Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

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

Sunrise at Bent of the River. Photo: Leslie Kane / Audubon Connecticut

Please note, the Center is closed through April 15

The health of our visitors, supporters, and staff is of utmost importance to the Bent of the River Audubon Center. In an effort to help protect our community, we are following recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local governments and the center building is closed through at least April 15th. All center events and programs are also canceled through April 30th.

The Bent of the River Audubon Center’s trails are open with appropriate measures to protect the health of our visitors. If you plan to visit, you are welcome to explore outside, but we will not have restrooms or accommodations available. Contributions to help support the center during your visit may be made online via this link or in a donation box outside the center building at the start of the trails.

For more information, please read our Center Director's official letter to our community here.

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. Come learn and explore with us!

Discover Bent of the River

Give Local
Donate

Give Local

Each spring Bent of the River participates in a 36-hour online giving event hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation. Please mark your calendar and give on April 21 and 22, 2020.

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Summer Camp
Programs

Summer Camp 2020

2020 camp registration is now open—join us for a fun-filled summer with friends, laughter, and outdoor learning!

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Look Who's Back in the 'Hood
Birds & Wildlife

Look Who's Back in the 'Hood

Spring birds are making their return to Bent of the River Audubon Center

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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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Thank You to Our Generous 2019 Bent of the River Sponsors

2020 sponsorship information coming soon! Want to become a 2020 sponsor? Please contact Kate Pratt at Kathleen.Pratt@audubon.org or 203-405-9113 for details.

Connecticut Community Foundation Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut, LLC
Diversified Financial Solutions PC Pine Meadow Garden
Gager, Bower & Scalzo, LLP Savings Bank of Danbury
Giuliano Richardson & Sfara, LLC Savings Bank of Newtown
Ion Bank SPCInk​
Litchfield Distillery Southbury Stone & Supply
New Morning Market Union Savings Bank
O&G Industries Wild Birds Unlimited, Danbury

GIVE LOCAL 2019: Thank you to our supporters for caring about birds, their habitats, and Bent of the River Audubon Center! Because of your generosity on April 23 and 24, 2019, we raised $8,268 through Connecticut Community Foundation's Give Local event. Thank you also to CCF and the many event sponsors for supporting this amazing local giving opportunity.

News & Information

Bent of the River Audubon Center CLOSED Through April 15
News

Bent of the River Audubon Center CLOSED Through April 15

Our trails remain open, but facilities are not available. Please stay safe!

Give Local
Donate

Give Local

Each spring Bent of the River participates in a 36-hour online giving event hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation. Please mark your calendar and give on April 21 and 22, 2020.

New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change
Conservation

New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change

Enter your zip code into Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer and it will show you how climate change will impact your birds and your community and includes ways you can help.

Students Go Into the Woods to Improve Forest Health
Conservation

Students Go Into the Woods to Improve Forest Health

The Junior Forest Technician Program offers high school students hands-on experience managing forest habitat.

Berries for Birds
Birds & Wildlife

Berries for Birds

10 great native shrubs that supply amazing fall beauty as well as food and shelter for our feathered friends

Bent of the River Welcomes Center Manager, Morgan Evans
News

Bent of the River Welcomes Center Manager, Morgan Evans

Environmental biologist, educator, and birder joins our Audubon team here in Southbury

Audubon at School
Programs

Audubon at School

Learn how Audubon Connecticut and our Centers are working to advance science education and conservation through hands-on learning

Historic Audubon Barn Receives a Spring Facelift
News

Historic Audubon Barn Receives a Facelift

Thanks to generous donations, the barn and learning center at Bent of the River Audubon Center gets some TLC.

Audubon Vitae
Senior Programs

Audubon Vitae

Discover how this program is creating a more enriching, active lifestyle for older adults through engaging nature experiences.

Improving the Habitat of the Pomperaug River
News

Improving the Habitat of the Pomperaug River

View this video created by one of our dedicated volunteers and watch the Bent of the River's instream work on the Pomperaug River come to life

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