April 1 – May 14, 2021
We’ve selected pollinator-friendly plants that provide flower blooms throughout the growing season. Our pollinator kits provide food for caterpillars and adults butterflies, bees, flower flies, hummingbirds, and many more. No more guesswork, just install the correct sized kit for your growing conditions and let the power of the plants do the rest. You’ll see pollinators in your yard that you have never seen before!
Woodland Shade or Sunny Meadow Kits
Mailbox Garden (16 plants of 4 species)
Veggie Garden Booster (32 plants of 5 species)
Pollinator Powerhouse (48 plants of 6 species, plus a free Pollinator Pathway Medallion)
Pollinator Pathway Medallion (6 inch metal placard that indicates that your yard is pollinator-friendly
Visit https://whitememorialcc.org/plant-sale/ to see the plants: May 14 Pre-Order Deadline,
May 22 Pick-Up Your Kits
Saturday, April 24, 2021
White Memorial Conservation Center and Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson present a day of virtual poetry events to celebrate the Earth in a time of climate crisis
Join Us for the Following Virtual Programs:
9:30 a.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
Welcome and Introduction by Gerri Griswold and David K. Leff. Poetry readings from the new anthology Waking Up to the Earth by poets Denise Abercrombie, Terry Blackhawk, John Stanizzi, Steve Straight, Katherine Szpekman, and Rhonda Ward.
11:00 a.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
“Nature Poetry in a Time of Climate Crisis,” a talk by State Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson.
Writing Workshop: “There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness for the Earth” with Edwina Trentham. Free of charge, but registration required (see below).
2:30 p.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
Poetry readings from the new anthology Waking Up to the Earth by poets Cortney Davis, Catherine DeNunzio, Louis Gabordi, David K. Leff, Amy Nawrocki, and Pit Pinegar.
4:00 p.m. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8158787
“Poets Out in the Open:” a reprise of summer poetry readings recorded in 2019 on the beautiful grounds of the White Memorial Conservation Center.
Writing Workshop: “There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness for the Earth” with Edwina Trentham
Today, one of the gravest threats facing us is the desecration of our beautiful earth, the heedless greed and irreversible damage for the sake of profit that is destroying our planet. Faced with this horror, how can we as poets draw attention to this destruction, and what can we hope to achieve? In this intensive workshop, we will read and discuss work by poets who have explored this essential topic and explore different ways of writing poetry of witness with passion and persuasiveness. The major part of the workshop will be devoted to workshopping the poems written by participants and submitted ahead of time. Writing prompts focused on the topic of healing and witness for the earth will be provided.
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live. Please follow the directions below to register as a participant in the workshop or as a viewer.
Sign-up Instructions for Poets: Register by April 1, 2021 with David K. Leff at Please send postal address for receipt of materials and briefly state your experience writing nature poetry, if any. A Zoom link will be sent to you along with any further instructions prior to the workshop. Space is limited to ten.
Registration Instructions for the Public: Register at www.whitememorialcc.org. if you would like to observe via ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you the day before the workshop OR watch live on White Memorial’s Facebook Fan Page!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Contemplative Yoga (Previously Yoga in The Garden) is a gentle all-level yoga class provided online through Zoom. The class meets on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30. This class cycles through each chakra, focusing on anatomy and energetic benefits, combining vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga forms. Students can attend the classes in any sequence. Poetry, music, and mudra assist the student in focusing on class intention. This class encourages stress reduction and efficient breathing, while building strength, flexibility, and balance. No registration is required. Class is $10, paid on Venmo to @JudithEhrman-Shapiro. Please leave a note which says “White Memorial”, and $1 will to be donated to WMCC for each class. Other payment arrangements can be made by calling Judith at 860-309-9489. Please use the following Link to join class!
Topic: Contemplative Yoga Time: Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm
Meeting ID: 998 133 6171 Passcode: 365gifts
Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Winsted. Judith has been running Yoga in The Garden at White Memorial since 2015!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
ZOOM and Facebook Live!
Zoom viewers register here for this webinar:
Please consider making an online donation to the Conservation Center: DONATE
Kim Stoner is an entomologist who specializes in bees and pollination at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. She will introduce you to the world of native bees in your backyard and the easy things that you can do to conserve them.
Friday, April 30, 2021
For Grades 4-6
7:00-10:00 pm (check-in at 6:45 pm)
If you enjoy viewing the night sky, exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and meeting new friends, then join us for Nature Break-Out Night at White Memorial. In just 3 hours, we’ll pack in a Campfire, a Night Hike, a Live Animal Show, and a Craft-Making Session!
Kids will be divided into groups of 10 and rotated through stations throughout the evening. All activities will take place either outdoors or in our Activity Shed, with barn doors open on two sides. Masks are required for all participants. Social distancing will be enforced. Event will occur rain or shine. Drop-off program. Made possible by the Center’s Education and Activities Committee.
Cost: $30/child for members, $50/child for non-members
Fee covers all program materials and s’mores. Please inquire about financial aid if needed.
Registration begins on April 5 and must be received by April 25.
Limited to 30 children.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register, please visit www.whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
So many folks can be intimidated by cooking because they simply are not familiar with the flavors that herbs can lend to a recipe. Once you have knowledge of how to use herbs in cooking, you will become a monster in the kitchen! Our menu today will focus on some of the most commonly found herbs: Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, and Mint. 12:00 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live, FREE, Zoom participants can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y6bWqH2WTCGB0vwf96GcGA
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Native plants are vital to restoring our landscape by providing food and habitat for our pollinators, but where are we getting our plants from? Understanding an ecoregional framework for conservation is crucial to sourcing “the right plants for the right place.” Join Sefra Alexandra lead of CT NOFA’s (Northeast Organic Farming Associations) Ecotype Project, as she explains the process of sustainably sourcing wild pollinator seeds and making them locally available to you!
7:00 p.m., FREE, ZOOM and Facebook Live, ZOOM participants register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TNoDqtlgT2u57_04u0IHiQ
Photo credit: Jonathan R. Beckerman
One Thursday Per Month (May 6, June 3, July 8, August 12)
Virtual Nature’s Nursery Series
Ages 3-6 Years
4-4:30pm (note the time change from the previous series).
Join us via Zoom on one Thursday per month from May – August for a 30-minute program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story featuring wild animals and then an up-close encounter with a live animal! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please visit whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857 to register. Space is limited! The day before each session for which you are registered, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Sign up by session or for the whole series. Members: $5/session or $15/whole series (4 sessions), Non-Members: $8/session or $25/whole series (4 sessions)
Friday, May 7, 2021
Walk one of our most beautiful trails from the comfort of your couch! Let Carrie Szwed, Education Director, be your eyes, ears, and legs as she hikes the ¼ mile Ongley Pond Trail and points out some of the natural wonders that make this trail so special. 10:00 a.m. No registration necessary. Just head to our Facebook page: “The White Memorial Conservation Center.” Please note: This program will NOT be simulcast in Zoom. FREE.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Get all of the star power you could possibly desire from this informative talk presented by the star-studded members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club! Tonight’s topic presented by Pete Kandefer is, “Exoplanet Discovery”. Discover the methods that astronomers use to discover planets circling distant stars and whether they’re earthlike or exotic worlds. FREE! 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM and Facebook Live! Zoom viewers register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zd4TCj3mTJOQ5y6HZCLHtQ