January 1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
January 4 Nature as Healer with Marlow Shami
Did you have a special "fort" as a child -- an outside hideaway, a place that seemed to magically transform life's stresses? Whether you grew up in a city, suburb, or rural landscape you most likely found your sacred place in a tree, rock formation, gazing out an open window, or on an apartment roof. Back then being a part of nature was instinctive. It attracted us just as the sun inspires the flower bud to bloom. A visit could bring creative imaginings, renewal, a sense of protection, warmth, comfort, or emotional mirroring. This special place can be found within us as adults with a little help from our friends, including Nature! Learn more about the challenges and rewards of connecting with nature now that we have grown-up!
Remind your heart that you have a special power. This presentation focuses on how everyday-anywhere nature can: guide, calm, inform, and restore you. Beautiful - compelling images support Marlow Shami's presentation. Sweets and tea will be served... FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 5 Wildlife Tracking Club with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier Three Red Trees School of Natural Living's Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots! You never know where the animals have been! 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.. Meet in the Museum... FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 11 – 18 DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the fourth year in a row. 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 DEP's website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in "e;CARE". Classroom: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Ice Fishing: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857.
January 11 Owl Prowl with Fran Zygmont
Join Litchfield Hills Audubon President Fran Zygmont as he takes you on a night walk in search of Saw-whet, Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls that call White Memorial home! Begin the evening in the A.B. Ceder Room with a talk about our native owls. Meet some taxidermy specimens and familiarize yourself with owl calls and meet our very own Barred Owl Shakespeare! Limited to 20 participants ages 12 and up. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, FREE…but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857.
January 12 – 18 Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Morosani in Memory of Remy Edmund Morosani. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
January 17 Museum Cleaning Party Break out the broom and the feather duster, roll up your sleeves, and come help us tidy up the Museum from top to bottom! Many hands make lighter work! We'll provide a light dinner and rocking tunes! You provide the elbow grease! 6:00 P.M. Please call 860-567-0857 to sign up.
January 18 Winter Tree Identification Walk with WMF Forest superintendent Lukas Hyder Join WMF Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder as he points out the finer aspects of tree identification. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the pros! 10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot. FREE…Donations will be accepted to defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 18 White Birds: The Gyrfalcon and The Snowy Owl with Brian Bradley Brian Bradley, owner of Skyhunters in Flight, soars into the Conservation center with two of his most beautiful birds of prey! What characteristics define these two winter hunters? Wallow in the extraordinary experience of getting up close and personal with this great man and his amazing birds! 12:00 P.M. , A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
January 18 / 19 Winter Wildlife Tracking Class with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier
Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier from Three Red Trees School of Natural Living present a two part workshop on Wildlife Tracking. A slide show presentation on Saturday evening will start us off with some basic understanding of wildlife tracking as a means to better understand how tracking works. On Sunday we will be outside following the tracks and sign of some of White Memorials most quintessential animal species as they move through the forest and wetlands. By learning the language of track and sign each participant gains insight and a greater connection to the natural world.
Deneen and Andy are primitive skills instructors and certified wildlife trackers each with diverse backgrounds in the Natural world. They have years of experience in teaching nature awareness and tracking to all ages and enjoy sharing their love of unfolding nature's mysteries.
Children 11 and older welcome if accompanied by an adult. This will be a long day standing in the snow so wear many layers, good boots & extra socks. Bring water, snack & lunch.
Saturday, January 18: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room
Sunday, January 19: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum 12 participants. Members: $45.00 Non-members: $55.00
Saturday evening only: $15.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - MUSEUM CLOSED
January 25 Cut It Out: The Local History and Practice of Ice Harvesting Ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. Begin in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins. The program culminates with our own "Cut Ups", Jeff Greenwood and James Fischer, demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. Dress for the weather. We will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. , Meet in the Museum.. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
Cross Country Ski Trip to Cranberry Pond and the Cathedrals with Robyn Dinda Meet at Webster Road 10:30 A.M.. For more information please call Robyn Dinda 860 567 0738.