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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 and a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, 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 10:30am and the igloo-building portion of the day ends at 3pm.

It will be a day filled with hands-on winter activities, including one of the museum’s longest-running traditions— Igloo Build!

​Schedule of Activities

Time Activity Description Location
10:30am—3pm Igloo Build Join engineer Dr. Bert Yankielun for a quick lesson on building an igloo. Then build your own! Outside, by the Hughes Pavilion
11am Fun with Ice Experiment with a variety of ice using color, lights, and salt. Science Discovery Lab
1pm Frosty Science How cold can you go? Create sub-zero temperatures inside as we create our own frost. Science Discovery Lab
3pm Ice Fishing Use a variety of tools and methods to extract a little fish from a block of ice. Science Discovery Lab
All Day Snowshoe Exploration Explore the Montshire's winter trails! Snowshoes are available at the Admissions Desk for visitors to borrow. Montshire Trails

Upcoming Dates & Times

  •  February 12, 2022 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm