Mighty Acorns: Brilliant and Beautiful Bats
Oct
20
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Brilliant and Beautiful Bats

As the sun sets, they sweep through the sky never bumping into a house or tree.  How do they do it?  Where do they live and what do they eat?  These little creatures are often misunderstood and we will talk about how beneficial bats really are.  Your little naturalist will love learning about this amazing mammal through stories, games and hands on-items along with a great craft.  

The Social Black Bear
Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Social Black Bear

Find out how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans, when wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD presents “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human.”

Family Program: Abenaki Culture & Giving Nature Thanks
Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Family Program: Abenaki Culture & Giving Nature Thanks

  • Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

Join us for an exciting program for all ages that teaches the interdependence of all things in the environment through experiential hands on learning. The Nature Museum highlights the Native American philosophy of kinship with nature, connection to the earth and respect for every form of living creature through activities, stories and games.

Mighty Acorns: Who is ready for a long winters nap? 
Nov
17
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Who is ready for a long winters nap? 

This interactive program will explore hibernation and what animals do to get ready for the long, cold Vermont winter. What happens to our animal friends during the winter? Our environmental educator will read a story, play some games and do a nature scavenger hunt to teach your child all about winter nappers.  

Mighty Acorns: Wild About Bears
Jan
19
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Wild About Bears

During this program our Mighty Acorns will learn all about what bears eat, where they live, and how they survive in winter.  Does your bear cub like blueberries?  So do bears!  Time outside along with a story and hands-on items will teach your child all about this very important Vermont mammal.  

Mighty Acorns: Snowshoeing and Winter Animal Adaptations
Feb
16
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Snowshoeing and Winter Animal Adaptations

After a short lesson about how animals survive our cold Vermont winters, we will venture outside to explore using snowshoes.  Is that a animal track we see?  Who has been here and where is that animal going?  This is a great program to introduce your Mighty Acorn to snowshoeing with time exploring and tromping through our field. 

Mar
16
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Marvelous Maple Syrup

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Ages: 3 to 5 years old + caregiver
Cost: $5 per child, caregiver free
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Oh so good, this local product is cherished by all, but where does it come from and how is it made?  Join one of our great environmental educators and learn about how a tree makes sap, how to tap for the sap and the process of making sap into syrup.  

Mighty Acorns: Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Apr
20
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Some insects, birds and animals have body colors and patterns that allow them to blend into nature.  Come discover why animals are camouflaged and learn about different critters that use this amazing means for concealment.  Time outside, crafts, interactive items and a story will captivate your Mighty Acorn during this program. 

Mighty Acorns: Buzz Little Bees and Help Our Little Garden Grow
May
18
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Buzz Little Bees and Help Our Little Garden Grow

Celebrate spring and learn all about our unsung heroes, the bees.  Did you know that most honeybees in a hive are girls or that bees are insects?  Seeing bees at work is magical and we will spend some great time outside looking for all types of pollinators in the museum’s garden.  A nature project along with a lesson about bees and honey will have your Mighty Acorn super excited about spring!

Mighty Acorns: The Secret World of the Pond
Jun
15
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: The Secret World of the Pond

A trip to explore the pond is one of our favorite museum activities.  Will we find a dragon fly nymph or maybe a bullfrog or two?  Each day offers new encounters in a watery world bursting with cool critters.   Grab a pond net and get ready to discover just how packed with life out local pond is.  


8th Annual Fairy House Festival
Sep
25
10:00 am10:00

8th Annual Fairy House Festival

Date: September 24th and 25th, 2016
Time: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Ages: All ages

Celebrate an autumnal adventure with the magic of forest fairies! 

Tickets are available online and at the fairy gate ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for children 3-18).

8th Annual Fairy House Festival
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

8th Annual Fairy House Festival

Date: September 24th and 25th, 2016
Time: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Ages: All ages

Celebrate an autumnal adventure with the magic of forest fairies! 

Tickets are available online and at the fairy gate ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for children 3-18).


Mighty Acorns: Fairy House Building
Sep
15
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Fairy House Building

The perfect activity for little ones leading up to our fabulous Fairy House Fest! The woodland fairies can't wait to see what you will create! Join us for an enchanted morning filled with stories, outdoor exploration and fairy house building. By the end of the program we will have created a Fairy House Village which we will leave for visitors and wee garden folk to enjoy! 

Wild World of Mushrooms
Aug
27
1:00 pm13:00

Wild World of Mushrooms

  • The Nature Museum

Program is full; please consider joining our waiting list for this program!

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $30
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible mushrooming adventure called "The Wild World of Mushrooms” on Saturday, August 27th.  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 the rich woods nearby conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. 

Rockland-Miller will introduce participants to the Northeast’s safest and most distinctive gourmet and medicinal fungi, emphasizing his “ForageCast” strategy.  Workshop participants will also discover how to best cook these fruits of the forest and will get a taste when our wild finds are served up right on the spot following our foray. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!

Please come dressed for a summer hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Following a presentation by Ari, we will foray on nearby land that is part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, just a short drive from the Museum. 

Spaces are limited on these walks and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.  This program is geared to adults and youth over 15 years old. It is not appropriate for younger children to attend. 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. 

Ari became an expert in shiitake cultivation after managing Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and the MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell's forest farming demonstration site. He has a BA from Brown University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy as well as environmental policy and ethics, and is currently studying environmental law at Vermont Law School. The Mushroom Forager has been featured on New England Public Radio and on Vermont's WCAX.

