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Starting in July, Open Water Swim Clinics
The Open Water Swim Clinics will run Wednesdays in July, starting July 10 and is available to Adult intermediate to advanced swimmers, age 18 and up. Like our Fitness classes, clinic will cost members $5, non-members $10, or use punch card. Use fitness class sign in sheet/waiver. The clinic will be led by experienced competitive swimmers and/or coaches, however, no lifeguard on duty, so this program is “swim at your own risk.” The intention is to build skills and confidence for open water swimming and increase cardio/respiratory fitness.

July and August, Free Let’s Go Fishing Clinics
Four state parks are working with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to offer free Let’s Go Fishing clinics throughout this summer. Silver Lake, Lake Bomoseen, Lake St. Catherine, Grand Isle, and Little River at Waterbury State Parks will be offering these free clinics. The Let’s Go Fishing program is a network of trained volunteer instructors administered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department who educate Vermonters and visitors of all ages and abilities about angling. Instructors teach fishing skills and techniques, the importance of quality aquatic habitat, fishing ethics, and fishing regulations. Clinics are free after paid admission to the state park and all equipment is provided on site.

January 2020

January 1, 2020, 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 

January 10, Full Moon Snowshoe
6pm-9pm, $10, includes snowshoe rental. Join us under moonlit skies for a guided snowshoe tour of our woodland trails. Campfire and s’mores to follow. All ages and abilities are welcome! Location: NorthWoods Main Lodge, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. More info: ,

January 10, Moonlit Snowshoe Walk
6 pm, Experience a winter evening using all of your senses as we brave the cold to explore snow covered terrain, and hopefully, hear an owl or two. We’ll warm up by a fire with mugs of hot chocolate and share our experiences before we head home for a good night’s sleep. Families are welcome!

January 11, Catamount Trail Express
Sat 9:30 AM · Stowe, Vermont, Bolton To Nebraska Valley Ski Shuttle, Saturdays in January & February
Come explore one of the more rugged and beautiful backcountry ski trails in Vermont and help support the Catamount Trail Association’s Ski Cubs Youth Ski Program. Section 22 of the Catamount Trail runs between Bolton Valley Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge and features a narrow trail in the spruce forest above 2700 feet, with a long descent through open forest, and marvelous views in all directions. This section of trail is perfect for experienced skiers who possess a true sense of adventure and are prepared for the unexpected.

Vermont Ice Fishing Clinics Start January 11
Pre-registration is required and can be done on Fish and Wildlife’s website  Corey Hart at  or 802-265-2279 will be available for questions.

January 14 - Ruthie's 8k
freestyle mass start. Registration and bib pickup 3:15-3:45, race start at 4:00. Details and pre-registration.

January 17-19, 2020, Yankee Sportsman's Classic
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., VT. In January, come Celebrate with over 175 exhibitors Outfitters, Hunting and Fishing Supplies Boats, RV’s, ATVs, Snowmobiles and much more!

January 18, Brandon Gap Backcountry Area Ski & Splitboard Tour
Brandon Gap Backcountry Area Ski and Splitboard Tour (Rochester)
Intermediate/Advanced – Saturday, January 18, 2020
The Brandon Gap Backcountry Area has over 15,000 vertical feet of skiing in 4 four separate zones. We split into groups based on ability and desire to sample the gap. Climbing skins, some aerobic capacity and the ability to climb and descend in open hardwood forest are required. About 6 hours. Bring AT skis, telemark skis or a splitboard, lunch, plenty to drink and weather-appropriate clothing. Come explore these new backcountry zones, a joint project of the US Forest Service, RASTA, VTBC and the CTA. Participation limited to 40 skiers and riders. Contact: Karl Fjeld,  or 802-236-8023.

January 19, Women's Intro to Handguns
Offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor. Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to  or book here

January 24-26, 2020, Frostbite Face-Off
Lake Morey Resort · Fairlee, VT. Let’s hit on the ICE and PLAY! When the thermometer drops and our 600-acre lake freezes, it’s time to hit the ice and play some old fashion pond hockey! Lake Morey Resort hosts several exciting adult pond hockey tournaments each winter; each listed below in order of dates played. Check out each tournament, build your team and join us on the ice. Have a team and want to play more? We created a new tournament with our friends at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, “Put Cancer on Ice 2020”. Play hockey for a cause. Registration and lodging information is listed below for each tournament.

January 24-26 - Lost Nation Cup
A mega weekend of racing in Craftsbury! Friday - Classic sprint (UVM Carnival and U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour) Saturday - Freestyle individual (UVM Carnival, NENSA Eastern Cup and U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour) Sunday - Classic mass start (NENSA Eastern Cup and U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour)

January 24 - 26, 2020, Smuggler's Notch 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.

