Pollinators & Picnics

Pollinator Sanctuary

COVID-19 Update:

Yes, our trails are open! But we ask you to take extra precautions for now:

  • Please visit only if you live locally (within about 10 miles); current spread-prevention guidelines recommend this. If you are from farther away, we hope to see you later this year.
  • Please take extra care: we have limited or no cell service, and trails can be rough or uneven. Please don’t climb anything.
  • Please stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from each other. Pass with care and extra room. Give each other even more room if it is windy or if you are breathing hard (we have some good slopes!).
  • Please only travel or hike with people you with whom you are already sharing isolation/quarantine/shelter-in-place.
  • Wash hands before and after your visit with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching structures and do not share binoculars or phones if possible.
  • If you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms, please visit later when you are recovered.
  • Please, no pets. This is our policy for all of our trails, to protect ground-nesting and ground-foraging birds.
  • For additional information about staying safe while enjoying the outdoors, visit the State of Vermont’s website.
  • For further guidance about Vermont trail closures and COVID-19 safety in Vermont, review the VTGC / VTA Recreation and COVID-19 statement.

Some gardens have tidy rows. Others abound in diverse shapes and apparent tangles. Still others look like wild messy meadows. It’s all in what you grow and for whom.

We’re doing it for pollinators—and for you. Visit our diverse intentional plantings (gardens by any other name) and discover what we’re growing, which birds, insects, and others are benefiting, and what you too can do at home.

Picnics

We invite visitors to enjoy their picnics at picnic tables here and there about the grounds. We do move them from time to time, but there are often tables in the Treehouse, on one of the lawns, and near the pond. We practice “pack it in; pack it out” in all parts of our landscape.

Our “gardens” are maintained by staff and volunteers; please make a donation to their upkeep if you can.