February 5 Nature's Nursery Series Join us on the first Thursday of each month through May 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. 3:45-4:45pm. Advanced registration is appreciated. To register, please call 860-567-0857
or visit whitememorialcc.org and print out a registration form. Grades Pre-K – Kindergarten,
Members: $6/child per session or $20 for the whole series, Non-Members: $9/child per
session or $32 for the whole series
February 7 Early Morning Owl Prowl with Fran Zygmont Join Fran Zygmont as he takes you on a crack-o-dawn walk in search of Saw-whet, Screech,
Barred, and Great Horned Owls that call White Memorial home! Breakfast at Patty's afterwards!
Program is limited to 10 participants! 5:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. The program
is free but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857.
February 7 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.
February 7 Ice Skating on Beaver Pond Pack your blades and head out to the beautiful Five Ponds trails for an afternoon of old fashioned
ice skating! Bring your own mug for hot chocolate. Gerri will find something to feed you as a treat
for braving the elements! 1:00 P.M. Meet at the trailhead parking area at the intersections of
Routes 63 / 61. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
February 11 Hiking and Healthful Eating with Gerri Griswold It is pretty much common knowledge that diet and exercise are key in losing weight. Many people falter when it comes to knowing how to be creative with food. They eat the same old turkey sandwich or salad, become bored and disillusioned, and quit. Spend this evening taking a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare healthful meal. The objective is to share recipes, learn how to use herbs and spices to create wonderfully delicious meals that will keep you focused on your goal and to use this beautiful property to help you become the very best you can be. You are worth it! Tonight's dish is a Hearty Borscht with Beef, White Bean and Rosemary Hummus, Mesclun Greens with Oranges, Avocado, and Toasted Almonds, and Fresh Fruit. Dress for the weather and pack a flashlight! BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING! 6:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00. Limited to 20 people! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
February 14 Become a Bona fide Backyard Bird Counter! February 13 - 16 is the Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coordinated by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, among others. Want to take part in this nationwide citizen science effort? It's easy! Join us on Saturday morning for a brief lesson, led by Education Director Carrie Szwed, on how to identify some common birds that visit our yards and feeders during winter. Then, we'll practice our newfound ID skills by observing what birds come to our Bird-Feeding Station outside the windows of the Nature Museum. Members of Litchfield Hills Audubon Society's Junior Audubon Club will be on hand to assist with identifying birds and using binoculars. Lastly, we'll officially record our observations by reporting our data to eBird. There you have it – you'll be a bona fide backyard bird counter. Once you've learned these steps, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at home too! Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 10am-12noon. There is no program fee, however museum admission will be charged to non-members.
February 14 Llama Walk with Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm Stroll along our trails with a new friend! Meet in the Museum parking lot. 11:00 A.M., $15.00 per person. A portion of the fee will be donated to the Conservation Center. Please register by calling Debbie at 860-248-0355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 14 Calling All Owls with Brian Bradley Master Falconer and Conservation Center favorite Brian Bradley returns with a carload of characters for your educational and photographic enjoyment. Barn Owls, Screech Owls, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Barred Owls, Snowy Owls..their habitats, behavior, and natural history will be featured during this 90 minute presentation. 2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room. Members: $15.00 Non-Members: $25.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
February 15 Llama Walk with Deb Elias from Country Quilt Llama Farm Stroll along our trails with a new friend! Meet in the Museum parking lot. 11:00 A.M., $15.00 per person. A portion of the fee will be donated to the Conservation Center. Please register by calling Debbie at 860-248-0355 or email: email@example.com
February 20 Star Party! This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
February 21 Winter Walk with Gerri Griswold It's pot luck! Let's see what trails are most favorable for a stroll! Together we'll drink in the beauty of winter! 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.
February 28 Magic Light Show: The Science and Beauty of the Aurora Borealis with Tom Alena Learn about one of nature’s most striking and compelling phenomena, The Northern Lights, with Conservation Center favorite Tom Alena. Tom has the extraordinary ability of taking complicated science and making it easy to understand. This afternoon’s program will be beautifully illustrated with photographs by the Keeper of the Northern Lights, Olgeir Andresson www.olgeir.com 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.