Tuesday June 11, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center is now open for the season. The Nature Museum at Grafton, which operates the Visitor Center, has hired Susan Foster as the Center’s naturalist interpreter for the 2013 season. Foster is an long-time environmental educator with extensive experience working with adults and children. She will offer hands-on activities and programs for all ages at the Visitor Center throughout the summer.

The Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through Labor Day weekend. Admission is always free. Although the fish ladder itself is not always in operation, there are always live fish to be seen at the Visitor Center, as well as exhibits, activities, and dioramas related to the Connecticut River watershed.

The Nature Museum operates the Visitor Center on behalf of TransCanada Corporation, owner of the fish ladder as well as the hydroelectric facility in Bellows Falls.

The Visitor Center is located next to the Post Office on Bridge Street in Bellows Falls.

The Nature Museum will host a free open house at the Visitor Center on Saturday, June 15. Lael Will, a Fisheries Biologist with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, will talk about the health of the Connecticut River and its fish from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.


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Also on June 15, The Nature Museum will offer an Introduction to Aquaponics with Brattleboro native and founder of Brattleponics Mark Crowther. The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Windham Hotel ballroom at Popolo, at 36 The Square in Bellows Falls, around the corner from the fish ladder. Crowther will introduce participants to creating their own home systems for growing vegetables that are fertilized by fish. Admission is by donation.