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
April 2018

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"Sense"sational Spring Break Camp
Tuesday, April 17 - Friday, April 20
Grades 1-3: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Grades 4 - 6: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Which CT animal has the best sense of hearing? Who can see better:
a human or a hawk? Why do owls not mind eating smelly skunks?
All of these questions about the senses will be answered and more during
 our "Sense"sational Spring Break Camp. Spend your vacation exploring
the wild and wonderful natural world at White Memorial. Meet live animals
up close, make some awesome crafts, tromp around the woods, and play
fun games, all while learning about the amazing senses of our native critters.
Snacks and drinks will be served between adventures.
This is a kids-only event!

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 5.
Members: $20/child per session
or $70/child for the week.
 Non-members: $35/child per session
 or $120/child for the week.

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April 20 - 26
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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Star Party
Friday, April 20 ~ 7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The 2018 star parties at White Memorial continue on Friday, April 20
with a talk called "Space Rocks!  Is the Sky Falling?".  
In 1807 a large meteorite fell in Weston, CT, interesting, among others,
 former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.  In this talk we'll discuss
the history of meteorite falls and how ancient and modern peoples
 thought of rocks coming down from the sky.  This is an interactive talk,
with examples of both meteorites and meteor-wrongs for participants to handle.

No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity. 
The talk starts at 8:00pm in the A B Ceder Room at
White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. 
Afterwards, weather permitting, there will be planet
and star gazing at the observatory.

The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial. 
Events are free and open to the public. 
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
 For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org,
our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lhastro
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.

7:30 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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Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 21 ~ 3:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education
animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum
for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors.

Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl,
Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature?
Come and find out!

3:30p.m.
Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult,
 $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)

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Tracking the Timberdoodle in Literature
and Nature with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, April 21 ~ 6:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our evening begins by the fire (weather permitting) with a cozy potluck
supper and a beautiful story about the American Woodcock entitled,
 "Philohela" by avian artist Rex Brasher,  read by Gerri Griswold. After dinner
we'll head out onto the property in hopes of catching the divine mating
ritual of this "lover of bogs". Bring a pot luck dish, serving utensils,
and your own place setting! BYOB. Dessert and soft drinks will be provided.

6:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $30.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 to register
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

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Give Local!
April 24 / 25
White Memorial Conservation Center
Hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Give Local Greater
Waterbury & Litchfield Hills is a 36-hour online community giving event
 that encourages donors to lend their support to the nonprofit organizations
 that work every day to make our community stronger.

Every dollar donated to the Conservation Center from 7 a.m. on April 24th to 7 p.m.
 on April 25th will help defray the cost of the 36th Annual Family Nature Day
 on September 22, 2018! Your donations will be stretched with bonus
funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and generous
 Give Local sponsors. We are also eligible to win amazing cash prizes during the event!  

Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org or read your Habitattler
for more details on how you can donate or visit our personal

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28th Annual Museum Sleep-In!
Friday, April 27 ~ 5:00 pm until
Saturday, April 28 ~ 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids in Grades 4-6: If you enjoy the night sky, exploring the outdoors,
and meeting new friends, then join us for the 28th Annual Museum Sleep-In
at White Memorial. You'll get to sleep near the snakes, turtles, and bees
in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters,
 learn what creatures go bump in the night, and enjoy some yummy food.
You might want to watch out for some special surprises too!
 It will be like a real-life "Night at the Museum!"

Limited space, so don't miss out!
This is a kids-only event made possible
by the Education and Activities Committee.
Meet in the Museum.
The event goes from 5pm Friday night
- 12 noon Saturday morning.

Advanced registration required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 15
and must be received by April 20.
Members: $60/child, Non-Members: $120/child

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A Springtime Stroll through Catlin Woods
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, April 28 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Wander over Chickadee Bridge and across White's Woods Road into the
Old Growth Forest of Catlin Woods. Marlow will lead you down a
decommissioned trail to a world often filled with natural treasures.
 Be on the lookout for mink, otter scat, and beavers. Listen for all of
the beautiful birds which fill this lovely forest in springtime.

10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Museum.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Mystery Animal Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 28 ~ 3:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education
animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Saturdays in April in the Museum
for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors.

Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl,
Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature?
Come and find out!

3:30p.m.
Members: FREE, Non-members: $6.00 per adult,
 $3.00 per child (admission to Museum)

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Road Trip to Mine Hill
with James Fischer and Gerri Griswold
Tuesday, May 1 ~ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend some quality time exploring Mine Hill Preserve in Roxbury.
This extraordinary 19th century iron-making complex is part of
The Roxbury Land Trust, and on the National Registry of Historic Places.
WMCC Research Director James Fischer leads us on an interpretive hike
addressing the complex,  which had its heyday between 1865 and 1872.
You will learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the site
 and hear about the beloved bats which are slowly
 returning after the devastation of White Nose Syndrome.

