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Nulhegan Basin Division Visitor Contact Center
Nulhegan Basin Division Visitor Center
Description
The Nulhegan Basin Division has a new headquarters office and visitor contact station on Route 105.
Activities
There is an exhibit hall where visitors can learn about "The Nulhegan Basin- Sculpted By Nature, Worked by Human Hands - A Unique Landscape Conserved for Habitat, Wildlife, and People." Exhibits include information about the cultural history of the basin, Refuge partners, Refuge research, geology and geography, habitat management, the watershed, the Refuge System, and northern forest habitats and species.

Tours can be arranged for large groups by contacting us ahead at (802) 962-5240.

Visitors can talk to staff to find out more about auto tours, trails and other refuge activities. back to top

Facilities
Visitor Contact Station
In addition to exhibits, the visitor contact station has fully accessible bathrooms and a meeting room. There is a scenic overlook of the basin. back to top

Volunteers and Friends
The Nulhegan Gateway Association (NGA) is a non-profit organization that strives to coordinate community and economic development that will support the region's environmental stewardship and unique traditional character through education and advocacy activities. They help solicit funds for NGA, community, and Refuge activities, encourage eco-tourism appropriate to the Gateway region, assist with regional and community planning, develop public recreation and natural resource conservation projects, assist community projects with financial and other expertise, and instruct the public about sustainable economy, forestry, agriculture and the environment. A sub-group of the NGA has formed to serve as the Friends of the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are always welcome and needed on the Refuge and at the Refuge headquarters and Friends group bookstore. Please contact the office for more details on how you can volunteer and when volunteers are most needed. back to top

Hours and Fees
Refuge office hours are generally 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, but sometimes closed when staff are all out of the office (either in the field or away at meetings). Admission to the exhibits is free. back to top

Directions
I-91 North to Exit 23 in Vermont. The exit will read Island Pond, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, and Lake Willoughby. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt 5. Follow Rt.5 through Lyndonville and Lyndon. After Lyndon, you will veer to the right onto RT 114 (the turn will be next to a Modular home manufacturer). Follow Rt. 114 through E. Burke to Island Pond approx. 20 miles. You will come to a "T" intersection outside of Island Pond. Turn right at the "T" and follow into Island Pond approx. 2 miles. At the intersection, turn right onto RT 105 East. Donít take the immediate right; that will take you into a parking lot. The intersection is a bit confusing. If you accidentally turn into the parking lot, just follow it around and turn right onto Rt 105 in front of the Post Office.

Follow Rt 105 approx. 10 miles. You will see the big brown "Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Nulhegan Basin Division" sign. The office is located on the left or north side of the road. back to top