5 Ways to Be Involved With This Year's 10th Annual Fairy House Festival


With the final weeks of summer come early signs of autumn: an unexpected cool breeze, a shock of yellow in a sugar maple’s branches, and the first skeins of geese flying south. It’s also time to prepare for the arrival of the fall fairies.

The Nature Museum is seeking volunteers, creators, and donors for the 10th Annual Fairy House Festival on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. This Grafton tradition is made possible through the engagement of our community, and there is a role for everyone!

#1 - Volunteer

Volunteers are needed for Friday, September 28 and for both days of the festival (Saturday, September 29  and Sunday, September 30). Set up the fairy trail, get creative in the crafts tent, guide visitors, serve refreshments... we have a role that will suit you! All festival volunteers receive free admission and a t-shirt, must be over 13 years old, and must register by September 22. For questions regarding volunteer roles, please contact Education Coordinator Jill Bruning at jill@nature-museum.org or call the Museum at (802) 843-2111. 

#2 - Build

The festival’s fairy village is fresh each year. Use your imagination to transform twigs, pebbles, shells, and more into a structure for the fairies! Fairy House Builders receive one free adult and one free child ticket. Fairy House Builders must come on Friday, September 28 to place their creation on the trail, and must register by September 15.

#3 - Donate

The Fairy House Festival is The Nature Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Your donation fuels year-long programming for the community, including nature camps and workshops for adults and children, and will be acknowledged on the Gratitude Tree at the festival.

#4 - Attend

Perhaps the most obvious way to be involved! By attending the festival and purchasing tickets you support the important programming that we provide year around for little to no cost. Discounted advance tickets are available online. Tickets are also available during the festival at the fairy gate. Children age 2 and under attend for free. Tickets purchased in advance may be used for either Saturday or Sunday. 

#5 - Forage for the Fairies

Each year at the fest we gather ahead of time raw materials, including small twigs, acorns, moss, and other natural fairy house making supplies to have on hand for attendees to build their own structures in our gardens. Compiling these materials is hard work; can you help us by foraging for some of the items on this list?