January 25, Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day
Vermont’s seventh annual Free Ice Fishing Day is Saturday, January 25, 2020. To celebrate, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Elmore State Park on Lake Elmore. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages as well as families with kids. Vermont Fish and Wildlife staff, as well as instructors from Vermont’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, will be on-hand to teach ice fishing skills. These include knot tying, baiting and using an ice fishing rod, and most importantly, how to stay warm on the ice. They will also discuss fishing regulations and go over fish identification.

January 25, 2019 Winterfest at Base Camp
Start off the day right with a cross country ski or snowshoe at Mountain Meadows Cross Country Center located behind Base Camp. Bring your own gear or rent at Mountain Meadows. There will be a moderate paced, social group ski at 9:30 am for intermediate to advanced skiers that will run approximately two hours. The group will stop for breaks to enjoy the scenery and the company. Or grab a trail map and a friend and go on your own adventure! A quick cross country ski skills demo for beginners is available upon request.

January 25, Bennington Winter Festival
There's something for everyone - young and old - at the January 25th Winter Festival. The day kicks off at 9 AM with a continental breakfast and registration for the Penguin Plunge at Lake Paran.

January 25, Wildlife Walk at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will host a wildlife viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, January 25. Doug Morin and Paul Hamelin, wildlife biologists with the department, will lead this wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont. Morin is a wildlife biologist and an alumnus of the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist graduate program who manages Victory Basin WMA. Hamelin is a veteran wildlife biologist who has managed wildlife habitat on WMAs throughout the state. People can register for the event at

January 25, Annual Ice Fishing Festival
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Elmore State Park, Elmore, VT Vermont’s seventh annual Free Ice Fishing Day is Saturday, January 25, 2020. To celebrate, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Elmore State Park on Lake Elmore.

January 25, 2020, Wild Winter Eyes: A Guided Wildlife Tracking Exploration
9:00 AM – 12:00PM Andover, VT. For adults and young adults 14 and up. Participants MUST register ahead of time. Join us and Chris Bernier, a Wildlife Biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, for a unique outdoor exploration. Bernier, who will be accompanied by Jay DeGregorio, Senior Environmental Educator at The Nature Museum, will lead a 3-hour nature immersion for a small group of participants. This trek will lead us through the snowy landscape where we will discuss habitat types, animal tracking/camera trapping tips and tricks, forest management, and land conservation. Participants should expect an overall moderate hike with some uphill sections that will be more strenuous. Snowshoes and winter gear are required. If you would like to borrow a pair of snowshoes, please indicate this when registering. For more information visit

January 26, 2020, Komen Snowshoe Vermont Event
Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center · Grafton, VT. Strap on your snowshoes and join Komen New England for Snowshoe Vermont on January 26, 2020! Gather your friends, co-workers, and family to form a team or register as an individual for your favorite winter event.

January 26, 2020, 15th Annual Mountain Top Paintball Biathlon
Welcome to the 15th Annual Mountain Top Paintball Biathlon! We are very excited to host and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the World's first Paintball Biathlon and the biggest Biathlon event of North America... thanks to all of you!! The location of the range will again be front and center to make it completely spectator friendly. The epicenter of the event will be just outside the nordic center... lots of action... lots of fun! Please join us 26 January 2020 as our youngest (and young at heart) nordic skiers embrace the nuances of the sport of Biathlon in a most colorful presentation.


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February 2020

February 1, 2020, 25th Burlington Penguin Plunge
Burlington Waterfront Park, Thank you for your interest in the 25th Annual Burlington Penguin Plunge! At 12:00pm noon, on February 1, over 1300 participants will plunge into Lake Champlain's icy waters, while raising awareness and critical funds for Special Olympics Vermont. We hope you will join us!

February 01, 2020, Tricky Tracks: A Family Tracking Program
9:30am - 11:30am, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, Vermont, Winter is a wonderful time to learn about the comings and goings of our furry and feathered neighbors. We’ll discover how animals move through the snow. Then we’ll head outdoors at the Green Mountain Audubon Center to search for and make our own tracks. All ages welcome! Audubon Member: $12 per kid/adult pair, Non-Member : $14 per kid/adult pair, Additional person (adult or child): $4

February 1 - 2, 2020, Vermont Pond Hockey Championship
Lake Morey Resort · Fairlee, VT. Let’s hit on the ICE and PLAY! When the thermometer drops and our 600-acre lake freezes, it’s time to hit the ice and play some old fashion pond hockey! Lake Morey Resort hosts several exciting adult pond hockey tournaments each winter; each listed below in order of dates played. Check out each tournament, build your team and join us on the ice. Have a team and want to play more? We created a new tournament with our friends at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, “Put Cancer on Ice 2020”. Play hockey for a cause. Registration and lodging information is listed below for each tournament.

