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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
15
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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Mighty Acorns Club: Magic Maple Syrup
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Acorns Club: 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. There’s a lot to learn about this long New England tradition of maple sugaring. Come taste some local maple syrup, go on a hike in search of maple trees, and make your own sugar shack craft!

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
9
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
8
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
3
11:30 AM11:30

Explore the Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is open select Saturdays this spring! We offer an all ages Kindred Spirits program from 10am-11:30am on one Saturday most months. When this program is offered the museum will be open to participants and others afterwards from 11:30am-4pm.

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Kindred Spirits: Marvelous Maple Syrup: The Journey From Start to Finish
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Kindred Spirits: Marvelous Maple Syrup: The Journey From Start to Finish

Mmmmmmmmhhh, maple syrup! Some like it on their pancakes, while others like it in their favorite coffee or tea. This delicious sticky liquid is a true sweet treat of nature! But, where does it come from? How is it made? Why is sap only collected during a certain time of year? We will answer these questions and more as we learn the journey of maple syrup from its beginning in a tree to its end on our plate! Come learn about this sweet and try some for yourself!

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Explore the Nature Museum
Mar
2
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
1
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
Feb
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
Feb
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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Brave Bears Outdoor Camp
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Brave Bears Outdoor Camp

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. Campers will practice snowshoeing skills through entertaining games and a scavenger hunt.

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Brave Bears Outdoor Camp
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Brave Bears Outdoor Camp

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. Campers will practice snowshoeing skills through entertaining games and a scavenger hunt.

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Explore the Nature Museum
Feb
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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Explore the Nature Museum
Feb
15
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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Workshop with Chris Bernier: The Art and Science of Animal Tracking
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop with Chris Bernier: The Art and Science of Animal Tracking

"The Art and Science of Animal Tracking" on Saturday, February 10th is the second of two special programs with with Chris Bernier, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The other program is a talk led by Bernier on the marten in Chester on Thursday, February 8th

Space is limited for this exclusive winter animal tracking opportunity. Bernier, who will be accompanied by a state Wildlife Specialist and the Nature Museum’s Environmental Educator, will lead a 2.5 hour workshop in Andover, VT for a small group of participants.

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