Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Discover nature through personalized guided outings with Bent of the River Audubon Center
Photo: Leslie Kane / Audubon Connecticut
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Discover nature through personalized guided outings with Bent of the River Audubon Center

Join a Bent of the River Audubon Center naturalist for a personal outdoor adventure at our nature sanctuary! Enjoy a guided nature experience—with fun themes to choose from. You may have up to 10 people attend your program session. Please make sure each member of your party brings and wears a mask. Each program is up to two hours.

After booking your program, one of our naturalists will reach out to you to discuss the personalized program you are interested in doing.

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

A Word From the Trail

What a great experience our extended family had recently at the Bent of the River Audubon Center! We hadn't seen each other much lately so an afternoon outdoors among nature and birdsong seemed like the perfect way to be together while maintaining social distance—and it was. Ken, our guide for our private bird walk, was exceptional in his knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor in leading us around the grounds, which were spilling with the natural beauty of Connecticut. The path was easy for all of us aged 12 to 62. We saw hawks, bluebirds, warblers, and finches among native trees, shrubs, and flowers. Also, a praying mantis, which the kids thought was pretty cool. Just a wonderful afternoon. Highly recommend!

—Julianne, Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure participant

Enjoy a Bird Walk, Nature Hike, or River Exploration

Our Choose-Your-Own-Adventure options include three themes that you may choose from for your personal group outing: 1) Bird Walk, 2) Nature Hike, or 3) Pomperaug River Exploration. Please see the descriptions below for more details.

Program Fee: $150 per outing/time slot

To register, please click the time option you are interested in below.

October - Saturdays from 8 - 10 a.m.

  • October 3rd (Booked)
  • October 17th (Booked)
  • October 31st (Booked)

October - Saturdays from 1 - 3 p.m.

  • October 3rd (Booked)
  • October 17th (Booked)
  • October 31st (Booked)

BIRD WALK — Join us for a private bird walk through our sanctuary. The Bent's meadows, shrub-lands, and woodlands provide great habitat for migrating birds, such as Warblers, Vireos, Indigo Buntings, Thrushes, Orioles, and more. This walk will be customized to the participants in your party.

NATURE HIKE — Take a private hike with Bent of the River! Your personal guide will show you notable habitats and wildlife around the center trails. Nature is exciting and always changing, so you never know what we will find along the way! This program is ideal for people who want to enjoy beautiful scenery while hiking. We recommend this program for ages 6 and up, and people comfortable hiking in areas with a slight incline for a portion of the experience.

POMPERAUG RIVER EXPLORATION — There are many fascinating creatures that live in and around the Pomperaug River! During this recreational program, an Audubon naturalist will share the human and natural history of the river and teach you to catch animals such as crayfish, insect larvae, and small fish. The Bent will supply you with gear and materials to use during your experience (such as nets, containers, and field guides). Once the animals are caught, we will observe and identify the organisms and learn how they can help indicate the health of the river before we release them back to the wild.

Additional Seasonal Experience Options

Click the program title/date links below to register. As with the Choose-Your-Own-Adventures, these seasonal options may have up to 10 people attend per private program session. Please make sure each member of your party brings and wears a mask.

Private Evening Hike - Friday, September 25th from 7 - 9 p.m.

Program Fee: $200

Go on a Private Evening Hike with Ken Elkins, Community Conservation Manager at the Bent of the River. Some animals are most active when the sun goes down. Let’s venture into the twilight to see birds, bats, moths, and other animals that prefer the cover of darkness. Bring a flashlight or a headlamp if you prefer, but they aren't required.

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Private Owl Prowl - Saturday, October 24th from 6 - 8 p.m. (Booked)

Private Owl Prowl - Friday, November 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Booked)

Program Fee: $200

Enjoy a special guided adventure in search of one of the most beloved group of birds—owls! Ken Elkins, Community Conservation Manager at the Bent of the River, will be leading the way as you prowl for owls on a walk through meadows and forests in hopes of encountering one of the three owl species known to breed in Connecticut: the Great-horned Owl, Barred Owl, or Eastern Screech-Owl.

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