Michelle Frankel

Audubon Greenwich’s Hilfiger Learning Center Reopens

Audubon Greenwich celebrated the Grand Reopening of its Hilfiger Children’s Learning Center Jan. 8, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Tommy Hilfiger and his son Sebastian. Over two hundred visitors enjoyed a live animal show with Curious Creatures, storytelling, nature crafts, live music with Whitby school’s music teacher, Mr. Vinny, and a variety of other activities. Audubon Senior Naturalist Ted Gilman helped families observe winter bird behavior from the warmth of the Center’s large bird-viewing window, then learn how to enter their observations into a web-based citizen science database, Project Feederwatch. Students from Whitby School volunteered for the afternoon, helping younger children create animal figures using twigs, leaves and other items from nature. read more...

Audubon Unveils Innovative Nature Play Trail

Audubon Greenwich will be celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest amenity, the Nature Play Trail on Saturday, June 18. This unique and interactive playscape will engage children of all ages in imaginative and active outdoor play in a safe space filled with native plants, birds, and other local wildlife. Unlike a playground, Audubon’s Nature Play Trail is a wheelchair and stroller accessible trail that has “islands” along the way where children can engage in “nature play” – interacting primarily with natural features of the landscape to learn, discover, and explore. The six activity stations along the trail include a sensory garden, toddler circle/“little kids” climbing area, rain garden, hand pump and water play station, flowing creek and pond, and a “big kids” discovery area. These interactive spaces offer children the chance to climb, slide, splash, build, play outdoor instruments, learn about water flow through a rain garden, explore critters in a flowing creek, or simply observe the beauty of their surroundings. read more...