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

May 7, 2022 - September 18, 2022

  • Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 4pm. 

September 21, 2022 - mid-November 2022

  • Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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.


Pollinator Search at Dead Creek WMA

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 (rain date August 20)
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Dead Creek West Branch Parking Area, Brilyea Road, Addison, VT 05491 | map
Limit: 20

Department zoologist Mark Ferguson will lead a walk through a two-acre patch of dense nesting cover and pollinator habitat to hunt for any and all pollinators that can be caught with a bug net! Learn about the diversity of insects that feed on and pollinate our plants, beyond bees and butterflies.
This event is open to any age. Come prepared to walk on flat management roads and through tall vegetation and/or brush. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and ticks are likely. A limited supply of nets will be provided. Bring your own if you have them. Hand lenses are also recommended.
The rain date for this event is Saturday, August 20.

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Endangered Bat Habitat Training - Morning Session

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Dead Creek Visitor Center,966 VT Rte 17W, Addison, VT 05491 | map
Limit: 25

Learn to identify suitable habitat for Vermont’s bat species. This training is open to consulting biologists, foresters, land managers, landowners, loggers, and anyone needing an understanding of how to identify these features on the landscape and how to manage for them. Led by Alyssa Bennett, Small Mammals Biologist. Dress for a walk outdoors.

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Endangered Bat Habitat Training - Afternoon Session

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Dead Creek Visitor Center,966 VT Rte 17W, Addison, VT 05491 | map
Limit: 25

Learn to identify suitable habitat for Vermont’s bat species. This training is open to consulting biologists, foresters, land managers, landowners, loggers, and anyone needing an understanding of how to identify these features on the landscape and how to manage for them. Led by Alyssa Bennett, Small Mammals Biologist. Dress for a walk outdoors.

Register now


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 anr.deadcreekwma@vermont.gov . These grants are available thanks to a generous grant from Vermont SWEEP (State Wide Environmental Education Programs). 

What's at the Visitor Center?

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

Timeline of humans and nature

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.
  • Dead Creek WMA exhibit
    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.
  • wildlife biologist activities
    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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Contact Us

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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