January 1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
January 3 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 3 A Winter Walk Along the Lake Trail and Butternut Brook Trail with Marlow Shami Tag along with Marlow as she leads you to the observation platform overlooking Bantam Lake and the Ice House Ruins. Pass by pretty Butternut Brook and indulge yourself in the sights, scents, and sounds of winter. 1:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 10 Film: 180 South This gorgeous, historic, and inspiring film documents the adventures of surfer and climber Jeff
Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard (rock climbing legend
and founder of Ventura-based Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins, on which they drove, mountain
climbed and surfed their way to Chilean Patagonia. Along the way, Jeff encounters big surf, snowy
mountains, a dangerous ocean crossing, pulp mills, cowboys, dams and more on his way to climb
Cerro Corcovado in Patagonia. Jeff's life takes a turn when he meets up in a rainy hut with
Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value
above all the experience of raw nature and have come to Patagonia to help use their influence to
help protect it. The film is a road trip movie, a historic document, and an environmental call to
arms, but mostly a meditation on what matters most in life – staying true to one's own vision and
values. 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 12 – 18 Museum Children Free Week 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 Firewood 101 with Tom Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, Forest Resources UCONN A most extraordinary primer on everything you could ever want to know about firewood from a
man who has heated his home exclusively with firewood for the last 30 years. Learn about
firewood characteristics of different species of wood, selecting which trees to harvest for firewood
and why, useful wood cutting and processing techniques, safe use of chain saws and other cutting
tools, and sharpening and maintenance tips.
Tom Worthley is Associate Extension Professor, Forest Resources at UConn. He has heated his
own home exclusively with wood for over 30 years, mainly from the management of his own
woodland acreage. 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, In lieu of a program fee,
Mr.Worthley asks that a donation be collected today for The Coverts Project, a wildlife
habitat program offered by UCONN. Please pre-register by calling 860-567-0857.
January 17 Identifying Connecticut's Owls with Fran Zygmont Join Litchfield Hills Audubon's Fran Zygmont as he discusses about our native owls. Meet some
taxidermy specimens of Great Horned, Snowy, Eastern Screech, and Sawhet Owls, familiarize
yourself with owl calls and meet our very own Barred Owl, Shakespeare! 2:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder
Room, FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.
January 10 Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 24 DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors
this program for the fifth 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 DEEP's website: www.ct.gov/dep and type in "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
January 31 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", Carrie Szwed,
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.
January 31 Winter Landscape in Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox Create a winter wonderland for your wall with noted watercolorist Betsy Rogers-Knox! Learn how
to use transparent layers of watercolor to create a simple winter landscape painting. Step-by-step
instruction with plenty of demos provided! All levels welcome. All materials included. 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.