Thursday, April 25, 2019
Make a Home for Wildlife helps property owners see their land in new ways and gives them the tools and knowledge to effectively improve food and cover for wildlife.
Whether you live on a quarter-acre lot in town, own a 20-acre woodland retreat, or belong to an outdoor or nature club with hundreds of acres, you can make changes to the land that will turn your property into a better habitat for wildlife.
Focusing on the eastern US from Canada to Florida, the book describes basic habitat types—forests, shrublands, grasslands, and wetlands—and how to create or improve them, along with specific recommendations for projects that will help many different kinds of wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and pollinating insects. Fergus also relates inspiring stories of landowners who have transformed their properties into wonderful homes for local wildlife.
Author: Charles Fergus has published 17 books on nature and wildlife. He has written for publications as various as Audubon, Country Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Yale Review, and the New York Times. He is a longtime columnist for Pennsylvania Game News magazine, and a communications consultant for the Wildlife Management Institute. He lives on a 120-acre hill farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he enjoys improving habitats to attract and support local wildlife.
6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Book signing to follow in the Museum. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses
Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27. Grades 4-6. If you enjoy viewing the night sky, exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and meeting new friends, then join us for the 29th Annual Museum Sleep-In at White Memorial. You’ll get to sleep over in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters, go on nature hikes, meet live animals, and enjoy some yummy food. It will be like a real-life “Night at the Museum!” Limited space, so don’t miss out! This is a kids-only event made possible by the Education and Activities Committee. Meet in the Museum. The event goes from 5pm Friday night – 12 noon Saturday. Advanced registration required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Registration must be received by April 20. Members: $60/child, Non-Members: $120/child
Fee covers all program materials, snacks, and breakfast.
This program is limited to 25 kids. Registration must be received by April 20.
First come, first served.
On April 15, a confirmation and checklist of items to bring will be mailed.
You will also be contacted regarding your child’s preference for the Friday workshop (yet to be determined).
Children should be dropped off promptly at 5pm and picked up at 12 noon.
All activities occur rain or shine.
Friday, April 26, 2019
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is the Moon. Weather permitting, there will be star gazing after the program. 8:00 p.m., MOTT- VAN WINKLE CLASSROOM. 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.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Richard’s stunning work includes decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded vessels and sculptural objects made on the lathe and/or by carving. Evolving from a hobby in the early 1990s to a serious pursuit since he retired from a career in chemistry research in 2005, his work aims to reflect both the skills of the craft and an aesthetic response to the character of the wood. He obtains most of his wood locally from storm-felled or otherwise unwanted trees. Richard’s work today will feature our beloved Ash.
Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room at 10:45 a.m. We’ll carpool! 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Gerri does not consider herself a photographer. More often than not this world traveler will forsake her beautiful Canon SLR for an iPhone. The Canon just weighs too much! Now seriously, folks…no smart phone image can compare to images shot with an SLR….maybe. Glorious images from Iceland, Easter Island, the Netherlands, her own backyard in Winchester, her DOG, and White Memorial will be featured in this presentation. Griswold hopes you will leave the program looking at the world a little differently and feeling more confident about your ability to compose and execute lovely pictures with your smart phone. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online. Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
In the words of Kristi, “If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!”
The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Enjoy deep relaxation and renewal during this guided meditation and walk designed with this very beautiful season in mind. We will softly enter the woodland path with a quiet mind and open heart; this slow amble leads us to soft moss underfoot, murmuring pines above, and the sweet chick-chic-chic-a—dee calling out our presence. The forest is alive with an infinite variety of sensory attractions, all potential guides and healers for each of us. Renew yourself within this collective exploration where hearts think and minds feel. Your inner nature is designed to collaborate with the natural world of which each of us is part and parcel. It is here that nature elicits wisdom, healing, and surprise. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online. Members: FREE, Non-Members: $5.00