Wild World of Mushrooms: Morning Session
Aug
24
9:30 AM09:30

Wild World of Mushrooms: Morning Session

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join us on a wild edible mushrooming adventure with The Mushroom Forager, Ari Rockland-Miller. Ari 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.

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Wild World of Mushrooms: Afternoon Session
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Wild World of Mushrooms: Afternoon Session

Summer rains summon an astounding variety of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Join us on a wild edible mushrooming adventure with The Mushroom Forager, Ari Rockland-Miller. Ari 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.

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Fairy House Festival
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Fairy House Festival

The funds raised at the Fairy House Festival go to support natural science programs in schools and libraries, wilderness days for tweens, wild foods workshops, summer camps for kids, mushroom talks, birding walks, and so much more — thank you for your support!  

In 2018, over 1200 children and adults attended our Tenth Annual Fairy House Festival - wow!

Where else do knotholes become front doors? Seashells transform into bathtubs? And twigs woven into ladders? The Fairy House Festival!

This enchanting family experience will be held in the forests of Grafton, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, where the acorn cap dinnerware and shelf fungi table remind them to walk gently on the earth.

Visitors then return to the Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; we also encourage picnicking.

Want to know when tickets go on sale? Eager to sign up as a Fairy House Builder or Festival Volunteer?

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The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Open House
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Open House

Join us to discover the Connecticut River Watershed through the unique perspective of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center! Come experience a bird’s eye view of the fish ladder from above, and also experience a fish’s eye view from below by gazing through our large viewing windows that look directly into the flowing water of the fish ladder. The Open House is on June 15th, and we’re open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day - stop by to see us this summer!



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Birding Boot Camp Breakfast with the Bird Diva
Jun
9
9:15 AM09:15

Birding Boot Camp Breakfast with the Bird Diva

Breakfast with the Bird Diva at the Grafton Inn following the bird walk. The Bird Diva will be joining guests for breakfast in the Inn’s Garden Room. Breakfast reservations are made directly with the Grafton Inn (802-843-2248). Participants are responsible for purchasing their own meals/drinks. Breakfast is not included in the price of the Birding Boot Camp program on Saturday or bird walk on Sunday morning.

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Birding Boot Camp Walk with the Bird Diva
Jun
9
7:00 AM07:00

Birding Boot Camp Walk with the Bird Diva

The Bird Diva leads an "in the field" Birding Bootcamp walk beginning at The Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center and wherever else the birds call us to explore. This program will help the attendee slow down and develop a deeper connection to birds, a deeper observation skill set, and build a foundation for deeper citizen science. Register early as this will be a small group!

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Birding Boot Camp Talk with the Bird Diva
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Birding Boot Camp Talk with the Bird Diva

Join us at the Grafton Inn to kick off the Birding Boot Camp with a presentation by Bird Diva, Bridget Butler. She’ll take us through a number of fun skill-building exercises, quizzes and drills to prepare us for the spring migration. She'll focus each bird workout on a different area - strength training for our eyes and ears as well as critical thinking to help us on our birding adventures – or just learning to enjoy our backyard birds more. She promises that we'll walk away better, stronger, savvier birders!

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Kindred Spirits: Spring - The Amazing World of Pollinators
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Spring - The Amazing World of Pollinators

Did you know that, 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? So, what is a pollinator? How do they pollinate? Often we think of honeybees and bumblebees as the only pollinators, but these are only some species of many more! Come learn about how pollination happens and the small  heroes that make it possible! Be ready to learn, taste some local honey, plant your own pollinator-friendly plant to take home, and explore our garden that is filled with native plants and flowers that attract pollinators and more!

Admission: By donation; drop-ins welcome, but an RSVP is appreciated for our planning purposes if you're planning on coming


More About Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is an all ages program that runs throughout the year with one program per season. It is designed to build a greater understanding between all creatures of the Earth by exploring the mysteries of nature. Kindred Spirits programs will happen rain, snow, or shine! Make sure you and yours are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If we deem there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity.

By offering a shared experience that draws families together, participants will develop a stronger kinship with our Earth and each other. Programs offer hands-on activities both indoors and out. All ages welcome. Admission is by donation and includes exploring the Nature Museum's exhibits on your own following the program.

If there is hazardous weather for traveling or any unforeseen circumstance that would not allow a program to happen, please check the email you registered for the program with OR please visit www.nature-museum.org for any cancellation notice.

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Mighty Acorns: Pollinators: Nature’s Small and Powerful Superheroes!
May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Pollinators: Nature’s Small and Powerful Superheroes!

Do you like apples, cucumbers, grapes, tomatoes, carrots, mangos, green beans, peppers, strawberries … ? If you like these, and many other fruits and vegetables, you can thank pollinators! Pollinators are true superheroes that help us and nature have the foods that people and other animals rely on. Often, we think of honey bees and bumblebees as the only pollinators, but there are many other types of pollinators that make up the superhero pollination force! Come learn about theses many pollinators, how pollination happens, and what you can do to support them. Bee ready to learn, hear a story, observe pollinators up close, and plant your own flower to take home!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Spring Break Fun | 10AM: Eagles, Hawks, and Owls
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Break Fun | 10AM: Eagles, Hawks, and Owls

Infuse your child’s spring break with a healthy dose of wonder! Stop by The Nature Museum between Thursday, April 18th and Saturday, April 20th to tour the museum. Each day at 10AM our environmental educators will lead a special all ages program; on Thursday, April 18th, the topic will be “Eagles, Hawks, and Owls - Soaring, Swooping, and Stealthy Predators.”

