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January 2020

Miniatures and Models

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
American Precision Museum, 196 Main St
Windsor, VT 05089 United States
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Free

Be sure to catch this special exhibit featuring a variety of working model machines and miniatures. From tiny steam engines to a scale-model logging mill, these precision wonders are fascinating! Featuring works by John Aschauer, Maxfield Parrish and others.

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Winter Tree ID – Working Woodlands Workshop

January 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Free

Learn how to identify common Vermont trees and shrubs during the winter months, focusing on their twig, bud, needle, and bark characteristics. Jon Bouton will lead an indoor discussion followed by a trek through the park to gain hands-on learning experience. Bring a bagged lunch and join us for an open lunch discussion after the workshop from 12 to 1 p.m. Tea, hot cocoa and coffee provided! Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle and snowshoes…

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Astronomy Day

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road
Norwich, VT
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Free – $16

While winters in New England mean shorter days, they also mean longer periods of time for star-gazing. Learn about the heavenly bodies visible in the night sky — and even the rarely-seen wonders. Enjoy a full day of activities for learners of all ages.

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February 2020

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a destructive invasive insect that has already been detected in southern Vermont, including Windsor County. Join us for this 3 hour workshop to learn how to identify HWA-infested hemlocks and what landowners can do to detect and slow the spread of this insect pest. Jim Esden, forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion, and then head outdoors to use state-wide surveying protocol to monitor…

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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
VINS, 149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT United States
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Free – $16.50

Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Enjoy activities for all ages and learn ways to improve your birding skills.

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Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road
Norwich, VT
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From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, enjoy a day filled with hands-on winter activities. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Also: animal tracking, snowshoeing, ice experiments.

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Pioneers in Engineering

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
American Precision Museum, 196 Main St
Windsor, VT 05089 United States
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Free

The American pioneers were the early practical engineers solving basic problems of survival like how to build a sturdy house and make their own tools, how to build a strong bridge to cross a river, or how to design a water wheel to harness the power of the river to grind wheat and grain. Re-imagine those days at the American Precision Museum and try your modern hand at designing and building these things in the Learning Lab. On the first…

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Cold Comfort: Winter Wildlife Adaptations

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Free

Vermont wildlife knows how to get creative when it comes to the winter months. Join us for this two-hour workshop to learn who is active and who is hibernating during these harsh winter months. NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will begin with an indoor discussion that explores how animals meet their basic winter needs for food, water, and shelter. Then, head outside for a snowshoe hike investigating different habitats. Event open to all ages! Space is limited, please preregister.…

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Girls’ Engineering Day

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
American Precision Museum, 196 Main St
Windsor, VT 05089 United States
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Free

Celebrate Women in Engineering at the American Precision Museum! Girls and young women will have an opportunity to meet with women professional engineers and learn about the world of engineering and making things better. Bring your daughters, nieces, granddaughters and their girlfriends to explore the world of engineering as a future career. Here’s a chance to talk one-on-one with professional women for career and education advice. The day will be filled with engineering and maker activities guided by museum staff…

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March 2020

Winter Wildlife Tracking at Saint-Gaudens

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, 139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, NH 03745
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Free

Learn about how to identify the tracks and signs of the many critters that share your backyard and national parks. This event begins with a 1 hour indoor presentation exploring tracks animal movements, then heads out into the park for another hour to explore. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the…

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