The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, has long been an educational resource for families and science The 100-acre Museum has more than 125 exhibits indoors and out, including many that feature native plants and the environment.. The Woodland Garden features native wildflowers and habitat found in New England forests. Exhibits along the trail interpret the natural history of this forested area, and provide valuable information about native plant communities.
Unfortunately, buckthorn and honeysuckle have become a nuisance, reducing the quality of the natural communities found in this riverside property. In the fall of 2008, the Museum became a Wise on Weeds! demonstration site. Students from the Hartford Technical Schools natural resources program have helped the Montshire get a leg up on the problem. Fifteen students and their teachers came wearing chaps and wielding chainsaws, clearing a large field of mature honeysuckle and buckthorn. Since then, continuing efforts to eradicate invasives have opened up a large area and created a demonstration site with a riparian restoration planting planed for Spring 2013
The Grow Native! exhibit features ecological landscaping. This outdoor exhibit combines information about the problem of invasive plant species with live examples of some of the beautiful native shrubs and trees that can be used for landscaping in their stead.