The Dead Creek Visitor Center is a new educational resource featuring displays highlighting the history of Dead Creek and conservation, fish and wildlife management, conservation partnerships, habitat, and more.
Hours of Operation
Amid concerns over COVID-19, the springtime opening of the visitor center has been postponed.
September 7, 2020 - November 15, 2020
- Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 4pm
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.
Transportation Grants - We also offer a limited number of transportation grants to help cover the cost of bus transportation for schools or other educational, nonprofit organizations. The grant is open to organizations wishing to conduct a field trip at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison. Grants are limited and cover up to $150. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . These grants are available thanks to a generous grant from Vermont SWEEP (State Wide Environmental Education Programs).
What's at the Visitor Center?
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 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.
- Trapper’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.