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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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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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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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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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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Mighty Acorns Club: The Baby Animals of Spring
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns Club: The Baby Animals of Spring

April is a time of change here in northern New England. The last of winter leaves and the arrival of spring greets us! With the warmth of spring comes many new things. Plants sprout, leaves pop out of their buds, and many baby animals are born! These baby animals come in all shapes and sizes. Each of these babies begins a new life journey. Learn about what animals in northern New England have babies in the spring, and what their life journey has in store for them as they grow! Come learn, hear a story, make an animal craft, and go for a hike to enjoy the outdoors in this special time of change from winter to spring!

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Kindred Spirits: The New Life of Spring
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: The New Life of Spring

As the days grow longer, the snow melts away, and green returns to the landscape, we know spring is finally creeping back in. With spring come new life of all kinds. Leaf buds open, grass shoots begin to grow, and new animals join the world. Some animals are born in the spring while for others it’s their very first spring experience! Learn about the explosion of life in the spring from small seeds to big babies and everything else in between. Build your own bird house to take home with you!

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Fridays! 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.

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
29
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.

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Fridays! 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.

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
22
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.

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open all year on Fridays! 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.

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