A Look Back: Our Favorite Moments of 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended one of our many programs, volunteered their time, or made a donation to propel us forward. We appreciate it and we are VERY excited for the year ahead.

See you in 2018!



Brave Bears Winter Adventure

Brave Bears try out their snowshoes during our winter break camp for ages 6-9. This one-day adventure also included some time inside; special guest and author Charles Norris-Brown, PhD., read his book “Did Tiger Take the Rain?”.



Wild Walkers

In February, in partnership with the Vermont Wilderness School, we offered a one-day, full day program for ages 10-14 on how to coal-burn - a method used for making spoons, bowls and even canoes which dates back to the First People.



Adult Winter Workshops

In February, Kindred Spirits' participants headed out on their snowshoes and into the woods behind the museum. In March, Michael Phillips led a very well-attended Friday evening talk followed by a field intensive with a smaller group at Soul Song Farm.

In April, Dr. Alan K. Betts, a well-known atmospheric scientist, presented as part of our speaker series.

In May, Ari Rockland-Miller, "The Mushroom Forager", led two wildcrafting walks; he returned again in August. All four of his workshops were at capacity weeks in advance!

Other speakers included Brian Pfeiffer, Sue Morse, and Bridget Butler, The Bird Diva.

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Show Up, Speak Up

We were proud to have a presence at the March for Science in Boston (as well as D.C.'s march) and the March for Climate in Montpelier. 

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With a Little Help from Our Friends

The volunteers that made our world go around this year can't be thanked enough. They include Tom Goldschmidt and Jeff Cunningham  who gave our observational beehive a much-need upgrade. 

And a special thanks to Amanda Penge's 3rd grade classroom at Grafton Elementary who raised $335 at the Holiday Bazaar and donated it to our museum so that we can continue our work of offering quality nature programming to kids just like them. 

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Field Trips

We welcomed several area school groups to the museum for open-ended nature exploration, including The Village School of North Bennington and Grafton Elementary School. 


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Summer Unplugged

Our own Jay DeGregorio, an environmental educator, led free nature programming for children and famlies at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center, as well as at several area libraries. Our efforts at the Fish Ladder were hampered by a plumbing mishap in June, but we were able to reopen towards the end of the summer. We're eager to offer a complete summer of programming in 2018 there! A big thanks to sponsor Great River Hydro for making these programs possible.   



A Brave Bears Summer


We offered a one-day Brave Bears Camp in July followed by two one-week long sessions. Led by our environmental educators, these camps are an excellent way for kids to explore independently and to make connections with nature that serve them well beyond the camp's duration.  

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9th Annual Fairy House Festival

Over 1,100 revelers attended this year's fest; we had gorgeous weather for this two-day fest. Our builders outdid themselves! We are already in the planning stages for next year's fest—our 10th!

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