"A visit to Mine Hill offers a glance into our industrial past in a setting
of breathtaking natural beauty with four miles of hiking trails at the nature preserve.
 The blue loop trail begins at the industrial site, climbs up the Donkey Trail
past a reservoir, two mine tunnels and a series of grated air shafts,
which now serve as entryways to several bat hibernacula.

Bring sturdy shoes, lunch, and plenty of water.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Meet in the Museum.
Members: $10.00, Non-members: $20.00
Preregistration and prepayment are required.
Call 869-567-0857 or register online:

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White Memorial Conservation Center Annual Meeting
Friday, May 4 ~ 3:00 pm
White Memorial Foundation Office

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Tree Identification Walk
with WMF Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder
Saturday, May 5 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's much easier to ID trees when they have full foliage all over them!
Step up your game and allow the Master to teach you a thing or two!

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Walk, Don't Run!
Tackling the Litchfield Hills Road Race
with Gerri and Leo
Saturday, May 5 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Are you up to this 7.2 mile challenge??? Join Gerri Griswold and Leo Kulinski
 (who has participated in every edition of this venerable race) as we take
it slowly and conquer the epic course together! Walk the "downtown"
streets of Litchfield, sojourn through the sports fields at Litchfield High School,
traverse the pleasant paths of White Memorial, and dream of making it up
 grueling Gallows Lane before you triumphantly cross the finish line!
We'll be taking our time making stops along the way. Wear appropriate clothing,
shoes, and bring plenty of water to drink! No dogs please. The course should
 take approximately 3.5 hours to complete at a reasonable pace.
We'll attempt this rain or shine unless there is a monsoon forecasted.

10:00 A. M., Park your car in the Municipal Parking Lot.
 Meet outside of "At the Corner"
Please 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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Nature's Nursery Series
Thursdays, May 10, June 14, July 5, and August 16
4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us one Thursday per month from May-August 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.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series,
Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series

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May 11 - 17
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Arthur and Tara Diedrick. Free admission to children
ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Fall Guys: A Road Trip to Kent Falls,
Campbell Falls and Dean Ravine
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, May 12 ~ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Let's hit the road today and explore some coveted properties gifted
to the State of Connecticut by Alain and May White! We'll begin early in the
day at glorious Kent Falls. We'll wind along the Housatonic River, drive over
the covered bridge in West Cornwall and stop at Dean Ravine in Cornwall.
This is a lesser known property but very charming with beautiful winding
 trails and its own little waterfall. Our final stop will take us over Canaan Mountain,
through Great Mountain Forest and Norfolk to our final destination, Campbell Falls.

Meet at Kent Falls off of Route 7 in Kent at 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Dress for the weather. Bring a bagged lunch and plenty of water!
A tasty dessert will be provided!
Members: $5.00,  Non-members: $10.00.
You must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or you can register online:

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Star Party
Friday, May 18 ~ 8:00 pm
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.

8:00 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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Bobbing for Bobolinks:
Hiking Topsmead
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, May 19 ~ 8:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend a couple of hours with Gerri meandering the fields and forests
around this venerable State Park. We'll be in hot pursuit of bobolinks,  
but be on the lookout for an American Kestrel in the highly successful
kestrel breeding box.  We'll pass tadpole-laden ponds, lovely gardens,
and sweeping meadows. Bring a snack and some water.
 Let's share the eye candy this magnificent property has to offer!

8:00 a.m., Meet in the parking lot at Topsmead.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Fluorescent Minerals and Road Trip to the
Connecticut Museum of Mining
and Mineral Science with Tom Alena
Saturday, May 19 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Fluorescence is an amazing property of some minerals where ultraviolet
 energy is converted  into visible light that our eyes can detect.
Colors in these specimens that could never be seen under normal light
 conditions are revealed when shining ultraviolet light onto them in a darkened room.
The Nature Museum at White Memorial has a wonderful cave display illustrating
this phenomena. This program dives into the very nature of light energy
and how we see the colors of our world. Tom will illustrate how the
 molecular structure of matter interacts with this narrow band
 of electromagnetic radiation that we call "visible light".

We'll then hop into our cars and wagon train over to Kent
for a look at the Connecticut Museum of Mining and
Mineral Science and meet with its guru, John Pawloski.

10:00 a.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00  Non-members: $30.00,
 A portion of the fee will be donated to the
Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.
 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
 Please call 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

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Concert: The Hartford Classical Guitar Ensemble
Saturday, May 26 ~ 7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
What a tremendously special evening awaits you!
The ensemble was formed in 2011 by a group of classical guitar
enthusiasts and is now directed by award winning classical guitarist
Christopher Ladd, chair of the Hartt School Guitar and Harp Program.
HCGE plays a variety of music ranging from J.S. Bach, Poulenc,
and Tisserand to the works of contemporary composers Peter Maxwell Davies,
Frank Wallace, and Grammy award winner Andrew York.

7:00 p.m., Activity Shed,
Members: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00.
The proceeds from the concert will be split between WMCC and HCGE.
 Please call 860-567-0857 to preregister
 or register online www.whitememorialcc.org

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Monday, May 28
Memorial Day
Museum Closed

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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