Located a mile from Interstate 84 between Danbury and Waterbury, Connecticut, Audubon Center Bent of the River features 700 acres of Audubon-owned and -managed land with over one mile of frontage on the Pomperaug River, as well as wetlands, early successional habitats, and a mix of forest types. Bent of the River encompasses widely diverse habitats, which support a fascinating mix of plants and animals, unique geology, and a rich cultural history that dates back to 1673.
A complex of historic buildings and a portion of the Rochambeau Trail make visitors feel as if they have stepped back in time. An 1800s-era historic barn functions as the center building with Audubon displays. A covered viewing deck, off the barn, is a popular spot for visitors to catch close-up views of feeder birds. The center and staff are the state coordinators for Bird Tales—a therapeutic program that helps people living with dementia—and dedicated to Audubon’s open space and working lands conservation efforts in Connecticut, which strive to protect species like Blue-winged Warbler and Indigo Bunting.
While Bent of the River offers a range of public programs throughout the year, in keeping with donor’s intent programming is scheduled to allow a majority of people to enjoy the quiet beauty of the sanctuary.
To learn more about Bent of the River, including hours of operation, location and directions, staff, programs, and history, please visit the Audubon Bent of the River website.
Audubon Center Bent of the River
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
Audubon Center Bent of the River is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset year round.