Education

Free Community Symposium!

 

 

Washington Ambulance is hosting a free community symposium, to teach you and your family how to prevent, prepare for, and manage emergencies.

 

Saturday, May 20, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Sessions available:

First Aid Training for Families (2 sessions)

Learn CPR - by Mo van Moffaert, Washington Ambulance CPR Instructor.            

Emergency Management: Are You Ready? - James W. Cooper                      

Common Pediatric Emergencies and Safety - Matthews Abel, M.D.                      

Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents - Jose Mendez, M.D.                                        

Preventing and Managing Veterinary Emergencies - Patricia Grinnell, DVM

 

Location: Rumsey Hall School

              201 Romford Road, Washington Depot CT, 06794

Click Here to Register by Thursday!

*All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the program.

Bios of the instructors:

Matthew G. Abel, M.D., joined Candlewood Valley Pediatrics in 2001. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is on staff at New Milford Hospital and at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

James W. Cooper is Administrative Director, Emergency Management, at Western Connecticut Health Network. He has been an EMS provider and educator for more than 40 years.

Jose Mendez, M.D., is a specialist in pulmonary and sleep medicine. His credentials include a residency program at Yale University and a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. (Note: The parents among us consider sleep problems in children and adolescents to be a family emergency!)

Patricia Grinnell, DVM ("Dr. Trish"), a graduate of the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, is a partner in Washington's Aspetuck Animal Hospital. Her talk will focus on preventing and managing emergencies that may affect the animal members of our families.  

 

Upcoming Local Events - Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust May Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13: Beavers: A Keystone Species

With Mike Callahan

10am-12pm

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May 20: Bird Walk at Smyrski Farm

With Angela Dimmitt

6:30am-10:30am/rain date May 27

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June 3: Hunt Preserve Grand Opening

10am-12pm/rain date June 4

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All events are FREE and open to the public, but space is limited!

For more information and to register, email: info@weantinoge.org

 

 

CT Spring Fun Guide!

The online blog Mommy Poppins just released their top nine things to do with kids this spring in Litchfield County. With warmer weather (hopefully) around the corner, it is a great time to explore the nature and other outdoor activities Litchfield County has to offer. Check out these recommendations and let us know which one is your favorite!

1. Sharon Audubon Center: the center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. Come and meet 21 different birds of prey at the raptor exhibit, including a bald eagle and great horned owl. Take a hike through one of its many beautiful nature paths, and stop by the museum to see more fun animals and areas to play. (Sharon)

2. John J. McCarthy Observatory: a world-class astronomical observatory with a built to scale model solar system! (New Milford)

3. White Memorial Conservation Center: dedicated to protecting its forests and countryside, the center provides year-round environmental education programs for kids. Go geocaching at the Little Pond Trail, view the live snake habitat and fluorescent rock cave in the children's room, or take a hike along a boardwalk trail through a wetland environment. Make sure to check their spring break camps! (Litchfield)

 

4. Arethusa Farm & Dairy Farm: take an open house tour at the farm in Litchfield, and stop by their dairy store in Bantam to get some homemade ice cream, and cheese! (Litchfield & Bantam)

5. Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market: stop by the indoor farmer's market and check out the different vendors offering seasonal field-fresh produce. Besides the stands there are guest artists, workshops, and children's activities including story hour for the little ones. (Litchfield)

6. Daffodil Display: a lovely daffodil garden that began in the 1930s and covers a couple of acres. Open from sunrise to sunset! (Litchfield)

7. Wisdom House: this retreat and conference center is home to a classical 7-circuit labyrinth. (Litchfield)

8. Cricket Hill Garden: a specialty plant nursery, one of the first nurseries in the U.S. to sell true-to-name varieties of the Chinese Tree Peonies. Go explore their seven-acre peony festival! (Thomaston)

9. Eric Sloane Museum: a prolific artist, author, and illustrator of over 30 books. Go visit Eric Sloane's studio as well as the Kent Iron Furnace museum next door. (Kent)

 

Local Events in Washington this Weekend!

If you have some free time this weekend and are looking for fun and educational events in Washington, check out these events open to the public!

Thanksgiving Floral Design Demonstration

On November 18th at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Loretta Stagen, a professional floral designer for over twenty years, will be giving a free lecture and demonstration on designing Thanksgiving centerpieces.

