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

After-School Adventures
Grades 1-3: Tuesdays in October
(except the 30th)
Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October
(except the 31st)
3:45-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to awaken curiosity
and foster an appreciation for the natural world. Every session brings a new
adventure, whether it's exploring a new part of White Memorial property,
meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity.
Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited!
 Members: $9/child per session or $30/whole series,
Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series

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Our True Colors Meditation
& Woodland Reunion with Marlow Shami
Saturday, October 20 ~ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Autumn, the season of transition,
is a perfect time for reflection.
What is it that we are grateful for?
How are we growing now to become our future?
Are there any habits you wish to stop; thought patterns
you would like to understand or modify; relationships to attend to?
We are like the leaves on the mighty trees gracing White Memorial's wildlife
sanctuary. Weather conditions cue the deciduous trees to halt their process
of photosynthesis and like magic, POP! … the trees reveal their mantle's
true colors: golden, red, orange, brown, purple, maroon. Leaves tumble
gracefully within the fingers of the cool autumn breeze eventually
 recycling themselves within earth's fertile community.
With heartfelt contemplation, we too will rediscover
our true colors when we make the time to ask our
 questions then listen with an open heart and mind.
Enjoy a special guided meditation designed for this important
season in our life, then embark on a quiet woodland reunion where Marlow
will provide a simple nature activity to help you on your healing journey.
Bring a mat (or sit on a chair) for meditation.
Dress for the weather.
Please do not wear fragrances as some
attendees have chemical sensitivities.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room.
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Register online www.whitememorialcc.org
or by calling: 860-567-0857

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Group Reading of The Bat Poet
by Randall Jarrell with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, October 27 ~ 6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days - he kept waking
up and looking at the world.  Before long he began to see things differently
from other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes.
The Bat Poet is a story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.

This charming story is perfect for kids of all ages. It is beautifully illustrated
 by Maurice Sendack. Each participant will receive a copy of The Bat Poet.
We'll enjoy a cozy pot luck supper and read this shining jewel of a book
to each other! A Powerpoint presentation of
Sendack's illustrations will accompany the reading.

This program is limited to 12.
Bring a dish, BYOB, and your own place setting.
Dessert and Cider will be provided and of course your
very own copy of The Bat Poet to take home and cherish!

6:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $20.00, Non-members: $40.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Llama Walk
with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Sunday, October 28 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail!
The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated
to the White Memorial Conservation Center.  

2:00 p.m., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355
to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

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Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6 Years)
Thursday, November 1 ~ 4-5pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on the first Thursday of each month September - December
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/Guardians,
 we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857 or
visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited!
Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series,
Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series

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Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Saturday, November 3 ~ 10am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail!
 The cost is $20 per person with a percentage
donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center.  

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355
to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

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Celebrating Connecticut's Apples
Saturday, November 3 ~ 2pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join Barr Weeks and Russell Powell from the New England Apple Association
 as they weave the delicious story of apple growing in Connecticut.
Learn about apple history, their growing cycle, Connecticut's ten most
popular apples and some rarer New England varieties.
 Samples will be available in raw form as well as pie form!

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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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.

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Point Folly Bird Hike+
(For Families)
 with WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed
Saturday, November 10 ~ 10am
White Memorial Conservation Center
You never know what you might find on a wildlife walk, but it's still fun to
 guess! After a quick intro activity about birds we might see, join Carrie Szwed
on a walk around Point Folly Campground in search of buku birds! We'll be
using scopes, binoculars, and all of your "eagle eyes" to look for fall migrants,
 as well as winter arrivals, both onshore and off. Meet Carrie just beyond
 the gate to Point Folly on North Shore Rd. (please be advised that construction
work may still be going on north of the entrance, so you'll
need to enter from the south, via Bantam Lake Rd.)

10am. Bring your binoculars if you have them;
 otherwise, they will be provided. Dress warmly!
 FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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The Importance of  Dioramas
Michael Anderson, Exhibit Preparator at
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Saturday, November 10 ~ 2pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This captivating presentation begins by focusing on the history of our world
class dioramas in the Nature Museum and the major players who brought
them to life: James Perry Wilson, and Ralph and Ruth Morrill. Mr. Anderson will
 then discuss diorama restoration work that he is doing at the Peabody Museum
and explain the importance of dioramas as educational displays.

About Michael Anderson: Michael Anderson's first job out of college
 (Pratt Institute-BFA) was at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
 He worked in the exhibits department for five years before leaving for the
University of Illinois, Chicago to get a masters degree in Medical Illustration/modelmaking.
 He moved to New Haven in 1988 to begin work at Yale's Peabody Museum.
Anderson has worked at the Peabody Museum for almost 30 years.
Some examples of his work at the Peabody and elsewhere include: Reconstructing
 the faces on the skulls of two fossil hominids for the Hall of Human Origins.
He also reconstructed the face of King Tut for National Geographic.
Anderson fabricated six large-scale blood-sucking insect models (mosquito,
bedbug, head louse, pubic louse, flea, and deer tick) for display.  
He has produced two life-size, large Carboniferous dragonflies (Meganeuropsis)
 in a Carboniferous habitat and sculpted the Torosaurus bronze dinosaur in front
of the Peabody Museum as well as a ten-panel bas relief facsimile for the Egyptian tomb.  
In addition, Michael Anderson is in charge of the twelve Peabody natural history
dioramas and the Connecticut Hall of Birds. He is currently cleaning, renovating,
and recoloring faded taxidermy mounts in all of the dioramas and is creating
painted sculptural models of missing birds for the Connecticut Bird Hall.
 He is excited to be experimenting with some new 3D
scanners and printers to produce the bird models.
Further online reading:

2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: Free Non-members: $6.00
(admission fee to the Nature Museum)
 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required
by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Star Party
Friday, November 16 ~ 7pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
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.

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You Have Gall!
Learning About Plant Galls
with Pete and Barb Rzasa
Saturday, November 17 ~ 2pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Pique your curiosity about plant galls and the insects that make them.  
You've probably seen these weird growths on plants and trees and
 wondered what they were.  Galls are the highly distinctive plant structures
 formed by gall insects that act as both the habitat and food source for
 the maker of the galls. Galls vary greatly in color, size and shape.  Tree burls
will also be described. Learn what causes galls and their effect on our
vegetation. View a collection of galls before and after our PowerPoint
presentation. Indoors program with optional hike.

Dress for the weather! 2:00 pm., A. B. Ceder Room.
The program is free but you must pre-register
 by calling 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Icelandic Chanteuse
Myrra Ros in Concert
Saturday, November 17 ~ 6pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Direct from the land of glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, and hidden people
 comes ethereal singer / songwriter Myrra Ros with her stunning portfolio
of hauntingly beautiful ear worms which span the folk and pop genres.
Enjoy a cozy evening with this lovely songbird and get to meet her
before the concert over a delicious dinner of Icelandic Plokkfiskur,
Raudbraud, and Vinarterta. BYOB and your own place setting.

6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $20.00, Non-members: $40.00,
pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

A few links to Myrra's work:

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Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Sunday, November 18 ~ 2pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail!
The cost is $20 per person with a percentage donated
 to the White Memorial Conservation Center.  

2:00 p.m., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355
to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

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November 22 & 23
THANKSGIVING
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Walking the Cranberry Pond Trail
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, November 24 ~ 2pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Welcome to our 9th 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.
Please pre-register for this pie-enhanced stroll
by calling 860-567-0857 or by registering online:
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