Stories in the Forest: Summer Woods Walk

child (seen from back) doing leaf rubbing of fern

A story is a tale; a story is a floor in a structure. So, what stories exist to be found and told by a Vermont forest?

We know forests and woodlands presently cover about 75% of Vermont’s land area. From the time of glacial retreat to now, forests have regularly risen and fallen, influenced by the effects of climate conditions, natural disasters, and human activity.

How does a forest develop? What are its vertical and horizontal profiles? Which stories, or layers, define a maturing forest? Forest dwelling birds use different sections of the forest column to satisfy an array of needs. Which birds can be found in Vermont’s forests …and where? Look to the trees to find Stories in the Forest.

This family friendly walk introduces forests’ stories as stages and layers of distinctive plant growth and habitat. Explore the lives of trees, shrubs, birds, and other wildlife within a forest’s layers.

Please dress for weather.  Face masks recommended when we are within 6 feet of each other.

Max: 10 people • waitlist available if the walk fills

Free, suggested donation $10

If you are a family group with more than 5 members, please contact us.

If the walk fills, but there’s enough interest, we may be able to schedule more walks. Call or email, or call (802) 434-2167.

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Partial birch log with sapsucker holes, on a forest floor

Ongoing: Storytime in the Nestlings Nook

Join us for stories about birds and more. Intended for pre-schoolers but all ages are welcome. Stories are followed by a craft project, music or nature walk, depending on the topic and the weather. Got a favorite book about birds? Share it with us!

Free with admission; donations welcome • Pre-registration is not necessary

Summer storytime dates:
Tuesday, June 10  •  10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, July 8 •  10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, August 12 •  10:30am – 11:30am

Storytime in the Nestlings Nook at the Birds of Vermont Museum
Storytime in the Nestlings Nook, second Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.



Fishing for … Bird Stories

From fly fishing to casting a hooked worm off a dock, there are many ways to catch a fish. While you have waited for that tug on the line, have you been an audience of one to the great sky-dance of ospreys overhead or the gentle nudging of Canada Geese as they guide their goslings along the riverbank to detour past the rapids?

If you have a Vermont-based, real-life, birding-while-fishing tale to tell, I would love to hear from you. I intend to include a variety of stories in an article I am writing for a local publication.

Anyone interested in sharing is encouraged t0 e-mail or phone the Birds of Vermont Museum during this month of December with contact information. I will follow up to schedule a time to speak with you. Thanks so much!!

Allison Gergely, Museum Educator
(802) 434-2167