New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day
New Year's Day

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Nature’s Nursery SOLD OUT @ White Memorial - Ceder Room
Jan 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nature’s Nursery
First Thursday of Every Month (Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4)
Mar. 7 SOLD OUT!

Ages 3-6 Years
Nature’s Nursery Series
Join us on the first Thursday of each month from January-April for an hour-long program 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. To register, click HERE or call 860-567-0857. Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series, Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series.


Mindful Eating and Living with Marlow Shami – SOLD OUT! @ A.B. Ceder Room
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mindful Eating and Living with Marlow Shami - SOLD OUT! @ A.B. Ceder Room | Litchfield | Connecticut | United States

The food of life is not only found on our plates (or bag of take-out) but also within five integral life areas. Sustenance is found within the quality of our rest, companionship, novelty, exercise, and outdoor time in nature.

How you fulfill your unique needs depends on understanding what floats your boat! You are one of eight billion unique people living on this beautiful planet. Our consumer culture preaching one size fits all makes discovering what gives or dissipates our life energies a challenge. Why not turn the challenge into a game of detection. Mindfulness, the current term for an age-old wisdom practice, is key.

Marlow will give a short illustrated talk delving into the five life sustaining “food” groups, guide you on a nature-wisdom based activity, and complete the journey with a special guided meditation designed to relax, inform, and inspire.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.


Museum Children Free Week
Jan 12 – Jan 18 all-day
Museum Children Free Week

Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Morosani in Memory of Remy Edmund Morosani. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.


Winter Tree Identification with Lukas Hyder @ Museum Parking Lot
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am

It’s much easier to ID trees when they have foliage all over them! Step up your game and allow the Master to teach you a thing or two! 10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.

Art Opening and Reception: Pat Morris @ A.B. Ceder Room
Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come have a glass of wine and a nibble and meet Pat Morris, our featured artist for the winter quarter. Pat’s beautiful works depicting birds and mammals painted on feathers and bark will be hanging in the A. B. Ceder Room through March 2019! 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, The opening reception is free but please register by calling 860-567-0857 or register HERE!

About Pat Morris: I am a wildlife artist, native of the state of Connecticut. I began my art career in the 1970’s, focusing mainly on pet portraiture. By 1980 I was also painting wildlife, in particular the wolves that I had come to know in my association with a wolf ambassador program here in Connecticut. I have continued through the years to enjoy the challenge of the depiction of animals, both wild and domestic, in my artwork. I welcome commissions; I have been doing pet portraits for about 40 years and can paint anything you like on a feather as well!

I work primarily in pastel but also in acrylic and oil. I am a self-taught artist; my ability to ‘capture’ life on paper, feathers, birch bark and other canvases is a humbling gift. Nature provides me with not only my inspiration, but also its own canvas! My inspiration is drawn upon a lifetime of observation in the woods and natural areas of the world, where I have been fortunate enough to catch glimpses of the wildlife that find their way into my paintings. The balance and harmony of the natural world brings more ‘rhyme and reason’ to my world and evolves at my easel. The expression of these experiences and observations is a lifelong challenge; my artwork is an invitation into that world as well as a tribute to the domestic animals that travel with us.

SOLD OUT! Winter Wonderland in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox @ A.B. Ceder Room
Jan 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT! Shed the winter blues and enjoy an afternoon painting a simple New England winter scene in watercolor! All levels welcome! All materials included! For ages 15 and up.

1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $35.00  Non-members: $60.00

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 21 all-day

Monday, January 21, 2019


SOLD OUT!!!! DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop @ A.B. Ceder Room
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, January 26, 2019



The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the seventh consecutive year. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event, which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE! To learn more, log onto the CT DEEP’s website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in “CARE”. BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation): 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Ice Fishing (conditions permitting): 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., A.B. Ceder Room. Call 860-567-0857 to be placed on a waiting list!

Live Concert and Contra Dance with Robert Messore’s Wry Bred!
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Concert and Contra Dance with Robert Messore’s Wry Bred!

Strap on yer dancin’ shoes, BYOB, and heat up on a cold winter’s night with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his band, Wry Bred! Tonight the Carriage House will undulate with the gleeful sights and sounds of Contra!

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

Through a caller’s instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person “set” and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set “line.”

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely, leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse-pounding music provided by the band.

Dancing is not mandatory this evening, but we DARE you to stay seated!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, All tickets: $15.00. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register HERE!

Light refreshments will be available to purchase or bring your own!