Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

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

Photo: Leslie Kane/Audubon Connecticut

Center Closed, Trails Remain Open

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 from COVID-19, 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 until further notice.

Our 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. Select here for the latest trail closures due to storm damage.

We are continuing to fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature through online engagement. For the latest information on events and offerings, please visit our events web page and Facebook page.

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.

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

Audubon Afternoons
Events

Audubon Afternoons

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:00pm Eastern

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Summer Camp
Programs

Summer Camp 2021

Camp is back (COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions permitting)! Join us for a fun-filled summer! The 2021 season will run from July 12 thru August 20. Choose from an exciting selection of weekly themes. Join us for one or up to 6 weeks of outdoor learning and fun. Register Today!

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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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Birds of the Bent
Birds & Wildlife

Birds of the Bent

Discover the bird species observed at 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 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
Ion Bank Union Savings Bank
Law Office of Lisa Wnuck, LLC Wild Birds Unlimited, Brookfield

GIVE LOCAL 2021: Thank you to our supporters for caring about birds, their habitats, and Bent of the River Audubon Center! Because of your generosity on April 20 and 21, 2021, we raised $21,615 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. This is much-needed support as birds and people continue to flock to our center amid the loss of funding sources and staff positions due to the COVID-19 crisis. We cannot thank our community enough!

News & Information

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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