Visit us as we travel throughout our Southern Vermont community.

The Nature Museum's Jay DeGregorio, an environmental educator, will lead programming at sites near you this summer. These sites include the Bellows Falls Visitor Center & Fish Ladder, as well as libraries in Chester, Walpole, Springfield, and Charlestown, NH.

The family programs are recommended for children ages 4 and up and include time for making a relevant and fun craft. Thanks to Great River Hyrdo, owner of the hydroelectric power plant in Bellows Falls for sponsoring these community outreach programs! Check out this summer's lineup!


Summer Unplugged and Local Library Programming

Summer Unplugged programming will be occurring weekly at local libraries and at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center.

Programming begins on Tuesday, June 18 and finish on Saturday, August 10th. See specific locations, dates, and times below.


Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Weekly on Tuesdays from 06/18/19 - 08/06/19, 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Library of Walpole, Walpole, NH (Note: Program location will be at the Walpole Town Hall due to library renovations.)

  • Weekly on Tuesdays from 06/18/19 - 08/06/19 , 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Silsby Free Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Weekly on Wednesdays from 06/19/19 - 08/07/19, 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Weekly on Wednesdays from 06/19/19 - 08/07/19, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center (FLVC), Bellows Falls, VT

  • Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays from 06/21/19 - 08/10/19, 10:00AM - 11:00AM


Program Topics and Descriptions

Session 1: Seeds on The Move: Plants and Pollination

Did you know that the relationship between animals and plants is a two-way street? Plant pollination and seed dispersal often take some teamwork. A bee sipping nectar from a flower is more than just a chore of the hive, while when a bear eats a raspberry, they just don’t get a tasty treat! Animals are nature’s movers, shakers and pollinators, providing transportation for pollen and seeds. Explore the relationship between plants and animals through pictures, hands-on items, and other engaging activities!

  • Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, June 18,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, June 19,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, June 21, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, June 22, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




Session 2: Nature’s Amazing Adaptations

From silent flights to super senses and kooky camouflage, animals have evolved to survive in a competitive world. Using observation, hands-on examination of biofacts (animal furs, feathers, bones, and more) and other engaging activities, participants will enjoy learning about the incredible physical and behavioral adaptations that animals use to thrive in their habitats!

  • Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, June 25,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, June 26 ,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, June 28, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, June 29, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT






Week 3: Raptors: High Flying and Fast Swooping Predators

Raptors are amazing predators that soar, swoop, dive, and some are even silent. Learn what makes raptors unique, the differences between native raptor species, and why they are important to the environments that they live in, including our own! Participants will discover the world of raptors through pictures, hands-on items, biofacts, and other engaging activities that can give them a raptor’s perspective!

  • Tuesday, July 2nd, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, July 2nd,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, July 3rd,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, July 3rd, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, July 5th, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, July 6th, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




Week 4: Busy Beavers: One of Nature’s Best Architects

Did you know that the American beaver is second largest rodent in the world? The American beaver can be found all across the country including right here in Northern New England where they play an important role in changing the landscape. Learn all about this furred architect’s life, family, and job in nature. Participants will enjoy hands-on items, beaver biofacts, and other engaging activities to help explore and learn more about this crafty rodent!

  • Tuesday, July 9th, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, July 9th,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, July 10th ,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, July 10th, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, July 12th, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, July 13th, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




Week 5: Who Eats What at Nature’s Dinner Table?

Carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, detritivore. These are the names that scientists use to describe different kinds of eaters in the natural world. What does a fox eat? How about a deer? What about about a skunk? What kind of eater is a human? Come learn about the many different kinds of eaters, what their dinner looks like, and how they go about finding food and eating it too. Participants will get to take a look at animal skulls, participate in an eating experiment, and enjoy other engaging activities to learn about how and why animals eat what they do!

  • Tuesday, July 16th, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, July 16th,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, July 17th,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, July 17th, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, July 19th, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday,July 20th, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




Week 6: Righteous Reptiles and Awesome Amphibians

Northern New England is home to many special reptiles and amphibians. But, how do you tell them apart? Did you know that some frogs freeze for the winter while some turtles stop “breathing”? Learn the answers to these questions and discover more about these interesting and sometimes misunderstood creatures. Explore hands-on biofacts (snake skins, turtle shells, and more) settle in for a story reading, and make a cool craft!

  • Tuesday, July 23rd, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, July 23rd,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, July 24th,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, July 24th , 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, July 26th , 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, July 27th, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




Week 7: Who’s Swimming in the Water?

Do fish lay eggs? Can a fish live both in the ocean and in a river? What’s a macroinvertebrate? There’s more in our rivers, streams, and ponds than just fish! Join us to learn about the Connecticut River and its tributaries that are home to fish, amphibians, insects, otters, and many non-swimming creatures too! Explore pictures, hands-on biofacts, listen to a story, and get creative with a fun craft to learn more about many native water-loving creatures!

  • Tuesday, July 30th, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, July 30th,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday July 31st ,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, July 31st, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, August 2nd, 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, August 3rd, 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT



Week 8: The Abenaki and Nature

The Abenaki are the indigenous people that have, and still do, call much of modern day Northern New England home. The Nature Museum highlights the Native American philosophy of kinship with nature and respect for every form of living creature. Come learn about Abenaki life pre-contact to the Europeans (late 1500's) and discover how their indigenous knowledge along with tools, skills, and natural resources were utilized to live closely with the landscape. Explore hands on artifacts, talk about what life was like in a different time, and engage in other respectful activities to help learn about the Abenaki and nature.

  • Tuesday, August 6th, 10:30 - 11:30 | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

  • Tuesday, August 6th,  2:00 - 3:00 | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT

  • Wednesday, August 7th,  10:30-11:30 | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 1:00 -2:00 | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

  • Friday, August 9th , 10 -11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT 

  • Saturday, August 10th , 10-11 | Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Welcome Center, VT




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