February 1 - 2, 2020, Craftsbury Marathon Ski Festival and Masters National Championships
The annual Craftsbury tradition! Saturday is classic day, with 33k and 50k races. Sunday is skate day, with 16k and 33k.

February 2, Camel's Hump Area Beginner Tour
Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association ( maintains an idyllic network of trails in Huntington, VT. Ski 2 to 3 hours on groomed trails suitable for beginners. Suggested donation: $10. Snow conditions may affect route, or require cancellation. Contact: Terry Ryan, 802-434-3640,

February 2, 2020, Rutland Cold Rolled
The creative minds behind Überwintern and Winterbike are at it again! Mountain Bike Vermont has partnered with Pine Hill Partnership in Rutland, Vermont to offer a day of fatbike stoke on cold-rolled singletrack this Groundhog Day! Join us Sunday February 2nd, 2020 as fatbikers from around New England and Quebec gather in Rutland to lead a charge with Old Man Winter, replete with group rides, demos, and hearty brews around warm fires.

Feb. 2, 2020, Camel's Hump Challenge
Time: 7:30 Check In, 8:00 Start. Location: Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Trails, Handy Road, Littlefield Farm, Huntington, Vermont 05462. The Camel's Hump Challenge offeres a rigorous wilderness ski touring experience where spirited backcountry Nordic skiers traverse around the perimeter of Camel's Hump - the third highest peak (4083') in Vermont's Green Mountains - to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia. Originally founded by the late Dr. Warren Beeken, the Challenge operates as a fundraiser to support the educational programs and services offered free of charge by the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter.

February 2, 2020, Women's Intro to Hockey!
3:30 PM. The Ice Center · Waterbury, VT, Hey women! This is a great chance to gear up and enjoy some ice time with members of the Women’s Waterbury Wicked hockey squad as they provide some basic coaching to build your confidence on and off the ice. If you don’t have equipment to borrow from family or friends, skate rentals and some equipment will be provided at no charge. This is a free event!

February 2, Tour de Hor
NorthWoods Stewardship Center · East Charleston, VT, 9am – 1pm, $15 suggested donation, Free for CTA/NEKBC members. NorthWoods is happy to partner with the NEK Backcountry Coalition, a chapter of the Catamount Trail Association to lead a guided backcountry ski tour in the WIlloughby State Forest. Both NorthWoods and NEKBC work closely with the VT FPR to maintain this backcountry ski destination on Bartlett Mountain and Mount Hor, above magnificent Willoughby Lake.

February 7, 2020, Owl Prowl Wine & Dine
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, General Public $75 / VINS Members $65, Celebrate winter in Vermont! Explore the natural world as we hike the beautiful wooded trails at the VINS Nature Center and prowl for owls. Find out “Hooo’s” out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest and discover the secret life of New England’s nocturnal residents. Afterwards, dine at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.

February 8, Modern Traditions in Hunting and Angling: Winter Wildlife Tracking
from 10-2pm, $15 registration, includes snowshoes, and FREE for VTFWCG members. Join members of the VT Fish & Wildlife Conservation Group for an animal tracking seminar. After a brief educational session on how to assess footprints in the snow, we'll get outside to find sign, figure out who we share our winter landscape with, and determine what they are up to. Dress for the weather, snowshoes available form NorthWoods. Location: NorthWoods Main Lodge, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. More info:

February 8, 2020, Winter Carnival Snowmobile Parade of Lights
Lakeside Park, Island Pond · Island Pond, VT. - Decorate your sled if you wish or come and enjoy the parade on the lake. Meet at the Pavilion in Lakeside Park. Sponsored by Brighton Snowmobile Club.

February 8, Uberwintern-Lite
9 AM, Ranch Camp · Stowe, VT. A day of fatbike group rides and hearty brews around warm fires.  Welp, since Mother Nature just didn't want to cooperate, and the show absolutely must go on, we hope you'll join us for a pared down version of New England's favorite fatbike event, Uberwintern! Uber-Lite will feature group rides that reach far and wide throughout Stowe's epic trail network, aid stations and bonfires around which we'll gather, and of course the epic post-ride lunch and re-hydration station. Uber-HQ will once again be at Ranch Camp and feature the perfectly curated lunch to chase an epic fatbike ride.

February 8, 2020, Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner and Fundraiser
Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner and Fundraiser at Smugglers Notch. 3:00 pm: Depart from parking area (Route 108) - walk 1.25 miles (2 km) on road. Estimated time: 1 h - 600’ of elevation gain. Then, snowshoe 1 mile (1.6 km) up Sterling Pond trail to summit. Estimated time: 1h30 - 800’ of elevation gain. 5:30 pm: Arrive at the Top of the Notch. 6:00 pm: 4-course dinner served by the Hearth & Candle Restaurant. BYOB (with or without alcohol).

February 8 – Owls Talking to You
Northwoods Stewardship Center, Description: Renowned nature photographer, Elinor Osborn of Craftsbury will share a slideshow of her owl photography, and will provide the audience with a glimpse into the work of a nature photographer. The presentation will also include Owl Vocalizations and a Q&A. Time: 3:00pm– 4:00pm Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT 05833 Cost: FREE

February 8 – Snowshoe Along The River
Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers (UMATR) Wild & Scenic Committee. Come snowshoe with Franklin County Forester Nancy Patch on Saturday, February 8th, from 9-11am. Nancy will guide us through the woods along our Wild and Scenic Missisquoi River, pointing out tree species, animal tracks, and more! Time: 9:00am– 11:00am Location: Meet at the end of Gummerus Rd, off Route 118 in East Berkshire as you head toward Montgomery. Cost: free and open to the public.

February 8 - 9, 2020, 40th Annual Islands Ice Fishing Derby
Lake Champlain. Sunday, February 9th at approximately 6 p.m, marks the start of the 40th Annual Island’s Ice Fishing Derby Awards Ceremony to be held at the VFW in Swanton (8 Merchants Row). Stop in for a tasty fish fry with your fishing friends, pick up your awards and congratulate your fellow fisherman. For more information, contact the VFW at 802-466-4266. 

Feb 8 - 9, Central Vermont Gun Show
The Central Vermont Gun Show will be held on Feb 8th-9th, 2020 in Barre, VT. This Barre gun show is held at Municipal Auditorium and hosted by Barre Fish and Game club. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. Easy access, close to Interstate 89, local restaurants and lodging.

February 8 - 9, 2020 Pond Hockey Tournament: Put Cancer on Ice
Lake Morey Resort · Fairlee, VT. Let’s hit on the ICE and PLAY! When the thermometer drops and our 600-acre lake freezes, it’s time to hit the ice and play some old fashion pond hockey! Lake Morey Resort hosts several exciting adult pond hockey tournaments each winter; each listed below in order of dates played. Check out each tournament, build your team and join us on the ice. Have a team and want to play more? We created a new tournament with our friends at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, “Put Cancer on Ice 2020”. Play hockey for a cause. Registration and lodging information is listed below for each tournament.

February 9, Bald Mountain Snowshoe
10-4pm $10, includes snowshoe rental. Embark on a wintery trek up Bald Mountain with us! At about 5.5 miles round trip,this hike is a longer, more advanced option for those hoping to spend all day out in the snow. There will be a shorter, less intensive snowshoe up Bluff Mountain in March.
Location: NorthWoods Main Lodge, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT.  More info: ,

February 10 - 22, 2020, GoVT Winter Bike/Walk Challenge
Get your bike, boots, or shoes ready! Ride a bike or walk for your commute (or part of it) at least two times between February 10th and 21st and become eligible for great prizes from Local Motion and partners! Record at least two commutes under the modes "Bike," "Walk," or "Multi" in the Go! Vermont app between February 10th and 21st to be eligible to win prizes. These trips should not be recreational in nature. Prize winners will be chosen randomly from all challenge participants who record at least two trips during the Challenge. All participants are eligible for each prize, and participants can win multiple prizes.

February 14, Valentine’s Day Gourmet Fondue Snowshoe Tour
Enjoy our guided, moonlight snowshoe tour in Vermont’s amazing landscape. The tour ends at The Stowehof where you will enjoy an intimate dining experience with your individual party. This is a three-course meal and fondue experience at the Fritz Bar featuring Cabot Cheese and Laughing Moon Chocolate. Perfect for a romantic evening with your loved one.

February 14 - 16, 2020, 7th Annual Willoughby Lake Ice Fishing Derby
2020 Annual Ice Fishing Derby, Trophies, Cash & Door Prizes!!

February 14-17, 2020, Ice Cutting - Farm & Wilderness
Be a part of the time-honored tradition of cutting ice from the pond at Flying Cloud to store in the ice house. Your hard work will provide refrigeration for Flying Cloud’s food the following summer! Saturday begins with an invigorating hike through the snow up to camp, then working in teams to cut, haul and stack large ice blocks. You return to the Tamarack Farm lodge in the evening with sore muscles, but full of the sweet feeling that comes from being outside all day in the winter air. After hot cocoa, hot food, a sauna, and singing you will be ready for a night of dancing.

February 14-23, 2020, 32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival
The 32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival, Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 14th-23rd, 2020 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Chili Cook-Off, 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown, Princess Party and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes and more!

