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January 2018

January 1, 2018, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter. Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; brin snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at www.vtstateparks.com  and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.

January 1, 2018, Resolve To Revolve- Fatbike Demo Day
This year, resolve to revolve… on a fatbike!!! If you’ve always wondered about those Fat Bikes, now’s your chance to try one out! Or maybe you’re in the market for a new one… kick the year off right! Bikes that will be available for 45 minute demo rides are the following in multiples of each size- even 24inch wheeled kids bikes. Cost is $15 for a non-Kingdom Trails Member $5 for a KTA Member. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/01/resolve-to-revolve-fatbike-demo-day/

January 1, Run Vermont’s Annual First Run 5k and Youth Fun Run.
Through downtown Burlington.. Presented by UVM Medical Center. Prizes awarded in several costume categories. (802) 863-8412. www.runvermont.org/events/first-run.

January 1, Christmas at Billings Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Admission: adults $14, 62 & up $13, ages 5-15 $8, 3-4 $4, under 3 free. 10 am – 4 pm. Billings Farm & Museum, Rt. 12 & River Rd. (802) 457-2355. info@billingsfarm.org  , www.billingsfarm.org 

JAN 6 - JAN 7, 2018, 24 Hours of Stratton - Postponed
Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders. Friends and Family. Colleagues. All Ages and Abilities Invited. Sign up as an individual, start or join a team of up to 12 and get ready to enjoy the non-stop fun that will energize your spirit and create memories to cherish for a lifetime! The fifth annual 24Hours of Stratton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride around the clock (choose a “shift” or go all-out). This family-friendly, ski and ride party puts the fun in fund-raising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times. www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/24-hours-of-stratton

January 11, Animals of the North Presentation
At Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. Naturalist Sue Morse will give a presentation entitled ‘Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them?’ at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area Conference Room in Addison on Thursday, January 11. Sue Morse is the founder and science director of Keeping Track, a wildlife conservation nonprofit based in Jericho, Vermont. Sue will give a lecture and slide presentation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then she will lead the group on a nature walk at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area until 1:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Hannaford Career Center and is free and open to the first twenty people who contact Amy Alfieri at amy.alfieri@vermont.gov or 802-759-2398. The program is designed for adults. http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/

Jan. 11, Crows & Ravens - Cabin Fever Lecture Series
They’re considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others are an endless curiosity. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler as she pulls back the shroud on these birds known as corvids. Find out how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens, and their complex social structure. Learn how you can help unravel the mystery of “murders” of crows that form in the winter by participating in the Crows In Vermont project. www.facebook.com/events/950339931797274/

January 12, Moonlight Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike
Join Kingdom Trails for a fun family activity. Check in at the KT Nordic Adventure Center, then head out for a self-guided ski, fatbike, or snowshoe on the trails to a warm fire and hot chocolate in the woods. Cost: Free for KTA members $5 for non-KTA members. http://kingdomtrails.org/

January 19 - 21, 2018, 25th Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic
Exhibitors, Seminars, Speakers and more. http://yankeeclassic.net/

January 20 - Baxter Winter Triathlon
On January 20th, we will host the Baxter Winter Triathlon to benefit the Center's Nordic Ski School Programs. This program serves kids from Canada to the Connecticut River to almost Rutland with free skiing, instruction and rentals for school groups. Almost 1000 kids were served last winter alone! http://www.baxteroutdoors.com/events/winter2.html

January 21, UVTA's Skate-a-thon 2018
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Join other winter sports enthusiasts as they skate laps on the Lake Morey Skating Trail, the longest groomed skating trail in the United States. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the Trails Alliance efforts to develop and maintain trails in the region. Entry fee gets you free Nordic Skate Rentals (first come, first served), hot chocolate, soup, lunch from Boloco, and a raffle ticket for awesome prizes! Skaters get one additional raffle ticket for each lap around the lake. Purchase your tickets here or on the day of the event at the Lake Morey Resort. Tickets purchased on the day of the event can be by cash, check, or credit card (for an small additional fee). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uvtas-skate-a-thon-tickets-41282770879

Jan 21, 2018 Snowshoe for the Cure
Online registration is open for Susan G. Komen® New England Snowshoe for the Cure® - Vermont , a 3K and 5K walk, 3K race, and Kids’ Snowshoe Dash. Snowshoe for the Cure® will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Sun Bowl, Stratton Mountain, Vermont. 802-362-2733. www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/komen-vermont-snowshoe

January 26-28, 2018, Smuggs Ice Bash
Kick-off party | Drytooling Competition | Clinics | Slideshows & Speaker Presentation | Raffle | Camaraderie! Free gear demos from the industries leading brands, clinics for the beginner to advanced climbers, multimedia slideshows by sponsored athletes, dry tooling competition and kick-off party, huge raffles and immense camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch! The goal of the Smuggs Ice Bash is to promote the sport of ice climbing, to educate climbers, to exhibit and demo new gear, and to share a weekend of fun, challenge, and inspiration with other winter enthusiasts in one of Vermont’s most amazing places, Smuggler’s Notch. The Smuggs Ice Bash is managed by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School 105 Briggs Street Burlington, VT 05401 802.657.3872 www.smuggsicebash.com

January 26-28 - Craftsbury Marathon & U.S. Ski and Snowboard SuperTour Festival
The SuperTour is returning to Marathon weekend in 2018! The U.S. Ski and Snowboard SuperTour series is coming to Craftsbury for a Marathon/SuperTour Festival. The top-ranked skiers in the United States and Canada will compete for World Cup start rights and prize money in a classic sprint on Friday, January 26th and a skate distance race Sunday, January 28th. Come watch the nation's best skiers go head to head, then go head to head yourself in Saturday's marathon, skiing some of the most scenic ski terrain in New England. Sign up for the marathon. www.skireg.com/2018-marathon-festival

Jan 27, 2018, North Bennington Winter Festival and Penguin Plunge
(North Bennington, VT) –– The annual North Bennington Winter Festival will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 starting at 8:30am. This is a yearly Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce event that draws out locals, visitors, shops and the community to gather and share in some fun during the winter months.One of the main attractions will be the Lake Paran Plunge also known as the Penguin Plunge! The Lake Paran volunteers will be doing a full pancake breakfast at 8:30am served by the Cub Scouts and the plunge at 11am. Looking to plunge? Sign up online at www.bennington.com/winterfest/

January 27, Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day
CASTLETON, Vt. – Vermont’s fifth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is set for Saturday, January 27, and will be celebrated by a fun-filled ice fishing festival in Castleton. Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day, which takes place each year on the last Saturday in January, enables both residents and non-residents to go ice fishing on any legal waterbody in Vermont for the day without a license. Vermont’s Ice Fishing Festival also occurs annually in concert with Free Ice Fishing Day, and the 2018 celebration will be held at Lake Bomoseen State Park in Castleton. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 27 and is free and open to anyone interested in ice fishing. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required, and can be completed online at www.vtfishandwildlife.com . For more information, contact Nicole Meier at 802-318-1347 or nicole.meier@vermont.gov.

January 27, BIRD MONITORING WALKS
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167 (Walks start at 7:30 am April - August; 8am September - March)

January 28, Vermont's Winter Duck Show
An Event on the Burlington Waterfront. There are often tens of thousands of ducks and other diving birds on Lake Champlain during the winter. Birder and educator Maeve Kim will teach us how to identify the various species, what the birds eat while they’re here, their life cycles, habits, breeding, and migration. After the indoor presentation we will head outdoors to spot, identify, and observe the behavior of winter waterfowl on Burlington’s Waterfront. http://vt.audubon.org/events/vermonts-winter-duck-show?mc_cid=3028237217&mc_eid=5e467c524c

Jan 31, 2018, Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Tours
Throughout this winter Clearwater Sports and the Lareau Farm Inn will be offering Full Moon Snowshoe dinner trips. Come join us on this infamous adventure and discover the unique pleasure of snowshoeing under the full moon followed by a delicious dinner at The Lareau Farm Inn. We will gather at Clearwater Sports at 5 PM to meet your guide, get your gear and then head off for the trails. Once there we will explore the woods behind the inn for about an hour. After working up an appetite we will enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local fare. After dinner you can head out to enjoy a roaring fire and homemade s’mores. If the full moon dinner dates do not fit your schedule give us a call. We offer headlamp tours. Gather a private party of ten or more or come join a group for this unique Vermont experience. All equipment will be provided by Clearwater Sports. For more information visit our website at www.clearwatersports.com.

