Friday, March 29, 2019
The Conservation Center is honored to be collaborating with sister organizations, Topsmead State Forest, Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, Litchfield Land Trust, Litchfield Hill Audubon Society, and The Litchfield Community Greenway in presenting a lecture series that will focus on the remarkable impact each organization has had on Litchfield as we launch into its 300th birthday! The series kicks off this evening at The Litchfield Community Center with a wine and cheese reception followed by each organization giving a 10-minute presentation. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. Other lectures will follow each Friday at 6:00 p.m., April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, and May 3.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
This program, presented by Juliana Barrett, Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program and the Department of Extension, will explore current and predicted climate change impacts for Connecticut and Long Island Sound over the next 100 years; it will also provide information and tools that are available, as well as adaptation strategies to improve our resilience. Storms Irene and Sandy showed just how vulnerable Connecticut is to damage from intense storm events. The impacts of climate change on Connecticut are likely to result in more intense rainfall events, higher air and water temperatures, more vulnerable natural habitats, health-related impacts, and increases to the lands and infrastructure that could be inundated by rising sea levels and riverine flooding. These events challenge communities to come up with adaptation strategies to deal with impacts from climate change and many coastal and inland communities are working to address this challenge.
Brief Bio of Presenter: Juliana Barrett, Ph.D., is with the University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program and the Department of Extension. Her work focuses on climate change adaptation and coastal habitat management working with Connecticut’s municipalities, NGO’s, and state and federal partners. Prior to coming to Sea Grant in 2006 she worked as a consultant and for The Nature Conservancy as the Director of the Connecticut River Tidelands Last Great Places Program.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
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.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this terrific free program. 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/deep and type in “CARE”. Classroom: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Fishing at Point Folly: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. 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 6, 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)
Tuesday, April 9, 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.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Join us upstairs in the Museum for light refreshments and a reception celebrating the Town of Litchfield’s 300th Anniversary and the legacy of Alain and May White! You’ll have an opportunity to stroll through one of our nation’s finest natural history museums and pay tribute to Alain and May White. This brother and sister pair left their fingerprints all over Litchfield County beginning with our own 4,000 acre sanctuary, but also in the gifts they bestowed upon the State of Connecticut: Kent Falls, Peoples State Forest, Macedonia State Park, Dean Ravine and more! Retire to the Ceder Room for a breathtaking pictorial presentation of White Memorial through the seasons. Meet in the Museum for the reception at 6:00 p.m., Lecture in the A. B. Ceder Room 7:00 p.m., FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Join Gerri on her favorite trails. Perhaps we’ll hear Spring Peepers, witness Bald Eagles soaring over Bantam Lake, or flush out some Wood Ducks as we tip toe through trails flanked by Princess Pine. Wear sturdy waterproof boots. This walk takes place no matter what the weather! Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room at 10 a.m. We’ll carpool to the trailhead. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Please call 860-567-0857 to be placed on the waiting list!
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Enjoy a fun afternoon creating a colorful watercolor depicting spring blossoms. Using a variety of techniques this workshop is designed for all levels and offers step-by-step instruction and plenty of demos. All materials are included. For ages 15 and up.