Whether focused on bugs, birds, dogs, cats or basic animal care, Sanctuary programs provide wonderful learning opportunities that promote the care and nurturing of our animals and the environment they live.

Sunday at the Sanctuary

Workshops are held monthly offering opportunities for the community to engage in an educational series lead by experts in the field. For a complete list of our upcoming workshops, please visit our events.

Discovery Programs

The CVH Sanctuary is proud to announce a partnership with the Newtown Public School System to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming to support the district’s transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. The in-school outreach programs will be based upon the monthly “Sunday at the Sanctuary” program themes and created to meet the specific curriculum needs of corresponding elementary school grades. Future intermediate, middle, and high school programs are also in the planning stages as well as expanding our reach to other school districts.

Senior Programming

Humane, nature-based programming is now expanding to senior centers and memory care facilities – bringing the outdoors to the ones who need it most! In 2018, the CVH Animal Sanctuary piloted a special workshop at Maplewood Senior Living in Bethel, CT. Residents were fully engaged in investigating the wonders of nature without leaving their facility.

Praise from Maplewood’s director, Gina Saunders: Thank you so much for bringing such a wonderful program to our residents at Maplewood. I knew they would enjoy the program but I never dreamed of seeing the responses we saw! I was totally shocked to see how long some of the residents were able to sit and concentrate. The program was so engaging and fun for the residents, their smiles and laughter continued throughout the day. The experience was truly priceless!  We will definitely have to repeat this program again.”