Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

Working together for birds, nature, and people of Connecticut & the Atlantic Flyway

Photo: Kate Pratt/Bent of the River

 

Bent of the River Audubon Center is a 700-acre nature sanctuary and education center located in Southbury, Connecticut. It is part of Audubon Connecticut (a state office of the National Audubon Society) and the Atlantic Flyway and is dedicated to Audubon's open space and working lands conservation efforts in Connecticut.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy trails, nature programs, and conservation-themed events throughout the year. Learn and explore with us!

Experience Nature with Audubon

Summer Camp
Programs

Summer Camp 2022

Creating outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime

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Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Share the wonder of nature with family and friends and enjoy a private, guided outing at Bent of the River—or give one as a special gift.

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Trails
Visit

Take a Hike

Explore and observe nature on 15 miles of trails—open daily from sunrise to sunset

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Volunteer
Get Involved

Volunteer

Explore the many ways you can make a difference for both the wildlife and the people who call Connecticut home

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American Goldfinch. Photo: Will Stuart

Thank You to Our Generous Bent of the River Sponsors

Your annual support is critical to sustaining our local conservation work that birds, other wildlife, and people within our community depend upon. Together, with you, we are providing a safe haven for so many at a time when we all need it most.

Select here if you'd like to learn more and become a Corporate Sponsor

For sponsorship questions, please contact Kate Pratt at Kathleen.Pratt@audubon.org or 203-405-9113.

Connecticut Community Foundation Litchfield Distillery
Diversified Financial Solutions PC Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut, LLC
D. Noel Imagery Pine Meadow Garden
Gager, Bower & Scalzo, LLP Salem Foundation Fund
Giuliano Richardson & Sfara, LLC SPCInk
Haynes Material Union Savings Bank
Ion Bank Wild Birds Unlimited, Brookfield
Law Office of Lisa Wnuck, LLC  

GIVE LOCAL: Each year in April Bent of the River Audubon Center participates in a 36-hour online giving event, hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation and sponsored by Ion Bank Foundation, that benefits the vital work of hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our region—including our center and nature sanctuary. Every dollar raised by the Bent during this giving event can be stretched further through bonus funds and prizes donated by Connecticut Community Foundation and their generous sponsors.

Thank you to our supporters for caring about birds, their habitats, and Bent of the River Audubon Center! Please remember us next April and plan to Give Local.

News & Information

Junior Forestry Technicians Carve a Path for Their Futures in the Woods
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Junior Forestry Technicians Carve a Path for Their Futures in the Woods

Forestry experiences at Bent of the River Audubon Center show students they can make a difference.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count
News

122nd Christmas Bird Count

Join the fun and participate in a count near you!

What is Winter Bird Counting?
Learn & Explore

What is Winter Bird Counting?

Learn how to take part in this fun winter pastime while helping birds and nature too!

Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show
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Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show

Thank you Lauren's Crazy Pet Show for visiting Bent of the River Audubon Center. Check out our segment!

Audubon: “History—and we–will hold responsible the elected officials who have promoted the assault on our democracy.”
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Audubon: “History—and we–will hold responsible the elected officials who have promoted the assault on our democracy.”

A statement from David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society.

Banding Confirms Birds Depend on a Healthy and Diverse Forest Habitat
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Banding Confirms Birds Depend on a Healthy and Diverse Forest Habitat

Bird-friendly forest management can help birds that nest and raise their young in the woods.

Great American Outdoors Act Will Benefit Birds, People, and Parks Across Connecticut
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Great American Outdoors Act Will Benefit Birds, People, and Parks Across Connecticut

Now signed by the President, the Great American Outdoors Act is officially law.

Show Your Colors
Learn & Explore

Show Your Colors

Celebrate diversity by choosing, coloring, and sharing these fun coloring pages

A Moment of Reflection…and Determination
News

A Moment of Reflection…and Determination

Audubon CEO David Yarnold shares the message he sent to all Audubon staff after a weekend of turmoil and heartbreak in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police.

‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors
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‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors

Sparked by a racist incident last week in Central Park, the new initiative aims to boost recognition and representation of Black people enjoying and studying the natural world.

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