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Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

Explore and enjoy the season with winter-related science and one of the museum’s longest-running traditions—Igloo Build!

Dubbed the #1 Way to Winter Fun by Yankee Magazine (Jan ’09) and a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (2014/2015), the Montshire’s Igloo Build is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear!

Dr. Bert Yankielun, engineer and author of the book How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures, will be on hand to offer a demonstration, as well as instruction on the structural secrets of building with snow—from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome and sawing your way out. Dr. Yankielun will provide a quick lesson on how to build an igloo, and will be on hand to assist igloo-builders with the process.

Dr. Yankielun’s instructional session starts at 12pm and the igloo-building portion of the day ends at 3:30pm.

Time Activity Details Location
12pm–3:30pm Igloo Build Learn about igloos while working together to build a sturdy house using nothing but water and hand saws. Hughes Pavilion in David Goudy Science Park
All Day Winter Snowshoe Explore the winter trails in snowshoes (weather and trail conditions permitting). Montshire Trails
TBD Ice Experiments Learn about the science of winter with season-appropriate experiments. Science Discovery Lab