 

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February 2018

Feb. 1, Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Shelburne Pond
Learning how to participate in an outdoor activity can be challenging, and ice fishing is a good example. Knowing this, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of ice fishing clinics for first-timers and those who would like to learn more about hard water fishing. All participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned near the end of each event. Everyone is urged to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 3, 2018, Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge
12 Noon, Burlington Waterfront Park. The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a unique winter event where participants raise funds to take a dip in Vermont's icy lakes. Now in its twenty-third year, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event series supports sports training and competition, health screenings, and leadership opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Vermont. Today, Special Olympics Vermont serves 1,310 athletes (people with ID) and 400 Unified partners (people without ID who train and compete with Special Olympics athletes) offering thirteen sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2017, Penguin Plunge events raised a record-shattering $572,000, or nearly 40% of our operating budget. Thank you to our loyal event sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our Plungers for supporting the Special Olympics movement and building inclusive communities. https://penguinplunge.org

February 3, 2018, Sixth Annual Grafton Winter Carnival
We’re counting down the days until we can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. Plus, enjoy a bonfire & s’mores all day! An area for snow sculpture building will be available if snow conditions allow. https://www.graftoninnvermont.com/event/grafton-winter-carnival-2017/

February 3-4, 2018, 9th Annual Vermont Pond Hockey Championships
Annual pond hockey tournament hosted by Lake Morey Resort in Vermont where the frozen lake is divided into outdoor hockey rinks. Teams from all over the United States and Canada will be competing for the coveted Golden Sap Bucket Trophy and title of the Vermont Pond Hockey Champions. http://www.vtpondhockey.com


February 8, 2018, A Wildlife Program for the Whole Family: “The Martens Come Back to Vermont”
With Chris Bernier and The Nature Museum. 7 PM, NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. Large, rounded ears, a sleek body with silky fur, and a bushy tail: could you identify a pine marten in the wild? The Nature Museum invites you to “The Martens Come Back to Vermont” with Chris Bernier, VT wildlife biologist, on Thursday, February 8, at 7 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. The American pine marten is a carnivorous, slender-bodied weasel which is rarely spotted in the wild. By the early 1900s, the species was deemed extinct in Vermont- but there have been recent sightings across the state. Tickets: $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call 802-843-2111.

February 10, 2018, “The Art and Science of Animal Tracking”: An Interactive Workshop on Snowshoes
9 AM Saturday, Presented by The Nature Museum and Chris Bernier, VT Wildlife Biologist. Andover, VT. Join The Nature Museum and VT Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier, a wildlife expert with over 25 years of experience, for this intensive animal tracking workshop on a remote private property in Andover, VT. The group will trek through the snowy landscape, discussing habitat types, animal tracking tips and tricks, forest management, and land conservation. Ages 13+, experienced hikers preferred, snowshoes and winter gear required. Tickets are $25 until February 1 and $30 after. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call (802) 843-2111.

February 17, The Great Backyard Bird Count
Count with us at the Green Mountain Audubon Center for a special Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Monitoring Walk in the morning. After our Monitoring Walk we will visit the Birds of Vermont Museum during their special Open House view the bird feeding station, explore the museum exhibits, drink some bird-friendly coffee, and learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count. http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count?mc_cid=3028237217&mc_eid=5e467c524c

February 17–18, 2018, Harris Hill Ski Jump Competition
There will be food vendors, a beer tent and event souvenirs at the base of the jump. https://harrishillskijump.com/

February 23, 24, and 25, 2018, Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival
Lake Memphremagog, The Eastside Restaurant & Pub, Newport, Vermont. In previous yearst, water temperatures were 30 to 31Degrees Fahrenheit and air temperatures ranged from 10 Degrees to 25 Degrees Fahrenheit. The swim is hosted by The Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society, a volunteer group of feisty winter swimmers operating in collaboration with and under the umbrella of Kingdom Games. The mission of the Society is to assure that winter swimming continues on Lake Memphremagog for years to come and establish friendships with other winter swimmers around North America and around the world. Space will be limited. On line registration is now open. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-winter-swimming-society/


February 24th, 2018, Moonlight Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike
Join Kingdom Trails for a fun family activity. Check in at the KT Nordic Adventure Center, then head out for a self-guided ski, fatbike, or snowshoe on the trails to a warm fire and hot chocolate in the woods. Cost: Free for KTA members $5 for non-KTA members. http://kingdomtrails.org/

February 24, BIRD MONITORING WALKS
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167 (Walks start at 7:30 am April - August; 8am September - March)

Feb 24, 2018, Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Tours
Throughout this winter Clearwater Sports and the Lareau Farm Inn will be offering Full Moon Snowshoe dinner trips. Come join us on this infamous adventure and discover the unique pleasure of snowshoeing under the full moon followed by a delicious dinner at The Lareau Farm Inn. We will gather at Clearwater Sports at 5 PM to meet your guide, get your gear and then head off for the trails. Once there we will explore the woods behind the inn for about an hour. After working up an appetite we will enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local fare. After dinner you can head out to enjoy a roaring fire and homemade s’mores. If the full moon dinner dates do not fit your schedule give us a call. We offer headlamp tours. Gather a private party of ten or more or come join a group for this unique Vermont experience. All equipment will be provided by Clearwater Sports. For more information visit our website at www.clearwatersports.com.

February 24, Winter Bird Presentation and Field Walk
Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife biologist John Buck will give a presentation on Winter Birds at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area Conference Room in Addison on Saturday, February 24. The presentation will be followed by a field trip to look for birds lead by Buck and other department staff. The presentation runs from 9-10 a.m., with the roughly 2-hour birding trip to follow immediately after. Participants are asked to bring along binoculars if they have them, and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter. John Buck has worked at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for more than 35 years and is Vermont’s migratory bird project leader. He is the former chair of a scientific advisory committee to the Atlantic Flyway Council, which provides scientific advice to the council on issues pertaining to migratory bird conservation. People can register for the event online at www.register-ed.com/events/view/116307  Admission is free and is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. For questions, contact Amy Alfieri at amy.alfieri@vermont.gov.
 

February 24 - 25, 2018, Owl Festival
Calling all owls and owl lovers! Join us for a day of all things owly on either Saturday, February 24, or Sunday, February 25, at the VINS Nature Center. Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, create adorable crafts, get your face painted and delight in delicious food. www.vinsweb.org

February 25, 2018, Stowe Derby
The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America. It started in 1945 as a personal challenge between two amazing skiers- Austrian, Sepp Ruschp who was hired to come to America and head the new ski school at Stowe and Erling Strom, world famous mountaineer from Norway. The challenge was the same as it is today – a race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak to the historic village of Stowe…on a single pair of skis. The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Ruschp was the winner of the first Stowe Derby. Today, the race attracts over 900 competitors, ranging from Canadian Cross Country Ski Team members and NCAA Champions to recreational skiers looking for a thrill. While the race can be very competitive at all levels, it is also a fun race, having been chosen as one of the top sporting events in the state by readers of Vermont Sports Magazine. https://teammmsc.org/events/stowe-derby/

 

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March 2018

March 3, 2018 - Fat Bike Festival
Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails have partnered once again for the 7th annual WinterBike Fatbike Festival presented by Von Trapp Brewing on March 3, 2018. The year brings the largest Winterbike yet: more pedaling people, more groomed trails, more festivities, more fun! Registration for the event gives you access to the Kingdom Trails network and all Winterbike activities on Saturday including group rides, fatbike demos, lunch and beverages, music, fire, sugar on snow, games, race spectation, and swag! http://kingdomtrails.org/calendar/winterbike/

March 2 - 4, 2018, Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman will soon begin registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, traditional winter camping, survival, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. Gift certificates and day fee's are also available. Visit the website for more information: http://www.voga.org/winter_doe_camp.htm

March 3, 2018, The Frigid Infliction
The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 3. 2018 near Bolton Valley, VT. We’re taking a slightly different approach for 2017 to reduce the scope of planning efforts but still offer a challenging, navigation-laden event in the snow. This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all! www.gmara.org/races/frigid

March 3, 2018, Peak Snow Devil Winter Race
Ultra Snowshoe Race – 100 miles and Snowshoe Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10k Option. The course will be a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Each loop has 1200 vertical. http://peak.com/snowshoe-races/world-snowshoe-championships/

March 5-11 - Ski Orienteering World Cup and World Masters Championship
The Ski Orienteering World Cup and World Masters Championship are coming to Craftsbury in early March. Ski orienteering (ski-o) combines cross country skiing and navigating skills. Athletes have a map to help decide the best route in reaching control points in the correct order. This event will showcase some of the best ski-o competitors from around the world. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/ski-orienteering-2018/welcome/

Archery Lessons Available
R&L Archery‘s pro-staff is always available to provide tips and help solve problems for archers of all ages and abilities. R&L can also help beginning and intermediate shooters to start out right with some dedicated time to learn and practice on our 20-yard indoor lanes under the guidance of our Certified Archery Instructors. — Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm — Sundays 2:00-3:00pm — Other times by appointment. $25 per person per session, includes equipment (compounds, recurves, and longbows available) R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641. rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

March 9th - 11th, 2018, The 2018 US National Snowshoe Championships
Woodford, Vermont. On March 9th 2018, the best snowshoe racers from the U.S. and around the world will converge on Southern Vermont to compete in the 2018 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. The historic village of Bennington, Vermont will serve as the host community, while the races will be contested eight miles away at Prospect Mountain Ski Area in snowy Woodford, Vermont. https://ussnowshoechampionships.com/

March 10, Archery Demo Days
12-4pm, Each demo day we highlight a specific brand of bow or crossbow we carry and invite you to try out the bows, talk with the factory representatives, and take advantage of special offers only available to attendees. Everyone who tries out a Bear bow or Karnage crossbow this weekend will be registered for a chance to win a free Bear Kuma! Purchase a Bear bow or Karnage crossbow and you'll receive free accessories valued between $30 and $100. Contact store for details. Questions? Contact us today 1-802-479-9151. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641, rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

Mar 17 - 18, Lamoille Valley Gun Show
Champlain Valley Exposition · Essex Junction, VT. This year at the Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Gun Show they will have more than 175 vendor tables. The vendors will be selling an array of new, used, modern and antique firearms. There will also be hunting equipment and accessories for sale. www.facebook.com/events/116706619143332

