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


















Birds of a Feather


Soar into the world of birds with LRWC! This program focuses on the many funny feathers of the world and their uses while investigating birds, wings, and flight!
How do birds use feathers to fly? Why are some feathers so colorful? Why don't ducks get cold in the water? We will ask our Avian Ambassadors these questions as well as learn other unique ways that feathers help our avian friends survive.

We discuss...

Feathers!: We will investigate this unique adaptation that defines birds!
Structure and Function: Our avian ambassadors will demonstrate how they use their feathers and we discuss how form fits function.
Flight: We investigate the similarities between birds and planes and learn how birds fly!

The program includes an introduction to some of our Avian Ambassadors and a close look at the types of feathers they have and what they use them for. This program is tailored to meet the following Connecticut Common Core Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS1-4.


Featured Programs

            Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations                       Wetland Health Inspector                       


                         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.



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/