During the event Loretta will demonstrate her designs by creating 5 different Thanksgiving centerpieces with flowers, foliage, and vegetables.

Loretta Stagen's floral designs are described as lush arrangements that are both stylish and timeless. Her designs will bring joy to your Thanksgiving meal!

Friday November 18th at 10:00am (Free)

                                     

Evening Owl Prowl with Steep Rock Association!

Join Fran Zygmont and Rory Larson in search of Saw-whet, Screech, Barred, and Great Horned owls.

The event will start at the Macricostas Preserve parking lot, off Christian Street. There will be a 15 minute informative talk about the different owl species, then the group will go and search for them in the preserve and around Lake Waramaug

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Participants are required to bring a flashlight and wear quiet clothing.

Saturday November 19th  6:30pm - 9:00pm (ages 6 and above)

Check out their website to register and for more information on the event!

 

 

Steep Rock Association Fall Programs!

Join Us for Fall Fun with Steep Rock Association!

Check out the fun-filled and educational nature exploration programs that Steep Rock is hosting this fall. From studying reptiles and insects to historical hikes in our beautiful Steep Rock Preserve, there is something fun for everyone!

Space is limited! Register online to secure your spot for one of these great programs!

Snakes of Connecticut                               

Tuesday September 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles for a power-point presentation on the natural history and identification of Connecticut's native species of snakes. This will be followed by an introduction to several of Connecticut's snakes, including the famous Northern Copperhead.

The program will be held at the Gunn Memorial Library: 5 Wykeham Road, Washington CT.

For Ages 12+ - children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on this program visit their website.

River Bug Hunt!

Saturday September 24, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join Rory Larson, Steep Rock Association's Land Steward, for a morning in the Shepaug River. Scour submerged rocks immediately upstream of the riding ring bridge in Steep Rock Preserve and identify the dislodged bugs! All equipment (nets and bins) will be provided.

The program will start in the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.

All ages welcome – children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on this program visit their website.

Hike with us on the Roxbury-Tunnel Road Connector

Saturday October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hike from the Tunnel Road from the Steep Rock Preserve Riding Ring in Washington, to Roxbury’s Battle Swamp Preserve during a collaborative Roxbury Land Trust – Steep Rock Association hike. Guides from both the Roxbury Land Trust and Steep Rock Association will lead the three-mile, one-way hike. Along the way, these hike leaders will discuss, among other things, the history of the preserves, land trust resource management, and the Shepaug River.

The program will start in the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.

For Ages 15+ - children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on this program visit their website.

Nature on the Go…at the Library!

Saturday October 1, 1:00 p.m. for families

Tuesday October 4, 3:00 p.m. for K-1st graders

Thursday October 6, 3:30 p.m. for 2nd and 3rd graders

Explore nature indoors with stories and crafts. Nature books read to you by Steep Rock Association (SRA) staff & volunteers surely add delight to your day. From sunflowers to butterflies, children will discover some of nature’s joys and mysteries.

The program will be held at the Gunn Memorial Jr Library.

Please contact the Gunn Memorial Library for registration: 860 868 2310

For more information on this program visit their website.

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday October 2, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In honor of St. Francis Assisi’s birthday, an interfaith Blessing of the Animals will be held at the Riding Ring near the main parking lot of Steep Rock Preserve.  Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hamsters, parakeets...all creatures great and small are welcome to bring their human companions and receive a blessing for health and well-being. Photographs of beloved animals who are no longer with us can also be brought for blessing. Volunteers from Steep Rock Association will welcome you while First Congregational Church of Washington volunteers will be on hand to offer blessing and refreshments of all sorts for animals and their human attendants.

Registration is not necessary!

For more information on this program visit their website.

Holiday House Hike into History

Saturday October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Steep Rock Trustees for a historic trip back in time to explore the ruins of the magnificent hotel designed by Architect Ehrick Rossiter, which once stood on a Steep Rock hillside overlooking the Shepaug River, and examine how the Holiday House impacted the lives of so many of its visitors.

The program will start at the parking lot near the riding ring in the Steep Rock Preserve.

For more information on this program visit their website.

 

 

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

 

A Story of Place

A cocktail party will be held on Saturday September 10 in honor of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Guests are invited to join for cocktails and explore the newly restored 1769 Benton/Anderson Farm studio of artist Michael Quadland.

