Feb
1
Sat
Wildlife in Winter with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wildlife in Winter with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Have you ever noticed that nature just seems quieter in winter? Besides the occasional chirp of a bird or rustle of a squirrel, you’re left to wonder, “Where did everybody go?” Come to this program presented by Education Director Carrie Szwed to find out! Whether it’s migration, hibernation, or remaining active, animals employ clever strategies to get through harsh winter conditions. Using natural props, games, and a few live animal ambassadors, we will learn all about CT’s wildlife in winter. 11:00 a.m., A. B. Ceder Room. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Feb
8
Sat
Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the A. B. Ceder Room with a presentation where you will learn about the practice of ice harvesting and meet the actual tools used in the practice. The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups” Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. In the event of thin or no ice, there will be a guided walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old icehouse ruins.  Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods. Wear warm / waterproof boots and prepare for wind and sun.  Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Wildlife Tracking with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Andrew Dobos takes you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods.  There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives.  Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots!  You never know where the animals have been.10:00 A. M. – 12:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum. Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $15.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.

Feb
15
Sat
O-Possumly Adorable and Important to Boot! with Pam and Bill Lefferts, Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
O-Possumly Adorable and Important to Boot! with Pam and Bill Lefferts, Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Meet Lavender the Virginia Opossum and her friends Penny and Bill Lefferts from Ferncroft Wildlife Rehabilitation in Woodstock! There is a wonderfully interesting reason why the Lefferts chose this day for their program celebrating this most misunderstood mammal! Learn fascinating fun facts about North America’s only marsupial during a one-hour presentation that will also address the rescue center’s work in wildlife rehabilitation and how you can make your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00,   Non-members: $15.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online

Feb
16
Sun
Museum Children Free Week
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

February 16 – 22, 2020

Courtesy of The Laurel Ridge Foundation in memory of Francesca M. Thompson, M.D. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

Feb
17
Mon
President’s Day
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
President’s Day

Monday, February 17, 2020

MUSEUM CLOSED

Feb
21
Fri
STAR PARTY!
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
STAR PARTY!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society organize this astronomy program. Tonight’s topic is Astronomy 101: How the Sky Works. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. An adult must accompany children under 16. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Feb
22
Sat
Thorrablot: Iceland’s Mid-Winter Celebration with Gerri Griswold
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thorrablot: Iceland’s Mid-Winter Celebration with Gerri Griswold

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Before the 10th century, Icelanders worshiped the Æsir, or Norse gods. During their calendar month of Thorri (which runs from mid-January to mid-February), locals celebrated Thorrablot, a midwinter festival named for either Norwegian king Thorri Snærsson or the God of Thunder himself, Thor.

Today’s Thorrablot is celebrated by imbibing in copious amounts of Brennivin (Black Death) and traditional Viking foods that are so unappetizing they will make your toes curl! White Memorial will celebrate a bit differently with a delicious dinner of Plokkfiskur, Raud braud, roasted carrots and some sort of tasty Icelandic dessert and yes…just a little tipple of Brennivín . You will be treated to a presentation of glorious photographs taken in Iceland in winter by Gerri Griswold, Olgeir Andresson www.olgeir.com and Johann Oli Hilmarsson www.johannoli.is . The photographs will be coupled with Icelandic poetry that YOU will be asked to read! 6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $20.00  Non-members: $35.00  Please BYOB and your own place setting. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online

Feb
29
Sat
Leap Year Luncheon and Winter Pursuits at Ongley Pond
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Leap Year Luncheon and Winter Pursuits at Ongley Pond

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Strap on your ice skates, pop your saucer or sled into the car, and come out to Ongley Pond for a couple of hours of winter enjoyment. Thermoses of corn chowder, home -made herb and onion bread, and some tasty bar cookies will be on hand to fortify your winter-loving self! Warm up by the fire and learn a little about Leap Year on this once-in-every-four-years day! Bring your own place setting and a hot beverage. Remember…there is no such thing as bad weather…just bad clothing! 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m., Ongley Pond, Members: $5.00  Non-members: $10.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.

Mar
2
Mon
Museum Children Free Week
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm
Museum Children Free Week

March 2 – 8, 2020

Courtesy of Arthur and Tara Stacom Diedrick in Honor of Claire and Matthew Stacon. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.