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.   Throughout the summer Interpretive program are scheduled every week at different locations throughout the forest.

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: See Nature Center Program Schedule for open hours.


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).



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