Saturday, October 5, 2019
The potential for Art is hidden in each of us. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, surrounded by bio-hazardous waste and global disasters looming, we have little space and time to explore our creativity. We stay guarded in our “fight-flight” reactionary worlds, forgetting or perhaps never having discovered, a place inside ourselves, of inner peace. Art 2 Nurture Your Nature touches that place of peace, bringing it to consciousness, where feelings can be validated. In this space and time, one can discover the peace within, describe and define it artistically, bring it to view for others to share or keep it sacred to treasure alone. If you have ever been moved by a glorious sunset; a hillside of sheep awakening at dawn; witnessed a nest of barn swallows being fed; or listened to songbirds at daybreak: You have been at that place where your heart finds peace. Jan invites you to be introduced to that place you can capture, hold it in your hand, take it with you and remember why you are here.
Jan Lyon has a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University, a Bachelors in Psychology minoring in Art Therapy from West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of MD. She has worked professionally for over 40 years in human services, developing and implementing a variety of programs and supports for children and families. Her expertise lies in a great love for the gifts in each person’s special needs, ranging from sensory, cognitive, emotional, physical and health-related early challenges; to those that life brought later in life by chance, or by fate. Jan is the adoptive parent of two children born with special needs, and is currently raising her grandson. She has used the arts to overcome her own obstacles and renew drained energy. She is a native of CT, an avid nature-lover, owning a farm in New Hartford for 35 years where she raised horses, sheep, goats and a variety of birds. Now a resident of Prospect, Jan hopes to retire and continue to explore the creative arts. She enjoys the natural life that graces each day with new sights and sounds, smells and tastes, that let us know “The Nature of Our Self.” Limited individual or group art exploration sessions are available by request. Email: Janfirstname.lastname@example.org
Jan is currently the Director of Outreach and Children’s Services for Brooker Memorial in Torrington. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, The reception is free but you must pre-register by calling 860-567- 0857 or register online.
Tuesday, August 13, 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, October 12, 2019
Meditation and Nature create the perfect healing partners for anyone seeking a calm place of rest and guidance. Open your heart and mind to the wisdom of your inner nature and the life of the countryside awaiting your attention. The synergy of our collective intention provides you the opportunity to deepen your relationship and the restoration found within our magnificent extended family we call Nature.
Enjoy a special guided meditation designed for this important season in our life, then embark on a quiet woodland reunion where Marlow will provide a simple nature activity to help you on your healing journey.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder room at 10:00 am. Bring a mat (or sit on a chair) for meditation. Dress for the weather. Please do not wear fragrances as some attendees have chemical sensitivities. Free for WMCC members, $5.00 nonmembers. Pre-registration required. Register online or by calling: 860-567-0857.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Set out into the crisp morning air and immerse yourself in one of the most blissful hikes the Foundation can offer! Stroll the short hill to the summit of glorious Apple Hill and meander the beautifully bumpy path to pay your respects to the Brave Old Oak who keeps watch over Cat Swamp. These areas will be donning their most breathtaking fall finery! Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring poles or walking sticks as the trail to Cat Swamp can be muddy and uneven.
Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room at 7:45 am. We’ll carpool as parking is limited.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Friday, October 25, 2019
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be star-gazing after the program. 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
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.