January @ White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield

Start the new year off at Connecticut’s largest nature foundation, White Memorial in Litchfield. On January 6, this conservation center will be offering a program on the forest wolf with Andrew Dobos who will take visitors on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us 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 the Museum. Members: $5.00 Non-Members: $15.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857.

Another charming program for kids on January 6 is the Christmas bird count designed for children ages 7- 12. Have your kids participate in the longest-running citizen science project in history, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This bird survey is held around the world between the second weekend in December and the third weekend in January every year. This year, we’ll be holding a special CBC 4 Kids event at White Memorial Conservation Center on January 6, 2018 from 10am-approximately 12pm. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room (lower level of Museum). There will be pizza and hot cocoa afterwards for all the participants. Bring your own binoculars if you have them, but if not, pairs will be provided. Dress for the weather. This event will be run by LHAS Junior Audubon Leader Donna Rose Smith and White Memorial Education Director Carrie Szwed, but additional adult mentors are needed to help the teams of young people out in the field, so parents, please plan on staying. There is no program fee, but donations are welcome to help defray program costs.

If you love the winter white, grey, blue colors of winter, take an art workshop with Betsy Rogers-Knox to learn to paint a serene sunset silhouette using a variety of watercolor techniques on January 20 from 2-4:30 pm. All levels welcome in this step-by-step workshop which includes all materials. The cost for this is members: $35.00 Non-members: $60.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.

If you have always wanted to walk with llama’s on Jan. 20, you will have your chance! Visit White Memorial to 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. Participants should meet at 10:00 A.M.,at 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.

To finish off the month, go to a special DEEP Family Ice Fishing Workshop on January 27 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the seventh consecutive year. Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!! All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE! To learn more log onto the CT DEEP’s website: http://www.ct.gov/dep and type in “CARE”. BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation): 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting): 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857. Or register online

For more information and to register for these events click here https://www.whitememorialcc.org

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