Saturday, February 1
Wildlife in Winter
Have you ever noticed that nature just seems quieter in winter? Besides the occasional chirp of a bird or rustle of a squirrel, you’re left to wonder, “Where did everybody go?” Come to this program presented by Education Director Carrie Szwed to find out! Whether it’s migration, hibernation, or remaining active, animals employ clever strategies to get through harsh winter conditions. Using natural props, games, and a few live animal ambassadors, we will learn all about CT’s wildlife in winter. Advanced registration is not necessary. There is no program fee, but donations are welcome to help defray program costs.
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, February 8, 2020
Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the A. B. Ceder Room with a presentation where you will learn about the practice of ice harvesting and meet the actual tools used in the practice. The program culminates with our own “Cut Ups” Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. In the event of thin or no ice, there will be a guided walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old icehouse ruins. Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods. Wear warm / waterproof boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Join WMCC and Appalachian Mountain Club Member Steve Troop and hopefully a Full Moon as they lead you on a hike or ski or snowshoe ramble along the Lake Trail, Butternut Brook Trail, and Windmill Hill Trail. Return to the Ceder Room for a little fire. Bring a snack and something warm to drink! 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. For more information call Steve: 860-480-9926 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Sunday, February 9, 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.
2:00 P.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.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
It’s a girl’s prerogative to change her mind! Instinctive Birding was not scheduled in February but Kristi changed her mind! YAY! Join birder Kristi Dranginis (founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com) on the second Tuesday of each month 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, February 15, 2020
Meet Lavender the Virginia Opossum and her friends Pam and Bill Lefferts from Ferncroft Wildlife Rehabilitation in Woodstock! There is a wonderfully interesting reason why the Lefferts chose this day for their program celebrating this most misunderstood mammal! Learn fascinating fun facts about North America’s only marsupial during a one-hour presentation that will also address the rescue center’s work in wildlife rehabilitation and how you can make your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary.