ONLINE SALES ARE NOW CLOSED! The 38th Annual Family Nature Day Raffle Ticket Sale!
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 12:00 am

The 38th Annual Family Nature Day Raffle!


Drawing is at 4PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at The White Memorial Conservation Center. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win but it sure is fun if you are…. just to see the expression on your face! Priceless!

Tickets are $10.00 each. Only 1000 tickets are printed!

Three destination prizes are up for grabs this year!

The first prize is a one week trip for two to Iceland donated by Krummi Travel www.krummitravel.com . June 13 – 21, 2020: Includes eight days / seven nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, round trip airfare from Boston or New York, and transportation while in Iceland.  Enjoy this glorious time of year when the midnight sun teases you into staying up far later than you ever did as a kid and Iceland is alive with Nature!

The second prize is a $1500 gift card to the incomparable Winvian Farm in Morris, Connecticut! Winvian is our neighbor and a great supporter of White Memorial. We love them! Choose from their menu of whimsical, architect designed rooms…will it be the Tree House? The Helicopter? The Beaver Lodge or another of these breathtaking cottages? Your gift card covers two nights plus breakfast for two making for one of the grandest weekend getaways that we can imagine! www.winvian.com

This year’s third prize is a doozy as well! Choose three friends, pack your camping gear (a tent is provided) and head out to The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem , New York where you will spend a night under the stars listening to the howling residents which make this destination one of the greatest education and environmental centers in the United States. “Sleeping with Wolves”: Included in your $300 gift card is a pizza party and breakfast and a talk from the Center Staff about their precious residents. www.nywolf.org

All proceeds from the raffle benefit programming expenses at the Conservation Center.

All online purchasers will receive their ticket stubs in jpeg form via email. The originals can be picked up at the Museum where they will be stored in a file.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone: 860-567-0857 and in person at the Gift Shop.

Nature’s Nursery @ White Memorial - Ceder Room
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nature’s Nursery
Four Session This Summer (May 2, June 6, June 27, Aug. 22)

Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on this summer for hour-long programs designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity or craft. Bring your kids out to White Memorial for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm. Advanced registration is required. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series.


Museum Children Free Week @ White Memorial Museum
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week @ White Memorial Museum | Litchfield | Connecticut | United States

June 29 – July 5, 2019

In memory of Louise W. Willson.  Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.


Current Efforts on Restoration of the American Chestnut with Jack Swatt
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

June 29, 2019

White Memorial Conservation Center has been a longtime partner with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and has hosted many early plantings for both organizations. Dr. Arthur Graves planted the first chestnut orchard on White Memorial’s property in 1944. Come to hear a presentation of the current status of the American chestnut and TACF’s efforts to restore this iconic species by Jack Swatt, current president of the Connecticut chapter.  After the presentation we will walk to the nearby TACF and CAES plantings from 1995-1997 and search some of the nearby trails to hopefully find remnant American chestnut sprouts still growing in their forests. Bring plenty of drinking water and appropriate footwear. 

Jack Swatt has been a member of The American Chestnut Foundation since 1993.  He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UConn in 1983, an M.S. in Chemistry from CCSU in 1992 and graduated from the Albany Medical College Physician Assistant Program in 1996.  He currently is employed by The Hospital of Central Connecticut as a Physician Assistant in Hospitalist Medicine.  Jack has planted several Restoration Chestnuts on his property in Wolcott, CT and monitors several native American Chestnut trees found in Naugatuck State Forest.  He is also an active volunteer for the Wolcott Fire Dept. Co. #2, CT DEEP (monitoring wintering eagles and Whip-poor-wills),  Audubon CT, CT Audubon, NH Audubon, the Loon Preservation Committee and the Society to Protect New Hampshire Forests (aka the Forest Society).

10:00 a.m., A. B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Twilight for Ash Trees: Shadow on Craft and Culture with David K. Leff @ White Memorial Museum
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Twilight for Ash Trees: Shadow on Craft and Culture with David K. Leff @ White Memorial Museum | Litchfield | Connecticut | United States

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Called “one of the greatest gifts with which nature has endowed man … over the course of human history,” ash trees are rapidly disappearing from our roadsides and forests. Discover why they are dying and why the loss will likely have a larger impact on culture than ecology. Join award-winning author and former Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner David K. Leff for a slide-illustrated talk that will take you from forests to the workshops of craftsmen who fashion everything from snowshoes to museum-worthy baskets commanding tens of thousands of dollars.  Explore the deep connection between nature and culture! 6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Dinner is included. Please BYOB and your own place setting. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.  $35.00 for both Members and Non-Members.

Yoga in the Garden
Jul 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Yoga in the Garden

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.

Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired). Each class  is $10. Come to one, several, or all!! A portion of these proceeds will go to the White Memorial Conservation Center. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She is a 27 year employee of Waterbury Hospital and an adjunct faculty member in dance at NVCC. She owns and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2019


Museum Children Free Week
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

July 6 – 12, 2019

In Memory of Louise W. Willson

Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult


A Ramble to Catlin Woods with Marlow Shami
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A Ramble to Catlin Woods with Marlow Shami

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Wander to Ongley Pond through the Sawmill Field and the Chestnut Grove, and over Chickadee Bridge to the old growth forest we call Catlin Woods. Have your eyes and ears open for a variety of birds, plants, and maybe even a few frogs. Dress for the weather and the mosquitoes! 10:00 a.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Natural History Explorers Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) @ A.B. Ceder Room
Jul 8 @ 9:30 am – Jul 12 @ 3:30 pm
Natural History Explorers Summer Camp (Grades 3-9) @ A.B. Ceder Room

July 8-August 9 (weekdays only)
“Natural History Explorers” Summer Camp
Kids entering grades 3 – 9 can join us for week-long sessions that immerse them in nature! All-day adventures take us into the nooks and crannies of White Memorial property, as well as to natural areas throughout northwestern CT. Activities include collecting rocks and minerals, investigating aquatic life, exploring different ecosystems, learning to identify wildlife, climbing mountains, hiking trails, and so much more. 9:30am – 3:30pm each day. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Space is limited! Members: $150/week, Non-members: $210/week. Members can begin registering on March 15 and non-members on April 1. Financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Grades 3 & 4: July 8-12 (SOLD OUT!) & 15-19 (SOLD OUT!)
Grades 5 & 6: July 22-26 (SOLD OUT!) & July 29-Aug. 2
Grades 7, 8 & 9: August 5-9

Refunds will only be issued (minus a $15 service fee) if a cancellation is made 2 weeks in advance of the program you booked. Call 860-567-0857 or email for changes or cancellations to your booking.