March is a busy time at White Memorial Foundation as spring is anticipated. The month begins with a Children’s free week from March 2 – 8 and again from March 23-29; admission for kids ages twelve and under get in free when accompanied by an adult. After School adventures are also planned for every Wednesday in March for grades 1-3 and on Tuesdays for grades 4-6. 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 them for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 860-567-0857 or visit http://www.whitememorialcc.org. Members: $8/child per session or $28/whole series, Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series.
For outdoor enthusiasts, out of hibernation and stretch your legs along the beautiful trails which meander through this beautiful natural area on March 5. Dress for the weather! 10:00 A.M. Meet in the A. B. Ceder Room. Free…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses. March 6 offers an opportunity to join up with Three Red Trees School of Natural Living. Andrew Dobos and Deneen Bernier take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots! You never know where the animals have been! 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.. Meet in front of the Museum. Free, but donations accepted.
On March 12, you are invited to spend an evening full of beautiful art, music, and food as Conservation Center favorite, Gary Melnysyn tickles your senses with beautiful wildlife images taken during his tenure as a park ranger at Yellowstone and sings some of your favorite songs to boot! Tuck into a chili and cornbread supper before the program. Bring your own place setting and BYOB! What a cozy evening they have in store for you! Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
If you want to meet a new friend, check out the llama walk with Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm Stroll on March 13 and 26. Meet in the Museum parking lot. 2:00 P.M., $20.00 per person. A portion of the fee will be donated to the Conservation Center. Please register by calling Debbie at 860-248-0355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to schedule a private walk!
On March 19 listen to the epic tale of the great auk with Gerrie Griswold. The Great Auk , Garefowl, or Penguin of the North was a substantial sea bird whose extinction was entirely the work of humankind. The bird’s existence ended on the morning of June 3, 1844, when the last two recorded Great Auks were killed by three fishermen on the island of Eldey off the southwest coast of Iceland. With pictures and through the words of Errol Fuller, a world-renowned authority on extinct birds, Griswold will illustrate the epic destruction of a species at the hands of mankind. A simple meal will be served. Bring your own place setting including a soup bowl. 1:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room, Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00 Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. *Registration fee and any donations will go directly towards funding the purchase of a proper storage and possible exhibition case for our passenger pigeon mount.
Check out the late winter sky on March 26 at the Star Party hosted by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight’s topic is Astronomy 001 – How the Sky Works. 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.
If Native American Life is of interest to you, join Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D, as he discusses stone cultural features and ceremonial landscapes in CT. The idea of Native American built stone features and ceremonial landscapes is fairly new to Northeastern archaeologists in general, who traditionally thought all were the result of Euro-American farm clearing. Some of it is, of course, but some of it is not. The latter is often associated with celestial movements that may reflect the timing of annual ceremonies/festivals. White Memorial is a huge land trust, and these ritual sites are often found on upland preserves for the very reason that the land has been preserved from industrialization and housing projects. Enjoy a delicious luncheon before her presentation. 2:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $20.00, Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
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