Feb
6
Thu
Nature’s Nursery, Jan-Apr 2020 – CANCELLED @ White Memorial - Ceder Room
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nature’s Nursery
First Thursday of Each Month (Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Mar. 5, April 2)

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.

 

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.

Full Moon Hike with Steve Troop
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike with Steve Troop

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Join WMCC and Appalachian Mountain Club Member Steve Troop and hopefully a Full Moon as they lead you on a hike or ski or snowshoe ramble along the Lake Trail, Butternut Brook Trail, and Windmill Hill Trail. Return to the Ceder Room for a little fire. Bring a snack and something warm to drink! 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. For more information call Steve: 860-480-9926 or email: FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Feb
9
Sun
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm

Sunday, February 9, 2020

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.

Feb
11
Tue
JUST ADDED! Instinctive Birding with Kristi Dranginis
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
JUST ADDED! Instinctive Birding with Kristi Dranginis

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

It’s a girl’s prerogative to change her mind! Instinctive Birding was not scheduled in February but Kristi changed her mind! YAY! Join birder Kristi Dranginis (founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com) on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to dive deep into the practice of Instinctive Birding.  Winter is a wonderful time to participate in this nearly lost art.  Learn to interpret the subtle signs and voices of the birds while also becoming more proficient with your bird ID skills.

We’ll begin observing the unfolding story of the landscape with a bird sit. Please bring something to sit on (camp chair, cushion, etc) and a blanket to keep you warm if you like.  Minty hot coco will be provided, so bring your mug. We’ll then transition inside where we’ll warm up and peel away the layers of the mysteries that presented themselves to us during our sit.

Our sessions 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 snow or shine! 9:00 a.m. start time. Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. Head on over to www.birdmentor.com/birdwalk to add yourself to the email list & receive updates for each month.   FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

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

SOLD OUT!!!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Meet Lavender the Virginia Opossum and her friends Pam 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.

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

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
SOLD OUT Thorrablot: Iceland’s Mid-Winter Celebration
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SOLD OUT Thorrablot: Iceland’s Mid-Winter Celebration

SOLD OUT! 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! Please BYOB and your own place setting.