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



  Featured Programs

  Custom Programs



  Thank You Cards

  Summer Enrichment



















Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations


With the help of our Avian Ambassadors, students learn all about what makes birds unique! This program covers some of the many amazing adaptations that enable our feathered friends to survive and thrive in their varied environments. 

We discuss...

Feathers: Their many uses and how they are unique to our avian friends.
Hollow bones: How do birds remain light-weight enough to fly?
Bills and Beaks: How the structure of the bill reflects diet.
Feet: Birds, whether hunters, swimmers, or climbers, have specific forms of feet to help!

The last portion of the program highlights the Ambassadors of the day! We have several species that might tag along to meet students for a given program and they are the true representatives of LRWC. Students will have the opportunity to touch real feathers and webbed feet while befriending our ducks. 


Featured Programs

                                                                            Wetland Ecosystem Health and Exploration              Food Chains and Food Webs

                Winging it with Waterfowl                                      Ducks in Danger                                       Duckling Development (*seasonal)

                      Distance Learning


Custom Programs
Do you have a topic you want to cover with a program from LRWC, but it doesn't fall under any of our Featured Programs? Are you teaching a specialty class such as Embryology or Animal Behavior?  No Problem! LRWC works with teachers to tailor our programs to your classroom's needs.

Specially designed programs in 2016 have included:
Avian Embryology  
Animal Behavior--Ethograms
High School Art/Photography Class

If you have an idea for a program or are simply interested in brainstorming a way to fit a LRWC program into your curriculum, please contact our Educator, Jay Fields! 


Field Trip? Come visit our birds! Can't get away? Have our birds come visit your classroom! Programs are available throughout the year, both onsite at the Conservancy and offsite at your location.

If you come to us:
Programs are 90 minutes in length*
Programs include a tour of the Conservancy in addition/complementary to the program content
Bus parking and restrooms are available

If we come to you:
Programs are 60 minutes in length*
Some of our feathered friends will tag along so your class can meet our flock's true Ambassadors up close! 

  Programs are aligned with National/Common Core Science Standards.

  Programs are available for all age groups, from kindergarten to retirement communities to everyone in between!

  Program fees are a minimum of $100 (onsite) or $200 (offsite), with the total cost dependent on the number of
   students (if onsite--typically $7-$9 per program participant) or the mileage traveled (if offsite) as well as utilized
   program supplies. Please contact our Director of Education directly for a specific quote.

             *Program lengths can be modified but may affect the program fee.




Coming soon!

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 them!


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


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/