Gale’s Retreat Open House / Full Moon Celebration

People surround an outdoor fire on a snowy full moon night

Enjoy a winter evening at Gale’s Retreat, off Bob’s Trail. Learn about Vermont Huts, nature at night, and more. Please dress for chilly nighttime, winter weather.

Inside the Museum:

Near the Bird Blind & Pond:

  • Someone to talk with you about the pond, the field, and natural history and adaptations to the night

At Gale’s Retreat, a short walk from the museum:

  • Someone to share Hut information
  • A campfire
  • Refreshments

Carpool if you can; the museum has limited parking.

Register for Open House

Please pre-register so we can have enough treats! Donations can be made online or at the door.

All Ages
Outdoors, mostly
Arrive any time.

“Rain” date: Saturday March 23

Join us to remember Bob Spear, October 25, 1-4 pm

Bob Spear, Woodcarver, and his Bald Eagle carving

Remembering Bob Spear

Naturalist, Birder, Carver, Teacher and More

 Loon mother and chicks, carved by Bob Spear Bob Spear. Photo by Caleb Kenna and used by permission. Black-capped chickadee on feeder; photo by Erin Talmage, 2010

On Saturday, October 25, the Birds of Vermont Museum will be open from 1pm – 4pm in the afternoon, in order to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Spear. Please come and join us.

Bob Spear, our Founding Director, combined his lifelong love of birds and woodcarving into one of the most unusual conservation and education opportunities possible. We will have a chance to share memories, photos, conversation, and — because Bob loved it so — ice cream. The tree house and trails will be open also, and there are several places you might rest, contemplate, and observe birds.

Parking is limited, please carpool as much as possible. Audubon Vermont is graciously allowing visitors to use their parking lots as well.

Regular hours will resume on Sunday the 26th.

The family and the Museum are grateful and honored to read some of the comments and essays about Bob that have been published recently. A special thanks to Bryan Pfeiffer ( and WCAX ( for their kind words.

The Museum and staff can be reached by phone (802 434-2167), email (, and online (

Photos courtesy of Birds of Vermont Museum, Caleb Kenna Photography, and Erin Talmage.