Greenwich Audubon Center is looking to pitch a large tent for outdoor activities


GREENWICH – As the COVID-19 crisis begins to subside, the Greenwich Audubon Center is looking to expand its facilities and programming this year with new outdoor accommodation.

The nonprofit for the environment and conservation is seeking permission from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to set up a large tent – measuring 15 by 25 meters – on an existing lawn at its site in Riversville Road.

The outdoor meeting area would be used from spring to fall of this year, according to the request filed with the commission, and would be used for special events.

According to Eli Schaffer, director of the center, “The tent will allow us to run programs outside this summer, including our summer nature day camp, conservation education programs like our new course. on ecological gardens and landscapes and special events for members. We are delighted to reconnect people with nature in person, rain or shine. “

The request requires approval of the site plan by the planning committee, and review is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Audubon Center has started hosting a number of outdoor events and educational workshops at the site, while limiting indoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic. A summer nature day camp will start in July for the youngest, and an outdoor turtle conference is scheduled for the end of the month. Indoor facilities have been closed in recent months due to the pandemic.

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