Nature Museum offers snowshoe hike for animal lovers

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GRAFTON — Black bears, moose, otters, beavers, muskrats, coyotes, red and gray foxes these are just some of the mammals regularly seen at the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area, located in the towns of Athens and Grafton.

On March 9, a select group of explorers will get the chance to snowshoe through this property with expert guidance, learning to observe, appreciate, and respect local wildlife.

The Nature Museum is teaming up with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier to offer Wild Eyes, an exclusive outdoor exploration, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Bernier, who will be accompanied by Jay DeGregorio, senior environmental educator at The Nature Museum, will lead a four hour nature immersion for a small group of participants. The group will explore the forests, fields, and wetlands of this winter landscape while learning about the habitats, behaviors, and winter adaptations of local animals. Bernier and DeGregorio will share animal tracking tips and tricks as well as conservation and forest management basics; this is the perfect snowshoe hike for nature and animal lovers.

Participants can expect a moderately strenuous hike. Snowshoes and winter gear are required (snowshoes can be borrowed from The Nature Museum by reserving during registration). This event will be outdoors in a remote location for several hours with no available facilities. Participants should bring hearty snacks and water. The group will meet first at the Grafton Trails and Outdoors Center at 783 Townshend Road in Grafton for an indoor introduction before carpooling to a nearby access point for the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area.

This hike is recommended for adults and children over 13. Tickets for Wild Eyes are $20 until March 1 and $25 after. To register or for more information, visit www.nature-museum.org or call 802-843-2111. The snow date for Wild Eyes is Sunday, March 10.

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