Programming Planning for 2019 Has Begun!

We have recovered from our busy early fall and the Fairy House Festival (did you hear—1250 people made it out this year!) and we’re able to set our sights further down the line into 2019.

While often known for our kid programs, including Brave Bears Camp, Mighty Acorns Club, and, of course, the Fairy House Festival, 2018 featured several workshops and special events geared to adults eager to learn more about the natural world.

In February, we welcomed Chris Bernier, who led a special evening talk on the American Marten. The following day he was at the helm of a small workshop on his private property devoted to animal tracking.

In March, Judith Schwartz, author of Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, spoke on the role of water within the climate change debate.

In May, The Mushroom Forager team of Ari Rockland-Miller and Jenna DiMare visited us for what has become a spring (and summer!) tradition at The Nature Museum. Their mushroom walks were filled to capacity for both this first visit and for their return visit in August.

That same month we were lucky to host a well-attended presentation by Will and Laurie Danforth who shared photographs and insights from their trip to Antarctica.

At summer’s start, we were thrilled to host two experts on winged flight. Bridget Butler spoke to a large group on the merits of slow birding for birders eager to make a deeper connection with the birds that they seek to spot. She led a field session the next day as well.

Vermont Entomological Society member JoAnne Russo led an evening workshop devoted to moths a week later at Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center. She shared her expertise, but more importantly, her enthusiasm for moths for all the would-be lepidopterists in attendance.

It was a full year of programming; we hope you were able to join us for one or many of these programs. We are in the exciting planning stages for several similar adult programs as we move closer to 2019.

If you have an idea or request for future programming, please consider sending it along to us; we are always open to new ideas and feedback.

By the way, if you hadn’t caught it in last month’s newsletter, we recently released an updated environmental education catalog filled with this year’s offerings for schools, but also private groups. The units we are offering can certainly be geared to adults; so if you belong to a group or other community interested in learning more about these special programs please take a look.