The tickets are limited so RSVP at ncac9-10-16.eventbrite.com or call 860 618 0075. Tickets are $55, and the event is located at 232 Benton Road, Morris (4:30-6:30 p.m.).

“What can an old house tell us about the past life and times of the people who lived there? And what can its restoration and repurposing tell us about the present and future?"

 

Support the Arts & Humanities in Litchfield!

The Litchfield Historical Society is holding a Barn Bash Fundraiser on Saturday September 10. The Barn Bash features cocktails, dinner, and entertainment from jazz singer Wanda Houston. Proceeds from the event will support the LHS’s educational programs and their new Tapping Reeve Landscape project, which will recreate elements of landscapes long found in Litchfield.

Tickets for the bash start at $125 per person. The Barn Bash is located at the White Barn at South Farms, 21 Higbie Road, Morris (6:30-11:00 p.m.). For more information visit their website or call 860 567 4501.

 

 

Bridgewater’s Finest: Art Show & Studio Tour

The Burnham Library in Bridgewater is having a reception on Saturday September 10 to celebrate the opening of a group show, the event includes six artists who have opened their studios for a tour.

This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The reception is located at the Burnham Library 62 Main Street South, Bridgewater (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.). The show will be up until September 29. Maps are available at the library and studios. For more information visit their website or call 860 354 6937.

 

 

After School Arts Program offers February Fun

The After School Arts Program (ASAP) will offer an engaging series of performances, projects and classes throughout the month of February. Their vision and mission is inspiring: "to honor children's imagination, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks, and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered and resilient adults the world really needs." 

There will be a 'Music in the Schools, In School Performance' at Shepaug High School this Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. There are two snow dates; Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th.

Who doesn't want to be a rock star? Playing in the Band for Grades 6-12 will take place on Tuesday, February 23 from 2:30pm – 4:15pm. It will be taught by Joe Bouchard in the Shepaug School Band Room.

ASAP will Present Pilobolus on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th at 7 pm. The performances with the Inter-District Project and Communith Dance Project will take place at Pomperaug Regional High School, 234 Judd Road, Southbury, CT 06488. The snow date is Sunday, February 21st at 2 pm. For tickets, click here. Tickets are selling fast so make sure to register for this spectacular event!

Calling all child chefs! Anne Gallagher will teach a Pre-K cooking class on Wednesdays, February 17th through March 2nd from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm. The class will take place in Wersebe Hall.
 

About The After School Arts Program:
ASAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing?young people with opportunities to create beautiful and meaningful works of art in a creative?and collaborative environment. By inspiring the next generation to discover and embrace?their own creativity.ASAP hopes to not only enrich lives, but to change them forever.

For more information about these programs and about ASAP, please click here.

 

 

A Crash Course in Parenting: Conversations on the Green

A Crash Course in Parenting will be a town hall style event that will take place at The Gunnery this Sunday, October 25th at 3:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides referrals for affordable mental health and social services in Litchfield County.

This Conversations on the Green special event features Julie Lythcott-Haims & Jessica Lahey and the discussion will be moderated by Jane Whitney.

A former Stanford University Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising, Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the award-winning “How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success.” The book, published earlier this summer, is an expose of the harms of helicopter parenting and a manifesto for allowing children to sally forth independently, and to develop the resilience and inner resourcefulness to become thriving adults. “Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure, a psychologist, sociologist and anthropologist rolled into one,” says Madeline Levine, the author of The New York Times bestsellers “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.” “Witty, wise and dead-on, Lythcott-Haims is a tonic for what ails this generation of kids and parents.”
 

Jessica Lahey is a mother, educator, author, and speaker. She writes the bi-weekly column “The Parent-Teacher Conference” for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, was published in August to critical acclaim. A wise, engaging book, steeped in scientific research and tempered with common sense.” said Daniel T. Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. “Lahey offers one of the most important parenting messages of our times: Unless we allow our children to learn how to take on challenges, they won’t thrive in school and in life. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. “Her extremely helpful book tells her story, compiles research, and provides hundreds of doable suggestions.”

The discussion will take place at the Gunnery School, 22 Kirby Road in Washington, Connecticut. A portion of all tickets is tax deductible and they are available at two levels; individual tickets are $45 and 'Angels on the Green' at $250 which includes preferred seating and a chance to meet the speakers at a cocktail reception after the 'conversation'.

