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Silvio O. Conte
National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

103 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA   01375
Phone Number: 413-548-8002
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education Service staff offer programs for school groups through the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. For more information, contact the Discovery Center staff at 413-863-3676.

Fishing The Nulhegan Basin Division is open to fishing in accordance with state regulations. For more information, please contact refuge staff.

Hunting The Nulhegan Basin and Pondicherry Divisions are open to hunting in accordance with state regulations. For more information, please contact refuge staff.

Exhibits about the biodiversity of the watershed are on display at the Montshire Museum. Exhibits about the refuge system, nearby northern forest refuges, and watershed wildlife resources are available at the Great North Woods Interpretive Center. The Great Falls Discovery Center features habitat dioramas and aquariums. A fully accessible boardwalk providing access to Mollie Beattie Bog is available at the Nulhegan Basin Division.

Wildlife Observation
Both the Nulhegan Basin and Pondicherry Divisions are open for wildlife observation and photography. Accessible trails are available at both divisions and interpretive kiosks provide visitor information. The Nulhegan Basin Division offers 40 miles of gravel roads open to motor vehicles in the summer and fall. In the winter, no roads are plowed, but groomed trails are maintained for snowmobiles by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. All the roads are closed during mud season in the spring. Call toll free 877-811-5222 for road information. No horses, bicycles, or ATVs are allowed.

Headquarters is open Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30. Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays 10:00-4:00. Montshire Museum is open daily 10:00-5:00. The Visitor Contact Station at the Nulhegan Basin Division's office is open 9-5 Monday-Saturday, but there are times when all the staff are out in the field and the building may be closed.

Entrance Fees
None for refuge lands. Montshire Museum charges a fee. Passports are not accepted at the Montshire Museum which is a private, member-supported facility.

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