Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

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

Photo: Leslie Kane / Audubon Connecticut

COVID-19 & CENTER CLOSURE STATUS

The health of our visitors, supporters, and staff is of utmost importance. To help protect the Bent of the River Audubon Center 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.

Until further notice, please note the following:

  • INDOORS - MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING are required for all individuals in indoor locations at our center
  • OUTDOORS – Only non-COVID-vaccinated individuals must wear a mask OR practice social distancing when in proximity to others not in their personal group/cohort
  • Our SANCTUARY TRAILS and BIRD OBSERVATION BALCONY at the Barn are OPEN daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Our CENTER BUILDING(S) and RESTROOMS are OPEN
  • We are offering EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at limited capacity—please visit our events web page and Facebook page for the latest information

During these challenging times, our center has lost critical funding, staff positions, and programs, but we continue to forge ahead to connect people with nature and sustain the local conservation work that birds, other wildlife, and people in our community depend upon. If you wish to help to support the center, please click here to make a contribution.

Thank you for your shared dedication to protecting birds, other wildlife, and the habitats they depend on!

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

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

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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