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager

Wild World of Mushrooms
Aug
27
9:30 am09:30

Wild World of Mushrooms

  • The Nature Museum

(This program is full; however, we have a limited number of spots available in the afternoon session that runs from 1pm-3:30pm.)

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: Tickets are $30 | This program is full
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible mushrooming adventure called "The Wild World of Mushrooms” on Saturday, August 27th.  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 the rich woods nearby conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. 

The Nature Museum is offering two "Wild World of Mushroom" walks in one day in hopes of accommodating more people while maintaining an intimate setting for guests. On registering, be sure that you have double-checked that you are signing up for your preferred time. 

Rockland-Miller will introduce participants to the Northeast’s safest and most distinctive gourmet and medicinal fungi, emphasizing his “ForageCast” strategy.  Workshop participants will also discover how to best cook these fruits of the forest and will get a taste when our wild finds are served up right on the spot following our foray. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!

Spaces are limited on these walks and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.  This program is geared to adults and youth over 15 years old. It is not appropriate for younger children to attend.

Please come dressed for a summer hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Following a presentation by Ari, we will foray on nearby land that is part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, just a short drive from the Museum.

 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. 

Ari became an expert in shiitake cultivation after managing Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and the MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell's forest farming demonstration site. He has a BA from Brown University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy as well as environmental policy and ethics, and is currently studying environmental law at Vermont Law School. The Mushroom Forager has been featured on New England Public Radio and on Vermont's WCAX. 

Discovery Days
Aug
11
10:00 am10:00

Discovery Days

Date: Thursday, August 11th
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Ages: 5-8 years old; 3-4 year olds with a caregiver
Cost: $8 per child purchased online up to 24 hours before; $10 day-of at the camp
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Thursdays are Discovery Days at The Nature Museum! Join us for these weekly summer camp programs as we explore the forests, fields, ponds and streams of Grafton. Through engaging hands-on games and explorations, each week we will discover a new aspect of the natural world.

This camp is designed to be flexible, to suit your busy summer schedule. You can join us for a one time or become a full-fledged Nature Museum Junior Naturalist and attend every week. 

Parents are required to complete a medical emergency form when dropping off their children ages 5-8. Download this emergency form here. We invite 3- and 4-year-olds to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adults attend for free.

Abenaki Life: A Free Program at the Walpole Library
Aug
10
1:00 pm13:00

Abenaki Life: A Free Program at the Walpole Library

Join Rachel Brown, our Nature Educator at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitors Center, for an all ages presentation and hands-on educational experience about the way of life of the Abenaki, a Native American tribe that called Vermont and other parts of the Northeast home, at the Walpole Bridge Memorial Library. Drop-ins welcome; no pre-registration required. 

Abenaki Life: A Free Program at the Springfield Library
Aug
10
10:00 am10:00

Abenaki Life: A Free Program at the Springfield Library

Join Rachel Brown, our Nature Educator at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitors Center, for an all ages presentation and hands-on educational experience about the way of life of the Abenaki, a Native American tribe that called Vermont and other parts of the Northeast home, at the Springfield Town Library. Drop-ins welcome; no pre-registration required. 

Saturdays at the Fish Ladder
Aug
6
10:00 am10:00

Saturdays at the Fish Ladder

This Week | Abenaki Life
11am-12pm
Thousands of years ago, Abenaki people made clothing and built shelters from natural materials.  Food came from hunting, gathering, and fishing.  Listen to a Native American story, play traditional games, and imagine daily life before roads, stores, and electricity.

Fridays at the Fish Ladder
Aug
5
10:00 am10:00

Fridays at the Fish Ladder

This Week | Abenaki Life
11am-12pm
Thousands of years ago, Abenaki people made clothing and built shelters from natural materials.  Food came from hunting, gathering, and fishing.  Listen to a Native American story, play traditional games, and imagine daily life before roads, stores, and electricity.

Discovery Days
Aug
4
10:00 am10:00

Discovery Days

Date: Thursday, August 4th
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Ages: 5-8 years old; 3-4 year olds with a caregiver
Cost: $8 per child purchased online up to 24 hours before; $10 day-of at the camp
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Thursdays are Discovery Days at The Nature Museum! Join us for these weekly summer camp programs as we explore the forests, fields, ponds and streams of Grafton. Through engaging hands-on games and explorations, each week we will discover a new aspect of the natural world.

This camp is designed to be flexible, to suit your busy summer schedule. You can join us for a one time or become a full-fledged Nature Museum Junior Naturalist and attend every week. 

Parents are required to complete a medical emergency form when dropping off their children ages 5-8. Download this emergency form here. We invite 3- and 4-year-olds to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adults attend for free.

Saturdays at the Fish Ladder
Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Saturdays at the Fish Ladder

This Week | Butterflies & Bees
11am-12pm, free
Nectar from flowers is an important food source for hummingbirds, native bees, and butterflies. Discover how simple additions to your yard or garden can help traveling pollinators.

Fridays at the Fish Ladder
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Fridays at the Fish Ladder

This Week | Butterflies & Bees
11am-12pm, free
Nectar from flowers is an important food source for hummingbirds, native bees, and butterflies. Discover how simple additions to your yard or garden can help traveling pollinators.