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


















Wetland Health Inspector


Your students will have the opportunity for a hands on exploration of LRWC's wetland! Don't miss the chance to become wetland detectives and investigate the wide variety of native flora and fauna found here at the Conservancy as well as conduct experiments to determine the wetland's health

We discuss...

What is a wetland?: Students get to investigate what makes up a wetland and take a closer look at some of the the wide variety of flora and fauna that can be found in our and other wetland habitats.
What makes a healthy wetland?: We will measure our wetland's water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen content, turbidity, and/or nitrate levels. These water measurements, as well as their assessments of the biodiversity, will allow your class to investigate whether or not our local habitat is healthy! 

If onsite, students will collect, observe, and identify organisms living in LRWC's wetland by using collection nets, magnifying glasses, microscopes, and identification charts--gaining a better understanding of the plant and animal life found in this ecosystem. Students will then use a variety of techniques to measure the health of the water. If offsite, Conservancy staff will bring the wetland to your classroom with a "wetland in a pail!" Either way, students will learn why wetlands are essential for many species, including waterfowl species as well as humans! This program is tailored to meet the following Connecticut Science Core Standards: 3-LS4-3. 4-LS1-1, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS1-4, MS-ESS3-3


Featured Programs

        Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations                                                                                                           Birds of a Feather

                        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 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.




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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/