All Programs Require Registration

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Geocaching and Orienteering

Saturday, September 7, 9 – 10:30am
Chatfield Hollow, Killingworth               

Love the outdoors? Have a sense of adventure? Join a teacher-naturalist from the RTPEC as we search for treasure and learn compass orienteering! Geo-caches are hidden containers that you track down using GPS. Come prepared to hike and if you have a GPS or phone bring it along! We will also have a few GPS units available. This is a family program.

Member $10, Non-member $15, Children 12 and under $5

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RTPEC Touch Tank Exploration

RTP Estuary  Center

Coastal Crabs - September 8, 1 - 2pm  

Why is Salt Important in the Ocean? - September 21, 10 - 11am

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! These STEM programs are a great way to experience the creatures below the water that call the CT River Estuary home! $10 member / participating child; $15 non-member / participating child. * Adult free with paid child.

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Science of Seining

Sunday, September 15, 10 - 11:30am
White Sands Beach, Old Lyme

Join us at one of our local beaches to learn about beach seining! Use a seine net to collect crabs, silversides, shrimp and more! Practice using a seine net and learn how to identify fish and other marine animals living in Long Island Sound. Be prepared to get your feet wet! Suitable for ages 8 and up $25 members, $30 non-members, $15 children ages 8-15

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Sunday Family Hikes 

Sunday, September 22, 9 - 10am
Clark Community Park, Old Saybrook

Get the whole family outside and connecting with nature with the RTP Estuary Center’s S unday 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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Swallow Paddle

Wednesday, September 11, 5:30pm

Every September along the lower Connecticut River in Old Lyme, one of the greatest avian spectacles in North America occurs. Thousands of Tree Swallows congregate around sunset from miles away, swirling in synchronized flight before dropping to roost among the reeds for the night. The best way to see it is from a boat on the river, where you’ll be surrounded by swallows flying over the water. We’ll launch a kayak or canoe, and paddle up river to the roosting sight. Each participant must provide their own kayak or canoe and PFD. Participants are also encouraged to bring a headlamp or light for their canoe/kayak. Open to ages 16 and up. $20/members $30/non-members 

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Bird Tour of Old Lyme

Saturday, September 21, 8am - 12pm

There is a reason the famed conservationist Roger Tory Peterson spent so much time in Old Lyme. Old Lyme has numerous great birding spots, and its forests and wetlands attract a large variety of birds. Take a tour of some of the best areas to bird and learn about new places to add to your list. We’ll travel along the coast and onto some of the best trails the town has to offer, in search of migrating songbirds and waterfowl. $40 for members, $50 for non members

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 Birding Basics

Saturday, September 28, 9 - 11am

Viney Hill Brook Par, Essex

Located near the mouth of the Connecticut River, with plenty of water features and multiple habitat types, Viney Hill Brook Park makes for a perfect stopover site for migrating birds. Warblers and Vireos are fueling up before making their way south, and sparrows and waterfowl will be heading down to settle in for fall and winter. $5 for members; $10 for non-members