February 15 – Monthly Birding Walk
Friends of the Missisquoi NWR, Description: Join fellow bird watchers for this monthly walk appropriate for all level. Time: 8:00am – 10:00am. Location: Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Maquam/Black Creek Trail, Swanton. Cost: FREE.

February 15, 2020, 1st Annual Snowmobile Festival
The Vermont State Fair · Rutland, VT. Registration starts at 9am. Judging 11am til 12 noon
Snowmobile Parade at 12:30. Trophies Awarded at 1:30. Door Prizes announced throughout show hours! Admission and entering snowmobiles FREE! Sleds are welcome to enter day of show but sign-up by mail, phone or email is highly recommended and APPRECIATED!

February 15, 2020 Harris Hill Ski Jump
Harris Hill Ski Jump thrills each year as jumpers from the US and abroad compete in the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition in Brattleboro. The 90-meter Harris Hill Ski Jump was re-built in 2008 to International Ski Federation (FIS) specs. It is the site of 18 national championships over its colorful history. Enjoy two heart-stopping fun-filled jumping days of music, tailgating, a climb to the takeoff for an up-close look at the jumpers as they fly by. The Harris Hill Ski Jump is a festive atmosphere with food, music, souvenirs, a beer tent and visits by Jumper the mascot.

February 16. Women's Intro to Handguns
Offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor. Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to  or book here

February 16 – Mid Winter Snowshoe
A Glorious snowshoe through the beautiful Town Forest! Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Location: Enosburgh Town Forest, Enosburg. Enosburgh Town Forest. Shake off your cabin fever and grab some fresh air with us for this glorious snowshoe through the beautiful Town Forest, led by Steve Wadsworth and Sarah Downes! Please be aware of weather conditions expected as we get closer to the date. (If you’re in need of snowshoes, check with your local library or Recreation Dept. to ask about the option of borrowing.) COST: FREE, Cost: Free,

February 16, 2020, WinterFest
Fun winter activities including sledding, photo booth, hot cocoa, music, games, kids' activities, skating, horse & wagon rides, snow sculpture contest, arts and crafts and lots more! All hosted by Better Middlebury Partnership.

February 17 – Snowshoeing at Prospect Mountain
Both beginner and expert snowshoers are welcome to this family-friendly event. VLT’s Jennifer Garrett will lead the one-hour walk. The pace will be casual, perfect for beginners and families. Time: 10:00am – 11:00am. Location: Prospect Mountain, 204 Prospect Access Woodford, VT 05201 Cost: $15

February 18, 2020, Audubon Winter Wildlife and Wilderness Skills
Join an Audubon Vermont teacher naturalist for outdoor learning at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center twice this February! Learn about wildlife from 10:00am-12:00pm and/or wilderness skills from 2:00-4:00pm. Both program are free and you can do one or both. This is a family program, perfect for children and their adults to learn together. The same programs are offered both days.

February 20, 2020, Wild Walkers Winter Camp at The Nature Museum at Grafton
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, For ages 10–14 years. Cost is $30. Campers will spend the day exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Vermont landscape right outside the museum’s front door. Our day will be filled with snowshoeing, trailblazing, fire making, animal tracking, and more! We’ll head out on snowshoes to search for wildlife sign and learn tree ID in the Grafton Town Forest. After learning the basics of fire making and fire safety, campers will have the chance to test their skills by creating their own fire. We’ll even learn a bit of camp cooking, as long as the day permits. Nature Museum educators will guide campers in a safe, fun, and respectful experience. Whether your Wild Walker is just getting interested in the outdoors, or is an experienced outdoors person, the day holds unique opportunities for all!

Feb. 22, East Hill WMA Tour and Winter Wildlife Tracking
Wolcott, Vt. -- VT Fish and Wildlife biologist Tim Appleton will lead a free guided tour for the public of the East Hill Wildlife Management Area in Wolcott on Saturday, February 22. “We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the WMA parking area off Marsh Road for a leisurely walk on relatively flat ground, and we may go off-trail at times,” said Appleton. “We’ll discuss tracks, trees, mammals, birds, historical resources, management activities and any other curiosities we find along the way. Please bring snowshoes and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter, including extra layers, food, and water, as well as binoculars if you have them. You should also be able to walk one to two miles at a relaxed pace while wearing snowshoes, if needed. Participation is limited to the first 15 people who register on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website at this link:

FEB 22, 2020, Winter Wild Edibles
AT 10 AM, North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. For those willing to get a little frosty, there is no need to pack up your foraging baskets during the cold winter months. Bundle up and join teacher naturalist Ken Benton as we learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of wild foods from the surrounding landscape. We’ll bake with spruce, fir, and pine needles and sip on a warm mug of chaga chai or refreshing birch beer as we try our hand at making ice cream from snow. Children must be accompanied by adults.

