By Carrie King, Executive Director
The mission of The Nature Museum at Grafton is to provide information and experiences which engage and enlighten our audiences and inspire stewardship of the natural world. The generosity of The Nature Museum's community sponsors enables our team to reach more audiences. Our education team is traveling to schools across the region, bringing engaging, hands-on environmental lessons to classrooms. We're also hosting fun, educational field trips to The Nature Museum and its surrounding fields, forests, and ponds. While the Museum itself is only open two days a week, we are in classrooms and libraries five days a week. By widening our audience, the support of our partners allows us to create a greater impact in the community.
Recent partnerships include:
- Marquise and Morano LLC donated $500 for science programming in the Bellows Falls Central Elementary School from The Nature Museum.
- Dick Warren's support allows The Nature Museum to work with the Grafton Elementary School, including riparian restoration work. Mr. Warren also allows school groups with The Nature Museum the use of his land at Howeville- his generosity allows us to host wonderful, one-of-a-kind wetlands programs that the kids treasure and remember for a long time.
- The Cavendish Community Fund has allowed Stepping Stones Preschool to bring The Nature Museum's Environmental Educator Lynn Morgan into the classroom once a month since January.
- Chester Andover Elementary School's Parent Teacher Group supplied funds for The Nature Museum to provide environmental education programs to every classroom at the school.
- The TransCanada Corporation has partnered with The Nature Museum since 2003 to provide free environmental education programs to the public each summer in the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center and regional libraries.
The staff and board at The Nature Museum are grateful to all supporters of our work. Your generosity makes a difference by bringing naturalist experiences to more people, inspiring a love for and stewardship of the natural world.