The Nature Museum at Grafton     PO Box 38 / 186 Townshend Road     Grafton, Vermont 05146     802.843.2111   
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Welcome to Look Up!, our exciting public programs schedule for 2015! 

Look up to see the birds, the trees, and the clouds.
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Stay tuned as we add more information about these adult and family events in 2015.
Questions? E-mail Executive Director Carrie King at

Upcoming programs: 

Grand Opening of the Fish Ladder Visitor Center
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11 AM
Fish Ladder Visitor Center, Bellows Falls, VT
Learn about the amazing, nocturnal world of bats with expert scientists at this free, family-friendly program! We are thrilled to announce the summer opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center. You are invited to a free Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, June 6th at 11AM at the Fish Ladder Visitor Center in Bellows Falls. This celebration includes a fascinating program on the bats of Vermont and New Hampshire led by two special guests: Laura Deming and Cynthia Nichols of New Hampshire Audubon. Guests will be invited to help local scientists by counting bats at potential maternity colonies and conducting acoustic studies. Click here for more information about the Grand Opening and the Visitor Center!

​The Wild World of Mushrooms with Ari Rockland-Miller
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Morning and Afternoon Walks Available
Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join us on a wild edible mushrooming adventure on Saturday, August 22. Your mycological tour guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation introducing the region’s most distinctive and delicious species, followed by a guided foray in nearby woods.
Registration opened on June 22, 2015 for the Wild Mushroom Walk.
Click here for more information.

​Past Programs:

Birding By Ear with Bridget Butler, The Bird Diva
Friday, May 15, 2015
Newsbank Conference Center, 351 Main St, Grafton VT
This free public talk featured Bridget Butler, the Bird Diva. Bridget led bird lovers of all expertise levels through an interactive adventure in listening to and identifying our avian friends! This spring tune up helped us  train our ears to the differences in bird song. 

Guided Bird Walk with Bridget Butler, The Bird Diva
Saturday, May 16, 2015
This bird walk was at Herrick's Cove, a river delta and riparian habitat along the Connecticut River. Listed as one of Vermont Audubon's “Very Important Bird Areas,” this migratory stopover boasts more than 220 bird species. Important species include a large diversity of migratory landbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl.  Bridget led the group through this special birding area and helped us spot and identify our feathered friends! 

Owls in Vermont with Mike Clough
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Phelps Barn at Grafton Inn, 92 Main St, Grafton VT
Kids attended for free at this family program. Owl expert Mike Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum brought live owls, touchable artifacts, and interactive demonstrations to make this an unforgettable experience for owl lovers of all ages. 

Organic Beekeeping Workshop with Ross Conrad
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
News Bank Conference Center, 352 Main St, Chester VT
This workshop covered two important and highly-requested topics by local beekeepers: Overwintering Bees and Spring Management and Beeswax: Production, Collection, Processing, and Uses. 

An Introduction to the Night Sky with Bob Dudley
Friday, March 20th, 2015
Grafton Ponds Ski Hut, 783 Townshe​nd Rd, Grafton, VT
Hosted by The Nature Museum and the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group, this family program at Grafton Ponds explored space science and helped participants develop practical sky watching skills. 

Tracks and Trees with Lynn Levine
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Author, forester, and tracking expert Lynn Levine led participants on an exciting and educational tree identification and tracking hike in the snow.  

For the Love of Apples: An Interactive Workshop with Zeke and Diana Goodband
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
News Bank Conference Center, 352 Main St, Chester VT
We enjoyed a unique Valentine’s Day celebration with our families: For the Love of Apples, an interactive and educational celebration for apple lovers of all ages! 

Nature in the Community: Programs for Adults