Nature Museum offers outdoor camps for kids

GRAFTON — The bitter cold has many young Vermonters stuck inside this winter. The Nature Museum invites brave young adventurers to pull on their boots and explore the snowy landscape this February with two unique, outdoor wilderness camps during winter school vacation. Our camps are an educational, engaging, and hands-on experience that challenge children to exercise their minds and bodies by exploring outside. We build confidence and independence by teaching nature wilderness skills in a safe and nurturing group environment. When school's out for a week this winter, explore your wild side with The Nature Museum!

We are offering two camps this February, each led by accredited and energetic educators:

Wild Walkers, a camp for ages 10-14, will be held on Monday, Feb. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wild Walkers offers daylong outdoor adventures suited for youth ages 10 to 14. Wild Walkers is a partnership between The Nature Museum and Vermont Wilderness School, a Brattleboro-based non-profit. Youth will learn how to coal-burn — a method used for making spoons, bowls, and even canoes, which dates back to the First People. Experienced environmental educators will teach students to safely build and tend winter fires, how to manage coal-burning safely, and how to use and care for a knife.

Youth will make a "quickie" spoon rather than a full-process coal-burn spoon, which can take several hours to make. Participants who have their own sheath knife or locking-blade knife should bring it. If not, the instructor will provide sheath knives which campers can borrow. Skilled instructors from the Vermont Wilderness School and The Nature Museum will guide Wild Walkers in a safe, fun and respectful experience.

Wild Walkers is $35 per child if registered by Feb. 1, or $40 after. Register at or call 802-843-2111. In case of inclement weather, Wild Walkers will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Brave Bears, for ages 6-9, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brave Bears includes fun, hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences which cultivate a deeper relationship with the natural world. Youth will make new friends while learning about animals who live in Vermont — including their winter adaptations and how humans track them — before embarking on a snowshoeing adventure through the Museum's forests and fields, collecting clues left in the snow by wild animals. We'll play games, move our bodies, and investigate the world around us with a scavenger hunt.

Brave Bears is $25 per child if registered by Feb. 1, or $30 after. Register at or call 802-843-2111. In case of inclement weather, Brave Bears camps will be rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 23.

Scholarships for both Brave Bears and Wild Walkers are available. Please inquire about multiple day or sibling discounts. Kids should bring a hearty bagged lunch, snack and a water bottle carried in a backpack and wear appropriate winter clothing and gear to winter camps. The Nature Museum can loan snowshoes to campers upon request.

Located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton, The Nature Museum is a non-profit museum that offers hands-on natural history exhibits, nature programs for adults and children, plus an annual Fairy House Festival. More information can be found on The Nature Museum Facebook page ( and on their website (


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