March 17, Mud Season (Maple Season) Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00am - 10:00am, Huntington, Vermont. Join us as the sap begins to flow and the ground begins to thaw. We might see some early-returning migratory birds, and will certainly notice some different behavior from our winter resident birds.
Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. Intended for those with experience using binoculars and listening to bird song. We will identify as many as possible of the birds we see or hear, and record counts of their population numbers. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. http://vt.audubon.org/events/mud-season-maple-season-bird-monitoring-walk

March 24, 30th Annual Burke Mountain Pond Skim
Sat 10 AM · Burke Mountain · East Burke, VT. 1st place man/women receive a 2018/19 Winter Season Pass to Burke Mountain. Prizes also awarded to best costume, best exit and best splash! This year's theme is: RODEO! Ride 'em, cowboys and cowgirls! **Registration closes at 11am or at 50 participants, whichever happens first. Reminder, competitors must be 18 or older. Plan to stick around for after-skim apres in the Hotel Day Lodge featuring live music from the Starline Rhythm Boys. We'll be dancing and grooving from 4-7pm. Come join the fun! www.facebook.com/events/1818434605126609

Mar 25, 2018, Girls with Guns Biathlon Clinic
Girls ages 8-18 can experience biathlon and learn to shoot with World Championship silver medalist and two time Olympian Susan Dunklee, and other members of the US women's Olympic team! Activities will include rifle safety, learning how to shoot a biathlon rifle, skiing, and hanging out with national team biathletes. Come prepared to ski and be outside rain or shine. The clinic will be from 2:00 to 4:30pm, with day-of-registration beginning at 1:30pm. Questions? Email girlswithgunsbiathlon@gmail.com www.skireg.com/girls-with-guns

March 31, 2018, Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge
2:00 PM. Stratton Mountain Resort. The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a unique winter event where participants raise funds to take a dip in Vermont's icy lakes. Now in its twenty-third year, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event series supports sports training and competition, health screenings, and leadership opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Vermont. Today, Special Olympics Vermont serves 1,310 athletes (people with ID) and 400 Unified partners (people without ID who train and compete with Special Olympics athletes) offering thirteen sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2017, Penguin Plunge events raised a record-shattering $572,000, or nearly 40% of our operating budget. Thank you to our loyal event sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our Plungers for supporting the Special Olympics movement and building inclusive communities. https://penguinplunge.org

March 31, Prime Archery
12-4pm, Building on the success of last year's Centergy 33" bow, Prime has released the 31" Logic for 2018. These are some of the smoothest and most acurate bows you'll ever shoot! Questions? Contact us today 1-802-479-9151. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641, rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

March 31, The Outdoor Heritage Dinner
Sat 5 PM · Hampton Inn & Vermont Event Center. The Outdoor Heritage Dinner is an opportunity to invest in your fishery, support clean water, and promote a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain and Watershed! Hosted by Friends of LCI, this event raises money for programs offered by the team at LCI to connect families with our fishing and heritage, and help people take action for clean recreational water, safe drinking water, and robust fish populations. Dinner options include slow-roasted prime rib, chicken Chittenden with an apple walnut stuffing or pasta primavera in a creamy alfredo sauce. No fish options, ironically :-) This event features special guest speaker VT Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, as well as raffles and door prizes. $55 per ticket or $400 for a table of 8 Email LCI Program Director Juliana Dixon to reserve tickets: juliana@champlain.ngo

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April 2018

April 1, 2018, Hammond Cove Shooting Range Opening
HARTLAND, Vt. – The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont will be re-opening for the season on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The range operates under rules set forth by The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Range users will sign in with an onsite range officer and have a valid Vermont hunting or fishing license or be the guest of someone who does. To ensure these rules are followed, a range officer will be present when the range is open. Before using the range, shooters are urged to review the range rules on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

April 7, Ravin Crossbows and Parker Crossbows
12-4pm, The hottest new crossbow company of 2017 is back in 2018 with two brand new models. The R10 and R20, and both are here for you to try out and see what all the buzz is about. Parker offers a crossbow line more diverse than any other brand. From the entry level to the high performance models, Parker makes a crossbow for every type of hunter and for every budget. Questions? Contact us today 1-802-479-9151. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641, rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

April 12 - Paddling Film Festival
Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, Vermont. The Best in Paddling Films. We are excited to once again bring you Rapid Media's Paddling Film Fest World Tour this spring. The films feature whitewater, adventure, canoeing, sea kayaking, instructional, you name it! Join us and our fabulous partners for one or more screenings to enjoy some truly great films, to connect with the paddling community, and support a great cause. These shows are fundraisers for NFCT. Below are updated listings for our 2018 shows and links for purchasing tickets. Special thanks to our film fest sponsor NRS and host business partners listed below! Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/event/paddling-film-fest-burlington-vt

April 13 - 15, 2018, 10th annual Otter Creek Classic!
The 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour is Friday April 13th. Then the two day fly fishing tournament is the 14th and 15th. For more info stop by the Middlebury Mountaineer. All proceeds are donated to the NHRAA. http://mmvt.com/fishing/otter-creek-classic

April 14, Vermont Trout Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

April 14, 2018 New Haven Ledges Race
It's race day folks. Make up date is the following Saturday on the 21st. Be in it to win it!!!! One of the most popular whitewater races in the Northeast is scheduled to be held along the New Haven River in Bristol, Vermont on April 14. The race is a pure time trial event. Racers launch from a start ramp above Slide By The Road and finish in the pool below Toaster Falls. The course length is approximately .53 miles. Each racer is entitled to two attempts at the course per class, recording their fastest of the two times. Competitors will be divided into different classes, including Creek Boat (7’1″ to 9′) and Long Boat (9’1″+). The “New Haven Ledgend” will be the fastest Creek Boat competitor, with the champions in other classes and any one else organizers deem worthy of receiving recognition. 2018 New Haven Ledges Race - 10th Year Anniversary.
www.facebook.com/NewHavenRace/ 

April 14, Ten Point Crossbows, Horton crossbows, and Wicked Ridge Crossbows
12-4pm. These three crossbow companies all produce some of the highest quality crossbows in the industry. And this year they really changed it up with some new models that'll get your attention. Stop by on this demo day for your chance to try out the latest in crossbow technology. Questions? Contact us today 1-802-479-9151. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641, rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

April 15, VT Fish & Wildlife to Host Turkey Hunting Seminar in Brattleboro Area
GILFORD, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free Turkey Hunting Seminar in Guildford, Vermont on April 15, 2018. This seminar is in addition to the two turkey hunting seminars being held on April 7 at Barre Fish and Game Club and April 8 at the Hartland Fire Department. The seminar will be held at Sportsman’s Inc. Fish and Game Club, 2081 Creamery Road in Guilford from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Certified Hunter Education Instructor Robert Etzweiler will be the instructor for this event, with members of Sportsman’s Inc. assisting. Participants can sign up at www.vtfishandwildlife.com . Participants are also welcome to attend just the shooting portion of the seminar without registering. For questions, contact John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

April 17, 2018, Eagles, Hawks, and Owls: Soaring, Swooping, and Stealthy Predators
11 AM Tuesday, The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT. Raptors rule the sky and are a special group of birds that include eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. Examine feathers, feet, bones and other artifacts that highlight special characteristics of these raptors and predators. Find out how they hunt and how they live. Great hands-on items, bird facts, and a craft will teach all ages about these flying hunters! This is part of a week-long Earth Day celebration from Tuesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 21st. Museum open from 10 AM to 4 PM, program at 11 AM. Admission by donation. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org,  or call 802-843-2111.

April 20, 2018, Amphibians on the Move
11 AM Friday, The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT. Spring is a busy time for frogs, toads, and salamanders! As these amphibian friends wake up from their long winter rest, many begin their journeys to special pools in hopes of starting a family. Learn about “big nights”, vernal pools, and the awesome amphibians that make a special spring journey. This is part of a week-long Earth Day celebration from Tuesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 21st. Museum open from 10 AM to 4 PM, program at 11 AM. Admission by donation. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org,  or call 802-843-2111.

