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

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.

Contra Dance with O’Wryly!
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Contra Dance with O’Wryly!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, pack a picnic or a snack, BYOB, and kick off Labor Day weekend with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his colleagues! Tonight our Activity Shed will undulate with the gleeful sounds of Contra!

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

Through the caller’s instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person “set” and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set “line.”

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely; leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse pounding music provided by the band.

Dancing is not mandatory this evening but we DARE you to stay seated!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Activity Shed, All Tickets: $15.00. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org .


Labor Day
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2019


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

Nature’s Nursery
First Thursday of Each Month (Sep. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5)

Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month 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.


Delve into Summer’s Harvest with Marlow Shami
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Delve into Summer’s Harvest with Marlow Shami

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Calling all curious nature enthusiasts! Are you seeking calm, guidance, and restoration? Fascinated in the prospect of becoming fluent in Nature’s wordless language? What do our senses and mindfulness have to do with it?

Join Marlow in experiencing nature’s healing touch as you deepen your connection to a source of creative energy anytime, anywhere. You will experience deep guided meditation, nature’s healing touch activity, and a beautiful walk in Connecticut’s largest wildlife sanctuary.

Dress for the weather. Bring a mat for meditation if you prefer to lay down. Please avoid using fragrances (hand cream, hair spray, insect repellent etc) out of consideration for those with chemical sensitivities. Thank you!

Marlow combines Sensory Ecology, Mindfulness Stress Reduction, Energy Medicine and a good dose of humor in her workshops.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org


Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Monthly Bird Walk  Series with Kristi Dranginis

Tuesday, September 10, 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.

Museum Children Free Week
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

September 14 – 20, 2019

In memory of Louise W. Willson.

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

Institute for American Indian Studies’ Wigwam Escape and Museum Field Trip
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Institute for American Indian Studies’ Wigwam Escape and Museum Field Trip

Saturday, September 14, 2019

This is one for all of the puzzle enthusiasts!  Bring your friends and family to the Wigwam Escape!  Can you thrive for a day in 1518 in a Native American village in the woodlands of Connecticut?  It’s up to you and your teammates to figure out how to gather and prepare your supplies by solving a series of puzzles.  Immerse yourself in the history of Connecticut’s Native people while learning more about the skills they relied on in their day to day lives.   The Wigwam Escape is a puzzle room designed to challenge the ordinary museum experience!  Space is limited to 8 participants, so sign-up early.

We depart the Museum at 10:00 a.m. in the WMCC van.  We’ll have a short tour of the IAIS museum; listen carefully because you will learn something that will help you solve the Wigwam Escape!  Bring your own lunch and drink.  Members and Non-Members $20.00, that’s a Museum Tour and Wigwam Escape for one price! We’ll return to WMCC at 2:30 p.m.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

Bantam’s Beauties: Bald Eagles in our Midst with Ginny Apple and Leo Kulinski, Jr.
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bantam’s Beauties: Bald Eagles in our Midst with Ginny Apple and Leo Kulinski, Jr.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Bald Eagle is America’s comeback raptor and its rebound from the Endangered Species list is one of the most remarkable environmental stories of the 20th Century. Human interaction caused its decline to just 400 nesting pairs by the early 1960s in the contiguous United States and the work of visionary environmentalists helped secure its revival. In 1992, Connecticut had just one nesting pair of eagles and those were in Litchfield County at the Barkhamsted Reservoir. In 2018, there were 38 active nests throughout the state that produced 68 chicks.

Around 2011, White Memorial and Bantam Lake welcomed their own eagles, a nesting pair that started setting up house in 2011. Since then these majestic birds have called this area home and return each year in late January to shore up their nest, mate and, eventually lay and hatch eggs.

For four years now, Leo Kulinski has photographed these eagles while braving the biting chill of January and February standing on the ice hoping for an eagle in flight or heads popping up in the nest.

Leo will lend his photographs and observations of the Bantam Lake eagles while Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple speak about Bald Eagle as the two will combine to present a glimpse of these majestic birds that we now can call our own.

2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 to register or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

About Ginny Apple: A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations, ending her career with the Connecticut Judicial Branch where she was the Branch historian, photographer and the creative director of the Branch’s website.

Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural.

A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted 14 years ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

She is a member of the Barkhamsted Conservation and Economic Development Commissions, on the Boards of the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), the Friends of Connecticut States Parks and the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS), volunteers regularly with the Barkhamsted Historical Society and maintains the Facebook pages for the Town of Barkhamsted, the Barkhamsted Historical Society and FALPS.

Just to keep her creative juices percolating, she has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties and fundraisers.

About Leo Kulinski, Jr.: White Memorial’s brilliant Court Photographer, participant in every edition of the Litchfield Hills Road Race, Humpback Whale Whisperer, Bald Eagle Godfather, James Taylor Devotee, and just about the most humble guy you would ever hope to meet. www.leokulinskijr.com

Star Party!
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Star Party!

Friday, September 27, 2019

There will only be star gazing tonight! 8:00 P.M., Meet at the Observatory in the Sawmill Field.