Dec
5
Thu
Nature’s Nursery @ White Memorial - Ceder Room
Dec 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.

 

Dec
7
Sat
Road Trip to The Riverside Reptiles Education Center
Dec 7 @ 9:45 am – 3:30 pm
Road Trip to The Riverside Reptiles Education Center

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Hop aboard the Conservation Center van with Carrie Szwed and Gerri Griswold as we snake our way up to Enfield, Connecticut for a private tour of this fantastic new center owned and operated by our favorite herp expert, Brian Kleinman.

The Riverside Reptiles Education Center (RREC) is a place of fascination and education, giving visitors a special opportunity to get up close and personal with diverse indigenous and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and other creatures. RREC offers a comfortable, colorful environment with plenty of room for single explorers and groups. A large expansive room is available for educational programs and birthday parties. A gift shop and snack area are on site as well. Approximately 12,000 square feet of specific environmental design will house at least 100-120 species of amphibians, reptiles, and arthropods in naturalistic zoo-like settings.  Visitors will observe the animal and the habitat in which it thrives. Some single enclosures will house multiple species, giving guests intriguing insight into how certain species occupy specific niches and easily cohabitate.

The Riverside Reptiles Education Center (RREC) will not only be successful in its mission statement of educating the public how to coexist with these fascinating animals, but will also become a financially secure institution that will be a mainstay here in Connecticut for many years to come! Congratulations, Brian!

Meet in the Museum parking lot at 9:45 a.m. The van will leave at 10:00 a.m. and return around 3:30 p.m. You can buy lunch at the center. Space is limited to 13! Register early! All tickets: $20.00,  A portion of the fee will benefit White Memorial. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.

Dec
10
Tue
Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Monthly Bird Walk  Series with Kristi Dranginis

Tuesday, December 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! 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREEDonations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Dec
14
Sat
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm

Saturday, December 14,  2019

Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center.

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

The Snow Queen
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Snow Queen

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Artist and puppeteer Robin McCahill returns to the Carriage House at White Memorial for one performance of the Hans Christian Anderson tale of friends lost and found, visits to distant lands, travels through changing seasons, and encounters with strange and exotic characters. McCahill’s whimsical troupe of hand-felted marionettes tells the story. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. They will escort guests to the Mott-Van Winkle classroom in their horse drawn wagon. While Santa receives guests in the classroom, Mrs. Claus will lead a carol sing around the bonfire. An embarrassment of sweets and cups of velvety hot chocolate sweeten the day.  Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in their horse drawn wagon at 11:15 a.m. Performance: 2:00 P.M. in the Carriage House.  This beautiful program is made possible by an anonymous donor.

ADMISSION: A donation of warm socks, mittens, gloves, or hats of any size or color and a non-perishable food item for the pantry at FISH, Torrington CT. You must call and make a reservation: 860-567-0857 or register online.

Dec
21
Sat
Museum Children Free Week
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – Dec 27 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

December 21 – 27, 2019

Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick in honor of Adele and Joseph d’Assern. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center.

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

Welcoming Winter at Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Welcoming Winter at Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Why not bundle up and say “HELLLLLOOOOO Winter!” as we explore Five Ponds from Heron Pond to Plunge Pool, Fawn Pond to Teal Pond, and ending at Beaver Pond. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. 10:00 a.m., Meet at the trailhead at the intersection of Routes 63 / 61.  FREE Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Dec
22
Sun
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail! The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center.

2:00 P.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

Dec
24
Tue
A Christmas Eve Stroll Up Apple Hill
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A Christmas Eve Stroll Up Apple Hill

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

It’s actually just an excuse to savor homemade scones, guzzle outlandishly rich hot chocolate, and share friendship on this eve of all eves at the pinnacle of one of our most beautiful trails. Comfort and Joy! 10:00 a.m., Meet at the Apple Hill Trailhead off East Shore Road. The event is free but 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.