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



     2017 Programs
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     Quick Facts


     Cancellation Policy

     2016 Programs


















































































































































2017 Summer Camp Programs
Last July, LRWC offered three week-long, day camp sessions for children entering grades 3 - 6 in the fall of 2017.

LRWC Camp days are interactive, educational, and lots of fun! Get ready for exciting outdoor adventures where you'll learn about our birds, wetlands, and more. Each session includes outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and crafts, and lots of interaction with our amazing flock of over 450 birds from around the world!

New this year!
Programs are FULL-DAY from 9am to 3pm
LRWC has expanded its camp days from half-day to full-day!



Camp Sessions

Budding Biologists
July 3 - 7

Join LRWC in the study of nature! We will explore all living things from big to small and how they fit together to create the wild world around us. From microbes to mallards to mammals, we won't leave any stone unturned. Campers will get to explore what it means to be a biologist and learn to be a real scientist! We will be actively investigating LRWC’s local habitats looking for microorganisms, plants, and animals. Campers will conduct experiments, create crafts, and get their hands dirty, all while outside investigating the natural world. 


Dinosaurs to Ducks
July 10 - 14
Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur up close? Well now you can! During this session campers will investigate the story behind the world’s modern dinosaurs, birds! With the help of the living dinosaurs that call LRWC home, we will follow the evidence to discover how dinos transformed into modern birds, the origin of feathers and flight, and more. Along the way, we will dig up fossils, learn what it takes to be a paleontologist, and discuss the many diverse dinos that came before the birds we see today. We will then do some modern dino watching and discover the many birds around us here in Connecticut. So come dig into dinos with LRWC! 


Duck Detectives
July 17 - 21
There is something fowl afoot at LRWC this week and we are going to get to the bottom of it! Come help us investigate the world of birds so we can get to the truth behind all the conservation clues. 
How exactly do birds fly? What are feathers for? How do a duck’s feet stay warm in the icy, winter water? We will put on our detective caps to search out the answers to the many mysteries that make birds unique. This program is all about birds and along the way campers will learn about how LRWC raises, cares for, and helps rare and endangered species from all across the globe.


Quick Facts

  • All programs will involve hands-on learning and fun outdoor activities including meeting our captive flock, interacting with our Avian Ambassadors, delving into the Conservancy's wetlands, and exploring our aviaries.

  • Camp sessions are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm, and take place at the Conservancy located at 55 Duck Pond Road, Litchfield CT 06759

  • The LRWC grounds encompass 16 scenic acres with lots to explore including ponds, natural wetlands, and the aviaries which house our flock of over 450 birds from around the world! 

  • Sessions are for campers entering grades 3 - 6 in Fall 2017

  • Be sure to bring a sack lunch every day

Interested in signing your child up for a Summer Camp Program with LRWC? 
Fill out the form below and we will email you directly with more information, answers to your questions, registration forms, etc!


Register NOW
Complete LRWC's Registration Form Packet to register your child for any or all LRWC Camp weeks.
Follow the link to download and print the Registration Packet. The packet includes the Registration Form, Program Fees, Parent Information form, LRWC Liability Release, Emergency Contact Information, Photography Authorization, Pick-up Authorization, and Youth Camp Health Exam/Record.

Please read the entire packet carefully and fully complete the required information. Send the completed form to

P.O. Box 210
Litchfield, CT 06759

or fax it to (860) 567-4369. In the meantime, please email our Director of Education, Colleen Peters (, indicating your intention to register your child. Space is limited to 15 students per program week, so email Ben today!


Through the generosity of our donors, LRWC is able to provide scholarships for qualified families so that every student, no matter their family's income level, has the opportunity to participate in a program with the Conservancy.



To apply for a program scholarship, click and print the
form here: 2017 Scholarship Application Form



Cancellation Policy
If for some reason you need to cancel your child's attendance in our program, please read this carefully.

If a cancellation is made more than 6 weeks before your child's program start date, a full refund will be given.

If a cancellation is made less than 6 weeks before your child's program start date, no refund will be given.

Full refunds will be given if LRWC must cancel a summer enrichment program.



2016 Summer Enrichment Programs

The summer before last LRWC gave three summer enrichment programs. One of the most popular was:

Avian Caretakers: During this program students focused on the ins and outs of being an Aviculturist and what it takes to be involved in the daily care of a flock. Through games and hands on activities, students explored how to ensure that the birds that call LRWC home have the proper diets, habitats, heath care, and more. Students got to meet and observe the live birds here at the Conservancy, practice the skills necessary to be responsible for these animals, and even participate in some of the actual daily care for our birds! 



Check out some photos from past LRWC Summer Camp programs!

Weekly Avian Update


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


Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/