National Parks / Natural World
White Memorial Conservation Center Litchfield
Where is it at?
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Tel: 860 567-0857
Where are we going today?
If you want to experience what is magical about nature, and how people are trying to protect the environment, then you might want to head to the White Memorial Conservation Center.
This wonderful facility offers educational programs for kids and adults alike, so everyone can learn about the natural world, and what is so wonderful about it!
It's also a place where families can just enjoy nature! There are so many activities for you to enjoy at this Connecticut experience.
Let's start with the museum! The Nature Museum gives you a glimpse about what can be found within the 4,000 acre wildlife sanctuary that surrounds you. You will be surprised! There are hand-painted murals, dioramas, and even live animals!
There is even a Children's Corner where they can learn and play. Have you ever seen a working honeybee hive before? Or see taxidermy close up? It's all there at the Nature Museum!
If you want to spend some time out in the outdoors, spotting what you have just learnt about, then get out on those trails! The Whilte Memorial Conservation Center has over 35 miles of trails that cover a range of habitats. These trails are free to enjoy, and all year round too! From hiking, to cross country skiing, and even snow-shoeing.
Fancy biking or horseback riding? Many of the trails are open to that too!
The area is great for outdoor adventure too. There is boating and fishing on Bantam Lake and Bantam River, and even canoeing out on the water.
If you want to turn your day out into more of an adventure, there are TWO family campgrounds!
A beautiful experience out in nature, and one where kids can really have a great time AND learn all about it!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsMuseum $6. Trails are Free
- ChildrenMuseum $3 (Ages 6 to 12). Trails are Free
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
Trails: 24 hours. Museum/Gift Shop: 9am - 5pm Mon to Sat / 12pm 5pm Sun
All year round. Museum/Gift Shop closed major holidays
An incredible place for kids to learn! They can head to you, or you can go to them. They have education programs to choose from, and conducted by professionals. Make sure you call to arrange!.
Any Top Tips?
They often have special events across the year, like Family Nature Days, so make sure you don't miss out! Check the diary for listings. .
Doing our bit
They are committed to conserving the area, protecting the wildlife and teaching all who visit about the wonders of the area.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, speak to staff when you arrive to learn about which trails will be suitable for you. .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop with nature-themed goods, perfect for kids AND adults! They even have a Made in CT section featuring work of local artisans. .
There is one camping site open all year round. The others are seasonal so check before you go .
What people are saying?
by Don Frye
A great place to walk. You can choose several locations along the roads and the main house. Look over the maps and you can choose a few locations. We loved the pond with the boardwalk around it. Great fall colors and many birds.
by Dan Bacik
Great for families, miles of easy trails, beautiful views, kayaking/canoeing, near some great places to eat after the hike.
by David Smolover
Beautiful and expansive public park. Great trails for walking and biking.