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Become a Builder for the Fairy House Festival
Posted: August 15, 2019
Where else do knotholes become front doors, sea shells transform into bathtubs, and twigs get woven into ladders? Where else but the annual Fairy House Festival on September 28th and 29th! Registration is now open to become a builder in this year's Fest, a celebration of local community in our nature-based tradition. Open to individuals, groups, and local businesses, building a fairy house is creative, collaborative endeavor that awakens new awarenesses and always brings a sense of excitement and good cheer.
Black River Action Team 20th Annual RiverSweep & Raffle - September 7th
Posted: August 13, 2019
The Black River Action Team welcomes volunteers of all ages to lend a hand for the 20th Annual RiverSweep cleanup of the bed and banks of the Black River. Meet at the HQ table by the footbridge in the Springfield Shopping Plaza (2 Chester Road), sign in and pick a spot to clean. Grab trash bags and work gloves, fill your water bottle head out to see what you can find. Bring your junk back to HQ by 11 AM to help us sort and tally the "treasures," clean up and play a little "Junk Jam" while enjoying lunch. Don't forget to grab some chips donated by Deep River Snacks and your free BRAT tee shirt, as your 'thank you' for your time and effort.
Be On The Lookout For Butterbur - Protect Our Streams and Wetlands
Posted: July 23, 2019
Thanks to the sharp eye and good instincts of BRAT volunteer Rhonda Benoit, a new-to-our-area invasive plant has been spotted and recorded with the State of Vermont and with the Town of Woodstock, where it was discovered.

Known by several common names such as Japanese butterbur, Fuki, Swamp Rhubarb, and Giant Coltsfoot, the imported plant hails from Asia and its exotic foliage is both the reason it's here and the reason it's a growing concern.

Watch A River Erode Its Banks Right Before Your Eyes
Posted: July 20, 2019
The Black River Action Team wraps up a six-week-long exhibit of art and citizen science in The Great Hall at One Hundred River Street in Springfield, VT with a bang - at 5:30 PM on Friday, August 2nd. Everyone is invited to a "Grand Closing" event for a final opportunity to see the displays before they are taken down in time for the next installation in the gallery.
The Nature Museum Celebrates 30 Years and Announces New Executive Director
Posted: July 15, 2019
The Nature Museum is proud to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director by welcoming Vanessa Stern to the organization. Celebrating 30 years, The Nature Museum is entering a new phase of program and facility expansion, and all are thrilled with fresh perspectives and energy Vannesa brings to the vision for the future of the Museum.
81st August Supper at St. Luke's Episcopal Church August 3
Posted: July 12, 2019
This classic event at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 313 Main Street in Chester offers a menu that includes three meats, cold soups, a big variety of salads and delicious desserts. This year's supper will again be on the church lawn on Saturday, August 3 from 5 to 7 pm with continuous eating; but should it rain, guests will eat in Willard Hall.
Posted: July 5, 2019
The all-volunteer Black River Action Team is hosting a two-day nature exploration extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th & 28th thanks largely to a pair of community grants from the Claremont Savings Bank and Mascoma Bank.
Black River Action Team Invites Everyone To Participate In 2nd Annual Black River BioBlitz
Posted: July 2, 2019
The Black River Action Team invites everyone to participate in family-friendly fun and citizen science in Springfield, VT! Guided walks, exhibit booths, kid-friendly activities and displays. From noon until 5pm on Saturday, July 27th you'll learn about fish and other aquatic flora and fauna.

Posted: June 12, 2019
The Black River Action Team is hosting a cyanobacteria (toxic blue-green algae) monitoring training session on Thursday, July 18th from 5:30 - 7 PM in Springfield, VT. Directions and parking information will be given upon registration with Angela Shambaugh by emailing [email protected], or by calling BRAT Director Kelly Stettner and leaving your contact information at 802-738-0456.
Posted: June 5, 2019
Celebrate Summertime at Whiting Library, located on Main Street in Chester. The Library is a great place to get books and magazines to read in your lawn chair, movies to watch on rainy days, and CDs for listening as you drive. Here at the Library there are LEGOs for building, friendly story times and a "cosmic" summer reading program! The Whiting Library's Children Department will again participate the National Collaborative Summer Library Program. This year's theme is A Universe of Stories and we hope you'll join us for some fun space-themed activities, programs, and of course, prizes this summer!
St. Luke's Church 81st August Supper
I have a selection of limited edition prints of the Chester Village Green, the Stone Village and historic village vignettes framed and unframed.
Call Lew Watters at 802.875.2114 or email [email protected].
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