April 21, Bownanza at Rack N Reel Sporting Goods
Get sales and deals on last years models bows and demonstrate new models, barbecue lunch , 10;00 am to closing. The store is located at the junction of Route 7 and Route 17 in New Haven, VT. https://store.racknreel.com/t-about.aspx

Apr. 21, 2018, Rasputitsa 2018
7:00am — 5:00pm, Rasputitsa Spring Classic, Rasputitsa is Russian for “mud season”—which gives you a pretty accurate preview of this 40-mile race for bragging rights in northern Vermont. In keeping with the Russian theme, the highlight of the course is “Cyberia,” a Class IV road that a former race participant described as “a scary backwoods where at any time a Yeti or Bengal tiger may jump out of the woods, bludgeon you with a blunt object, and either leave you for dead or drag you back into the woods for a nice little Saturday brunch.” Need more recommendations? “Total sufferfest,” pronounces Olympian Lea Davison. Make it through the race, though, and you’ll be privy to poutine, maple-syrup shots, Vermont beers, and music. http://skiburke.com/events-and-activities/event-calendar/rasputista-2/?date=2018-04-21

Apr 21, Stein's Challenge
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Admission: Now $20, Stein’s Run is a classic New England trail that tests the mettle of even the best skiers and riders. Competitors have 4 hours to complete as many laps as they can on Stein's Run. Skiers and riders check in with the race marshals at the top of Stein’s to log each lap. The Valley House Quad will be the primary chairlift, with a dedicated singles line for competitors. Great prizes and fun for the whole family. Spectators can enjoy the show while sipping cold beer from the Pint Pavillion at the base of Stein's Run. http://www.sugarbush.com/event/steins-challenge/

April 22, 2018, Mud n' Ice Quadrathlon
The fabled race is back Sunday, April 22! It's Craftsbury groomer Keith Woodward's favorite race (he also doubles as course designer and chief organizer). The exact course is TBD as the day draws nigh, but the plan is that you'll start your day on our ski trails with ~9k freestyle, followed by ~5 miles of running, a ~5 mile paddle, capped with a 12mi bike on lovely Kingdom dirt roads in mud season. 10:00am start. www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1830/

April 28 and 29, Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com


 

 

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May 2018

May 1 - 31, Spring Turkey Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

May 5, Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

May 05, 2018, Global Big Day Bird Monitoring Walk
7:30am - 9:30am, Huntington, Vermont. Participate in Global Big Day on May 5. Look for birds and record your sightings at eBird.org in this exciting 24-hour quest to collectively record as many bird species as possible across the world. Let’s break a record! https://ebird.org/globalbigday  Spring migration will be in full swing for our May monitoring walk. Watch for warblers. Spy the sparrows. Hear the hawks. http://vt.audubon.org/events/global-big-day-bird-monitoring-walk

May 5, 2018, Free e-bike Demos!
Sat 10 AM · Waterfront Burlington · Burlington, VT. Test out a variety of e-bikes from Local Motion's e-bike lending library for free--even the latest cargo e-bikes! You'll also have the opportunity to ask your burning questions about e-bikes from Vermont's e-bike experts. You bring your curiosity. We'll provide the e-bikes, helmets, and knowledge. These demos are a part of Kid's Day on the Waterfront (an event by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront). https://www.facebook.com/events/1914705215416864/

May 6, 2018, Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the nineteenth annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 6, in Rockingham, Vermont. Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting close to 2,000 people attending last year’s event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival.

May 12, 2018, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Half Marathon
Held on the beautiful grounds of Basin Harbor Resort and Boat Club and the surrounding farmlands. This course is gorgeous and limited to ONLY 200 runners! In addition to it’s beauty, this course will become a favorite because it is relatively flat. Where there is an elevation gain, you’re going to LOVE the long gentle down hills! This race will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. A portion of your entry fee goes to the Education for All fund for scholarships providing access for all to LCMM’s wonderful education programs! www.racevermont.com/event/lake-champlain-maritime-museum-half-marathon

May 18 - 19, 2018, Birding the Waterbury Reservoir with “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler - Slideshow & Paddling Trip
Join us for a two-part adventure with naturalist Bridget Butler a.k.a. The Bird Diva to learn more about the birds that call the Waterbury Reservoir their home or favorite stop-over spot! Part 1: Presentation & Introduction to Waterbury Reservoir Bird Habitats. Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Steele Community Room at the Waterbury Town Offices, 28 N Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676 Part 2: Paddling Trip on the Waterbury Reservoir, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Waterbury Center State Park, 177 Reservoir Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677 www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-the-waterbury-reservoir-with-bird-diva-bridget-butler-tickets-36903185421?aff=es2&mc_cid=4b03629b35&mc_eid=10dd602e60

May 25 - 26, 2018, Vermont City Marathon Sport & Fitness Expo
Interact with thousands of sport and fitness enthusiasts at this successful two-day Expo! www.vermontcitymarathon.org/resources/expo-for-attendees

May 27, 2018, Vermont City Marathon & Relay
www.vermontcitymarathon.org


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June 2018

June 1 - 3, 2018, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party!, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment!, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro. www.strollingoftheheifers.com/our-parade-and-weekend

June 3, 2018, Onion River Race and Ramble
The Race and Ramble has grown to be the largest downriver race in Vermont. The 10.5 mile race spans a beautiful stretch of the river from Bolton to Richmond. Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! Registration opens on April 1. Head on over to our Facebook event to express interest. Additional details will be posted there and on our website. https://winooskiriver.org/race-overview.php

June 1- 3, 2018, Becoming an Outdoor Family
21st Annual Weekend, Stillwater State Park, Groton State Forest, Groton, VT. 21st year offering outdoor educational experiences for the whole family! Expert instructors begin each class with the basics, providing hands-on experience and encouraging participants to ask questions. The variety of classes includes wildlife, forestry, orienteering and GPS, hiking, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more. This program is a joint effort by UVM Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation to promote, address, and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the out-of-doors. www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily

June 2, National Trails Day
http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/

July 2017


July 1, 2017, Vermont Gran Fondo
Start/finish: Woodchuck Hard Cider, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across four of gaps with total climbing in excess of 11,000 feet. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Three ride options: Gran Fondo: 108 miles, 11,000 feet of climbing, Medio Difficile: 78 miles, 6,300 feet of climbing, Medio Facile: 67 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing, Piccolo Fondo: 39 miles, 2,900 feet of climbing. Website: www.vermontgranfondo.com

July 4, Freedom Run
Celebrate our freedom from British Tyranny, freedom from asphalt and freedom to choose your distance - 10 Mile, 10 K, 5 K and 1 Mile. On the Newport-Derby Bike Path AND Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation trails. 25% of all registration fees go to support MSTF and 25% go to support Gardner Park Restoration. Registration on-line is open at www.kingdomgames.co

July 7-9, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake! Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free) www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

July 14 - 16, 2017, Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown
Sugarbush Resort · Warren, VT. - The Eastern States Cup East Coast Showdown returns to Sugarbush for 2017, featuring enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash purse of $3,200. It’s not just about cash purses with the Eastern States Cup, there will be loads of product prizes. Amateur enduro race winners receive custom ESC seats provided by Selle Italia. Fly Racing is sponsoring the Fly Racing Speed Zone, with great Fly Racing gear for the fastest amateur men and women. Finally,KMC chains and Pro Gold lubricants is providing podium prizes five racers deep in every ESC race class. www.easternstatescup.com/venues/sugarbush-vt

July 15, Goshen Gallop 2017
Runners looking for an exceptional backcountry course find it here… in the Moosalmoo National Recreation Area. From a natural obstacle course with log-strewn trails to a stunning surprise view from the south end of Hogback Mountain, the Gallop’s elevation profile and rugged terrain have earned the race the nickname “the toughest 10k in New England.” Bragging rights for any serious runner that complete the satisfying and breathtaking experience. But you don’t need to be a hardcore runner to participate… the 5K is equally exhilarating, and you can still brag (just half as much). https://www.facebook.com/events/942881102478368/ 

July 16, 2017, Vintage MTB Rally and Klunker Jam
RIPM Trails Vermont. Bring an old mountain bike for a fun time. Free event! But T-shirts will be available for sale. BYO cookout; beers, grillables, singletrack ride (as weather allows), skid competition, and gum wall tire staring.... etc. Meet at 5 pm on Jluy 16th 2017 at 362 Taylor Farm Rd in Plainfield, VT. Rides and shenanigans to follow. https://www.facebook.com/events/286088728530660/

July 21-23, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sugarbush, Mount Ellen, The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. Not only is a full weekend of riding and camping only $99, but it's organic and developed through the local VMBA chapter. It's professionally done, but not so polished that you miss the authentic local riding feel. VMBA and Mad River Riders are personally welcoming you to the Valley....taking you on our favorite routes, inviting awesome food and vendors, sharing some local music, clinics, shred films and games. Full weekend registrations include the Saturday Night BBQ, T-shirt, guided rides, over 60 vendors and DH discounts. https://vmba.org/2017-mtb-festival

July 22, 2017, 25th Anniversary Komen Vermont Race for the Cure
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester Center, VT. Registration 7:00 AM; Races 8:30 AM, 8:35 AM and 8:40 AM; Obstacle Course 9:45 AM. Family-oriented fundraiser for Susan G. Komen New England. Two distance runs and a walk offered. Kids Obstacle Course. Food. Silent Auction. 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk; also Kids Obstacle Course (12 yrs & Under) Children's activities. http://southernnewengland.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=6884&pg=entry

July 23rd, Winooski Pedal and Paddle
Save the date for our inaugural Pedal and Paddle event in the lower Winooski watershed! The Friends is partnering with the Winooski Valley Park District to create this new event in 2017. Participants will drop their boats off in Winooski and then head down to the Ethan Allen Homestead with their bikes. The approximately 4 mile pedal is predominantly on dirt paths and roads along the river and through the Intervale Center to Winooski. In Winooski, you will hop in your canoe or kayak and paddle back to the Homestead through the beautiful Winooski Valley. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful grounds at the Homestead. There will be music and fun educational programs by the Friends and WVPD staff. This laid back event will appeal to families and adults alike! www.winooskiriver.org/winooski-pedal-and-paddle.php

July 29, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167 www.birdsofvermont.org

July 29, Aquafest 2017
10 to 3 on the lawns at the Emory Hebard State Building in Newport., VT. http://www.vtnorthcountry.org/aquafest-2017-july-29th/

