CVNHP Partners Cope with the COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has cancelled, limited, and altered plans for outreach and interpretation at venues across the CVNHP. The 116 museums, historic sites, and nature centers within the region are operating at various levels of access to the public in 2020.

Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lakethe Clinton County Historical Association & Museum, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum are closed this year. Other large, marquee heritage sites, including ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Shelburne Museum, the Mont-Saint-Hilaire/Gault Nature ReserveFort Ticonderoga, and Vermont and New York state historic sites are open with COVID-related limitations. Check with each location for details when planning your visit.

Federal cultural and natural heritage sites continue to try to serve the public in these uncertain timesThe Saratoga National Historical ParkMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Parkand the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge visitor facilities are closed, but their grounds and trails remain open to the public. In Canada, Fort Chambly National Historic Site (NHS) is open to visitors with some COVID-related health provisions. Fort Lennox NHS is closed due to renovations (unrelated to COVID-19). The tow path along the Chambly Canal NHS is open to recreation, but the canal and mooring areas remain closed.  

Many museums responded to the closures and delays with a wide array of online interpretive presentations: 

If you want to get outside, most regional recreation trails, including the Burlington Bike Path and the Adirondack Rail Trail remain open and very popularMost Adirondack ParkGreen Mountain National Forest, and state park/forests lands and campgrounds are open with social distancing protocols in place. The facilities on the region’s national scenic trails: Appalachian TrailLong TrailNorth Country Trail, and Northville-Lake Placid Trail are also open for use with COVID-related guidelines.