The Nature Museum: Programming and events for 2017

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GRAFTON — Every year, The Nature Museum chooses a theme for its programming, and this year it's "symbiosis," a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups. In light of the new theme, The Nature Museum announces today a new program for 2017, "Kindred Spirits. This monthly program is designed for families to share and explore the mysteries of nature through hands-on activities, both indoors and out. All ages are welcome. Full schedule of Kindred Spirits programming can be found at nature-museum.org.

At the same time, The Nature Museum promises that 2017 will offer an exciting slate of speakers, special events, and camps, as well as educational programs, workshops, and outreach programs in schools, libraries, and community hubs.

The first Kindred Spirits program entitled Nature Art kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Nature Museum. Participants are encouraged to beat the winter blues by joining the Museum's naturalists Leah Kotok and Caitlin Holden to create take-home nature crafts, including fairy houses, using recycled or natural materials. This program is for all ages, especially families. If weather permits, there may also be an outside stroll. Drop-ins are welcome, but an RSVP is encouraged. Admission is by donation.

February's Kindred Spirits program features animal tracking and winter adaptations with environmental educator Jay DeGregorio. This program is slated for Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Many native wildlife species remain active during winter and move about in their habitats to find food, shelter, and mates. This program will help participants notice clues that animals leave behind as they trek through ice and snow, providing opportunity to learn more about their lives. An RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is by donation. Snowshoes required. A limited number of snowshoes are available for children; please call to reserve a pair at nature-museum.org.

For over 25 years, The Nature Museum has served as a resource for nature, science, and environmental education in the Connecticut River Valley. Located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton, Vermont, The Nature Museum is a non-profit museum that offers hands-on natural history exhibits, nature programs for adults and children, plus an annual Fairy House Festival. More information can be found on The Nature Museum Facebook page.

Lynn Barrett is a regular contributor to the Reformer. She can be contacted at prime@svcable.net.

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