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





   Guided Tours

   Directions & Parking

   Conservancy Map








  The Conservancy is open from May 1st through November 30th on Fridays*, Saturdays &
 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

 • *LRWC has expanded its public visiting hours! The Conservancy is now open to the public
     on Fridays in addition to Saturdays and Sundays.

  The Conservancy is closed for weekend public visitation from December 1st through April 30th.

 • LRWC is open by appointment for guided tours from January 1st to April 30th.
Members are welcome to schedule a guided tour at anytime during the year.
   See below for details.

  During regular visiting hours guests are invited to walk the grounds at their leisure and enjoy the
   diversity of waterfowl on display. Information panels provide identifications of each species and
   Conservancy staff and volunteers are available to answer questions.

Admission (Non-members)

Adult (15+)    $10.00
Senior (65+) $8.00
Child (4-14)   $5.00 
Children 3 years old and under are free

*Saturday Morning
 Keeper Talks
- new!

Make sure to join us Saturday mornings when we open at 10am for our new Bird Feeding and Keeper Talks! Follow along with our staff as they feed our flock and you'll learn about our birds' diets, favorite foods, and more! See you at 10am on Saturdays!


Guided Tours

LRWC also offers guided tours for guests who would like additional information about the Conservancy’s birds, exhibits, and history.

Guided tours are available by appointment only. Please call (860) 567-2062 for reservations. Members may make reservations year-round, any day of the week depending on availability.
Non-members may make reservations from January 1st - April 30th, depending on availability.

Guided tour for up to 6 people: $30 (in addition to admission fees*)
Guided tour for up to 10 people: $50 (in addition to admission fees*)
                                                                        *Admission for members is free.
                                                                         Non-members in the group must pay admission fee


Directions & Parking
    55 Duck Pond Rd
    Litchfield, CT 06759

The Conservancy is located in Litchfield, just west of the town center. Litchfield is approximately 30 miles west of Hartford and 100 miles northeast of New York City.

From the Litchfield Town Center, take Route 202 west towards Bantam. Travel 0.8 miles to the traffic light and turn right on Milton Road. Take third left onto Duck Pond Road, a small dirt road.  Proceed 0.5 miles, crossing a small bridge, to the LRWC driveway on the right marked with a wooden sign.

From Bantam, take Route 202 east towards the Litchfield Town Center. Just past the Litchfield Community Center, take the slight left onto Brush Hill Rd No 2. Turn left onto Brush Hill Rd No 1 and follow for 0.4 miles until the first right, which will be Duck Pond Road, a small dirt road. Continue on Duck Pond Road for 0.8 miles until you see the wooden sign for the Conservancy and the driveway on the left.
Guest parking is located through the open main gate as well as in front of the office. Staff will be happy to direct you if you are unsure or if these spaces are full.

Conservancy Grounds Map
Coming soon!
Know Before You Go
Benches and restrooms are available.

October through the end of May are the best months to observe male ducks in their breeding plumage
. Male ducks of many species (but not all)
 molt their colorful breeding plumage towards the end of June. Male swans and geese remain colorful throughout the year.

Photography is encouraged, but please read the Conservancy's Photography Policy, whether your photos are for personal or commercial use.  Professional photographers as well as any photographer seeking greater access for that "perfect shot" should consider purchasing a half-day photography pass.

For the health and safety of the our birds and guests, no pets are allowed on the grounds.

Smoking is prohibited anywhere on Conservancy property, including outdoor areas. 



55 Duck Pond Road, P.O. Box 210, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/