Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
Meet the Conservancy!
Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC) is a nonprofit organization located in Litchfield, Connecticut and dedicated to the protection of waterfowl and wetlands through research, education and conservation action.
LRWC provides exciting and unique environmental education programs for all age groups available throughout the year. All programs are aligned with Connecticut Science Content Standards. Our programs can be tailored to enhance any classroomâ€™s curriculum, from elementary to high school.
The diverse group of Avian Ambassadors at LRWC makes it possible for children of all ages to come into direct contact with our waterfowl and birds of prey!
These birds bring an exciting element into our programs as students get to meet live examples of the biological concepts they are learning about.
Meet Ben Sonnenberg, the Director of Environmental Education at LRWC. Ben has a degree in Biology, a love for birds, and an enthusiasm for teaching. He is a Montana native and has a background in field research in Washington State and sea duck aviculture in Alaska. Ben is excited to start a new adventure with LRWC.
Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations Science Content Standards: K.2, 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2, 8.2 When: All year round Cost: Onsite $7 per child (90 min) Offsite Starting at $200 (60min), call for details Description: Imprinted education birds are used to impart knowledge of the many unique adaptations that are inherent to waterfowl and raptors! These avian ambassadors allow children to experience a unique, upclose encounter with avifauna.
Food Chains and Food Webs Science Content Standards: K.2, 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 6.2 When: All year round, but fall and spring preferred Cost: Onsite $9 per child (90min) Offsite starting at $250 (60 min), call for details Description: Students will explore how energy flows through an ecosystem.
This program will focus on producers, consumers, herbivores, and carnivores and how they make up a food chain. Activities include an owl pellet dissection!
Wetland Ecosystem Discovery Science Content Standards: K.2, 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 6.2, 7.3 When: Fall, Spring, Summer Cost: Onsite $7 per child (90 min) Offsite starting at $200 (60 min), call for details Description: Students have the opportunity for a hands on examination of a wetland. They will investigate the ecosystemâ€™s health by closely examining its inhabitants both big and small!
Watershed Health and Exploration Science Content Standards: 4.2, 4.3, 6.2, 6.4, 7.3 When: Fall, Spring, Summer Cost: Onsite $8 per child (90 min) Offsite starting at $225 (60 min), call for details Description: Students will learn why wetlands are essential habitats for many species of wildlife including humans! Students will collect water quality samples and conduct experiments to measure the pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity of the water to determine the overall health of the water flowing through LRWCâ€™s watershed.
Remote Distance Learning via Google Hangout Cost: $30 (30 minutes), $25 when added to program Description: Our Avian Ambassadors can now be featured in any classroom anywhere through Google Hangout! Contact us today for details!
Specialty groups, including art classes, environmental clubs, boy scouts, girl scouts, and camps are welcome. Guided tours and field trips without an education program are also available. We work closely with educators to customize exciting and effective education programs.
If you have an idea for a program, please contact us and we will work with you to develop a program that fits your specific needs!
Schedule your program today! Ben Sonnenberg BSONNENBERG@lrwc.net The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy 55 Duck Pond Road, Post Office Box 210 Litchfield, Connecticut 06759 Phone: 860-567-2062 Fax: 860-567-4369
@LRWC_ducks The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you for your support.