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

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Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, June 20 ~ 8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate
 the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided
meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages
program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies
have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction,
improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
   Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The full series of 10 classes is $90
or each class individually is $10.
 Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to the
White Memorial Conservation Center. No Class on July 4.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered
yoga teacher. She is a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital,
 and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

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Star Party
Friday, June 22 ~ 7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Tonight's topic is the Moon. Weather permitting,  
there will be star gazing after the program.

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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Dawn Chorus
with Fran Zygmont
Saturday,  June 23 ~ 4:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
The dawn chorus occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day.
In a given location, it is common for different species to do their dawn
singing at different times. Of course...in order to experience this incredible
performance you must be up before the birds! Join The Bird Whisperer,
Fran Zygmont as he and early bird Gerri Griswold take you to some favorite
birding haunts just before the crack o' dawn. Breakfast at Patty's afterwards!

4:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00,
Please pre-register for this program by calling 860-567-0857
or pre-register online www.whitememorialcc.org

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Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, June 27 ~ 8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate
 the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided
meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages
program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies
have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction,
improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
   Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The full series of 10 classes is $90
or each class individually is $10.
 Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to the
White Memorial Conservation Center. No Class on July 4.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered
yoga teacher. She is a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital,
 and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

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June 29 - July 5
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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Historical Hike Up Prospect Mountain
with Lee Swift, Richard Heys, and Gerri Griswold
Saturday, June 30 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
To the west of us rose a smooth-bosomed hill, called Prospect Hill; and many
a pensive, wondering hour have I sat at our playroom window, watching the glory
of the wonderful sunsets that used to burn themselves out amid voluminous
wreathings, or castellated turrets of clouds - vaporous pageantry proper to a
mountainous region. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, describing the view from her Litchfield home

This 328-acre preserve, located west of the Borough of Litchfield, includes most
of a locally prominent hill featuring a spectacular viewpoint near its 1350-foot summit,
as well as a large pond to the west.  It is mostly forested, with several meadows
indicating past agricultural uses.  The area was subject to significant
nickel mining explorations in the 19th century.

Hike this beautiful property which is now owned by the Litchfield Land Trust
with former land trust President, Richard Heys, local historian, Lee Swift,
and White Memorial's Gerri Griswold. The history, geology, and natural beauty of
Prospect Mountain will be discussed. Bring sturdy shoes, a hiking pole, and plenty of water.

10:00 a.m , Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. LLT and WMCC
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events
July 2018

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June 29 - July 5
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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July 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Nature's Nursery Series
Thursday, July 5 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
THIS SESSION SOLD OUT!
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.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $8/child per session,
Non-Members: $12/child per session

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July 6 - 12
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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Bringing Turtles Out of Their Shells
with Pamela Meier
Saturday, July 7 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Pamela Meier, state-permitted wildlife rehabilitator, will talk about
Connecticut's native turtles-many of which live in our area-and bring
along some chelonian friends, too. Learn how to identify different species
 and genders, what to do (and not do) if you find a turtle, what rehabbing
these ancient reptiles is all about, and how you can help.
Suitable for all ages except young children (younger than 8).

About Pamela Meier:  Pam grew up in Windsor, CT. She attended Loomis
Chaffee School and Wesleyan University. This multi-faceted woman
who wear the mantles of  Graphic Designer, Artist, and Environmental Educator,
 lives with her husband, dogs, goats,  and chickens in Madison, Connecticut.

 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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Art Show Opening and Reception:
The Water Colors of Mary Nolan Fracchia
Saturday, July 7 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Have a glass of wine and a nibble and meet this lovely artist whose botanicals
and landscapes will grace the walls of the A. B. Ceder Room through September 30.  
Mary Nolan Fracchia grew up in Connecticut and was drawn to art at an early age.
She received her BA in Studio Art at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
She has worked with oils, acrylics and recently branched out into watercolor.  
With a real love of nature, Mary enjoys painting landscapes and botanicals.
She is currently a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists
and the Bantam Art Club. Mary has settled in Goshen, CT
with her husband and two young sons, where there is
no shortage of plantlife, lakes and mountains to paint!

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
The reception is free but you must pre-register
by calling 860-567-0857
or by registering online:
www.whitememorialcc.org
Free…Donations will be accepted to defray the costs
of the Conservation Center's operating expenses.

