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.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
There is a “hidden history” of America’s first peoples. Of course, there hasn’t been a conspiracy to hide that history. It’s the simple result of historical amnesia. For example, most Americans are unaware that Native American cultures included long-lived empires of pyramid building farmers whose cities were ruled over by powerful kings. Not many know that in the American Southwest, there were peaceful farmers living in enormous, finely constructed adobe and stone apartment complexes. Fewer still are familiar with the awe-inspiring natural galleries where ancient native artists left behind tens of thousands of depictions of a broad array of complex geometric forms, naturalistic animals, and phantasmagorical spirit beings. The remains of many of these monuments, sites, and works of art still exist and can be visited by the archaeological tourist.
Dr. Kenneth Feder’s book, Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself isn’t just a travel guide: it’s a “time-travel” guide. Inspiring your journey through time by visiting these sites is his goal, both in his book as well as in this presentation.
Dr. Kenneth Feder is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00, Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Ian grew up in Connecticut with seventeen entertaining and musical brothers and sisters. Outrageous family dinner time jam sessions, with instruments like “salt shaker” and “nose” gave Ian a love for music and performance. After high school, Ian spent five years in the military. Did a lot of growing up there… Came home, traveled more, fell in love, broke up, rinsed, repeated… broke the chain, got married… Making a family and a music career in his own little American dream..
Ian’s music is influenced mostly by singer songwriters. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Then came these modern day folkies… The Patti Larkin, Eddie from Ohio, Cheryl Wheeler and the likes… Ian’s music is about making your way through life as an American kid, and now an adult who always ‘feels’ like a kid. Ian is always interested in finding the light. Songs of love, growth, journey, killing, lost innocence, learning… It’s all in there.. BYOB! Cake and coffee will be on hand! This evening is going to be so much fun! 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room. All tickets: $15.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
The owls don’t give a hoot that it’s daylight savings and you just lost an hour of sleep! Neither do Fran! Or Gerri! You can do it! Venture out into the crisp autumn morning in search of our native owls with expert Fran Zygmont. We’ll be in search of Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-Whet Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather! Coffee and comestibles will be served beforehand. Optional breakfast at Patty’s apres program.
The program is sold out. Please call 860-567-0857 to be placed on a waiting list.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Join birder Kristi Dranginis (founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com) on the second Tuesday of each month (**Except February) 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.
Saturday, March 14, 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.
10:00 A.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.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
(Snow date: March 21, 2020)
Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Medulla Oblongata, Hippocampus…How big are yours? Are you even remotely prepared to test your Nature knowledge at our 4th Annual Nature Trivia Night? Teams of up to six (we HIGHLY encourage team costumes) will compete for a valuable prize. Register individually, but form teams beforehand, or we’ll put you a team when you arrive.
A Chili supper will be served along with dessert, coffee, and soft drinks. BYOB and your own place setting. Come on, Brainiacs! Are you afraid of the challenge brought forth by our team of experts? 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00, Non members: $25.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. You can register for this program online.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society organize this astronomy program. 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.