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Spring Break Fun | 10AM: Amphibians on the Move
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Break Fun | 10AM: Amphibians on the Move

Infuse your child’s spring break with a healthy dose of wonder! Stop by The Nature Museum between Thursday, April 18th and Saturday, April 20th to tour the museum. Each day at 10AM our environmental educators will lead a special all ages program; on Thursday, April 18th, the topic will be “Amphibians on the Move.”

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Mighty Acorns: The New Life of Spring
Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: The New Life of Spring

April is a time of change here in northern New England. The last of winter begins to fade away and the arrival of spring greets us! With the warmth of spring comes many new things. Plants sprout, leaves pop out of their buds, animals are moving, and new life is all around! Learn about all of this new life from sprouting plants to eggs and babies! Join us for a story reading, animal craft making, and a hike to enjoy the changing landscape!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Wild Eyes Guided Hike with Chris Bernier
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Wild Eyes Guided Hike with Chris Bernier

This program is full; please join our waitlist should a space open.

On Saturday, March 9th join us and Chris Bernier, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, for an unique outdoor exploration. Bernier, who will be accompanied by Jay DeGregorio, Senior Environmental Educator at The Nature Museum, will lead a 4-hour nature immersion for a small group of participants. Space is limited for this exclusive winter exploration opportunity. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

We will begin at the Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center. After an introduction indoors, we will caravan in vehicles to a nearby access point for the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area, which is home to numerous beaver-influenced wetlands and unique forest communities. Chris Bernier will lead our educational snowshoe trek stopping along the way to discuss types of habitats, animal tracking tips and tricks, forest management, and land conservation.  Some of the common mammals seen during the year at Turner Hill are bear, moose, otter, beaver, muskrat, coyote, red and gray fox. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy this incredible area under the guidance of a marvelous nature interpreter and biologist.

Participants can expect a moderately strenuous hike. Snowshoes and winter gear are required. Don’t have snowshoes? Reserve a pair from The Nature Museum when registering.

Please note that the group will be outdoors in a remote location for several hours with no available facilities. Be sure to bring snacks/lunch and water. In case of inclement weather, the snow date for the workshop will be Sunday, March 10th. Space is limited- buy your ticket early for this one-of-a-kind winter exploration!

Questions? Please contact Jay DeGregorio at jay@nature-museum.org.

Ages: Adults and children over 13
Cost: $20


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Mighty Acorns: Magic Maple Syrup
Mar
1
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Magic Maple Syrup

Do you like maple syrup on your pancakes? Maybe you like it better on french toast! Maple syrup is a true sweet treat of nature! Where does maple syrup come from? What happens to get it from tree to pancake? There is a lot that happens to make this magical sweet syrup. Come discover more about the New England tradition of maple sugaring. We’ll taste some local maple syrup, go on a hike in search of maple trees, and make a sugar shack craft!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Brave Bears Outdoor Camp
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Brave Bears Outdoor Camp

This camp is being offered both Monday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 19th. Attend either or both days! Brave Bears includes fun, hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences that cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world. Youth will make new friends while learning about animals that live in Vermont– their winter adaptations and how humans track them - before embarking on a snowshoeing adventure in the forest and field, collecting clues left in the snow by wild animals.

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Brave Bears Outdoor Camp
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Brave Bears Outdoor Camp

This camp is being offered both Monday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 19th. Attend either or both days! Brave Bears includes fun, hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences that cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world. Youth will make new friends while learning about animals that live in Vermont– their winter adaptations and how humans track them - before embarking on a snowshoeing adventure in the forest and field, collecting clues left in the snow by wild animals.

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Kindred Spirits: Winter - Finding Clues of Animals in Winter
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Winter - Finding Clues of Animals in Winter

When you look at the landscape in Northern New England, it's hard to fathom how much life goes on out of sight. But, life continues almost secretly. To discover this winter world, you must look for and how to find the signs of their wanderings! Come learn about the many sneaky animals of winter and how to find the hints and clues of their winter wanderings. Feel real animals pelts, learn the basics of animal tracking, and be ready to head out on snowshoes to test out your winter animal detective skills!

Admission: By donation; drop-ins welcome, but an RSVP is appreciated for our planning purposes if you're planning on coming


More About Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is an all ages program that runs throughout the year with one program per season. It is designed to build a greater understanding between all creatures of the Earth by exploring the mysteries of nature. Kindred Spirits programs will happen rain, snow, or shine! Make sure you and yours are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If we deem there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity.

By offering a shared experience that draws families together, participants will develop a stronger kinship with our Earth and each other. Programs offer hands-on activities both indoors and out. All ages welcome. Admission is by donation and includes exploring the Nature Museum's exhibits on your own following the program.