February 22, 2020, Winter Becoming and Outdoors Woman
A ONE-DAY WINTER WORKSHOP, 2020 Winter BOW, WILL BE HELD ON February 22, 2020 - 8:30a.m.-4p.m.
at the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness, NH Choices include ice-fishing, winter outdoor survival, snowshoeing/wildlife tracking, and “Shoe and Shoot”.

February 22, 2020 Southern Vermont Hunting Heritage Banquet
AT 4 PM, Baxters at the Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove St • Rutland, VT. Come join in on an evening of fun! Live auction, silent auction, bucket raffles, and more.

February 24 – 27 (Monday- Thursday) – Winter Day Camp 
Northwoods Stewardship Center, Description: Don’t let your kiddos (aged 6 -14) get bored during Winter Break. Join us at NorthWoods for outdoor exploration by snowshoe and ski, and indoor arts and crafts. We’ll sample culture in the North, from ice fishing to shared stories and games. We’ll look for signs of winter wildlife, and learn about the adaptations that help these animals thrive, not just survive, Vermont’s long winters. Time: 9:00am– 3:00pm, Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT 05833 United States. Cost: $150 for 4 days, or $45/day, lunch and outdoor equipment provided.

February 25, Till I Die Pico Takeover
Join us as we take over Pico Mountain for the day with a one of a kind, never been done before, all day fiesta. The collection of brands that will be there include Meier Skis, Faction Skis, Parlor Skis, Facet Skis, Jones, Yes, AquaVitea, Two Roads, Bern, First Chair Travel, Vermont Adaptive, New Schoolers, and the most important person – our host – Polly. The goal is to create a FOMO type of vibe with a day on the hill complete with an awesome collective of brands and personalities with Vermont Adaptive being the beneficiary. Think Apres Meets The Road. We anticipate executing a GS race, a rail jam // big air competition, scavenger hunt, raffles, and live music.

February 26 – 12th Annual Taste of the Kingdom
Green Mountain Farm to School, Description: This annual event is not to be missed! Guests from near and far gather at the Taste of the Kingdom every year, eager to sample the best food & drink our region has to offer – all while supporting Green Mountain Farm-to-School & our work to connect communities through food and education. The event also features a live band, silent auction, and raffle. Time: 6:00pm- 8:30pm Location: Jay Peak Resort, Foeger Ballroom 830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, VT. Cost: Adult $50, 2 for $85, Children 15 and under are Free.

February 28, Audubon Winter Wildlife and Wilderness Skills
Join an Audubon Vermont teacher naturalist for outdoor learning at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center twice this February! Learn about wildlife from 10:00am-12:00pm and/or wilderness skills from 2:00-4:00pm. Both program are free and you can do one or both. This is a family program, perfect for children and their adults to learn together. The same programs are offered both days.

Feb 28 - Mar 1, Lake Memphremagog Winter Swim Fest
Where: East Side Restaurant, Newport, VT. The only 25 meter winter swim pool cut in the ice in all of the Americas. 25-meter, 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter competitions, plus the fiercest of hat competitions.

February 28, 2020, Owl Prowl Wine & Dine
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, General Public $75 / VINS Members $65, Celebrate winter in Vermont! Explore the natural world as we hike the beautiful wooded trails at the VINS Nature Center and prowl for owls. Find out “Hooo’s” out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest and discover the secret life of New England’s nocturnal residents. Afterwards, dine at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.

February 29, 2020, RASTA Skimo/Rando Race at Brandon Gap VT
Goshen, VT. 9:30 AM.

8:00 AM. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk. Coffee and conversation afterwards. Please bring your own binoculars. Learn something new, share what you know, or both! Free, donations welcome. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA. (802) 434-2167 • •

February 29, 2020 Vermont Backcountry Challenge
The Vermont Backcountry Challenge is a winter-long, social fundraiser where individual supporters establish a fundraising goal and commit to some sort of challenge. The challenge should take place during our challenge week (Feb 29-Mar 8) and fundraising happens during the period leading up to the event. The Vermont Backcountry Challenge is an opportunity to give back to the backcountry community, and support the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) and its chapters.


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March 2020

March 1, 2020, Rack N' Reel Indoor 3D Shoot
All right you Bowhunters out there, come in and hone in on your shooting skills at our Indoor 3d competition. the top 5 archers will be into a 3 target shoot off to place for 1st,2nd and 3rd! Lets see what ya got! EVENT DATE- MARCH 1ST, 2019 ENTRY FEE- Bowhunters- $15, Youths-$10. 5343 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, Vermont 05472

March 2 - 3, Women's Discovery Camp
Ladies! Join us for a fun and inspiring multi-day ski and ride camp. Activities include instruction, demos, video analysis, equipment talk, and après fun in a camp specially designed for women only. The specific content is custom tailored to the needs of each participant and each group. Our team of professional coaches has an impeccable touch for creating learning experiences that are the perfect blend of fun, learning, sharing and lots of skiing and riding. Wondering what the rest of the family will do? Discounted family programs available.

