Nestlings Find Nature

A young child in an orange shirt reaches out to touch the foot of a raptor

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance with a click or tap:

Or call 802 434-2167.

Nestlings Find Nature

a young child looks through a stereoscope.

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close? How about an egg?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance with a click or tap:

Or call 802 434-2167 to register.

Nestlings Find Nature

Canada Darner (Aeshna canadensis) on child's hand

Explore nature with Allison! What is a bird? How do feathers work? What else is flying in our gardens? What do flowers look like up close?

These and other questions lead our exploration of nature around the Museum. Each week is different!

Designed for kids ages 4 – 8, siblings welcome.

Please sign up in advance: tap or click :


or call 802 434-2167.

Pop-Up Soap Carving

Child (hands and part of torso) carving a white bar soap using a craft-stick tool.

Stop by and try your hand at soap carving! Super easy to get started!

Instructions, tools and materials provided.  Suitable for any age.
Masks recommended (keeps soap out of your nose, too).
All ages • Great for kids on their early dismissal days

Stop by at 1:00pm or at 1:45pm

Pre-registration is optional but very helpful!




Included with Museum admission; donations welcome.

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

A young person glances at the photographerwhile appearing to hold the full moon between their thumb and index finger. The moon is rising above curved hills in the background. The sky is dark blue and the person and hills are almost silhouetted.

Take a walk through the museum’s forest and meadow. Explore the winter nighttime forest with us. What happens at night in a Vermont winter?

If weather permits, we will have a fire and hot cocoa outside at the end of our walk. If it’s too cloudy, we’ll try again the night before the next full moon : March 17
Current forecast: https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/vt/huntington/05462/date/2022-2-15

Walk led by Erin Talmage, Museum Director and Wildlife Biologist.

Recommended: red plastic to cover the lens of your flashlight.

Suggested donation : $5 – $15 dollars
Max: 10 people • Call (802) 434-2167 and get a confirmation or register now:


Masks: bring them; required when within 6 feet of each other

Fledglings Explore Winter

Wild Turkey Tracks

How do animals and plants adapt to February in Vermont?

Dress for outdoors: we will be looking over and under the snow. Great for ages 4-9.

Suggested donation: $5 / child
Limit 8

Register by calling 802 434-2167 or use the button above.

Race Around Birds 2021

A trail map showing the route and laps for the Race Around Birds.

The Birds of Vermont Museum is hosting the second annual Race Around Birds trail run! There are two options for runners (and walkers), and you can even do both:

Race Day run: Saturday, November 6th, at 10a.m. This is a typical trail run, although there is both a one-lap and two-lap option. We can welcome up to 50 runners.

On-Your-Own (Virtual) Race: choose a day between October 23 and November 5th, run one or two laps, and record your time on the paper forms (available at the Museum’s front door).

Race results are in, and posted in our blog.

To Register

While registering is free, we encourage donations to cover the cost of post-race snacks and water. You may register for Race Day (group race), Virtual (self-timed) race, or both.


Course Description

This is a trail race with some steep uphill climbs. Some segments are more like single-track mountain trails. This is a HARD course.

One lap or two? There are two options, short and long, using the same course (trails): a one-lap 3.6-mile race, and a two-lap 7.2-mile race. (Distances are approximate.)

The course is well-marked and you will return to the Museum in the middle of each lap. There are no supplies and no first aid stations on the course. Bathrooms and water are available only if the Museum is open (Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am – 4pm, in October only).

The course is essentially a loop on each side of the road. Think of it as a figure 8 (although the loop on the north side of the creek is more convoluted than a simple loop).

If you are doing the short race, you will run the course once (lap one uses  green numbers on the map). For the longer race, you cover the course twice, but on the second pass you run the opposite direction (lap two is labelled in purple on the map).

How It Works

You may run or walk the course.

On the November 6th Race Day, runners will start at 10 a.m.

For the On-Your-Own (Virtual) Race, runners and walkers may come to the Museum at any time from daylight to dusk from October 23 to November 5. No dogs and no nights. You may run (or walk) the course multiple times on different days, in order to improve your times, and you may enter both the short (one-lap) and long (two-lap) race. You may run in groups of up to three or four.

For this option, you will keep track of your own start and finish times. Time-keeping forms will be in a marked box to the left of the Museum’s front door. Fill out a form for each day you race. Then, when you’re ready to run, take a map (if you needed), get to the start line (the west end of the parking lot by the parking sign),  mark your starting time, and GO! Afterward, fill in your finish time (you’ll finish on the other side of the road) and drop it in the box.

If you are running on Race Day, please carpool. We have limited parking.

But wait, there’s more!

If you share photos or comments online, we encourage you to use these hashtags:
#RaceAroundBirds #RaceAroundBirds2021 #birdsofvermontmuseum #runningisforthebirds #trailrace #virtualrace #huntingtonvt #trailrunning #trailrunner

Send questions to trailrunning@birdsofvermont.org!

Printable race packets (trail map, course notes, entry form, waiver) are available as PDFs:

Pop Up Soap Carving

Child (hands and part of torso) carving a white bar soap using a craft-stick tool.

Drop-in sessions! Stop by and try your hand at soap carving.

Tools and materials provided.

Suitable for any age. This event will be outdoors (probably in the treehouse).

First come first served; usually about 5 people at a time can carve.

 Included with Museum admission; donations welcome.

A Gnome’s Eye View

small wooden gnome, carved by David Tuttle, in foreground, with railing of Museum's wooden bridge and the Museum entrance visible in background.

Get down on the forest floor and imagine the world from the height of a gnome, a mouse, or a junco. Explore sounds, scents, and colors up close and tiny. Make a wee home for something! Are your neighbors beetles, spiders, shrews?

We’ll have hand lenses, sketchpaper, pencils if you don’t. We’ll explore our small spaces and share our discoveries.

Great for anyone feeling creative, flexible, curious.
About 1 hour




Max: 8 people
Masks: recommended within 6′ of each other.
Meet at the Museum’s front door, by the wingspan banner.

Suggested donation: $5