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: 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 - 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: 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 out into the winter landscape in northern New England, it’s often hard to believe that there’s much of anything happening in the forests and fields. But, life continues almost secretly. To discover this winter world, you must look for hints and clues! 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: 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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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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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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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: 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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Final Day to Visit the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Final Day to Visit the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center

Thank you to everyone who came out and visited us at the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center this season. We kicked off this season with a special opening party with master diver Annette Spaulding, who shared with us some of the many treasures she's discovered during underwater explorations of the Connecticut River.

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the center, which is generously sponsored by Great River Hydro, your final chance falls over Labor Day Weekend. The center will be open for its final day of this season on Saturday, September 1st from 10AM-4PM. 

On both Friday and Saturday, our Environmental Education Intern Farrin Sofield will lead a special presentation, "All About Black Bears", for all ages. This program is free, as is admission to the center.

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Nature Museum Closed Saturday 9/1
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Nature Museum Closed Saturday 9/1

While our museum is typically open every Saturday from 10am-4pm through the end of September, we will be closed on Saturday, September 1st to give our staff time off for the Labor Day Weekend holiday. 

Looking for something to do? This is your last day to visit the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center for this season. 

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Wild World of Mushrooms: Afternoon Session
Aug
25
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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Wild World of Mushrooms: Morning Session
Aug
25
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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Grand Opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center with Annette Spaulding
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Grand Opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center with Annette Spaulding

Join The Nature Museum and diver Annette Spaulding, who has been diving in the Connecticut River for over 30 years, for the grand re-opening of the Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center on Saturday, June 23! From 10 AM to 4 PM, Annette will be sharing stories and showing artifacts she has found on her dives. Meet with Annette and ask her about her life as a diver: What’s it like to find a shipwreck underwater? How did she get trained as a search-and-rescue diver? Which artifact intrigues her the most? Which animals has she seen swimming near the fish ladder?

In addition to Annette’s sharing of her knowledge and artifacts, The Nature Museum’s environmental educator, Jay DeGregorio, will be leading an interactive program at 10 AM for free! The public is invited to stop by for Jay’s program, meet with Annette and ask about her diving adventures, and then take their time perusing the Visitor Center exhibits, which guide visitors of all ages through the ecology of this amazing river and its habitats. Learn about the fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds who live here. Walk below the water level and watch the water rush past- you may see a sea lamprey suctioned onto the window. Discover the history of the fish ladder, and be sure to meet the newest member of the fish ladder team: Bernie, a full-size, historic diving suit used in the 1970s by technicians at the fish ladder!

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Plant Sale to Benefit The Nature Museum
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Sale to Benefit The Nature Museum

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It was a complete success last year so we are doing it again! Board members Will and Laurie Danforth are generously providing flowers for and hosting our plant sale. Please come by, add beauty to your garden, and help The Nature Museum at the same time! All proceeds benefit the Museum and plantings will range from $5-$15. 

  Phlox paniculata “Robert Poore”   Photo :  F.D. Richards / Flickr  (CC by SA 2.0)

Phlox paniculata “Robert Poore”
PhotoF.D. Richards/Flickr (CC by SA 2.0)

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Slow Birding with Bird Diva Bridget Butler
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Slow Birding with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

For some, birding is an adventure to seek out and document as many bird species as possible. We chase, we check-off our lists, and we move on to to the next exciting sighting. In this evening presentation, Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will introduce another birding approach that will help us slow down and develop a deeper connection to birds.

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Mighty Acorns Club: The Journey of a Water Droplet
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns Club: The Journey of a Water Droplet

Where does rain, snow, and ice come from? When rain, snow, and ice fall from the sky, where does the water go? Bring your imagination to take a journey as a water droplet! Water is very important to us and all other life on our planet. Come learn about the water cycle and what a watershed is. Enjoy a story reading and create your own watershed model to see for yourself how a watershed works! Plus, don’t forget to bring your rain boots and be ready to get wet as we go on a stream exploration!

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Kindred Spirits: Where the Water Falls, Flows, and Slows - Diving Into Watersheds
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Where the Water Falls, Flows, and Slows - Diving Into Watersheds

Everything on Earth needs water to survive. Water affects every part of the land on which it moves through, whether it’s immediate or over thousands of years. A harmony between water and land is established, creating vital resources that intertwine with one another. These resources are found in a watershed. Come learn about what a watershed is, the ways water moves and interacts with the land, and why our role in our watershed is so important! Learn about the local region’s watersheds and be ready to go on a river exploration as we hike to the banks of the South Branch of the Saxtons River! Nets and containers to catch aquatic critters will be provided, just bring your rain boots and a smile!

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Afternoon Walk: Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with Ari Rockland-Miller
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Afternoon Walk: Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with Ari Rockland-Miller

Spring rains summon an astounding variety of wild edibles and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible and mushrooming adventure: "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens,” on Saturday, May 19. This event is focused on the medicinal and edible treasures of springtime.

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Morning Walk: Spring Wildcrafting - Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with Ari Rockland-Miller
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Morning Walk: Spring Wildcrafting - Medicinal Mushrooms & Edibles with Ari Rockland-Miller

Spring rains summon an astounding variety of wild edibles and medicinal mushrooms. Join The Nature Museum at Grafton on a wild edible and mushrooming adventure: "Spring Wildcrafting: Medicinal Mushrooms and Greens,” on Saturday, May 19. This event is focused on the medicinal and edible treasures of springtime.

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Mighty Acorns Club: Pollinators - Nature’s Small and Powerful Superheroes!
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns Club: 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 super heroes that help us and nature have the foods that us and other animals rely on. Often, we think of honey bees and bumblebees as the only pollinators, but there are many more that make up the super hero force of pollinators! Come learn about theses many pollinators, how pollination happens, and what you can do to support them. Be ready to learn, hear a story, and explore the field and garden for pollinators at work!

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Kindred Spirits: Pollinator is the New Buzzword - All about Bees and Beyond!
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Pollinator is the New Buzzword - All about Bees and Beyond!

Pollinator has become a naturalist buzzword in recent years. 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! 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 about the spectacular ecosystem process pollination and the heroes that make it possible! Be ready to learn, taste some local honey, and explore our garden filled with local plants and flowers that attract pollinators and insects of all kinds!

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Celebrate Earth Day + Abenaki Nature Program
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Earth Day + Abenaki Nature Program

We are all fortunate to live on this pale blue dot that we call Earth. Come celebrate the natural world and learn more about it! Come for the "The Abenaki and Nature" Kindred Spirits Program and stay for a piece of Earth Day cake, delve into the museum, explore the outdoors with an exploration kit, grab a trail map to hike the Grafton Village Trails, or go on a scavenger hunt!

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