If there is hazardous weather for traveling or any unforeseen circumstance that would not allow a program to happen, please check the email you registered for the program with OR please visit www.nature-museum.org for any cancellation notice.

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Mighty Acorns: Wonderful Winter: The Hows and Whys of the Season
Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Wonderful Winter: The Hows and Whys of the Season

In Northern New England, the winter season transforms the landscape into a true winter wonderland. With all the cold and the snow come fun activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and more! But, why does winter happen? Why are snowflakes sometimes big and other times they’re small? How do snowshoes make it easier for you to walk through the snow? Come find out the answers to some of these questions and learn more about the hows and whys of winter. Join us to make a snowflake craft, try out a pair of snowshoes, bring your own sled to slide down our hill, make a snowman, and embrace the beauty of the season! Make sure to do a snow dance and join us in celebrating winter!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 6.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Mighty Acorns: Winter Animals and Tracking
Jan
4
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Winter Animals and Tracking

Snow falls, ponds freeze, and cold winds blow during the winter time in Northern New England. Surprisingly, many animals are still out and about! Come learn about the different animals of our region and how they survive the winter. Investigate animal pelts, paws, wings, and feathers to get a closer look at some of these animals adaptations. Take a look at tracks and what clues to look for in the snow and ice. Bring your warm clothes and sense of adventure to go on a snowshoeing expedition in search of winter animal tracks and signs!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Mighty Acorns: Leave, Sleep, or Bundle Up? What Plants and Animals Do When Winter Winds Begin to Blow!
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Leave, Sleep, or Bundle Up? What Plants and Animals Do When Winter Winds Begin to Blow!

The leaves are gone, nights become cold, and snowflakes fly as chilly winds begin to blow! The first signs of winter are right at our doorstep. For us, that means getting out our winter coats, gloves, and hats! But, what do animals do to be ready for winter? Learn what animals leave for winter, what animals sleep for winter, and what animals stay out and about. Come investigate fur, feathers, and more to learn about the different ways animals survive the winter months.

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Kindred Spirits: Fall - Native Ways and Giving Nature Thanks
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Fall - Native Ways and Giving Nature Thanks

This autumnal program for families will explore Native peoples’ traditions of living in balance with Earth, the seasons, and other living things. This program will highlight the Native Americans of the local region, the Abenaki. Come discover hands-on artifacts and learn of the deep understanding, respect, and connectedness the Native people of our region have with the natural world. Be ready to go on a hike to test your observation skills and immerse yourself in the outdoors.

Admission: By donation; drop-ins welcome, but an RSVP is appreciated for our planning purposes if you're planning on coming


More About Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is an all ages program that runs throughout the year with one program per season. It is designed to build a greater understanding between all creatures of the Earth by exploring the mysteries of nature. Kindred Spirits programs will happen rain, snow, or shine! Make sure you and yours are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If we deem there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity.

By offering a shared experience that draws families together, participants will develop a stronger kinship with our Earth and each other. Programs offer hands-on activities both indoors and out. All ages welcome. Admission is by donation and includes exploring the Nature Museum's exhibits on your own following the program.

If there is hazardous weather for traveling or any unforeseen circumstance that would not allow a program to happen, please check the email you registered for the program with OR please visit www.nature-museum.org for any cancellation notice.

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Mighty Acorns: Being Connected to Nature - Learning From the Abenaki
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Being Connected to Nature - Learning From the Abenaki

Imagine a world without computers, cell phones, cars, stores, and houses. Here in Northern New England, there was a time when none of these things were around! Everything came from what you could find, hunt, gather, and make from the land. For thousands of years, the indigenous Abenaki people have lived in harmony with the land and have gained a deep knowledge and respect for it. Come learn about what life was like before our time and how living closer to the land made people more connected to nature. Investigate Native American artifacts, hear Native American stories, and go on a hike outdoors to connect with nature!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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Mighty Acorns: Fantastic Fall Changes - Colorful Leaves and More!
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns: Fantastic Fall Changes - Colorful Leaves and More!

Fall is a time of change in Northern New England. There are so many new colors, smells, and even tastes! Leaves are changing, apples are ready to be picked, pumpkins are big and orange, days become shorter, nights become cool and crisp, and animals are preparing for winter. Come learn about why fall is a special time for the many plants, animals, and humans who call Northern New England home. Try some apple cider, learn about what fall means for critters and plants, and go on a nature scavenger hunt to see fall with new eyes!

Ages: 3 to 6 years old + caregiver
Cost:
 $5 per child if registered in advance; Drop In: $8 per child. Caregivers always free.


Learn more about Mighty Acorns

All Mighty Acorns Club programs are on the first Friday of the month from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. Programs begin in October and end in May, and are geared for ages 3 - 5.

Mighty Acorns Club will happen rain or shine! Make sure you and your mighty acorn(s) are ready for whatever the weather has in store for us! If there are unsafe weather conditions (e.g. thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme cold, etc.), we will have an alternative indoor activity. If there is hazardous weather for traveling, The Nature Museum’s closure due to weather follows the decision of Grafton Elementary School. Please check local listings for Grafton Elementary School to see if they’re closed.

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