Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action




Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action



     2018 Programs
        Register now!

     Quick Facts


     Cancellation Policy

     2017 Programs

     2016 Programs


















































































































































2018 Summer Camp Programs
This July, LRWC is offering three week-long, day camp sessions for children entering grades 3 - 6 in the fall of 2018.

LRWC Camp days are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for exciting outdoor adventures where you'll learn about our birds, wetlands, and more. Each session includes outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and crafts, and lots of interaction with our amazing flock of over 450 birds from around the world!

Back by Popular Demand!
Programs are FULL-DAY from 9am to 3pm
Last year when LRWC expanded its camp days from half-day to full-day, we had a very enthusiastic response!
So our 2018 Camp Days will again be "twice the fun" from 9am to 3pm



Camp Sessions

Budding Biologists - SESSION FULL
July 2 - 6
This week we will explore our rich and varied habitats and discover the living populations, from Andean Geese to Zooplankton, that call the Conservancy home. Campers will get to explore what it means to be a biologist and learn to be a real scientist! We will be actively investigating LRWC’s local habitats looking for microorganisms, plants, and animals. Campers will conduct experiments, create crafts, and get their hands dirty, all while outside investigating the natural


Winging it with Waterfowl
July 9 - 13
Soar into the world of birds with LRWC! For thousands of years, human have marveled at birds' ability to fly. This week we will explore the science of flight with the help of LRWC's birds--
and butterflies, dragonflies, and any other winged creatures
we can find! We will even build replicas of some of man's early attempts to "fly like the birds."


Beautiful Birds
July 16 - 20
This week we will explore nature and our creative sides! Through fun, hands-on activities such as Watercolors with Waterfowl, Drawing with Ducks, and Junior Nature Photographers, we will discover how the natural world and birds inspire creativity, our sense of wonder, and a bond with nature. Let our birds be your inspiration as you learn to capture wildlife through art!


Quick Facts

  • All programs will involve hands-on learning and fun outdoor activities including meeting our captive flock, interacting with our Avian Ambassadors, delving into the Conservancy's wetlands, and exploring our aviaries.

  • Camp sessions are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm, and take place at the Conservancy located at 55 Duck Pond Road, Litchfield CT 06759

  • The LRWC grounds encompass 16 scenic acres with lots to explore including ponds, natural wetlands, and the aviaries which house our flock of over 450 birds from around the world! 

  • Sessions are for campers entering grades 3 - 6 in Fall 2018

  • Be sure to bring a sack lunch (and a snack!) every day

Interested in signing your child up for a Summer Camp Program with LRWC? 
Fill out the form below and we will email you directly with more information, answers to your questions, registration forms, etc!


Register NOW
Complete LRWC's Registration Form Packet to register your child for any or all LRWC Camp weeks.
Follow the link to download and print the Registration Packet. The packet includes the:
        Registration Form 
        Program Fees 
        Parent Information Sheet
        LRWC Liability Release Form 
        Emergency Contact Information Form 
        Photography Authorization 
        Pick-up Authorization     and
        Youth Camp Health Exam/Record Form

Please read the entire packet carefully and fully complete the required information.
Mail the completed form to

P.O. Box 210
Litchfield, CT 06759

or fax it to (860) 567-4369. You can also drop off the form at our Office (55 Duck Pond Road, Litchfield) in person or scan and email it to or

In the meantime, please email Colleen Peters ( OR Michelle Ocampo ( indicating your intention to register your child. Space is limited to 15 students per program week, so email Colleen or Michelle today!


Through the generosity of our donors, LRWC is able to provide scholarships for qualified families so that every student, no matter their family's income level, has the opportunity to participate in a program with the Conservancy.



To apply for a program scholarship, click and print the
form here: 2018 Scholarship Application Form



Cancellation Policy
If for some reason you need to cancel your child's attendance in our program, please read this carefully.

If a cancellation is made more than 6 weeks before your child's program start date, a full refund will be given.

If a cancellation is made less than 6 weeks before your child's program start date, no refund will be given.

Full refunds will be given if LRWC must cancel a summer camp program.



2017 Summer Enrichment Programs

Last summer LRWC hosted three packed summer camp weeks! One of the most popular was:

Dinosaurs to Ducks: Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur up close? Well campers that joined us this week did! During this session, campers investigated the story behind the world’s modern dinosaurs, birds! With the help of the living dinosaurs that call LRWC home, we followed the evidence to discover how dinos transformed into modern birds, the origin of feathers and flight, and more. Along the way, we dug up fossils, learned what it takes to be a paleontologist, and discussed the many diverse dinos that came before the birds we see today. We then did some modern dino watching and discovered the many birds around us here in Connecticut. Campers dug into dinos with LRWC!


2016 Summer Enrichment Programs

The summer before last LRWC gave three summer enrichment programs. One of the most popular was:

Avian Caretakers: During this program students focused on the ins and outs of being an Aviculturist and what it takes to be involved in the daily care of a flock. Through games and hands on activities, students explored how to ensure that the birds that call LRWC home have the proper diets, habitats, heath care, and more. Students got to meet and observe the live birds here at the Conservancy, practice the skills necessary to be responsible for these animals, and even participate in some of the actual daily care for our birds! 



Check out some photos from past LRWC Summer Camp programs!

Weekly Avian Update


55 Duck Pond Road, P.O. Box 210, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/