Lamoille County Nature Center
Lamoille County Nature Center is a 40-acre nature preserve of diverse habitat owned and operated by Lamoille County Natural Resources Conservation District. The land was purchased in the early 1960's to allow vocational students to learn about forestry and agricultural practices. Since 1991 plans for an official nature center structure were envisioned and we hope one day the vision will come to light. Without the four walls the idea of the "nature center" expanded our mission to include environmental education programs to meet the needs of the people of Northern Vermont. The preserve offers two self guided nature trails, a small pond, an amphitheater, a willow nursery, and a council size Sioux tipi where our summer programs take place. Wildlife sightings are frequent, from the resident and prevalent snowshoe hare to a wandering moose whose tracks can be found throughout the year!
The preserve showcases the changing face of the Vermont landscape. Once farm land, natural succession has replaced the open fields with early sucessional species. Over the years, different land management practices have been applied to exemplify conservation strategies to maintain wildlife habitat. In doing so, unique micro-habitats provide an exceptional outdoor classroom setting to investigate of a variety of plants and animals. Techniques to maintain these habitats and different land management practices are demonstrated in guided tours, adult workshops, student led service-learning workshops, and chilldren's nature programs. The preserve contains these features:
Lamoille County Nature Center offers programs for all ages. These programs include:
Download our Program Calendar or call for a personalized program.calendaroctnovdec2012.pdf
Vacation Day Programs happen throughout the year. Contact Carrie for details. Our Summer Camp Brochure is available in early spring. Thanks to the generosity of our members and foundation grants, we are able to provide scholarships to families who cannot afford normal tuition, but wish to enroll children in our programs. Anyone who fits the criteria is encouraged to apply. Download our Campership Application
For more information, please call Carrie at (802) 888-9218 ext. 117
Please click here for directions to Lamoille County Nature Center!