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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Birds on the Brink
an introduction to endangered species


This program specifically focuses on endangered species and their captive management. Using waterfowl as our model, we will discuss: how it is decided and who decides that a species is endangered, what factors lead to the decline of a species, what LRWC is doing for these species, and what students can do to help!  

We discuss...

Conservation Status: Endangered, Near Threatened, Least Concern, Extinct -- what do these terms mean, what factors lead to different conservation statuses, and who decides? 
Risks: What are some of the many causes that lead to a species being classified as endangered and what risks are especially potent for waterfowl? 
Endangered Waterfowl: Students will meet species at LRWC whose conservation statuses in the wild are of the most concern, learn what risks have led to them becoming endangered, and discuss what we can do to help.

The program includes an introduction to Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy and our mission of conserving endangered species of waterfowl. Students will meet several of our avian ambassadors throughout the program and, through the use of photos, videos, and a tour around our aviaries, will be introduced to members of LRWC's flock that are endangered in the wild. This program is tailored to meet the following Connecticut Science Core Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-2, MS-ESS3-4


Featured Programs

        Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations                          Wetland Health Inspector                                        Birds of a Feather


                 Winging it with Waterfowl                               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. Please contact our Colleen Peters, our Manager of Education, at

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/