Looking for a fun way to nurture your child’s appreciation for the natural world? Check out one of our Exploration Backpacks which contain all the essential tools for hands-on discovery. Suggested for ages 5 to 10, the adventure is intended to take between 1- 2 hours. Packs can be checked out from The Museum Store: $5 with admission. Questions? Pease contact Stephanie at (802) 367-7960 or email@example.com.
Thursdays, June 16 - August 11, 3:00 to 4:00pm, Drop in to a different corner of Hildene’s 412-acre estate every week for an informal, up-close visit with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Gain insights on a variety of topics, different each week, from flower and vegetable gardening, to livestock care and rotational grazing practices, to pollinator habitat and stewardship. Free with admission and to members. No registration required. The program starts at 3 p.m. If you are at the Welcome Center at 2:30, we will take you to wherever the program is that week. July 7–Kitchen, Cutting, Pollinator, Formal Gardens. July 14–Greenhouse in the dene. July 21–Animal Barn in the dene. July 28–Production gardens in the dene. August 4–Goat dairy. August 11–Greenhouse in the dene. Questions: contact Stephanie@hildene.org or call (802) 367-7960
Fridays and Saturdays, June 24 - July 30, by appointment only. Choose a morning at either the goat dairy or the animal barn in the dene at Hildene Farm (9:30 to 11:00am). Children ages 3 to 12 assist farm staff in chores routine, including feeding and grooming animals, pitching pens and cleaning feeders. Registration required at least 48 hours in advance. Family of 4: $20 (members)/$25 (non-members); $5 each additional person aged 3 and up. Groups limited to no more than 5 children, all of whom must be accompanied by an adult. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-367-7960
Hildene Members are invited to meet at the Welcome Center, Fridays at 9am, through November 18, for a morning walk on the trails. Route varies but plan for 50 minutes to 1 hour, and approximately 3 miles. Enjoy the company of friends and neighbors while exploring Hildene's 412 acres and 12 miles of walking trails, through meadows, woods and wetlands, around gardens and farms. The Hildene Member family welcomes you! Drop-ins welcome. Questions: Nan Bambara, Advancement Director: email@example.com
Wednesday, August 10, 5 to 6:30pm, Hildene Reads! hosts a discussion on Kim Stanley Robinson’s "Ministry for the Future" to encourage dialogue on environmental stewardship. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly described the book as a “gutsy, humane view of a near-future Earth…Robinson masterfully integrates the practical details of environmental crises and geoengineering projects into a sweeping, optimistic portrait of humanity’s ability to cooperate in the face of disaster. This heartfelt work of hard science-fiction is a must-read for anyone worried about the future of the planet.” Called by many a masterpiece of the imagination, it is a terrifying story that ultimately ends on a solid note of hope. Ezra Klein of Vox implores, “If I could get policymakers, and citizens, everywhere to read just one book this year, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future.” The hybrid gathering will be both virtual and in-person, bringing together local readers as well as those from across the continent. To register for this free program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 367-7960
7:00 to 9:00am at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester, VT. Free. Join local birders to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Appropriate for birders of all skill levels, the walks run along forest and meadow trails and around the main house. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 802-367-7960.
Birds are beginning to move south although one might wonder what is going on with their plumage! Blue Jays are bare-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds sport Mohegan head feathering. These birds are molting. While birds spend a great deal of time caring for their feathers—preening, bathing, dusting—they still wear out. Molt usually happens twice a year. The worn-out feathers loosen and are pushed out by new growth. The cycle is particularly evident with Goldfinches. In winter, all are a drab olive yellow, even as they grow more insulating feathers. Come breeding season, however, the males need to look their very best. Birds cannot change their colors without changing the color of their feathers.
Sunday, August 21, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Summer in a Jar: Pressure Canning Workshop with Ken & Jane Those who do canning know well the joy of opening a jar of preserved veggies in January and experiencing the wonderful tastes of summer. Back by popular demand, Jane and Ken Moriarty will teach participants how to make and preserve a tomato-squash-onion sauce by demonstrating the safe and straight-forward pressure-canning methods of today. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Limited to 12 participants, each of whom will take home a quart jar of sauce. Preregistration required by Wednesday, August 17. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wagon Rides, Sundays, Sept. 4 - Oct. 23, 10am-noon or 1:00-3:00pm, by appointment. Join farm manager-educators Ann and Kim for a wagon ride exploration of Hildene Farm. Learn about diverse natural and cultivated ecosystems and sustainable farming. Swing by the greenhouse, hayfields, orchard, wetland overlook, compost facility, apiary, animal barn (including alpaca, Randall cattle, pigs, sheep, rabbits and chickens), and vegetable and flower gardens. Preregistration required at least 48 hours in advance. $50 for a family/group (up to 4 people); $10 for each additional member, up to 10 maximum (12, if mostly children). Contact email@example.com or call 802-367-7960
8:00 - 10:00am at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester, VT. Free. Join local birders to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Appropriate for birders of all skill levels, the walks run along forest and meadow trails and around the main house. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-367-7960.
Migration will be in full swing for the Saturday, September 17, monthly bird survey. One of the greatest spectacles of migration is a swirling flock of Broad-winged Hawks on their way to South America. Also known as “kettles,” flocks can contain thousands of circling birds. September is also a great time to see moving Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey Vultures and Monarch butterflies. With long southern views from the orchard area and eastward to the Battenkill Valley, Hildene is an ideal place to catch migration.
8:00 to 10:00am at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester, VT. Free. Join local birders to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Appropriate for birders of all skill levels, the walks run along forest and meadow trails and around the main house. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 802-367-7960
Surprisingly, there are still warblers and sparrows migrating in October. In 2018, the Hildene survey turned up uncountable numbers of White Crowned and White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos in the orchard field, albeit in subdued post-molt plumages. Ducks are beginning to congregate on ponds before also moving on. A day in the field is the only way to witness these surprises.