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August 2017

August 5 - 6, 2017, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
RELEASE THE DRAGONS !!! RBlue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont presents the liveliest event of the summer—the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival! It’s 1,600 dedicated Vermonters racing 41-foot long dragon boats for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are made up of local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families like YOU who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. No experience necessary. Come join the fun!
https://leagueathletics.com/?org=RIDETHEDRAGON.ORG

August 6, 2017 Tour de Farms
Bristol, VT. - TWO routes: the flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. The 2016 Tour features a 30-mile route with 9 farm stops and a 14-mile route with 4 farm stops. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample everything from organic fruit smoothies to grass-fed beef to Vermont's famous cheddar cheese! A Farm Bus is available for those who choose not to ride a bike. Share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscape from the comfort of the bus. A concierge Farm Van will deliver purchased farm products to the Bristol Rec Field so riders don't need to carry extra weight with them. Please bring extra cash to purchase items direct on the farm to take home! A tasty Farm Stop on the 2015 tour de farms. it was a gorgeous day! Tour de Farms After Party- We'll have live music from The Doughboys, a food truck, FREE Farmhouse ice cream for ALL RIDERS, and drinks for sale by Shacksbury Cider, Hogback Mountain Brewery and Savouré Soda. Bring cash so you can enjoy these awesome food and drink vendors! http://www.acornvt.org/tourdefarms/

August 11-13, 2017 - VT3 MTB Stage Race
Mountain bike stage racing comes to Craftsbury! We'll be hosting a weekend of mountain bike races, with a Friday night time trial, and cross country races on Saturday and Sunday. The VT3 is a mountain bike stage race by riders, for riders. Modeled after famous races like the BC Bike Race, the VT3 brings mountain bike stage racing to hallowed grounds of New England mountain biking, Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The VT3 will showcase some of the most fun riding that the NEK has to offer. You've likely been to East Burke, you've probably ridden the Kingdom Trails. Now you can experience the rest of what the region has to offer. From the rocky, granite slopes of Hardwick to the sculpted enduro tracks of Victory, the VT3 promises fun courses, fast racing, and the camaraderie that only the mountain bike community can bring. http://thevt3.com/

August 11- 13, NEMBA Women's MTB Summit
Join women from around New England for the first-ever women’s mountain bike summit. The goal of NEMBA Women’s MTB Summit is to empower more women to get involved in all aspects of the sport of mountain biking. The event will bring upwards of 150 women together for a weekend of education, discussion, camaraderie and mountain biking. This event will be put on by women for women, and will help catalyze and galvanize the women riding community to expand the number of women riders. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=189

August 12, 2017, Harpoon Point to Point Bike Ride
Join the Vermont Foodbank in their fight against hunger by riding the Harpoon Point to Point! Since its inception in 2002, the Harpoon Point to Point has become the Vermont Foodbank’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising over $1.3M to date. Come ride 100, 50 or 25 miles on the road, or ride the 20-mile mountain bike trial at Mt. Ascutney. This well-supported ride will take you along rivers, over covered bridges and through Vermont’s incomparable landscape with its infinite shades of green. A festive post-ride party awaits you when you cross the finish line at the Harpoon Brewery, complete with hot showers, delicious BBQ, live music and fresh beer, straight from the source! Sign up to ride or volunteer at: www.harpoonpointtopoint.com 

August 12, 2017, Crossbow Demo Day
R&L Archery will be hosting a free Crossbow Demo Day on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10-4 at Whistling Arrow Archery Club. With the recent changes to Vermont’s crossbow regulations, hunters 50 years old or older are now allowed to hunt with a crossbow without a special permit. Join us for a day of trying out many different brands and styles of crossbows and talking with factory representatives and R&L pro-staff. This event is geared towards familiarizing all of the potential new crossbow shooters with the operation and limitations of crossbows, as well as an opportunity to try shooting a large assortment of crossbow styles to help determine which may be the best for each individual shooter. This is a free event that will be held rain or shine at Whistling Arrow Archery Club, 965 VT Rte 14, East Montpelier, hosted by R&L Archery in Barre. For more information contact R&L Archery at 802-479-9151 or rlarchery@aol.com.

August 12, 10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival
The 10th annual AMFF Fly Fishing Festival returns to beautiful Manchester, VT on August 12th this year from 10 am until 4 pm. This is our signature event of the summer- a growing event that showcases the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. Come enjoy fly tying and casting demonstrations, food vendors and lessons. Try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with likeminded people as you share the taste and joy of the great outdoors. Keep checking our event page for updates on vendors, guest fly fishing and fly tying instructors, performers, and much more. www.amff.org/2017-fly-fishing-festival

August 13, WHO WALKS THESE WOODS (with Mike Kessler)
1:00 – 3:00pm. Explore the Museum's diverse landscape while learning to discover and become a part of the inexhaustible stories of the wildlife that live and play around us. Expert tracker and longtime UVM tracking instructor, Mike Kessler, will gently guide us upon a journey into the ancient art of tracking where we will learn as much about ourselves as the animals and landscape we are tracking. Walks are second Sundays from May to October 2017. Come to one or all. Included with Museum admission (Members get unlimited free admission) ​Pre-register, limit 15 walkers. Ages 7 and up. Please pre-register. museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

August 18 -20, Bow Fishing Tournament
Fri 6 PM · Rack 'N Reel · New Haven, VT. bow fishing tournament for the year will be starting at 6pm Friday August 18 and ending 20th at 12PM. Weigh in will be at Rack 'N Reel at 1PM August 20 $80 entry fee for up to a four-man team. Each team will be allowed 1 boat. Unless you doing it in kayak canoes each teammate can have. Weigh ins will be based on the best weight 3 gar, 3 carp, and 3 bowfin. There will be an individual big fish pot with a $20 entry fee and a small fish pot with a $5 entry fee. Sign ups for the tournament will be at Rack 'N Reel until August 18 at 6pm. Payouts will be based on how many participants we have sign up i.e.: 10 teams first place payout is $500, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100. We hope to see you there and as always please contact us with any questions!! Anglers will be responsible to take the fish after weigh in. www.facebook.com/events/1382615948487184

August 19 - 20, 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series
Athletes from near and far will converge on Killington Resort, the largest four-season destination resort in eastern North America, for the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series. Created for trail running novices and professionals alike, this North American trail running series provides unmatched racing experiences in beautiful mountain environments of three of the most iconic resort destinations in the United States, including Killington Resort. Race course locations offer diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations, and terrain built to push athletes to find the edges of their potential. http://vermontbiz.com/news/may/killington-resort-host-new-premier-mountain-running-series

August 20, 2017, Tour De Force Charity Run
The 3rd Annual Tour De Force Charity Run Half Marathon, 10k,5k and one mile walk will take place on 08/20/17 at Mooney Bay Marina in Plattsburgh, N.Y 12901. The Marina is located at 15 Mooney Bay Drive four miles north of Plattsburgh N.Y.on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. Come out with the 264 runners we had in 2016 and help support the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide. Visit the Tourdeforceny.com website to learn our charities goals and mission.All runners and walkers will receive a Tech Shirt,Finishers Medal,food and beverages after the run concludes. Register Today At www.Adirondackcoastevents.com 

August 26, 2017, , GMT Gnarly Adventure or the 6HOUR Challenge
Put simply we’ve come up with two ways for you to challenge yourself and experience the Green Mountain Trails. If you choose the 6Hour challenge you will be challenged to see how many times you can complete a marked loop within a 6 hour time limit. If you choose the Gnarly Adventure you will have to ride to a series of points on the Green Mountain Trails, but the order you ride to them is up to you and plays a crucial role in winning the race. That’s what makes it an adventure!  http://peak.com/bike-races/mtb6/

August 26, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register. museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

August 27, Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont
The Hardest Race Anyone Can Do! The Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont isn’t only for those individuals driven to train 7 days a week or those blessed with outstanding genetics. This is an event for Everyone. That doesn’t mean the Race To The Top is going to be easy. It’s not. It means this course will challenge you, and test you. But, with enough determination, and a little grit, you will succeed. You will make it to the Top of Vermont, and you will be inspired by your success and the success of all of those around you. So, join us in Stowe, VT on Sunday August 27th, 2017 for an experience you won’t soon forget! www.rtttovt.com

August 27, 2017, The OVERLAND
Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, Pomfret, VT. 9 AM START, REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7 AM. The Overland is a 49-mile dirt road bicycle adventure ride featuring 5,600 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful rural historic ski area start/finish and an awesome party afterwards. It’s the ultimate overland adventure ride. Open dirt roads, amazing scenery and an epic course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting. www.vermontoverland.com/overland

August 27, 2017 Del's Ride and Trail Run
At Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington VT. This mountain bike ride and trail run raises money to benefit Cure AHC: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Del's Ride 2016 will have two loops for riders from about 7 miles to 20 miles, a new 5-6 mile strenuous trail run, as well as an expanded kids ride and activities. Registration is from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. BBQ follows run and ride. $75 minimum fundraising goal for ride and run. http://www.delsride.org/event-info/2016/1/19/2016-dels-ride

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September 2017


September 1-25, Vermont Statewide Canada Geese Hunting Season
The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. www.vtfishandwildlife.com 

