabs, snails and more animals that live in Long Island Sound. Be prepared to get a little wet and have a lot of fun! $10 member / participating child; $15 non-member / participating child.
Adult free with paid child. 

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Celestial Skies   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 18, 7 - 9 p.m.

White Sands Beach, Old Lyme

Join CT Audubon Executive Director, Patrick Comins, for a stargazing program at White Sands Beach in Old Lyme. Open to all ages, this program will focus on the late summer skies over Connecticut and basic navigation of the night sky. We will be looking at Jupiter, the rising gibbous moon, Saturn and hopefully some various nebulae. Cloud date October 19.

Free program.

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Birding Basics

Saturday, October 19, 9 - 11 a.m.

Avery Farm Nature Preserve, Groton

Abutting town open spaces, conservation easements, and wildlife management areas, the 305-acre Avery Farm Nature Preserve protects a wide variety of habitats. Grasslands, swamps, early successional forests, kettle bogs, and more allow for a diverse array of birds, from ducks to woodpeckers.

$5 for members, $10 for non-members.

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Halloween HOOT

Saturday, October 19, 2 - 3 p.m.

Friday, October 25, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

RTP Estuary Center

Join us for a family fun, hands-on, owl filled experience! Learn how to dissect an owl pellet and identify the bones found inside! Create an owl themed craft and more!

$15 for members, $20 for non members, children 10 and under $10.

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Mushroom Identification for Beginners with the Three Foragers

Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

RTP Estuary Center/Watch Rock, Old Lyme

What are those weird things that pop up in the woods after the rain? Are you mystified by wild mushrooms?
Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify, and love to eat the fungi in New England for a discussion and walk. We will dispel common myths, learn how to safely identify mushrooms with visual clues and guidebooks, and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms. After the lecture we will take a short drive to Watch Rock Pre-serve to search for wild fungi and put our newly learned skills to the test.

$15 for members, $20 for non-members.

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Estuary Explorations Guided Hike at Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve


Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. – noon, 
Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, Niantic

Fall foliage will be on display on this moderately strenuous hike  along coastal forest which spans rocky ridge tops with stunted Pitch Pines and Bear Oaks to deep, rich soils hosting tall specimens of many species of Oaks, Hickories, Maples and Birch. Additionally, this preserve boasts a diversity of wetland types, including red maple swamps, shrub swamps, and open water vernal pools, all of which support unique plants and animals.

Session will conclude with a brown bag lunch and ecological discussion highlighting the plant and animal life encountered. Don’t forget to bring your  bug spray, and binoculars! Suitable for ages 16 and up.  

$15 for college students, $30 for members, $40 for non-members