Explore the Nature Museum
Jan
5
10:00 am10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Thursdays! Make a day of it by coming to visit us and exploring our curated collection of hands-on exhibits. Afterwards, head outside and take a walk in the woods behind the museum or on one of three Village Park trails. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and learn something new. 

Explore the Nature Museum
Jan
12
10:00 am10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Thursdays! Make a day of it by coming to visit us and exploring our curated collection of hands-on exhibits. Afterwards, head outside and take a walk in the woods behind the museum or on one of three Village Park trails. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and learn something new. 

Kindred Spirits: Nature Art
Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Nature Art

Beat the winter blues with art! Come join The Nature Museum and two of our amazing naturalists, Leah and Caitlin for some fun nature crafts. Use recycled or natural materials to create fun pieces you can take home. This program is for all ages including adults. Weather permitting, we will also take a stroll outside and see what we can see! An RSVP is encouraged, drop-ins are welcome.

Explore the Nature Museum
Jan
19
10:00 am10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Thursdays! Make a day of it by coming to visit us and exploring our curated collection of hands-on exhibits. Afterwards, head outside and take a walk in the woods behind the museum or on one of three Village Park trails. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and learn something new. 

Mighty Acorns: Wild About Bears
Jan
19
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Wild About Bears

During this program our Mighty Acorns will learn all about what bears eat, where they live, and how they survive in winter.  Does your bear cub like blueberries?  So do bears!  Time outside along with a story and hands-on items will teach your child all about this very important Vermont mammal.  

Explore the Nature Museum
Jan
26
10:00 am10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Thursdays! Make a day of it by coming to visit us and exploring our curated collection of hands-on exhibits. Afterwards, head outside and take a walk in the woods behind the museum or on one of three Village Park trails. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and learn something new. 

Mighty Acorns: Snowshoeing and Winter Animal Adaptations
Feb
16
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Snowshoeing and Winter Animal Adaptations

After a short lesson about how animals survive our cold Vermont winters, we will venture outside to explore using snowshoes.  Is that a animal track we see?  Who has been here and where is that animal going?  This is a great program to introduce your Mighty Acorn to snowshoeing with time exploring and tromping through our field. 

Brave Bears
Feb
21
9:30 am09:30

Brave Bears

With many area students out of school for the long weekend, this winter adventure is just the ticket for kids eager to get outside and go exploring. We will be donning snowshoes (if we have the snow!) and setting off into the woods and fields around The Nature Museum in Grafton. But before we head out, our nature educator will bring the crew up to speed on wayfinding skills and map reading skills. 

Wild Walkers
Feb
22
9:30 am09:30

Wild Walkers

Wild Walkers is a partnership between The Nature Museum and Vermont Wilderness School, a Brattleboro-based non-profit. This day long outdoor adventure is suited for youth ages 10 to 14.  

Mighty Acorns: Marvelous Maple Syrup
Mar
16
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Marvelous Maple Syrup

Oh so good, this local product is cherished by all, but where does it come from and how is it made?  Join one of our great environmental educators and learn about how a tree makes sap, how to tap for the sap and the process of making sap into syrup.  

Kindred Spirits: Magnificent Migrations
Mar
18
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Magnificent Migrations

Many species of animals migrate as an adaptation to help them be successful. Did you know the Artic Tern travels 40,000 miles during migration but then some native amphibians only travel a few hundred feet?  During this program we will explore the how and why of animal migration.  Migration is truly magnificent.

Kindred Spirits: Animal Dating in the Natural World
Apr
15
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Animal Dating in the Natural World

All you need is love; and evidently the same is true for many in the animal kingdom! Animals dance, flirt, perform, sing and compete hard to find a mate just to be turned away or thwarted by a better looking or bigger competitor. Dating is not as easy as it seems in the animal kingdom. 

Mighty Acorns: Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Apr
20
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Some insects, birds and animals have body colors and patterns that allow them to blend into nature.  Come discover why animals are camouflaged and learn about different critters that use this amazing means for concealment.  Time outside, crafts, interactive items and a story will captivate your Mighty Acorn during this program. 

Mighty Acorns: Buzz Little Bees and Help Our Little Garden Grow
May
18
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Buzz Little Bees and Help Our Little Garden Grow

Celebrate spring and learn all about our unsung heroes, the bees.  Did you know that most honeybees in a hive are girls or that bees are insects?  Seeing bees at work is magical and we will spend some great time outside looking for all types of pollinators in the museum’s garden.  A nature project along with a lesson about bees and honey will have your Mighty Acorn super excited about spring!

Kindred Spirits: Keeping Company with Caterpillars
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Keeping Company with Caterpillars

Before a moth is magnificent or a butterfly is beautiful they are charming caterpillars.  To become an amazing winged creature a caterpillar must go through one of nature’s most dynamic life changes.  Come learn all about metamorphosis and how caterpillars do what they do while keeping company with some caterpillars.

Mighty Acorns: The Secret World of the Pond
Jun
15
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: The Secret World of the Pond

A trip to explore the pond is one of our favorite museum activities.  Will we find a dragon fly nymph or maybe a bullfrog or two?  Each day offers new encounters in a watery world bursting with cool critters.   Grab a pond net and get ready to discover just how packed with life out local pond is.  

Kindred Spirits: Summer Solstice Party Celebrating Pollinators
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Summer Solstice Party Celebrating Pollinators

Did you know that most of the bees in a hive are female or that bees dance to tell their co-workers where to find a patch of flowers?  Come celebrate the summer solstice with us and learn about bees and pollinators.  We will walk through our garden and surrounding fields with Leah, one of our naturalists to learn more about these amazing insects and animals!

