Newtown Wildlife Sanctuary named for Sandy Hook victim resumes educational programs

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Wildlife Sanctuary in Newtown will once again offer regular educational programs.

The sanctuary is named after one of the animal-loving Sandy Hook victims.

“It was his passion, his commitment,” says his mother, Jenny Hubbard.

Hubbard said the little girl would make a promise to the animals that “she would keep them safe and protect them always.”

Catherine Hubbard died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

His parents founded the shrine in his honor. The 34-acre property is home to wildlife, walking trails, meadows and more.

During the pandemic, hosting educational programs became a challenge. Now, on Sunday, classes will reopen at full capacity.

This Sunday’s class will take place in the pollinator garden.

“The children will have nets and they will sweep the meadows,” says Hubbard. “Whatever butterflies they catch will be tagged and then released.”

State Senator Tony Hwang, who has been instrumental in helping parents acquire land, wants people to go out with their families and “have moments of reflection and connection.”

Hubbard says the reopening will allow them to share Catherine’s message of being kind to all creatures.

To attend the Sunday class, you must register here.


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