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"Nature Adventurers" Summer Camp
July 9 - 27 ~ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (each day)
(weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 1 & 2 can join us for three weeks
 of all-day outdoor discovery, games, books, songs, and crafts
that help them learn more about the natural world around them.

Sign up by week. 9:30am - 3:30pm each day.
Meet on the Ceder Room lawn in the Main Area.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited!
Members: $125/week, Non-members: $185/week.

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"Natural History Explorers" Summer Camp
July 9 - August 10 ~ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
(weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 3 - 9 can join us for week-long sessions that
immerse them in nature! All-day adventures take us into the nooks
 and crannies of White Memorial property, as well as to natural areas
throughout northwestern CT. Activities include collecting rocks and minerals,
 investigating aquatic life, exploring different ecosystems, learning
to identify wildlife, climbing mountains, hiking trails, and so much more.

9:30am - 3:30pm each day.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $150/week, Non-members: $210/week.
Grades 3 & 4: July 9-13 & 16-20 - SOLD OUT!
Grades 5 & 6: July 23-27 & July 30-Aug. 3
Grades 7, 8 & 9: August 6-10 - SOLD OUT!

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"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Camp
Tuesday, July 10 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!

Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session

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Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, July 11 ~ 8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate
 the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided
meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages
program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies
have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction,
improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
   Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The full series of 10 classes is $90
or each class individually is $10.
 Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to the
White Memorial Conservation Center. No Class on July 4.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered
yoga teacher. She is a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital,
 and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

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Wild Edible Plants
with Andy Dobos
Saturday, July 14 ` 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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A Tour of Our StormWise Site
with Julia Rogers
Saturday, July 14 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Do you remember back when several weather events went through the state;
leaving many residents without electricity for several days afterwards?
 These weather events inspired StormWise, a research project that is
investigating how forests can be managed near utility lines.  White Memorial
has a study plot located at the trailhead at the junction of S.R. 61 & 63.  

Julia Rogers, a UCONN graduate student, will lead a hike to describe
 the project and share what the investigation team has learned.  
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
2:00 p.m.
Meet at the trailhead at the junction of S.R. 61 & 63.
Free…Donations will be accepted to defray the costs
of the Conservation Center's operating expenses.

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"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Camp
Tuesday, July 17 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!

Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session

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Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, July 18 ~ 8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate
 the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided
meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages
program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies
have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction,
improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
   Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The full series of 10 classes is $90
or each class individually is $10.
 Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to the
White Memorial Conservation Center. No Class on July 4.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered
yoga teacher. She is a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital,
 and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

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Star Party
Friday, July 20 ~ 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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8th Annual Celebration for the Bats
Saturday, July 21 ~ 7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Help Gerri Griswold celebrate 26 years of crusading for Bats, our planet's
most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat
will begin the evening's festivities. We can then count our bat colony
as it emerges from the Green Barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade
will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)!
Pack a picnic or BYOB!
The event is on rain or shine.
Come out and show your support for bats!

7:00 P.M, A. B. Ceder Room.
Please call 860-567-0857 to register
 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00
 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

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"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Camp
Tuesday, July 24 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!

Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session

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Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, July 25 ~ 8:00-9:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle,
Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate
 the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided
meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages
program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies
have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction,
improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.
   Please bring a mat and water (and sunscreen/bug repellant if desired).

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The full series of 10 classes is $90
or each class individually is $10.
 Come to one, several, or all!!
A portion of these proceeds will go to the
White Memorial Conservation Center. No Class on July 4.
For information, Please call 860-309-9489.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified
movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered
yoga teacher. She is a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital,
 and operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Litchfield.

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Full Buck Moon Hike Up Apple Hill
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, July 28 ~ 7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Let's meander the Apple Hill trail and see what shenanigans unfold!
We'll drive to the Apple Hill trailhead together to enjoy the remains of the day
 and with a little bit of luck, the opportunity to experience Apple Hill
 awash in the glow of the Full Buck Moon. Bring a flashlight!

7:30 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.

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"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Camp
Tuesday, July 31 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features
stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures
that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature!

Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions.
Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $25/session

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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