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
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Spend a few hours with Gerri meandering the fields, forests, and hilltops of White Memorial and Topsmead State Forest in search of Bobolinks. This lovely grassland bird has made its presence known atop Apple Hill for several years, but they have been a staple at Topsmead for as long as we can remember! Be on the lookout for an American Kestrel in Topsmead’s highly successful kestrel breeding box. We’ll pass tadpole-laden ponds, lovely gardens, and sweeping meadows. Bring a snack and some water. Let’s share the eye candy these magnificent properties have to offer! 8:00 a.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. We’ll caravan to Apple Hill first then to Topsmead. For directions to Topsmead and other information click here: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325076#directions
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us. No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation. Having your own garden is even better of course.
What about wild plants? They’re right there, some in great abundance. Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing their native neighbors. Many of these we can eat and it is becoming quite well documented that they are better for us, containing higher and more complete amounts of the nutrients we need to be healthy within the same volume of food.
The Forest Wolf, Andy Dobos, will help you learn some common, easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to responsibly harvest and prepare them. We will walk through field, forest and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.
We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property, something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting. All the plants we cover will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood lot, so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.
Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m, Meet in front of the Museum. Maximum of 20 people. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online. Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00
Tuesday, May 14, 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.