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: 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.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society organize this astronomy program. Tonight’s topic is Astronomy 101: How the Sky Works. 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.
SOLD OUT! Saturday, February 22, 2020
Before the 10th century, Icelanders worshiped the Æsir, or Norse gods. During their calendar month of Thorri (which runs from mid-January to mid-February), locals celebrated Thorrablot, a midwinter festival named for either Norwegian king Thorri Snærsson or the God of Thunder himself, Thor.
Today’s Thorrablot is celebrated by imbibing in copious amounts of Brennivin (Black Death) and traditional Viking foods that are so unappetizing they will make your toes curl! White Memorial will celebrate a bit differently with a delicious dinner of Plokkfiskur, Raud braud, roasted carrots and some sort of tasty Icelandic dessert and yes…just a little tipple of Brennivín . You will be treated to a presentation of glorious photographs taken in Iceland in winter by Gerri Griswold, Olgeir Andresson www.olgeir.com and Johann Oli Hilmarsson www.johannoli.is . The photographs will be coupled with Icelandic poetry that YOU will be asked to read! Please BYOB and your own place setting.