From the Director

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From the Director


While The Nature Foundation’s doors remain closed to the public, many of our programs are alive and well. Some are virtual and others are live as we learn to live with the new normal and social distancing.


  • Guided hikes and outdoor programs are happening with limited numbers and masked participants. Our hiking guides are available in The Mountain Inn as well as the Blackrock Market. The Shoppe is executing some online sales and by appointment visits.


  • Our greenhouse has never been busier. We have over 1,500 mature native shrubs and a good assortment of wildflowers. The facility is usually open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30am till 4:30 pm. It’s always best to visit the website to select what you want and let us know from the contact information listed.



  • In October, we will host our first ever virtual Wildflower Symposium with a focus on all aspects of Natural History. Those who participate will also be supporting The Nature Foundation’s efforts at bringing the virtual learning experience to teachers and students in Nelson County’s Schools. Our instructors will design field trip videos and lectures that can be used to provide new information that students will not find in most current textbooks.


Our programs continue to evolve in the “new normal” as we continue to provide the science that enables the protection of Wintergreen and surrounding ecosystems, share our knowledge, and communicate by phone, zoom and email. We look forward to when we can see everyone in Trillium House but until then, enjoy the “nature of Wintergreen” with us. Immerse yourself in our hiking trails as you celebrate the beauty of an early fall season.


Doug Coleman
Biologist/Executive Director
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen

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