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

















Duckling Development
meet the newest members of our flock


LRWC is a breeding facility for over 70 different species of birds. Give your class the opportunity to learn about our active captive breeding programs, how our aviculturists monitor duckling development, and the inner workings of an egg. And, of course, they'll have the chance to meet our current brood!   

We discuss...

Captive Breeding: We will learn what it means to be an aviculturist and how our avicultural staff successfully raises hundreds of birds a year.
Eggs: By dissecting an infertile egg, watching the heartbeat of a 2-day old embryo inside a fertile egg, and more, students will learn the components of an egg as well as the basics of how a duckling develops inside! 
Baby waterfowl!: Everyone will have a chance to meet the current brood and learn about the ducklings, gosling, and cygnets raised at LRWC!

The program includes an introduction to Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy and the mission of our captive breeding program. Students will have the chance to dissect an infertile egg and learn how each part is essential for a duckling's development. We will also discuss how aviculturists monitor this development and then we will get to meet the result of this fascinating process, the newest members of the LRWC flock!

*This program is seasonal and can only be offered during the breeding season (typically June - August) when there will be ducklings, goslings, and/or cygnets for your class to meet. 


Featured Programs

        Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations                           Wetland Health Inspector                                      Birds of a Feather


                         Birds on the Brink                                                                                                                          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 include:
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 LRWC into your curriculum, please contact our Manager of Education, Colleen Peters, at  


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 $8 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/