White Memorial calendar of events
Nature’s Nursery Series
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. Subject to availability. Members: $8/child per session, Non-Members: $12/child per session
Delve into Summer’s Harvest with Marlow Shami
Calling all curious nature enthusiasts! Are you seeking calm, guidance, and restoration? Fascinated in the prospect of becoming fluent in Nature’s wordless language? What do our senses and mindfulness have to do with it?
Join Marlow in experiencing nature’s healing touch as you deepen your connection to a source of creative energy anytime, anywhere. You will experience deep guided meditation, nature’s healing touch activity, and a beautiful walk in Connecticut’s largest wildlife sanctuary.
Dress for the weather. Bring a mat for meditation if you prefer to lay down. Please avoid using fragrances (hand cream, hair spray, insect repellent etc) out of consideration for those with chemical sensitivities. Thank you!
Marlow combines Sensory Ecology, Mindfulness Stress Reduction, Energy Medicine and a good dose of humor in her workshops.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis
Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
In the words of Kristi, “If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!”
The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 8:00 – 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.
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.
Institute for American Indian Studies’ Wigwam Escape and Museum Field Trip
This is one for all of the puzzle enthusiasts! Bring your friends and family to the Wigwam Escape! Can you thrive for a day in 1518 in a Native American village in the woodlands of Connecticut? It’s up to you and your teammates to figure out how to gather and prepare your supplies by solving a series of puzzles. Immerse yourself in the history of Connecticut’s Native people while learning more about the skills they relied on in their day to day lives. The Wigwam Escape is a puzzle room designed to challenge the ordinary museum experience! Space is limited to 8 participants, so sign-up early.
We depart the Museum at 10:00 a.m. in the WMCC van. We’ll have a short tour of the IAIS museum; listen carefully because you will learn something that will help you solve the Wigwam Escape! Bring your own lunch and drink. Members and Non-Members $20.00, that’s a Museum Tour and Wigwam Escape for one price! We’ll return to WMCC at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
Bantam’s Beauties: Bald Eagles in our Midst with Ginny Apple and Leo Kulinski, Jr.
The Bald Eagle is America’s comeback raptor and its rebound from the Endangered Species list is one of the most remarkable environmental stories of the 20th Century. Human interaction caused its decline to just 400 nesting pairs by the early 1960s in the contiguous United States and the work of visionary environmentalists helped secure its revival. In 1992, Connecticut had just one nesting pair of eagles and those were in Litchfield County at the Barkhamsted Reservoir. In 2018, there were 38 active nests throughout the state that produced 68 chicks.
Around 2011, White Memorial and Bantam Lake welcomed their own eagles, a nesting pair that started setting up house in 2011. Since then these majestic birds have called this area home and return each year in late January to shore up their nest, mate and, eventually lay and hatch eggs.
For four years now, Leo Kulinski has photographed these eagles while braving the biting chill of January and February standing on the ice hoping for an eagle in flight or heads popping up in the nest.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 to register or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
About Ginny Apple: A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations, ending her career with the Connecticut Judicial Branch where she was the Branch historian, photographer and the creative director of the Branch’s website.
Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural.
A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted 14 years ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
She is a member of the Barkhamsted Conservation and Economic Development Commissions, on the Boards of the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), the Friends of Connecticut States Parks and the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS), volunteers regularly with the Barkhamsted Historical Society and maintains the Facebook pages for the Town of Barkhamsted, the Barkhamsted Historical Society and FALPS.
Just to keep her creative juices percolating, she has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties and fundraisers.
About Leo Kulinski, Jr.:
White Memorial’s brilliant Court Photographer, participant in every edition of the Litchfield Hills Road Race, Humpback Whale Whisperer, Bald Eagle Godfather, James Taylor Devotee, and just about the most humble guy you would ever hope to meet. www.leokulinskijr.com
There will only be star gazing tonight! 8:00 P.M., Meet at the Observatory in the Sawmill Field.
The 38th Annual Family Nature Day!
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages. This 38th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brain Bradley will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons. Riverside Reptiles’ Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state. Come visit the many friends he’ll be bringing along. Visit with Creature Teachers and their beautiful array of animals found right in your back yard! Meet a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center! Lisa Monachelli from Stamford Nature Center will teach you about (and FEED YOU) Edible Insects! Music will be provided by Ian Campbell and The Boxcar Lilies. 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, South County Crepes, Hardcore Cupcakes, Cups and Cones Ice Cream, and Maple Treats from Winter Wind Farm. 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 June 2020 or luxuriating for two nights at the incomparable Winvian? Take three friends and spend an evening camping with the wolves at the New York Wolf Conservation Center! Those are the three prizes up for grabs 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!
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.