March 5 - 8, 2020, Ladies Getaway Weekend
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont. 20th Anniversary! Join us for a "Roaring 20's" woman's only weekend filled with workshops, massage therapy, entertainment, good food, friends and fun. Workshops include crafts, exercise, self-help, cooking demo’s, paint & sip, and nutrition. We've increased class options and frequency - don't miss out on your favorite classes and instructors. New excursions to King Arthur Baking School and Silo Distillery and Artisan Park.

March 7, 2020, The Way of the Huntress
10 AM. Worcester, VT - The Way Of The Huntress is a year-long journey of learning and initiation into the craft, science, and mystery of ethical deer hunting.  Meeting nine times throughout an entire year, you will experience each piece of the deer hunter's journey through the seasons.

MAR 7, 2020, Intermediate Wildlife Tracking
9 AM. North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. Intermediate Wildlife Tracking March 7 | 9 am - 3 pm $45 | Ages 16+ Join NBNC naturalist and wildlife tracker Dave Muska for a full day of tracking and trailing wildlife, aimed at participants already holding some basic knowledge of track and sign identification. We'll start in the classroom to review the tracks, gaits, habitats, and signs of species we might encounter on the late winter landscape.

March 7, 2020, Ski Orienteering Races
9:30 AM 1:30 PM, Two Ski-Orienteering (Ski-O) races; long-distnace and beginner. The long-distance race will be approximately 15k and the beginner race will be approximately 3k. The course will be mostly on wide, machine groomed trails, freestyle technique. Competitors will be timed with SPORTident electronic timing. Registration will be in the new building south the main touring center. There will only day-of-race registration. Registration begins at 9:30am, for a 10:00-11:30 am start window. $10 per person.

March 14, Grafton Fat Bike Bash
Join us for the 1st Annual Grafton Fat Bike Bash and “Ride a Fatty for Saint Paddy.” Celebrate fat biking in true Vermont style! There will be fat bike demos available on site from Putney, VT’s West Hill Shop, a Skills Clinic, and youth activities. Enter our Fat Bike Rodeo at 1:30 p.m. to show off your skills (barrel race, limbo, slow race, etc) and compete for prizes. Jamaican Jewlz food truck and The Grafton Inn will be offering food, and 14th Star Brewing Co. will be pouring beer on site from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

March 14, 2020, Turkey Calling Seminar
Public · Hosted by Rack 'N Reel, 10 AM – 2 PM. The best callers from around the state will be putting on a turkey calling seminar. There will be a competition following the seminar with youth and open divisions. Prizes will be given out to the winners. 

March 14, 2020, 28th Annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet
HAMPTON INN, 42 Lower Mountain View Drive, Colchester, VT 05446S, SPECIAL ROOM RATE FOR BANQUET. EARLY BIRD BONUS RAFFLE TICKET PACKAGE Contains $200 worth of raffle tickets for only $120! All early bird raffle ticket packages must be ordered by Friday, March 1, 2020.This package will not be sold at the banquet. If you would like to purchase your bonus raffle ticket packages at the banquet, you will receive $150 worth of raffle tickets for $120. Use the order form to purchase your bonus raffle ticket package and pick up your tickets at the door when you register!

March 14, FatRiders Banked Slalom
Join the Riders for a sweet freestyle snow event this March. After the SideSurfer's Banked Slalom event, fat bikes take over the course. We're going to keep it non-competitive and loads of fun. Thank you to Sugarbush Parks for the support!

March 14, 5th Annual Sidesurfers Banked Slalom
The Sidesurfers team in collaboration with the Sugarbush Parks team present a Banked Slalom snowboard race through a custom course. The track will consist of turns, berms, bumps, jumps, and technical aspects that will challenge riders from start to finish. Prizes will be awarded to those who smoothly operate their snowboard down the bermed course with the fastest times. Registration is from 7:30-8:45AM, course inspections at 9:45AM, and the first drop is scheduled for 10:00AM.

March 15, 2020, Bolton Valley Celebration & Après Ski
12:30 PM. Please join Vermont Land Trust on Sunday, March 15, for an afternoon of adventure and celebration on the conserved lands at Bolton Valley. Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry and Catamount Trail Association will lead you on snowshoe and ski tours. (Pre-registration required.) This event is $20 for adults and free for children 12 and under, plus costs associated with day access and rentals.