September 1 - 30, Vermont River Cleanup Month
Many of Vermont's watershed groups and other community organizations organize events to clean up Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes.  Learn about your local watershed group.  Your participation will help make VT River Cleanup Month a success! Watersheds United Vermont helps to coordinate this effort by providing resources to organizers and outreach about VT River Cleanup Month. Together we can make 2016 VT River Cleanup a success! www.watershedsunitedvt.org/vtrivercleanup

September 2, Dirty 40 Rogue Ride
9:00am. This is not a race. There is a free ride. This is an adventure. This is a day on the bike with good people, good food, and maybe a few good surprises. No timing, no feedzones, no bibs, no frills. 50 mile dirt road road starting at the Center, organized by the fine folks behind the Dirty40 and Rasputitsa, with venue and help from us. See more information, www.bikereg.com/rogue-ride 

September 2 – 3, 2017, Brattleboro Green MT Gun Show
The Brattleboro Green MT Gun Show will be held on Sep 2nd-3rd, 2017 in Brattleboro, VT. This Brattleboro gun show is held at VFW Hall and hosted by Green Mountain Gun Show Trail. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible. Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.) https://gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/brattleboro-gun-show/

September 3, 2017, 18th LCI Bass Open
Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT. $3000 guaranteed first-place prize! Cash prizes through 10th place* plus cash for the Lunkers. Save $50 by pre-registering. Register online by phone at 802-879-3466, http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 9 – 11, 3nd Annual VT Fly Fishing Show
The Fly Rod Shop, 2703 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT. - Join us Friday for a Free Casting Clinic, Fly Tying Demos and Discounted Guided Trips. Don't miss Saturday, we'll have Reps, and Owners of some of the leading companies in the Fly Fishing World including Simms, Hardy, Sage, Winston, 3-Tand, Finn Utility, Regal Engineering and many more!! https://whitebirchcottage.com/event/3rd-annual-vermont-fly-fishing-show/

September 10, 2017, 11th Annual Tour de Taste
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, 9:00 AM (EDT), Fairlee, VT. - A Pedaling Picnic. Like to eat? Like to ride? Join us for our very popular, scenic, progressive pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace. Along the way you will meet local food producers and community members as you stop at local farms and restaurants to taste their delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles), the Classic Loop (20 miles), or the River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles). Please see below for a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-35214451372

Sept 15 - 17, Fall Doe Camp
Vermont Outdoors Woman is planning a sports weekend retreat for women of all ages. Instruction in hunting, shooting, fishing, survival, crafts  and more classes are under development. We are pleased to announce the location will be at Jackson Lodge and Cabins, Canaan, VT, located in the heart of Vermont's backcountry. www.voga.org/fall_doe_camp.htm 

September 15-17, 2017, ShoeFly Trail Running Festival
East Burke, VT, This trail running festival might just be the best part of your 2017. Come run rugged. breathtaking. dirt. The ShoeFly Trail Running Festival is a 3-day trail running festival on Kingdom Trails in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Ultras, 50K, 25K, 10K Glow/Torch Run, 5Ks, 1M Kidz 'n Parents trail runs. Camping, live music, entertainment, real food. http://www.ShoeFlyTrailRun.org

Sept. 24, 2017, Vermont Wildlife Festival
from 10:00am to 4:00pm. at MOUNT SNOW RESORT, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT. The event is admission by a donation of your choice and we again have a wide variety of attractions to engage anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Live birds of prey, reptile rescues and a live wolf demonstration bring the flashy live animals into focus. The Deerfield Valley Sportsmans’ Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will keep us learning about the hunting and fishing traditions of Vermont. The State is sending interactive exhibits and experts from the DEC, Fish and Wildlife and Forest Parks and Recreation. In all, we have over 28 groups who will be on hand to entertain and educate, including a number of new additions like an influx of survival schools, a full sized tipi and a native culture exhibition from Healing Winds! The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm on September 24, bring the whole family for a fun fall outing! https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/7th-annual-vermont-wildlife-festival/

Sept 22 - 23, Atlati Championship
For this Vermont archaeology month event participate in or watch this annual event testing skills in accuracy
and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Children’s activities. Workshops and demonstrations on flintknapping, woodland pottery, and other crafts and skills. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 759-2412. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/taxonomy/term/648

Sept, 22 - 24 - Tour de Kingdom 2017
We offer a “full plate” of cycling in the Spring and the Fall on carefully selected back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Our offerings have grown over the years. Three days of fully supported rides in June and again in September. Do one day or do them all. New to the Tour these past couple of years is The Moose and The Moose Redux which offer a great opportunity for fine, fast riding on some of the smoothest, most beautiful, and most “car hungry” roads in Vermont. Wrapping up the season is our Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon. It’s a “vista riddled” 26-mile bike (and running) race on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Kingdom to Parker Pie in West Glover. All the pizza you can eat, a great band, and a cash bar with local beer on tap including Hill Farmstead.  http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

September 23 and 24, Vermont’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

September 23 - December 31, Vermont's Hunting Season for Ruffed Grouse
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

September 24, 7th Annual Vermont Wildlife Festival
10am to 4pm, Mount Snow, Main base Area. The Vermont Wildlife Festival was first held in 2010 on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro Vermont. It was originally intended as an opportunity for locals and visitors to the region to share their passion for the outdoors in all its facets. Representatives from the hunting and conservation communities, wildlife rescues, State agencies and nature centers all came out for a fun day of learning and fun in the beautiful Vermont outdoors! The event has continued to grow and this year moves to Mount Snow resort! The event is admission by a donation of your choice and we again have a wide variety of attractions to engage anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Live birds of prey, reptile rescues and a live wolf demonstration bring the flashy live animals into focus. The Deerfield Valley Sportsmans’ Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will keep us learning about the hunting and fishing traditions of Vermont. The State is sending interactive exhibits and experts from the DEC, Fish and Wildlife and Forest Parks and Recreation. In all, we have over 28 groups who will be on hand to entertain and educate, including a number of new additions like an influx of survival schools, a full sized tipi and a native culture exhibition from Healing Winds! The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm on September 24, bring the whole family for a fun fall outing! Please contact the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum for more information www.vermontmuseum.org  (802) 464-0048 www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/7th-annual-vermont-wildlife-festival

September 28, Grand Opening of New Dead Creek Visitor Center
On Thursday, September 28, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will celebrate the grand opening of the new Dead Creek Visitor Center, and share the new facility with the public and distinguished guests at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Addison. The free event begins at 5 p.m. Dead Creek WMA in Addison is beloved for its wildlife viewing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. Thousands of people visit the WMA every year to watch the fall migration of snow geese and other birds, to enjoy an early morning duck hunt, or to find an elusive bald eagle for the perfect photograph. At the new center, visitors will find information about the WMA, as well as learn about conservation and management of Vermont’s natural resources. For more information about the grand opening and the Dead Creek Visitor Center, visit Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com and check under http://tinyurl.com/ybudzzrq  .

Sept. 29 -Oct. 1, ROOTS School Rendezvous
A three day gathering of earth based traditional skills. A gathering of people. A huge variety of workshops and skills to choose from. Bring family and friends to come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world. Leave knowing more about the beautiful world we are a part of. This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world. These three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time celebration.  https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

Sept 30, East Burke Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Parade starts at 10 am. BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more! Rubber duck race. Kids area with a jump house, face painting and more. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Farm animal petting zoo. Cow plop bingo. Craft show opens at 9 am – 3 pm featuring 75 vendors! Silent auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items and antiques. Bird of Prey interactive show from Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Gazebo. Beer & wine tent open from 11 am – 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar. Live music from Tritium Well, 3 - 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki. On the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. http://www.burkevermont.com/fall-foliage-festival.php

Sept. 30, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

September 30 - December 31, Ruffed Grouse Hunting Season


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  October 2017

October 1 - 7, Archery Moose Season

October 1 - November 14, Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1, 2017, Paddle The Border
From Newbury Landing at Newbury Crossing to Bugbee Landing in Bradford (behind Bradford Academy Building.) FREE Shuttle Service (for persons and personal equipment only) from Bugbee Landing to Newbury Crossing available from 10-11 AM. Volunteers will be at the boat launch to help unload and protect boats before launching. Suggested Launch Time: 11:00 AM Approximate Paddle Time: 3 Hours, All participants MUST abide by safe boating rules and regulations. www.facebook.com/events/164288624148344

Oct. 3, Foliage 5 Miler
Union Village Dam Recreation Area, East Thetford, Vermont 05075. Join us for a fun, tree-lined course during peak foliage season. Billed as 'The Best Dam Race', you'll find lots of perks and all proceed will go towards a new scholarship fund for local graduating high school runners. Fun, modest rewards for overall male and female and top 2 in each age category, plus fun raffles throughout. Free fun run at 1:30 pm for kids and adults that don't want to tackle the main event. $10 registration through Sept 28th (afterwards, $15). There is an optional Tshirt available for an additional $10 while supplies last (register now to be sure you get yours) https://www.facebook.com/events/810773979035359/

October 07 -November 03,  Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

October 7 - 20, Fall Turkey Season- Statewide Bow & Arrow Only

October 7, 2017, James Wakefield Rescue Row
On December 9th, 1876, the crew of the canal schooner General Butler was stranded atop the breakwater in Burlington, VT, after their boat sank during a terrible winter storm. They were rescued by James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out to save them. Every year, the Champlain Longboats program commemorates this heroic event with a youth rowing race on Lake Champlain, traditionally held in Burlington, VT; over one hundred participants! Races begin at 9:30am. Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022 x113 or nickp@lcmm.org  for details. https://www.facebook.com/events/238677849958077/

