GRAFTON >> On Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Nature Museum will present its eighth annual Fairy House Festival. This enchanting family experience is held around the Museum grounds and in the forests of Grafton.

Over 40 tiny houses built by amateur "architects" for fairies to reside, visit, or just stop for a rest will engage festival-goers as they follow the trail of custom-built dwellings made of all natural materials. Knotholes become front doors, seashells transform into bathtubs, acorn caps become dinnerware and twigs are woven into ladders. The styles are endless from simple to elaborate with secret pathways to the entrance, outdoor tables and patios—only limited by the imagination.

This is a puckish annual tradition that inspires people of all ages to take a closer look at nature. All ages are welcome. Many are inspired to don fantasy dress for the theme.

Hands-on crafts, face painting and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and picnicking is encouraged.

Advance tickets to the festival can be purchased at The Nature Museum by visiting nature-museum.org, or by calling 802-843-2111. Tickets are also available at the gate. Children age 2 and under attend for free.


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The Fairy House Festival benefits the Museum's environmental education programs presented in regional public schools and libraries throughout the year. This event also benefits the Museum's exhibits enabling the museum to continually update and renew its natural history displays.

Visitors to The Nature Museum find value in its updated educational offerings, hands-on resources, and natural history displays. Research has shown that time in nature offers both physical and mental health benefits. The Fairy House Festival is the perfect opportunity to rekindle curiosity, imagination and learning in a shared celebration of nature.

The Nature Museum is a regional resource for nature, science, and environmental education in the southern Vermont region. As a non-profit organization, it provides information and creates experiences that engage and enlighten audiences of all ages and inspire stewardship of the natural world.

The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Road, Grafton.