October is a great month to get outdoors and enjoy the firecolors of fall foliage and one of the best places in Litchfield Hills to explore the great outdoors is White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield located off of Rte. 202. The staff has organized some wonderful events in October starting on October 3 with Dave Paton from the Sharon Audubon that will share his knowledge about mushrooms beginning at 10 a.m. Participants will spend a couple of hours in the forest with Dave learning do's and don'ts , basic identification, and stories behind all of the fungus among us! 10:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. Dress for the weather! Members: $10.00, Non-members: $15.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Class is limited to 30 participants!
On October 7, there is a program with Gerri Griswold called hiking and healthful eating that begins at 6 p.m. Participants spend the evening taking a brisk walk with Gerri, then settle into a delicious and simple to prepare super tasty meal. The objective is to share recipes, learn how to use herbs and spices to create wonderfully delicious meals that will keep you focused on your goal and to use this beautiful property to help you become the very best you can be. Dress for the weather and don't forget your flashlight! Members: $15.00 Non-members: $25.00. Limited to 20 people! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
There are two events on October 10. The first is an early morning walk to Laurel Hill, Cat Swamp, Apple Hill and back that begins at 7 a.m. rain or shine. This event is free. The second event begins in the Museum parking lot at 10 a.m. and is an autumn tree identification walk with White Memorial's forest superintendent, Lukas Hyder. This event is free.
On October 16 White Memorial is hosting a "Star Party"! This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Tonight's topic: Life in the Universe. 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. This event is free.
On October 17, Marlow Shami leads a quiet sensory walk that is a guided meditation especially designed to enhance your ability to "speak" nature's sensory language. Discover the natural world's subtle vernacular as you soak-up the Sanctuary's exquisite beauty. Mindfully walk through the deafening onslaught of an all too often technology-saturated world, in peace! Learn to quickly access nature's restorative power. Marlow Shami combines Mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and sensory ecology in this restorative afternoon journey down the Lake Trail. 10:00 A. M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. This event is free.
There are two events on October 24 - the first is Celebrating Connecticut's Apples with Barr Weeks and Russell Powell from the New England Apple Association as she weaves the delicious story of apple growing in Connecticut. Learn about apple history, their growing cycle, Connecticut's ten most popular apples and some rarer New England varieties. Samples will be available in raw form as well as pie form! 2:00 P.M. This event is free.
Also on October 24, David Leff will entertain with supernatural tales of Connecticut. Join poet and essayist David Leff for dramatic readings about the ghostly and weird around us. Meet the headless horseman of Canton, the vanishing hitchhiker of Chester, the Jewett City vampires, and the black dog of West Peak, among others. We share a landscape laced with mysteries. Dare to believe or endure a skeptic's regret! www.davidkleff.com . Mr. Leff's reading will be at the fire pit, weather permitting. A comfy dinner will be served! 7:00 P. M., At the Keinholz Fire Pit. Members: $25.00 Non-members: $30.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
On Halloween, there will be a Super Spooky Halloween Walk with Gerri Griswold and Bradley the Wonder Dog! Begin Halloween afternoon dressing up yourself and your four-legged best friend for a stroll along the Pine Island Trail to Little Pond and then onto the Litchfield Greenway via Gallows Lane (chills) passing the cemetery (BOO!) and finishing up at Mallard Marsh. Look for signs of life and a good deal of pointing and staring along the way! All dogs must be on leads! Spooky treats for everybody after the walk! 12:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room! The program is free but you must register by calling 860-567-0857.
For all "free" events. donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation. For more information about White Memorial Conservation Center visit