upcoming event: Fabulous Fall Festival

Come to our annual Fall Festival!

Fabulous Fall Festival
Saturday, October 13 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Live birds, music, soap and wood carving, kids’ crafts, face painting, and more!
$2 / Free if you are 3 and under or show your Museum or Green Mountain Woodcarver membership card

Our schedule of events (but check when you get here to be sure):
10:00    Carving  Workshop : Spirit faces in bark  (2 hours; $10 fee but this includes all-day admission also)
11:00    Soap Carving
11:00    Live Music by Northeast Field (terrific Celtic music)
1:00      Live Bird Talk
2:00      Soap Carving
2:15      Face Painting
3:00      Nature Note cards
3:59      Announcing Winner of the Kids Raffle


All Day / Ongoing:

  • Admire the Art Contest Entries and discover the Winners (Pick up your ribbon and prize if it’s you)
  • Used Books and Other Treasures Sale
  • Explore the Museum (can you find all 535 eggs? Did we count right?)
  • Get a ticket for a Raffle: Kids Raffle (Saturday only) and Decoy Raffle (winner announced October 31)
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Nature Quests
  • Live birds at our feeders, in the woods, in the meadoews
  • Snacks available for sale
  • Yet more games and crafts
  • Walking trails (have you found the pond? The stone wall? The new bench? All the items on the Unnatural Trail?)

 Looking forward to seeing you!

upcoming event: Chip Carving Class (with David Tuttle and a Great Blue Heron)

Chip Carving Class with David Tuttle

Chip Carving Class (with David Tuttle and a Great Blue Heron)
Saturday, September 29, 9am – 4pm

Try your hand at chip carving! We will be doing a heron and possibly some decorative bits under the expert tutelage of David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers.

Pre-register, please! Blank wood, morning coffee and pastries provided. Please bring tools (including chip carving knives), gloves*, and your lunch. The class will be at the Birds of Vermont Museum, in the workshop.

$35 (Members of GMWC or the Museum get $10 off!)

*Call us if you need help ordering knives or other tools.

What happens when you take some binoculars apart?

Our Exploring Binoculars program today was a blast! Investigators ranged from about 7 to about 65 years old. It was a technical sort of program, more about how they work than about how to use them. We did a little demo/inquiry first,  with light and lenses and prisms, asking “What might happen if …” questions and then doing that to see what really does happen. Fun seeing upside-down light bulb images on tissue paper become reversed on sweatshirts! (See that “how they work” link for what we did.)

Then we laid out some defective binoculars donated for the express purpose of disassembly (cleaning and reassembly optional). Continue reading “What happens when you take some binoculars apart?”

Upcoming Program: Exploring Binoculars

Exploring Binoculars
Exploring Binoculars

Exploring Binoculars (School Vacation Program)

Saturday, April 21, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462

Ever wondered how binoculars work? Ever wanted to take some apart? Home-schooling and vacationing children are invited to join us at the Museum to find out more as we dissemble non-working binoculars, investigate optics, and consider how eagle eyes work.

Best for ages 8-16. Younger children should please bring an adult to help. Teachers welcome!

$10 members, $15 non-members. Fee includes admission for child and one accompanying adult.

Enrollment limited to number of defunct pairs of binoculars (feel free to bring your own ancient, damaged or just plain not-very-good-anymore pair). Registration is required. Register by calling (802) 434-2167 or emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org

The photo of disassembled binoculars is ©2011 Frank Lagoria (Flicker page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/ | email: flagorio@shaw.ca) and used by permission. Thanks, Frank!

Wood Carving Class: An Eastern Bluebird with David Tuttle

Eastern Bluebird Woodcarving Class, taught by David Tuttle at the Birds of Vermont Museum
Eastern Bluebird Woodcarving Class, taught by David Tuttle at the Birds of Vermont Museum

Beginners and experienced wood carvers are invited to this one-day carving class with David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers. We will carve and paint an Eastern Bluebird. Wood blanks, eyes, paint, snacks and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch (and carving tools if you have them).

Best for teens and adults.

Fee: $25 for members of either the Birds of Vermont Museum or Green Mountain Woodcarvers; $35 for non-members.

Please pre-register (you can pay ahead or at the door) by calling 802 434-2167 or emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org

Northern Cardinal Carving Class

We are really looking forward to this coming Saturday’s carving class.  David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers will be teaching it, which means a great combination of experience and fun. He’ll provide the cardinal wood blank and eyes; the Museum will offer snacks and coffee. Northern Cardinal Carving Class at the Birds of Vermont MuseumThe cardinal can stand alone or become a holiday ornament (as in the picture). There’s still some time to pre-register! Call (802) 434-2167 or email us at museum@birdsofvermont.org; you can bring payment to the class or pay by phone. (Aside: do you think we should we enable PayPal?)

If you take this class, please bring your lunch and your own carving tools. Some carving tools may be for sale–let us know when you register. The fee is $25 for Birds of Vermont Museum members / $35 non-members.

Class starts at 9:00am and goes until 4:00pm. Best for older kids and adults, and beginners are welcome.