The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world. Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

The Museum is home to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Vermont, where you can journey through the cosmos, guided by one of our astronomy experts.

Education services at the Fairbanks Museum are designed to inspire, engage and encourage students to become curious about our natural world. These programs are developed by Museum educators to meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Museum's learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, Exploration Station, Science Lab and outdoor spaces. You’ll discover the natural world with trained naturalists and scientists, including specialists in astronomy, meteorology, botany, and other earth sciences.

1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

The Museum is open daily:
9 AM - 5 PM


Balch Nature School

We spend time outdoors each day! Our center is the Balch Nature School indoor/outdoor space at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. We'll plan a few local field trips to learn more about the fields, forests, wetlands and farms in our area.

Discovery Camp 2018: Energy

Camp Week of July 9-13: You Are What You Eat (Ages 4-5)

Get caught up in the food web this summer! Animals and plants, predators and prey, all live somewhere along the food-chain. Through storytime, crafts, and games, campers will uncover who eats who in our fast-paced world!

Camp Week of July 16-20: Solar Powered Animals (Ages 4-5)

Why do turtles bask on logs? How do desert foxes stay cool? How do VT birds keep warm on a cold winter night? Whether it is gathering the sun’s energy or using your ears as a personal air conditioner, different animals use a variety of methods to regulate their body temperature. During this week, campers will explore the various ways animals warm up and cool down.

Camp Week of July 30-August 3: Energy in Motion (Ages 6-8)

Have you ever wondered how a roller coaster works? How about a rubber band? Or a slinky? This exciting week of camp will answer these questions and many more as we explore potential and kinetic energy through fun experiments and activities! Come build a miniature toy car with us and challenge your new camp friends to a downhill race!

Camp Week of August 6-10: Powered by the Earth (Ages 6-8)

Our world is an unlimited source of power. From the sun to the wind, to the heat from inside the earth itself, we can draw energy to power our lights, keep our homes warm, and drive our cars. During this camp week, we will learn about various types of renewable energy and how we can sustainably harness the power of the natural world!

We'll explore energy all around us and discover its many forms and amazing properties. Activities are geared for kids, with plenty of play. Fairbanks Museum Discovery Camps make use of the Balch Nature School facility, Fairbanks Museum galleries, planetarium and outdoor space.

New Classes on Forms of Energy, Spring 2018

Planetarium Classes, Winter 2018