White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield is offering a series of two programs on Saturday, Feb. 3 that assure winter family fun. First program will teach families about animal tracking and the second program explains the history of ice cutting in the Litchfield Hills.
On Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to 12 noon go on an adventure with Andrew Dobbs to learn how to track wolves. Andrew Dobos takes you 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! Meet in the Museum. Members: $5.00 Non-Members: $15.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online
Also on February 3 is the popular Ice Harvest Festival that will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free of charge. For many years, ice harvested from Bantam Lake was used for refrigeration throughout the year. This event begins in the Museum with a visit to the Ice House display, then participants will head outdoors for a walk down the Lake Trail to visit the old ice house ruins.
The ice harvest program culminates with White Memorial staff, Jeff Greenwood, James Fischer, and Gerri Griswold demonstrating how ice was cut and moved using the same tools and methods. Dress for the weather because participants will be walking and standing on Ongley Pond for extended periods of time. Wear warm boots and prepare for wind and sun. Hot beverages and treats will be provided to fortify you! 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Meet in the Museum.