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Oct
20
Wed
2021
After-School Adventures Grades 4-6 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed
Oct 20 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
After-School Adventures Grades 4-6 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed

Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October
3:45-5pm
After-School Adventures
Kids, come out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken your curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. These sessions will be based out of the Activity Shed (behind the Museum), with barn doors open on two sides for increased ventilation. Please dress accordingly for the weather. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Masks are required for everyone if/when we are not socially-distanced. Sessions may become virtual if safety concerns arise. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by calling 860-567-0857 or visiting whitememorialcc.org. Space is limited! Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series. Please inquire about financial aid as needed.

Oct
22
Fri
2021
Star Party!
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Star Party!

October 22, 2021

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is, Saturn with Denis Williamson! Weather permitting; there will be star gazing after the program. MASKS ARE REQUIRED IN THE CEDER ROOM. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses

Oct
23
Sat
2021
Fall Family Hike with Education Director Carrie Szwed
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fall Family Hike with Education Director Carrie Szwed

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Fall is a wonderful time to explore and appreciate the natural wonders of White Memorial. Join Education Director Carrie Szwed for a 1½ mile jaunt around the Lake/Butternut Brook Trails as we look and listen for signs of fall. This trail is relatively flat in elevation, but has lots of roots and rocks in some sections. Masks are required for everyone if/when we are not socially-distanced. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room (the lower level of the Museum). Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 860-567-0857 or visiting www.whitememorialcc.org  Space is limited! FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

The Inborn Brilliance of Spiders with Dr. Richard Bradley, Ohio State University
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Inborn Brilliance of Spiders with Dr. Richard Bradley, Ohio State University

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Spiders are among the most ubiquitous animals. As intermediate-level predators, they are among the most important components of the food chain, forming an essential link between the insects and larger predators such as songbirds.  There are well over 600 species of spiders in Ohio . Most of our spider species are small, and often go unnoticed.  This talk will highlight just a few of these remarkable predators as fascinating examples of behavior and adaptation.

About Our Speaker: Richard Bradley grew up exploring the fields, hills, deserts, and tide pools of Southern California where he developed a lifelong fascination for animals. He earned both bachelors and masters degrees in zoology at California State University, Long Beach. After working as the principal research associate in the bioacoustics archive at the Florida State Museum, he returned to graduate study and earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico studying the population biology of scorpions.  He has been an active researcher and teacher since 1972; publishing on the behavior and ecology of birds, scorpions, and spiders. He authored the first color-illustrated guide to the “Common Spiders of North America.”  He is a broadly trained naturalist with field research experience throughout North America, Central America, and Australia.

He recently led a citizen science project studying the spider fauna of Ohio.  This project “The Ohio Spider Survey” (1994-2014) was supported by the Wildlife Diversity program of the Ohio Division of Wildlife.  He has a lifelong commitment to outdoor education and sharing his interests with students of all ages.  Dr. Bradley is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. 2:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE  Non-members: $10.00 Pre-registration here: www.whitememorialcc.org A Zoom link will be sent to you with your receipt.

Oct
26
Tue
2021
Museum Children Free Week
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

October 26 – November 1, 2021

Museum Children Free Week

In Memory of Ron Hummel from His Family and Friends. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

After-School Adventures Grades 1-3 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed
Oct 26 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
After-School Adventures Grades 1-3 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed

Grades 1-3: Tuesdays in October
3:45-5pm
After-School Adventures
Kids, come out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken your curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. These sessions will be based out of the Activity Shed (behind the Museum), with barn doors open on two sides for increased ventilation. Please dress accordingly for the weather. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Masks are required for everyone if/when we are not socially-distanced. Sessions may become virtual if safety concerns arise. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by calling 860-567-0857 or visiting whitememorialcc.org. Space is limited! Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series. Please inquire about financial aid as needed.

Oct
27
Wed
2021
After-School Adventures Grades 4-6 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed
Oct 27 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
After-School Adventures Grades 4-6 Fall 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed

Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October
3:45-5pm
After-School Adventures
Kids, come out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken your curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new adventure, whether it’s exploring a new part of White Memorial property, meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity. Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. These sessions will be based out of the Activity Shed (behind the Museum), with barn doors open on two sides for increased ventilation. Please dress accordingly for the weather. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Masks are required for everyone if/when we are not socially-distanced. Sessions may become virtual if safety concerns arise. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by calling 860-567-0857 or visiting whitememorialcc.org. Space is limited! Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series. Please inquire about financial aid as needed.

Oct
30
Sat
2021
Spooky Halloween Dog Walk with Gerri and Bradley the Museum Dog
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Spooky Halloween Dog Walk with Gerri and Bradley the Museum Dog

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Celebrate Halloween by dressing up yourself and your four-legged best friend for a stroll along the Pine Island Trail to Little Pond and then onto the Litchfield Greenway via Gallows Lane (chills) passing the cemetery (BOO!) and finishing up at Mallard Marsh. Look for signs of life and a good deal of pointing and staring along the way! All dogs must be on leads! Spooky treats for everybody after the walk! This hike will be about 3 miles on flat terrain but small dogs may find the footing along the Boardwalk a bit precarious.10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room! Members: FREE  Non-members: $5.00  You must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

Sequoia National Park, California Through the Eyes of Tom Alena
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sequoia National Park, California Through the Eyes of Tom Alena

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Travel with Tom, as he walks amongst the LARGEST LIVING THINGS ON EARTH, the Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum).  He’ll bring the scale of both size and age of these magnificent specimens to you from Sequoia National Park.  The Park is nestled in the southern High Sierra mountain range not far from Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48. This location provides the unique environmental conditions necessary for these trees to grow and reproduce.  Learn exactly what these conditions are.  When first discovered by Western explorers, Sequoias were harvested and immense groves were cut clear.  Are we better stewards now? Tom will bring the history of the Park to you and illustrate what conservationists are doing to preserve these living wonders. 3:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE  Non-Members: $10.00, Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org A link to the program will be sent once registration is complete.

Nov
4
Thu
2021
Nature’s Nursery Series, Sept.-Dec. 2021 @ White Memorial - Activity Shed
Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

First Thursday of Every Month (Sep. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2)
4-5pm
Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month September – December for an hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. These sessions will be held in the Activity Shed (behind the Museum), with barn doors open on two sides for increased ventilation. It is not a temperature-controlled room, so please dress accordingly. Sessions may become virtual if safety concerns arise or it becomes too cold. Parents/Guardians, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Masks are required for everyone if/when we are not socially-distanced. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by calling 860-567-0857 or visiting whitememorialcc.org. Space is limited! Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series. Please inquire about financial aid as needed.