Kindred Spirits: Trees and Trails
Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Trees and Trails

Vermont has a very special mosaic of forests that contain 110 different species of trees/shrubs, which cover 78% of the state. When we look more closely in our communities, local town forests, and even our own backyards, the trees we see serve as clues in discover past stories of the land. 

Kindred Spirits: Native Ways and Giving Nature Thanks
Nov
4
10:00 am10:00

Kindred Spirits: Native Ways and Giving Nature Thanks

This autumnal program for families will explore Native peoples’ traditions of living in balance with Earth and each other. This hands-on harvest time adventure will highlight the interdependence of all living things in nature and explore gratitude as taught by Native cultures found throughout North America.


Family Program: Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks
Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Family Program: Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks

  • Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

Join us for an exciting program for all ages that teaches the interdependence of all things in the environment through experiential hands on learning. The Nature Museum highlights the Native American philosophy of kinship with nature, connection to the earth and respect for every form of living creature through activities, stories and games.

The Social Black Bear
Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

The Social Black Bear

Find out how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans, when wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD presents “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human.”

Mighty Acorns: Brilliant and Beautiful Bats
Oct
20
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Brilliant and Beautiful Bats

As the sun sets, they sweep through the sky never bumping into a house or tree.  How do they do it?  Where do they live and what do they eat?  These little creatures are often misunderstood and we will talk about how beneficial bats really are.  Your little naturalist will love learning about this amazing mammal through stories, games and hands on-items along with a great craft.  

8th Annual Fairy House Festival
Sep
25
10:00 am10:00

8th Annual Fairy House Festival

Date: September 24th and 25th, 2016
Time: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Ages: All ages

Celebrate an autumnal adventure with the magic of forest fairies! 

Tickets are available online and at the fairy gate ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for children 3-18).

8th Annual Fairy House Festival
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

8th Annual Fairy House Festival

Date: September 24th and 25th, 2016
Time: 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Ages: All ages

Celebrate an autumnal adventure with the magic of forest fairies! 

Tickets are available online and at the fairy gate ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for children 3-18).


Mighty Acorns: Fairy House Building
Sep
15
10:00 am10:00

Mighty Acorns: Fairy House Building

The perfect activity for little ones leading up to our fabulous Fairy House Fest! The woodland fairies can't wait to see what you will create! Join us for an enchanted morning filled with stories, outdoor exploration and fairy house building. By the end of the program we will have created a Fairy House Village which we will leave for visitors and wee garden folk to enjoy! 

Wild World of Mushrooms
Aug
27
1:00 pm13:00

Wild World of Mushrooms

  • The Nature Museum

Program is full; please consider joining our waiting list for this program!

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $30
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Ari points to Lion's Mane during a foray.

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible mushrooming adventure called "The Wild World of Mushrooms” on Saturday, August 27th.  Your mycological tour guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation introducing the region’s most distinctive and delicious species, followed by a guided foray in the rich woods nearby conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. 

Rockland-Miller will introduce participants to the Northeast’s safest and most distinctive gourmet and medicinal fungi, emphasizing his “ForageCast” strategy.  Workshop participants will also discover how to best cook these fruits of the forest and will get a taste when our wild finds are served up right on the spot following our foray. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!

Please come dressed for a summer hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Following a presentation by Ari, we will foray on nearby land that is part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, just a short drive from the Museum. 

Spaces are limited on these walks and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.  This program is geared to adults and youth over 15 years old. It is not appropriate for younger children to attend. 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. 

Ari became an expert in shiitake cultivation after managing Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and the MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell's forest farming demonstration site. He has a BA from Brown University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy as well as environmental policy and ethics, and is currently studying environmental law at Vermont Law School. The Mushroom Forager has been featured on New England Public Radio and on Vermont's WCAX.

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager

Photo courtesy of The Mushroom Forager

Wild World of Mushrooms
Aug
27
9:30 am09:30

Wild World of Mushrooms

  • The Nature Museum

(This program is full; however, we have a limited number of spots available in the afternoon session that runs from 1pm-3:30pm.)

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: Tickets are $30 | This program is full
Location: Nature Museum at Grafton

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible mushrooming adventure called "The Wild World of Mushrooms” on Saturday, August 27th.  Your mycological tour guide, Ari Rockland-Miller, will give a colorful presentation introducing the region’s most distinctive and delicious species, followed by a guided foray in the rich woods nearby conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association. Ari makes mushroom hunting accessible, safe, and wildly entertaining. 

The Nature Museum is offering two "Wild World of Mushroom" walks in one day in hopes of accommodating more people while maintaining an intimate setting for guests. On registering, be sure that you have double-checked that you are signing up for your preferred time. 

Rockland-Miller will introduce participants to the Northeast’s safest and most distinctive gourmet and medicinal fungi, emphasizing his “ForageCast” strategy.  Workshop participants will also discover how to best cook these fruits of the forest and will get a taste when our wild finds are served up right on the spot following our foray. Once you put on your forager’s eyes, your hikes will never be the same again!

Spaces are limited on these walks and participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.  This program is geared to adults and youth over 15 years old. It is not appropriate for younger children to attend.

Please come dressed for a summer hike over uneven terrain and bring a water bottle. This workshop will begin at The Nature Museum at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Following a presentation by Ari, we will foray on nearby land that is part of the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, just a short drive from the Museum.

 

About Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager, based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. 

Ari became an expert in shiitake cultivation after managing Cornell University's Mushroom Research Project and the MacDaniels Nut Grove, Cornell's forest farming demonstration site. He has a BA from Brown University, where he studied Buddhist philosophy as well as environmental policy and ethics, and is currently studying environmental law at Vermont Law School. The Mushroom Forager has been featured on New England Public Radio and on Vermont's WCAX.