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



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Programs for Scouts

We offer tailored programs specific for earning merit badges:

Boy Scouts

Merit Badge: Nature

This program features a 45-minute presentation covering the following:

-What is a food chain and why is it important?

-An exploration of Connecticut terrestrial and aquatic habitats

-An examination of the relationship between plants and animals and an investigation into how humans have impacted both

Following the presentation, Scouts will be taken on a guided tour of the Conservancy while learning about threatened and endangered waterfowl, native vs. non-native species, and the importance of environmental conservation

Scouts are then invited to explore the conservancy on their own while identifying birds in the open aviaries

The program will close with scouts constructing a birdhouse or bird feeder

Merit Badge: Bird Study

This program features a 45 min presentation on bird conservation, ecology, and anatomy, during which, Scouts will have the opportunity to meet and get up close and personal with a few of our avian ambassadors

Following the presentation, Scouts will be given binoculars and guided through use and maintenance, and bird identification field guides and receive instruction on bird identification and how to find and understand information within the text 

Scouts will then be taken on a short guided tour, followed by a self-led exploration of the property and a hunt for the species on their provided identification list. Species include native and non-native and threatened and endangered birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, cranes, and birds of prey

Girl Scouts

Merit Badge: Animal Habitats

This program features a 25-minute presentation covering the following topics:

-What is a wild animal?

-What types of habitats do different species prefer and what types of habitats are found in Connecticut?

The Scouts will also have the chance to meet and greet our avian ambassadors!

Following the presentation, the Scouts will then be taken on a guided tour through the Conservancy where they will meet our threatened and endangered waterfowl from around the world. During this time, we will discuss why species are endangered and what we can do to help.

The program will close with the Scouts building a birdhouse or bird feeder

Scouts are welcome to bring a lunch and eat in one of our open aviaries or at a picnic table and further explore LRWC grounds adjacent to our property. Local habitats include swamp, forest, and stream.

Customized Programs

Programs can be catered to fit the need of any size scout group and tailored to cover any material or topic needed.  Please contact our Manager of Education, Colleen Peters, at with questions or for further details.






Thank You Cards from Students

LRWC often receives thank you cards from students whose classes visit the Conservancy for one of our Environmental Education programs. They are so much fun that we wanted to share some!


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


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/