The Nature Center
in Groton State Forest
The Groton Nature Center is the
interpretive area for all of Groton State Forest. There is a large Interpretive
Center/Museum and a self-guided nature trail. The Nature Center and its programs
are open to the public free of charge except as noted on the schedule. Throughout the summer
Interpretive program are scheduled every week at different locations throughout
The Nature Center parking lot is also the trailhead for a number of trails throughout Groton State Forest. In the winter, the parking lot is plowed for skiers and snowshoers.
Programs are given at the Nature Center as indicated at Nature Center Program Schedule.
Literature Of interest are the free brochures and maps at the Nature Center relating to the Lake and State Forest. These include Forest Trail maps, a self guided tour of the Nature Trail, and “Groton State Forest History Guide”. These are usually available outside the Nature Center in a literature rack.
Displays The Center itself is a natural history museum for Groton State Forest, containing displays about our geology, historical pictures as well as a collection of mounted birds and animals. There are also displays on the Peacham Bog, Amphibians and Reptiles, Ferns, the Logging Era, Animal Facts, and Bears. In addition to the displays, books and magazines, the naturalists are in residence when they are not conducting programs. They usually know what is going on with the local bears, porcupines, loons, pileated woodpeckers and interrupted ferns.
Hours: In 2014, the Nature Center is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10-4.
Trails For information on the trails originating at the Nature Center, see the Hiking Information.
Directions: US 302 West out of Groton 2 miles - turn right on VT 232
5 miles on VT 232 - turn right on Boulder Beach Road (Big Green Stillwater sign in the summer)
1.7 miles on Boulder Beach Road to the Nature Center on the left.
Telephone number 584-3827
(June - August).
(June - August).
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