November 1 Fall Family Fun with Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living Join Deneen Bernier, Andy and Gabby Dobos of Three Red Trees School of Natural Living for an afternoon getting in touch with Nature. Families will enjoy learning about the world around us through games, exploration and adventure. Designed to reconnect both young and old to the plants and animals, these fun activities will open your senses to the mysteries of our natural world. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, good shoes and clothing for the weather and playing outside. You will leave filthy, fabulous and fulfilled. 1:00 P.M. –; 4:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. The cost is per child. Parents or Guardians attend at no cost. Members: $20.00 Non-members: $25.00.
November 5 Hiking and Healthy Eating with Gerri Griswold This sold out summer series was so popular we thought we should continue into the fall! It has been over a year since Gerri began a serious assault on her lifelong battle with obesity. The success of her weight loss began with juicing after watching the movie ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’. 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 vegetable based 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 Vegetarian Chili, 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 prepayment are required.
November 8 Lazy Birding at Point Folly with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed Stop by the Point Folly Observation Overlook anytime between 9am and 12pm to do some laidback birding with new Education Director Carrie Szwed. We'll be using scopes and binoculars to look for fall migrants and winter arrivals, both onshore and off. (Payment is in the form of hot chocolate for Carrie…Don't show up empty-handed!) Park in the Campground Store parking lot across from Point Folly. Meet Carrie at the observation platform FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
November 9 - 15 Museum Children Free Week In honor of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.
November 15 Autumn Leaves in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox Here is your sterling opportunity to learn botanical illustration from world renowned botanical
artist Betsy Rogers-Knox! Explore different techniques in this fun approach to painting our
beautiful fall leaves! The class is for all levels of experience. All supplies are included. Ages 12
and up. 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $35.00 Non-members: $45.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
November 21 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.
November 22 Give a HOOT! Felting Workshop with Robin McCahill It's the perfect time of year to create a magical handmade gift for a loved one (or to keep yourself!). Using soft wool and a special barbed felting needle, sculpt a night time owl of your choice. This one day workshop will enable you to finish your bird in time to adorn your home for the holidays. Learn some of the nocturnal habits of the famed owls while you work. All materials included! 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $55.00, Non-members: $65.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
November 22 Circumnavigating Five Ponds with Gerri Griswold Spend quality time exploring one of the most magical areas on our property! We'll be tackling every pond! Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water. Sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must. We are conquering Five Ponds rain or shine! Meet at the trailhead at the junction of Route's 63 / 61. 11 AM – 3:00 P.M., Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
November 23 The Green Man: A Musical Afternoon with Michael McDermott and Friends Benefit Concert Supporting The White Memorial Conservation Center The Green Man is a mysterious, eerie figure depicted mainly in medieval European stonework, believed to represent an ancient vegetation deity. It is nearly always depicted as a "foliate head," that is, a face made of leaves and vines. Sometimes it appears as a human face peering out from leaves, other times with animal features. This joyful afternoon with ridiculously talented purveyor of joy, Michael McDermott and his band "Cead Mile Failte" Gaelic for "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes", will include music by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Irish singer / songwriter Luka Bloom, and many more. What a splendid way to spend the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving! 100% of the proceeds from this concert benefit the Conservation Center. 2:00 P.M., Carriage House, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
November 27 & 28 THANKSGIVING MUSEUM CLOSED
November 29 Walking the Cranberry Pond Trail with Gerri Griswold Welcome to our 5th Annual Edition of this popular walk! Nothing could cap off a wonderful "on the cusp of winter" stroll along this spectacular trail better than a cup of hot coffee and a thick wedge of Crimson Pie swimming in a pool of thick ginger crème anglaise! Meet in the Museum. 2:00 P.M., We'll drive over to the trail head together. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.