March 21 - 22, Annual Maple Open House Weekend
Maple Open House Weekend celebrates the first crop of the season as Vermont's sugar makers will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Whether it’s the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses!

Mar 21 - 22, 2020, Lamoille Valley Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Show
9 AM · Champlain Valley Exposition, Come buy, swap, and/or trade among 200 tables featuring new and used, modern & antique firearms, hunting equipment, and accessories!


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April 2020

April 4-5, 2020, MADE in VERMONT Marketplace
The Made in Vermont Marketplace, at it's new location at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington, is an extraordinary opportunity for Vermont companies to showcase their Made in Vermont products to an audience of thousands of prospective customers in one weekend.
Find out how to sponsor this event!

APR 11, Otter Creek Classic
Green Mountain Adventures (GMA) is proud to present the 12th Annual Otter Creek Classic (OCC12) Fly Fishing Tournament. This is a catch and release, fly fishing only, event. All profits from the OCC12 are donated to the New Haven River Anglers for local conservation and education programs. We are extremely honored and proud to be celebrating 12 years and have worked to make the OCC12 an event to remember. Competitors that pre-register will receive an OCC12 commemorative gift. Middlebury Mountaineer · Middlebury, VT.

April 18 - 19, VINS Owl Festival
9:00am - 5:00pm, Calling all owls and owl lovers! Join us for a day of all things owly on either Saturday, April 18 or Sunday, April 19 at the VINS Nature Center. Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, get your face painted and delight in delicious food. Spice up your experience by dressing as your favorite owl!

April 23, 2020 World Tour Paddling Film Festival
Burlington, VT. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, NRS, and Outdoor Gear Exchange are hosting a screening of the 2020 World Tour Paddling Film Festival! We are excited to share the year’s best paddling films showing destinations and adventures in whitewater, canoeing, sea kayaking and SUP. Tickets: $12 online / $15 at the door. Student rate: $10 (student I.D. required at door). The event includes a live raffle.

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May 2020

May 1 - 31, Spring Turkey Season

May 4, Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens

May 4, Green Up Day

May 22 - 23, Sport & Fitness Expo
"Featuring the latest in sportswear, gear, local vermont products and more." The Sport & Fitness Expo is host to local and national exhibitors featuring the latest in sportswear, gear, local Vermont products and more. Back by popular demand - smaller one-floor layout. Packet pick-up, race shirt pick-up, and vendors will be on one floor. LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel & conference Center, Williston Road, South Burlington, VT US 05403

May 23-24, 2020, Wilderness First Responder Re-Cert
This two-day review is designed to re-certify individuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be re-certified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued.

May 29 - 31, 2020, Rack 'N Reel Bow Fishing Tournament
Hosted by Rack 'N Reel, Registration opens Friday at 12 pm and closes at 6 pm. Entry fee is $60 per 4 person team and $15 for a single person. Prizes will be given out on Sunday at 12 pm to the top 3 teams in each division for the combined weight of 3 carp, 3 bow fin, and 3 gar. 

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June 2020

June 1, National Trails Day

July 2019

July 5 - 7, 2019, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot air balloons fill the sky. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Balloon rides and tethered rides available, as well as a children’s area. This signature event is hosted at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa and is a Vermont Chamber Top 10 Summer Event. The highlights of this event are the sunset and sunrise launches. The sunset launches take place during the festival, with kids activities, games, food, and a beer/wine garden. The sunrise launches offer a unique opportunity to visit the pilots before the launch. There are no pets or coolers allowed at this event.

July 6, 2019, The Great Race & Bay Day
Franklin County's annual triathlon tradition continues. Run 3 miles, bike 12 miles and paddle 3 miles. Afternoon activities, games, food and live music bring Bay Day into the evening, capped by fireworks at dusk. Registration required for the Great Race. Bay Day is free and open to the public.

July 8 - 12, Wakesurfing at Basin Harbor
Ever wanted to learn a new sport from a pro? Basin Harbor invites you to experience the fun and challenging sport of wakesurfing this July (July 8th-12th) with our program WAKES Up! Ride the endless wave behind our brand new MasterCraft NXT22 with expert instruction from professional rider Nick Cankar. Nick Cankar is a World Wakeboard Champion from Florida with over ten years of coaching experience. He is sponsored by Malibu Boats and Ronix Wakeboards. Whether you are just starting out or looking to hone your techniques, with Nick’s guidance we can guarantee that you will have a blast shredding on Lake Champlain this summer!

July 13-14, Vermont Bowhunters Association 3-D Shoot
Lamoille Valley Fish & Game, Morrisville, VT - With raffles, novelty shoots, food and more, these events are great fun for the whole family! For more information check their website at:

July 16, Sunset & