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Dead Creek Visitor Center

People enjoying exhibits at Dead Creek Visitor Center

The Dead Creek Visitor Center is an educational resource featuring displays highlighting the history of Dead Creek and conservation, fish and wildlife management, conservation partnerships, habitat, and more.

Hours of Operation

Closed July 13 and July 14 due to inaccessibility from flood damage. 

April 13, 2024 - September 29, 2024

  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm

October 2, 2024 - November 17, 2024

  • Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm 

Visitor Center Contact: (802) 759-2398

Volunteers Needed

​​The Dead Creek Visitor Center is looking to expand our volunteer team. Volunteers act as ambassadors to welcome and interpret the natural world with visitors. Training and educational opportunities are provided for all volunteers. We ask for a time commitment of one, four-hour shift per month. A commitment to volunteer through September and October is preferred. Please email Rose Watts,, for any questions or inquiries.

Special Programs

The Dead Creek Visitor Center offers a variety of programs for formal and non-formal education groups that change with the seasons. Programs can be tailored for any age. All programs are free of charge.

What's at the Visitor Center? Timeline of humans and nature

Welcome Room

This area of the Visitor Center is available to visitors for a self-guided tour. Here you can learn about the department, Dead Creek history, land management techniques and challenges, and the impacts of climate change on the natural world.

Robert Fuller Room

The Robert Fuller Room includes interactive displays and knowledgeable staff or volunteers can help you buy a hunting or fishing license, find a place to explore, or help you find answers to your most challenging natural science questions. Displays include:

  • Timeline shows the history of how humans have affected and interacted with the natural world, and how management has evolved. This display includes historical artifacts from Addison County.
  • Dead Creek WMA exhibitDead Creek Diorama shows a wetland in 3D like what you might see during a day on the creek. This display includes taxidermy species; models of bones, scat, and foot prints; furs; and other wildlife artifacts you can poke and prod.
  • Upland Wildlife is a rotating display of native wildlife seen in our forests and farmlands.
  • Waterfowl Management discusses waterfowl hunting and its importance to the local history. Have a seat in our model duck blind to spark your interest in an early-morning hunt and enjoy our collection of decoys.
  • wildlife biologist activitiesTrapper’s Lodge lets you can peek into the history of trapping in Vermont and learn about modern practices. Watch a brief video to learn why trapping is relevant today.
  •  Hunting and Angling is an opportunity for you to suit up and become an angler while learning about the supplies needed for the sport. Learn how hunting and angling help manage fish and wildlife populations.
  • Research and Monitoring is our most interactive display. Become a biologist by looking through microscopes, measuring antlers, and more. Play with tools of the trade and learn why research and monitoring are important. This is a great stop for kids and adults to explore!
  • Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Wardens and their unique role in conserving Vermont’s biodiversity is on display. Learn how they came to be and how they use their specialized skills to enforce fish and wildlife laws.
  • Emerging Issues is a revolving display highlighting an important topic related to fish and wildlife. Whether it’s white-nosed syndrome or a snowy owl irruption, look for information on current issues.

A handicap accessible bathroom is available at the Dead Creek Visitor Center. 

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