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


















Food Chains and 
Food Webs


This exciting program offers a chance for students to gain an understanding of
how energy flows through an ecosystem using LRWC's owls and a dissection of one of their pellets to illustrate the concepts. 

We discuss...

The basics of a food web using members of our flock as direct examples.
We discuss producers, consumers, herbivores, and carnivores, and learn about what and who inhabits a Connecticut habitat. 

The program also includes an introduction to our Barn Owl, Poppy, and a brief discussion about the natural history of owls. The program ends with the dissection of an owl pellet!


Featured Programs

        Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations                         Wetland Health Inspector              

                Winging it with Waterfowl                                      Birds on the Brink                                       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 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 a LRWC program 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 $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/