Public Programs for Children
Here at White Memorial, our public programs for children are designed to inspire understanding, appreciation, and respect for the natural world. Advanced registration is required for most programs and space is limited. Check out our upcoming programs below. See something you like? Click on it for a larger view. To register, click the green \”Tickets\” button on that page.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Can you tell the difference between an owl, hawk & turkey feather? Would you like to? It’s relatively easy, actually … with the right tools that is.
Join Kristi Dranginis, founder of BirdMentor.com to learn the key features to unlocking the mystery of the bird feathers you find. If we are lucky, we may even receive a visit from a live feather ambassador!
During this 2 hour hands-on class you’ll learn: The 5 Shapes of Bird Wings and their role in identification, the 4 primary functions of feathers, what sets the wing, tail & body feathers apart, as well as fancy terms like emargination & camber. 2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the eighth consecutive year. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event that 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/dep and type in “CARE”. BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation): 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting): 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 p.m., A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857. Or register online.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Create a simple winter scene in watercolor depicting trees in a snowy ﬁeld with internationally acclaimed artist Betsy Rogers-Knox. Follow along in this simple step-by-step workshop with plenty of demos and individual attention. All materials included.
For ages 12 and up. 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $40.00
Non-members: $65.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online
Sunday, January 26, 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.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
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. 11:00 a.m., A. B. Ceder Room. FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
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.