For tickets or more information
email: greenwoodspresents@gmail.com or call 860-806-6003
or click here to register now.

 

Steep Rock Association Programs bring Nature to Life

The Steep Rock Association has unveiled their spring and summer programs for 2015. There is a wonderful selection of courses which highlight the customs of animals in nature, wildflowers, organic gardening and more. Here is a program that looks at the mysterious life of reptiles:

Riverside Reptiles

Saturday, March 28
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Max Theatre at Rumsey Hall School (201 Romford Rd, Washington Depot)
Audience: All Ages; all children must be accompanied by an adult

Back by popular demand, naturalist Brian Kleinman returns with his impressive collection of reptiles and amphibians. This interactive, “hands on” learning experience will introduce us to numerous examples of these two similar yet different groups of animals, and explain why the populations of many reptile and amphibian species are declining world-wide. Well-known for his engaging rapport with children, Kleinman allows his audience to get up close and personal with the wonderful world of lizards, toads, snakes and turtles. New to his collection of fascinating creatures is a baby alligator!

The Shepaug River Then and Now

Thursday, April 2
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Wykeham Room at The Gunn Memorial Library (5 Wykeham Rd, Washington)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

The history of the town of Washington is centered along the Shepaug River. Meaning “Rocky River” in the Algonquin language, the Shepaug has provided the vital waters needed to sustain the town’s earliest farms and mill industries and has continually given nourishment to the varied wildlife that lives near or in its waters. Today, the Shepaug River provides Washingtonians with numerous recreational possibilities and is at the core of Steep Rock Association’s efforts to preserve critical habitat. Calling rivers “good allegories for the passage of time”, Curtis Read reprises and updates his “Shepaug Now and Then” presentation, originally given in 1998 to kick-off the “Celebration of the Shepaug” exhibition.

Organic Gardening with Winvian's Chef Eddy

Sunday, April 12
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Montessori School (240 Litchfield Turnpike [Rte. 202], New Preston)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

Judea Garden is proud to open its 2015 growing season with this rare opportunity to hear Winvian’s award winning executive chef Chris Eddy, “a crusader for adventurous cuisine”, talk about Winvian’s commitment to growing its own ingredients for the table. Chef Eddy is a well-known advocate of sustainable non-gmo (genetically modified organism) gardening practices that he applies to Winvian’s own three-quarter acre garden, planted with the herbs and vegetables used in his restaurant dishes.

An Evening Woodcock Walk

Saturday, April 18
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Macricostas Preserve (Christian Street)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

The American woodcock, also known as the “timber doodle,” is a shy and elusive bird that spends most of its time hidden from view. In the early spring, however, the male woodcock leaves the safety of protective ground cover at dusk to perform a unique mating ritual that combines a distinct call and an aerial display that has been called, “one of the magical natural sights of spring time in the east.” The program will include a brief introductory overview of the life of the American woodcock, followed by a 1 – 1 ½ mile hike along the fields of Macricostas Preserve. Participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing, walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers Lecture

Saturday, May 3
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Montessori School (240 Litchfield Turnpike [Rte. 202], New Preston)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

Steep Rock Association and the Washington Garden Club are pleased to welcome well-known wildflower author Carol Gracie to talk about the native wildflowers that brighten our woodlands in spring. More than just a delight for the eye and a lift for the winter-weary spirit, each wildflower plays an important role in nature by providing food for pollinators, which in turn help disperse the flower’s seeds. Join us as we learn about the fascinating life histories of some favorite spring wildflowers.

The Natural History of Spring Willdflowers Hike

Saturday, May 3
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hidden Valley Preserve (Main Parking Lot, Bee Brook Rd)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

As an accompaniment to her lecture (see above), wildflower expert Carol Gracie will lead a wildflower identification hike at Hidden Valley Preserve. Space is limited.

Things That Fly

Saturday, May 3
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hidden Valley Preserve (Main Parking Lot, Bee Brook Rd)
Audience: Ages 12 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult

As an accompaniment to her lecture (see above), wildflower expert Carol Gracie will lead a wildflower identification hike at Hidden Valley Preserve. Space is limited.

After the long winter, these programs offer the perfect opportunity to both enjoy and learn about nature!

To register for any of these amazing programs, click here.