Oct. 7, Dead Creek Wildlife Day
Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17 west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with bird banding demonstrations at 7:00 a.m. Two large tents at Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. One of the highlights of the festival this year will be a fun and friendly waterfowl calling contest with prizes in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Vermont Duck Stamp program. There will also be a presentation on the successes of the Duck Stamp program by waterfowl biologist David Sausville, who will highlight the nearly 12,000 acres of wetlands conserved in Vermont by funds raised from the sale of the stamp.
Nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more will be held until 4:00 p.m. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. http://vtfishandwildlife.com/watch_wildlife/dead_creek_wildlife_day

October 7 - 8, 2017, VT Ski & Ride Expo
Vermont’s first winter sports show, the VT SKI + RIDE EXPO is coming back to Burlington this year, October 7-8, with a new location: the downtown Hilton hotel overlooking the Lake Champlain waterfront. Saturday, 10-7 pm and Sunday, 9 am – 1 pm. Tickets are on sale for $5 at https://vermontskiandrideexpo.ticketspice.com/vermont-ski-and-ride-expo.  Vermont’s premiere winter sports show, VT SKI + RIDE Expo is being put on by the Rotary Club of Burlington for a second year. It benefits the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation and is presented by title sponsor, Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine. Additional sponsor support comes from University of Vermont College of Medicine, Mascoma Savings Bank, Farrell Distributing and Long Trail Brewing with media support from WPTZ. http://vtskiandride.com/expo2017/

October 7 - 8 - Oktoberfest 2017
Save the weekend! Craftsbury Oktoberfest will once again feature a selection of active celebrations of fall, anchored by Oktoberfest Dinner. Saturday: Morning- Black River Beatdown Trail Race: 10k run, 10/20mile bike Afternoon- Checkpoint Challenge: fun, team adventure race Evening- Oktoberfest Dinner: the Dining Hall celebrates the local harvest. Sunday: Morning- SingleTrack Shootout biathlon: run/shoot or bike/shoot. www.craftsbury.com

October 8, 2017, Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon
Run it – Bike it – But do it. Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles, 6 Miles. Registration is also now open for October 8, 2017. Hosted by Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover. Start: Newport Airport and Lakeview Aviation, 2628 Airport Rd, Newport, VT 05855. Finish: Parker Pie, 161 County Rd, West Glover, VT 05875, Party at Parker: All the pizza you can eat, Music by Beg, Steal or Borrow, Cash Bar with Hill Farmstead and other local beers on tap. Shuttle back to the Start provided by Jay Peak. Start Time: Runners: 9 am. Irasburg Walkers: 10 am. Bikers: 10:30 am. Sign-in opens at 8:00 am at Lakeview Aviation. http://kingdomgames.co/fly-to-pie-kingdom-marathon/

Oct 8, Mad Dash and Kids Fun Run
Sun 10 AM · Meadow Rd, Waitsfield, VT. 5K & 10K Road Race; 5K Fitness Walk, and Kids Fun Run. Event registration includes: a tee shirt, delicious food, raffle entry (pre-registered participants only); silent auction and music by the Phineas Gage Project. www.madriverpath.com

October 11- 12, 2017, 74th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation
Each year, the Conference Committee strives to plan a schedule of educational programs of interest to the diverse group of professionals, board & commission members, volunteers, students & other interested citizens who come to gain new knowledge & skills. The Exhibit Hall has grown to host as many as forty vendors, providing a great chance to meet face-to-face with a variety of recreation product suppliers. The Vermont Conference is a great networking opportunity for students, volunteers, professionals and commercial vendors. The two day event includes 20+ educational sessions to choose from, often times a nationally recognized keynote speaker and a "Best of Vermont" Silent Auction that boasts 200+ items. https://vrpa.wildapricot.org/VRPA-Annual-Conference

October 14, 1st Annual Westmore Mountain Challenge!
1 Day. 5 Mountains. 26 Miles. Moose, Hor, Pisgah, Haystack & Bald. Saturday, October 14th. Early bird pricing until September 1st: $35 Full Hike / $25 Half Hike, Regular Pricing : $50 Full / $45 Half, Limited spots available, so register now! www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/northeast-kingdom-mountain-challenge/westmore-mountain-challenge

October 14, The Circumburke Challenge
A fully supported 26 or 52 mile backcountry mountain bike or trail run on a mix of single and doubletrack around the backside of Burke Mtn. This year, the challenge is on October 14th, and starts and ends at Burke Mtn. resort's Sherburne Base Lodge. After a fabulous day on the trails, back at the lodge, you will find Red Barn Brewing beer, massage provided by Trail To Wellness, lunch from Market Cafe , and music by Tritium Well. Register online here today for the Early Bird Pricing of $55 and free pint glass. At midnight on September 14th- registration cost goes up to $65... and on site, it's $95!!! https://www.bikereg.com/circumburke-mtb-challenge-trail-run

October 14, 2017, Trapp Mountain Marathon
A challenging half and full marathon distance trail run in the heart of the Green Mountains at beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. Fall is the best time to visit Vermont and we think that running through crisp, colorful, fall foliage on the Trapp Lodge trail system is just the way to do it. October is a particularly special time to be in Stowe, winter is just around the corner and Oktoberfest is in full swing in and around town. www.trappmountainmarathon.com

Oct. 26, Ladies Night Ride
Join our Trek Bicycle Ambassador Kimberly for a night ride every Thursday until it's too cold or too snowy! WTF/GNC welcome! For more information on the Mud Pond trail system visit the singletracks link below:
www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/mud-pond-loop.html   www.facebook.com/events/1271167809682918/

October 27, Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike at Kehoe Education Center
CASTLETON, Vt. — Looking for a “wild” family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend the sixth annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-o’Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton. The event takes place on Friday, October 27, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Corey Hart at corey.hart@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

Oct. 28, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2017

 

November 1 - December 3, Northern Forest Canoe Trail 13th Annual Auction
Northern Forest Canoe Trail will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money for our organization - and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help. Support our mission to maintain and protect access to the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the longest inland water trail in the country. Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button (top right) to contribute to our catalog. By donating items to our auction, you will help us ensure access and inspiration for paddlers of all ages and abilities and connect with thousands of avid paddlers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts. www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=289117201

Nov 3, Green Mountain Showdown 2017
by MOUNTAIN BIKE VERMONT. Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com) has announced its sixth annual Green Mountain Showdown event will be held Friday, November 3rd, 2017, at the Rusty Nail Stage (@ Tres Amigos) in Stowe, Vermont. As in years past, the Green Mountain Showdown event showcases locally produced MTB video shorts, video slideshows, and spoken word pieces dedicated to all facets of mountain bike culture. www.eventbrite.com/e/green-mountain-showdown-2017-tickets-38568565618

Nov. 4, 2017 Frostbite Fleet Salmon Shootout
Sat 7 AM · Point Bay Marina · Charlotte, VT. - Rules: No Registration, Gentlemen's Start from Port of Choice, Confines of Lake Champlain, Fish from Sunrise to 1:00pm weigh in at Point Bay, Come By Water Only, 1-20 inch minimum Landlock taken while trolling, Heaviest fish weighed on the same scale wins, No spawning period dark salmon Please. Bring food and stories to share at the Barbecue. https://www.facebook.com/events/1669572139766952/

November 4, Annual VT Backcountry Forum
The 5th Annual Backcountry Forum is on Saturday November 4, 2017 and will be bigger and better than ever! Join RASTA and CTA for a full day of events and activities focused on cross country and backcountry skiing in Vermont. Please see the schedule below and join us for some or all of the weekend’s events. Rochester, VT. Pierce Hall Community Center http://catamounttrail.org/events/vtbc-forum/

November 4 -November 5, Youth Deer Weekend
One deer of either sex, no antler restriction www.vtfishandwildlife.com

November 4, 11 & 18, 201, Fallen Leaves 5k Race Series #1
The first in a low-key, three-race series on a flat and fast 5K race course that begins and finishes on the Montpelier High School track, and incorporates the Montpelier bike path. $5, race-day registration only.  https://cvrunners.org/?page_id=404

Nov. 7, Wild About Vermont! Game Dinner
Hotel Vermont, Lake Champlain International, and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife have partnered to bring you the second annual Wild About Vermont Game Dinner. Read more about last year's dinner here.
Traditionally a way for Vermonters to share the harvest before winter sets in, game dinners have been a Vermont ritual for centuries. The menu will be finalized based upon offerings from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, with Hotel Vermont Executive Chef Doug Paine offering a new spin on the classic menu. We hope to see deer, moose, pheasant, fish, and possibly bobcat and bear. Meats will be paired with local vegetables for the best of traditional cuisine. Proceeds from dinner will benefit the conservation efforts of Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Lake Champlain International, partners in protecting and restoring the Vermont landscape. http://hotelvt.com/calendar/wild-about-vermont-dinner

November 11-26, 2017, November Deer Rifle Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

November 18, 2017, Westford Turkey Trot
Join us to run or walk on the beautiful rolling hills of Westford. We offer a 10k run, 3k walk/run and a free 100 yd Tot Trot. We’ll have homemade treats, chili and cornbread for sale, prize drawings for all participants and handpainted medals for age groups and overall winners. Pay only $12 when you pre-register by November 17 or pay $15 the day of the race. Registration begins at 8:30am and the racing begins at 10am. All proceeds benefit Westford’s children and families. https://westfordturkeytrot.wordpress.com/

