Programs

Audubon Private Adventures

Enjoy your own or give the gift of in-person and virtual programs with an expert Audubon naturalist
Greenwich Audubon Center (2019). Photo: Luke Franke / Audubon
Programs

Audubon Private Adventures

Enjoy your own or give the gift of in-person and virtual programs with an expert Audubon naturalist

Join a Greenwich Audubon Center naturalist for a personal nature experience—which also makes a great gift! Choose from in-person or virtual program options. In addition to this being a wonderful gift for family and friends, you can also give this as a gift to a community organization or school of your choice.

Please find the descriptions and pricing for each possible option below (custom themes available upon request). Prices vary due to equipment and gear associated with each program type. Currently, we can accommodate up to 8 people for in-person programs and larger groups for our virtual programs (fun for family, friends, coworkers, and school communities—near and far!).

To purchase an Audubon Private Adventure experience, please click below on the adventure title that you are interested in. After you place your order, we will work with you (or the person you are gifting this program to) to choose a date and time for your program.

For questions, please contact Ryan MacLean at Ryan.MacLean@audubon.org or 203-930-1353.

PLEASE NOTE: Ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you cannot participate in the program for any reason, you can share your ticket with another guest. In the event of extreme, inclement weather, we will work with you to reschedule. By signing up for this program you are consenting to receive emails from Audubon about this program and our conservation work. You may opt-out of our emails at any time.

In-Person Adventures

Our in-person adventure options include three themes to choose from for your personal group outing: 1) Birding Adventure, 2) Guided Hike, or 3) Pond & Wetland Adventure. Face masks and social distancing are required at this time. Click on the adventure title below to register.

BIRDING ADVENTURE (Any time of year, up to 2 hours) - Do you love and want to learn more about birds? Then this is the perfect program for you! Our Bird Education Specialist Ryan MacLean will help you locate wild birds at Audubon. Ryan will show you their beautiful habitats, and then help you identify their songs and physical features. In addition, we will supply you with supportive gear and materials such as binoculars and field guides to use during your adventure. This program is ideal for all ages and abilities. If someone in your party will be using a stroller or wheelchair, please let us know in advance so that we may support your visit.

Program Fee: $225

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GUIDED HIKE (Any time of year, up to 2 hours) - Take a private hike with Greenwich Audubon Center! Our naturalist will be your personal guide and 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. If someone in your party will be using a stroller or wheelchair, please let us know in advance so that we may plan accordingly to support your visit.

Program Fee: $200

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POND & WETLAND ADVENTURE (Spring - Fall, up to 2 hours) - There are so many fascinating creatures that live in and around ponds and wetlands! During this fun program, an Audubon naturalist will give you a tour of our pond and wetland habitats, and then we will try to catch animals such as frogs, tadpoles, and salamanders. We will supply you with gear and materials to use during your experience (such as nets, containers, and field guides). Once we catch these animals, we will observe and identify them together before we release them back to the wild. This program is interactive, takes place along our accessible trail, and ideal for all ages and abilities. If someone in your party will be using a stroller or wheelchair, please let us know in advance so that we may support your visit.

Program Fee: $250

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OWL ADVENTURE (Any time of year, 1 hour) - Have you ever been on an evening stroll to look and listen for owls? Did you know there are up to four species we can possibly encounter at the Greenwich Audubon Center at night? Join bird specialist Ryan MacLean for a unique nighttime experience in search of owls! In addition to showing you owl habitats and discussing their natural histories, Ryan will mimic their calls and try to get the owls to call back, or even fly to a nearby perch! These owls are wild and unpredictable, but there is always a good chance of encountering one with some patience combined with Ryan’s incredible owl calls. It’s also a beautiful experience to walk outside on our grounds at night. For an optimal experience, we ask for no more than 5 guests in your party and if there are children, we please ask that they're prepared for periods of time where we will quietly listen for the owls.

Program Fee: $200

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WOODCOCK ADVENTURE (March - April, 1 hour) - One of our favorite signs of spring at the Greenwich Audubon Center is the amazing aerial mating display of the American Woodcock. These woodland relatives of our sandpipers and shorebirds are truly spectacular acrobats who put on a mesmerizing performance against the twilight sky. You and up to eight people can join naturalist Ryan MacLean for a special evening on our Hawk Watch Lawn to have a front-row seat for this yearly performance. There are many other sights and sounds of early spring that we will be able to look and listen for such as Spring Peepers and hooting Barred Owls. Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience the magic of early spring at night here at Greenwich Audubon Center!

Program Fee: $200

Virtual Adventures

Enjoy a virtual private program from the comfort of your home or wherever you are! We have several fun themes available, and these online programs last up to an hour and are hosted on Zoom. We can also work with you to offer a custom theme outside of this list (simply select the “custom” option on the sign-up form and then we will follow-up with you about which theme you would like—such as Gardening for Birds, the Amazing World of Bees, Bird Song Identification, and more). Click on the adventure title below to register.

VIRTUAL BIRDING ADVENTURE (Any time of year, 1 hour) - Join an Audubon naturalist for your very own, fun virtual birding program! Enjoy a virtual tour of our grounds, as we look and listen for birds and provide helpful tips for birding. This is an interactive program and we encourage you to bring and ask your bird questions throughout the experience.

Program Fee: $100

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VIRTUAL HIKE (Any time of year, 1 hour) - Come with us on a virtual exploration of the notable habitats at Greenwich Audubon Center. On this journey, an Audubon naturalist will share the awe and wonder of the ever-changing landscape and fascinating wildlife found in our region. Got questions? Ask away—we love sharing our knowledge about nature.

Program Fee: $100

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MEET THE ANIMALS (Spring - Fall, 1 hour) - Get ready for a fun-filled hour focused on animals and nature! In this virtual program, an Audubon naturalist will show you live animals such as turtles and bring you on a virtual hike to the beautiful outdoor spaces these animals live in. Bring your sense of curiosity—we welcome your questions about nature throughout this interactive program.

Program Fee: $100

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