TRAILS: The Green Mountain Audubon Center’s trails and grounds remain open from dawn until dusk. We encourage you to come visit our outdoor spaces and enjoy fresh air and nature—bring along your kids and walk the trails. It’s the beginning of migration season and our summer birds are returning. Look for Red-winged Blackbirds establishing their territories, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers tapping our trees, and Eastern Bluebirds finding nesting sites. As we all take responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 please use these guidelines to keep us all safe:
- There is NO cell phone service at the Green Mountain Audubon Center; please keep this in mind as you safely enjoy our trails.
- Enjoy nature close to home. Walk on your street or a local wood lot as opposed to hopping in the car to visit a favorite spot.
- If you do come to the Green Mountain Audubon Center, drive by yourself or with immediate family members only and try to limit your trip to 10 miles or less.
- Don’t crowd. Stay at least 6 ft. from each other ESPECIALLY when passing each other on the trails. Consider stepping aside to let the other pass at a safe distance.
- Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as handrails.
- Do NOT share binoculars.
- Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need to keep their social distance as well (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).
- Engage in low-risk activities: now is not the time to try something extreme and end up in the hospital, taxing an already overburdened health care system.
- For additional information about staying safe while enjoying the outdoors, visit the State of Vermont's website.
- For further guidance about Vermont trail closures and COVID-19 safety in Vermont consult here.
OFFICE: In order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and visitors and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are closing the office of Audubon Vermont all of our indoor areas of our center until April 30. Our staff will be accessible via email and voicemail. We will continue to monitor the situation with direction from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vermont’s public health authorities.
EVENTS/PROGRAMS: In order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and visitors and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling all upcoming public programs, school programs, and Forest Playschool through at least April 30. We will continue to monitor the situation and will bring you excellent Audubon programming as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
If you are stuck indoors and need a birdy distraction here is a beautiful page filled with Audubon’s favorite bird photos, videos and stories.
Outdoor education is still very important, maybe more than ever, as parents and caregivers are finding themselves in the position of being teachers while schools are closed. In light of this new, temporary reality, our Audubon education team is posed to be a great resource of ways folks can learn about birds and nature: Audubon from Home: Mini nature lessons to share with kids.