These warmer months give us plenty of opportunity to spread our nature educators throughout our Southern Vermont community.

You'll find us sharing our enthusiasm for the natural world beyond our Grafton borders. 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 // Library Programming

Week 1: Fun with Fur, Feathers, and Bones!
Animals that call New England come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Come learn about many of these animals through exploring The Nature Museum’s collection of fur, feathers, and bones! Come learn about these animal neighbors, listen to a story, and make an awesome craft!

  • Tuesday, June 5: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, June 5: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, June 6: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, June 6: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 2: Pollinators - The Unsung Heroes!
What is a pollinator? How do they pollinate? Bees are not the only pollinators! Other pollinators include non-honey bees, butterflies, moths, other insects, birds, and even bats! On average, one out of every three to four bites of food we eat or sips of a drink we gulp are made possible by pollinators. Come learn and discover something new about the native pollinator heroes right in our backyards. Be ready to learn, hear a story,  taste some local honey, and create a craft!

  • Tuesday, June 12: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, June 12: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, June 13: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, June 13: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 3: World of Owls - What’s All the Hoot About?

Owls are magnificent predators that we often think of as hooting birds of the night. But, there’s for more to owls than their hoots and nighttime activity. Come discover how they hunt, what owls call New England home, and why these birds are such amazing creatures. Hear a story, see and touch real owl biofacts, and make a fun owl-themed craft!

  • Tuesday, June 19: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, June 19: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, June 20: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, June 20: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 4: Winged Predators - Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and more!
Have you ever heard of the word raptor? These predators of the sky are magnificent and are a truly special group of birds. Come learn about what makes raptors special, and learn more about America’s national bird, the bald eagle. Join us to enjoy a story, discover more about native raptors, and create a bald eagle-themed craft!

  • Tuesday, July 3: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, July 3: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

Week 5: Abenaki and Nature
The Abenaki are the indigenous people that have called much of Northern New England home for thousands of years. The Abenaki have, and have always had, a strong kinship with nature and the land. Learn about Abenaki life pre-contact to the Europeans and discover what tools, skills, and natural resources they used. Observe Native American artifacts first-hand, hear a story, and create a nature-themed craft!

  • Tuesday, July 17: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, July 17: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, July 18: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, July 18: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 6: The Beaver - One of Nature’s Extraordinary Architects
Did you know that the North American beaver is a rodent and an “architect”? These large rodents are truly incredible. Come learn more about their way of life and how they change the landscape, including right here in Northern New England. Explore hands-on beaver biofacts, listen to a story, try on a beaver costume, and build your own beaver craft!

  • Tuesday, July 31: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, July 31: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, August 1: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, August 1: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 7: Inspecta Insecta
Insects can be big, small, colorful, camouflaged, winged, and more. Get up close and personal with one of the most diverse groups of creatures on the planet! We will learn what makes an insect an insect and how these creatures live and thrive. Inspect insect biofacts, listen to story, and make a an insect craft masterpiece!

  • Tuesday, August 7: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, August 7: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, August 8: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, August 8: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 8: Fuzzy, Flying, and Misunderstood - Bats
Bats often get a bad rap even though they’re incredibly important, and special, animals. Several species of these night-flying fuzzy mammals call New England home. Come join us to dispel bat myths and learn more about these misunderstood winged wonders. See bat biofacts, stick around for a bat story, and create your own bat craft!

  • Tuesday, August 14: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, August 14: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, August 15: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, August 15: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 9: Reptile or Amphibian? What’s the Difference?

Northern New England is home to many righteous reptiles and awesome amphibians! But, how do you tell them apart? What do they look like? Learn the answers to these questions and discover more about these interesting creatures. Check out some hands-on biofacts, settle in for a story reading, and make a cool craft!

  • Tuesday, August 21: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, August 21: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, August 22: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, August 22: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

Week 10: All About Black Bears
One of the New England’s biggest and most popular wildlife creatures is the American black bear. Although often feared, these big mammals are intelligent, sneaky, and beautiful. Come hear about black bear facts, explore some black bear biofacts, snuggle up for a story reading, and create your own bear den craft!

  • Tuesday, August 28: 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Silsby Public Library, Charlestown, NH
  • Tuesday, August 28: 2:00PM - 3:00PM | Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT
  • Wednesday, August 29: 10:00AM-11:00AM | Walpole Town Library, Walpole, VT
  • Wednesday, August 29: 1:30PM-2:30PM | Whiting Library, Chester, VT

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