Saturday, April 20, 2019
The beautifully dramatic chalk pastel animal images of Rebecca Melaragno will grace the walls of the A. B. Ceder Room through June 30.
About the Artist: “Art is something I have always had an interest in and wanted to develop at a deeper level. I love the fact that art and design in itself cannot be defined; it is what and how you see something, what you feel, how things are organized, communicated, and experienced. It is both interpretation and delivering a clear message, and can take the form of countless mediums. I have lately been focusing on drawings, specifically with chalk pastel and using a digital platform. A lot of my subject matter comes from inspiration around me, and the comparison between human relationships and personalities as compared to that of animals. Analyzing different personality types and seeing how they compare to that of predator and prey relationships in nature. Designing my drawings allows me to intertwine meaning and relationships between the subject matters. In addition to being an artist and graphic designer, I work as an art teacher sharing my love and knowledge of art with our next generation.” 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room. The reception is free but please register by calling 860-567-0857 or register online.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Make a Home for Wildlife helps property owners see their land in new ways and gives them the tools and knowledge to effectively improve food and cover for wildlife.
Whether you live on a quarter-acre lot in town, own a 20-acre woodland retreat, or belong to an outdoor or nature club with hundreds of acres, you can make changes to the land that will turn your property into a better habitat for wildlife.
Focusing on the eastern US from Canada to Florida, the book describes basic habitat types—forests, shrublands, grasslands, and wetlands—and how to create or improve them, along with specific recommendations for projects that will help many different kinds of wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and pollinating insects. Fergus also relates inspiring stories of landowners who have transformed their properties into wonderful homes for local wildlife.
Author: Charles Fergus has published 17 books on nature and wildlife. He has written for publications as various as Audubon, Country Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Yale Review, and the New York Times. He is a longtime columnist for Pennsylvania Game News magazine, and a communications consultant for the Wildlife Management Institute. He lives on a 120-acre hill farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he enjoys improving habitats to attract and support local wildlife.
6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Book signing to follow in the Museum. 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
Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27. Grades 4-6. If you enjoy viewing the night sky, exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and meeting new friends, then join us for the 29th Annual Museum Sleep-In at White Memorial. You’ll get to sleep over in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters, go on nature hikes, meet live animals, and enjoy some yummy food. It will be like a real-life “Night at the Museum!” Limited space, so don’t miss out! This is a kids-only event made possible by the Education and Activities Committee. Meet in the Museum. The event goes from 5pm Friday night – 12 noon Saturday. Advanced registration required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit whitememorialcc.org. Registration must be received by April 20. Members: $60/child, Non-Members: $120/child
Fee covers all program materials, snacks, and breakfast.
This program is limited to 25 kids. Registration must be received by April 20.
First come, first served.
On April 15, a confirmation and checklist of items to bring will be mailed.
You will also be contacted regarding your child’s preference for the Friday workshop (yet to be determined).
Children should be dropped off promptly at 5pm and picked up at 12 noon.
All activities occur rain or shine.
Friday, April 26, 2019
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is the Moon. Weather permitting, there will be star gazing after the program. 8:00 p.m., MOTT- VAN WINKLE CLASSROOM. 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.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Richard’s stunning work includes decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded vessels and sculptural objects made on the lathe and/or by carving. Evolving from a hobby in the early 1990s to a serious pursuit since he retired from a career in chemistry research in 2005, his work aims to reflect both the skills of the craft and an aesthetic response to the character of the wood. He obtains most of his wood locally from storm-felled or otherwise unwanted trees. Richard’s work today will feature our beloved Ash.
Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room at 10:45 a.m. We’ll carpool! 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 3:30 p.m. Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)
Four Session This Summer (May 2, June 6, June 27, Aug. 22)
Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on this summer 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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Gerri does not consider herself a photographer. More often than not this world traveler will forsake her beautiful Canon SLR for an iPhone. The Canon just weighs too much! Now seriously, folks…no smart phone image can compare to images shot with an SLR….maybe. Glorious images from Iceland, Easter Island, the Netherlands, her own backyard in Winchester, her DOG, and White Memorial will be featured in this presentation. Griswold hopes you will leave the program looking at the world a little differently and feeling more confident about your ability to compose and execute lovely pictures with your smart phone. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online. Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00