White Memorial Conservation Center
100th Anniversary 1913-2013
P.O. Box 368, Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-0857

Gerri Griswold
Director of Administration and Development
Telephone: (860) 567-0857
Fax: (860) 567-2611

The White Memorial Foundation:
The First 100 Years, The Legacy of Alain and May White
by Keith Cudworth (WMF Executive Director)
In honoring the White Memorial Foundation's 100th Anniversary,
 Executive Director Keith Cudworth penned a beautiful book celebrating
Alain and May White, the two greatest land conservationists in Connecticut's history!
Stop by the Museum Gift Shop  to purchase a copy.

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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events

August 17 - 23
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick
in honor of Ann and Arthur Diedrick.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
Saturday, August 25 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
We all know that locally grown organic food is what is best for us.  
No unwanted chemicals, more healthy nutrients, less wasteful
byproducts of large scale farming and long distance transportation.
 Having your own garden is even better of course.  

What about wild plants?  They're right there, some in great abundance.  
Some non-native species are in too much abundance, out competing
their native neighbors.  Many of these we can eat and it is becoming quite
 well documented that they are better for us, containing higher and more complete
 amounts of the nutrients we need to be healthy within the same volume of food.  

The Forest Wolf, Andy Dobos, will help you learn some common,
easily identifiable edible wild plants and how to responsibly harvest
and prepare them.  We will walk through field, forest
and wetland edge, all almost within sight of each other.

We have special permission to pick plants on WMCC property,
something that is not normally allowed, which gives us an incredible
opportunity to do this in a most beautiful setting.  All the plants we cover
will be species one could find in their back yard or old farmland or wood
 lot so no excuses for not making future use of what you will learn.  
Bring notebook, camera, and protection from the elements.  

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M,
Meet in front of the Museum.
Maximum of 20 people
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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An Evening at Little Pond
Saturday, August 25 ~ 6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us in search of Wood Ducks, herons, shore birds,
muskrats, beavers, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature
decides to dish out at dusk on Little Pond!

Group size is limited to 20.
Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register.
6:00 P.M., Meet at the White's Woods Road
entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine!
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events
September 2018

Live Concert and Contra Dance
with O'Wryly featuring Caller Bill Fischer
Saturday, September 1 ~ 7:00-9:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Strap on yer dancin' shoes, pack a picnic or a snack, BYOB,
and kick off Labor Day weekend with Conservation Center favorite
Robert Messore and his colleagues AKA O'Wryly! Tonight our Activity Shed
will undulate with the gleeful sights and sounds of Contra!

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England,
Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played
by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance,
parallel lines of dancers stand opposite -- or "contra to" --
their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

Bill Fischer is our caller!  Through his instructions, each couple interacts
with the couple next to them to form a four person "set" and each set
 interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course
of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting
with every other couple in their multi-set "line."

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing)
 but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures
 that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides
fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely; leaving you, your partner,
and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the
exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse pounding music provided by the band.
Dancing is not mandatory this evening but we DARE you to stay seated!

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Activity Shed,
Members: $15.00  Non-members: $30.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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September 3
LABOR DAY
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Nature's Nursery Series
Thursday, September 6 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on one Thursday per month for an hour-long program
designed just for children 3-6 years old. Every session
will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an activity
or craft. Bring your young nature lovers 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.
Space is limited and fills up quickly.
Members: $8/child per session,
Non-Members: $12/child per session
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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A Visit to Slab Meadow
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, September 8 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Wander one of the Foundation's newest parcels.
Slab Meadow was acquired in 2015. The parcel is peppered  
with vernal pools and features a beautiful overlook onto a marsh.
Have your eyes and ears at the ready for frogs including
green frogs, spring peepers, gray tree frogs, and bull frogs.
 The oak stands promise to produce an abundance of
birdlife especially Red-eyed Vireos. Great Blue Herons
 are frequently observed in the marsh.

10:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A. B.Ceder Room
and we'll caravan over to the trailhead together.
Let's go to Popey's for ice cream afterwards!  
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Let Freedom Ring:
Remembering the Victims of September 11, 2001
Tuesday, September 11 ~ 2:00-3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This very special tribute features live music by Ian Campbell
and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer,
Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill.

2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Apple Hill.
Please call 860 -567- 0857 to pre-register
or register online www.whitememorialcc.org.
In the event of rain the program will be canceled.
FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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September 14 - 20
Museum Children Free Week
In memory of Louise W. Willson.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Nowhere is a Place:
Travels in Chilean Patagonia
Saturday, September 15 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's not always about Iceland! Spend an hour with Gerri Griswold
 as she shares breathtaking images from this ethereal travel destination
 tucked along the tail of the Andes near the bottom of the world.

2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Star Party
Friday, September 21 ~ 8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
There will only be star gazing tonight! 8:00 P.M.,
Meet at the Observatory in the Sawmill Field.
FREE…donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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The 37th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 22 ~ 11:00 am-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages.
This 37th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters!
Brian Bradley will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons.
Learn about Bats and Porcupines from Gerri Griswold. Riverside Reptiles'
Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state.

Come visit the many friends he'll be bringing along. Meet a Bald Eagle,
Golden Eagle, and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and
Education Center! Music will be provided by The Redwood Hill Band
 and The Zolla Boys. The day is filled with live animals, guided nature walks,
information booths, horse drawn wagon rides, and yummy food provided by
 The Litchfield Lions Club, Hardcore Cupcake Truck, and Cups and Cones Ice Cream.

Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our
silent auction. Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner
of a trip for two to Iceland (donated by Krummi Travel LLC) with Gerri Griswold
 in January or be spending three nights in the Catskills at The Beaverkill Valley Inn?
Those are the first and second prizes in our annual raffle!
So much to do!  Feed your mind, body, and soul!

11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.,
Admission: $6.00,
Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

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September 28 - October 4
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham
 in honor of Wesley D. Parcell.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Loving Haight
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, September 29 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Pack a picnic and let's explore this beautiful piece of property together.
Babbling brooks, towering trees, a bevy of birds, and a view of the
vineyard will be the highlights of this exploration of
 one of the Foundation's less traveled parcels.

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.

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35th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 24, 2016 ~ BZ photos
 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The White Memorial Foundation 1913-2013
Celebrating 100 Years of Conservation
Saturday, May 18, 2013