November 18, 2017, The Big Kicker
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The Mad River Valley’s two ski areas start the winter season with a rail jam at American Flatbread along with food, drinks and giveaways. Kick off the 2016/17 winter season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush at American Flatbread in Waitsfield. The unmatched ski-mountain duo throws a freestyle party with rail jams, DJ, ski movies, bonfire, S'mores, local food and libations, appearances by The High Fives Foundation, the Flyin' Ryan Hawks Foundation, and more. www.sugarbush.com/event/big-kicker

November 23, 2017, Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Pre-Register: $35 (see below) Day of registration: $55. Check in: East Wing of the Main Base Lodge from 7:30-8:30am. First 200 Race participants receive a t-shirt. Awards are given for overall winners in the Courtyard directly following the race for best costume and youngest & oldest runners.https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/annual-gobble-gobble-wobble-5k

November 24, 2017, Turkey Hangover Hillclimb at Mount Snow Resort
Burn off some of those turkey day calories and get your legs in shape for a great winter of skiing by coming out for our annual fun run! Meet by the Grand Summit Express for a run, walk, or sprint up the mountain. This event is FREE!!! Beginners will climb to the bottom of Yard Sale. Intermediates will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition trail. Experts will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition and Yard Sale trails. There will be prizes for top finishers as well as for the best costumes. Bragging rights for all! *Children under 18 must have a parent/guardian present. https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/turkey-hangover-hillclimb/

November 25 - 26, 2017, Audi FIS Ski World Cup At Killington
Join us this Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-27, 2016, when Killington Resort proudly hosts the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world. Although the grandstands, VIP Area and preferred parking are now sold out, there will be plenty of free standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail with a jumbo screen for viewing the course. Free parking served by expanded shuttle service will also be available for the entire World Cup weekend. http://www.killington.com/site/to-do/World-Cup

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December 2016

December 1, 2016 - Got Gulls?
THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL birds on Earth, living from polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. Getting Gulls, my new workshop, debuts Thursday, December 1 at 6:30PM in the Essex High School auditorium in Essex, Vermont. Brought to you by the good folks at Green Mountain Audubon, this program is free to students and open to everyone for a suggested donation of $5. Bring your binoculars and exuberance. And for those of you game enough, I’ll add an extra hour or so on intermediate and advanced gull identification starting at 7:30PM. http://bryanpfeiffer.com/2016/10/31/got-gulls/

December 3-11, 2016, Archery Deer Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=132349

Muzzleloader December 3-11, 2016 Muzzleloader Deer Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

December 8, 2016, Predator Prowl
9:00am - 10:30am, Huntington, Vermont. Can you crunch with your canines, catch with your talons, and munch with your mandibles? If so, you might be a predator! We’ll forage for food, sniff for a snack, and hone our hunting skills. Let’s howl, growl, and prowl! Ages: 3-5 with adult companion. Fee: Members $8 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Non-members $10 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068. email vermont@audubon.org

Dec 10, 2016, Okemo Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a nearly full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. Okemo Mountain Resort. Ludlow, VT www.okemo.com/activities/calendar/moonlight-hike

December 11 - 12, 2016, Test Fest
Test out the latest ski & snowboard gear at the 2-day on-snow demo event. It's going to be a party with on-snow demoing and an Outside TV and Monster Energy after party at the Wobbly Barn. The on-snow demo event will feature premiere snow sports brands showcasing the best gear for the 2017 season. Come test the latest and greatest equipment at The Beast! www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1562270322

December 14 - January 5, Audubon VT - Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Audubon Vemont invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Each year, between December 14th and January 5th, birders and nature enthusiasts throughout Vermont will take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate. This year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone. Data compiled in Vermont will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years. www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

December 15, 2016, Backcountry Film Festival
Mount Snow - ome join in on the fun! The Dover School Club has partnered with Winter Wildlands Alliance to bring you the Backcountry Film Festival at the Snow Barn on Dec 15th from 6-9. This 90 min program will show pilots from seven Backcountry films that will be released in 2017. Raffle prizes from Abler, Mountain Kakis, Mount Snow and more will be raffled away throughout the night. Half price pizza will be sold all night and the cash bar will be open for drinks. This is a family friendly event open to all ages. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online or at the door. All door proceeds will go to the Dover School Ski Club. www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/backcountry-film-festival

Dec 15, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017, Audubon Christmas Bird Count
This holiday season marks the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community. Birders in Vermont are encouraged to participate in the count, which is happening in Vermont from December 15 to January 2. Even novice birdwatchers can participate because every event is led by an experienced birder. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and many other groups. http://vt.audubon.org/audubon-christmas-bird-count-0

December 17, 2016, 6th Annual Mount Snow Film Festival
Come out and enjoy some of this year's best videos and get yourself stoked for the season! FREE ENTRY• FREE RAFFLE. http://skivermont.com/mount-snow-resort-blog/2016/09/12/5th-annual-mount-snow-film-festival/

December 17, Vertical Challenge
Location: Clock Tower Base Area, Bull Run, Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series. The free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run is open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8am. The Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11am. Race awards and victory party begins at 3pm. Visit www.skiverticalchallenge.com  to learn More. www.okemo.com/activities/calendar/vertical-challenge

December 17, 2016, Rock The Hills Snowmobile Hill Climb
Bolton Valley Resort - Join Rock The Hills for a snowmobile hill climb. This event will be held at Timberline. Look for more information and registration soon. www.rockthehillsvt.com

December 17, 2016, Rails 2 Riches
The East Coast's most premier rail jam is back! Competitors will drop in on an exclusive, custom built rail venue in an attempt to snag a piece of the $25,000 cash purse. Those who have what it takes to impress the judges will walk away with ultimate bragging rights for the season. Come watch the action unfold as top athletes battle it out under the lights. www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1562270358

December 17-18, 2016, 2016 NENSA Eastern Cup Openers at Craftsbury
For the opening Eastern Cup, Craftsbury is bringing back a classic race format, the two-day pursuit. Saturday will be a standard interval start classic race, while Sunday will be a pursuit start. On Sunday the top 80 racers in the men’s and women’s open classes (U18 and up), along with the top 30 racers in the boys’ and girls’ U16 classes, will be started based on their time back from the respective winners of Saturday’s classic individual start. After 80 racers are pursuit started, the rest of the field will be started in waves of 5 racers at 30 second intervals. Sunday’s winners will be the first racer across the line in each category. Sunday’s races will, however, be scored by USSA by time-on-day result (as if the race were an individual start skate) for the purposes of JNs qualifying. This is done in an effort to make sure JNs qualifiers get two individual start races on the weekend. Racers should plan on racing BOTH days, as this is a two-day pursuit style race. If you only want to race one day - pick Saturday. NO one-day only Sunday racers will be allowed, as the Sunday interval starts are based on your time back from Saturday races. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/races-and-events/eastern-cup/welcome

Dec 24, 2016, Christmas at the Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments... Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, VT. http://billingsfarm.org/

Dec 26, 2016, VINS Raptor Encounter
- 7:00 pm, Killington Grand Hotel. Free interactive raptor encounter with Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1874043596

December 27, 2016, Grommet Jam #1
#1 of 3 Grommet Jam events for our 12 and under skiers and riders. This event series is a great way for kids to get out and learn a few things from our coaches and ski school instructors. Coaches and instructors from our Training Center and Ski & Snowboard School will help out our little jibbers in our Grommet park at Carinthia in the morning and after a lunch break (not included) we'll have a fun park competition with an awards ceremony to immediately follow. Prizes and raffle for participants immediately following the competition at the Carinthia Base Lodge. http://skivermont.com/mount-snow-resort-blog/2016/09/12/grommet-jam-1/

December 27 - January 1, Vermont Family Camp
Vermont Family Camps allow you to unplug from busy life, relax by the lake or the fire, adventure in the forests and mountains, and enjoy time with family and friends on our beautiful campuses. Our Winter and Summer Family Camps afford families an opportunity share the magic of Hulbert programming. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and each year new families, looking for a unique and memorable family vacation join us to reconnect and unwind. All are welcome at Hulbert’s Winter and Summer Family Camps. If you’re interested in joining us this year, see below for more information and registration details. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/family-camps/?utm_source=FB&utm_campaign=Image+3

December 28, 2016, Photography Outback Tour
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Admission: Sugarbush Ski & Ride School: 888-651-4827. Experience and capture the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley with our guided photo hike. Our photography workshops are centered on the incredible landscapes that we hike through at our mountain. Enjoy our favorite trails equipped with a DSLR or an iPhone, while our experienced guides teach you the ins and outs of digital photography. www.sugarbush.com/event/photography-outback-snowshoe-tour-122816

Dec 30, 2016 - Jay Peak Demo Days
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Take a spin over to Alice’s Table Patio to check out, and try-out, current and future skis & snowboards from some of the industry’s top brands. Each Demo Day features a rotating line-up of some of our favorite companies; enough gear to appease even the pickiest of consumers. All demos go out at 9:00 AM and must be returned by 3:00 PM. Who knows, you might even be able to BUY the pair of skis or snowboard you loved the most; just ask the brand rep and maybe buy them a beer or two.

December 31, 2016, BIRD MONITORING WALK
Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

 

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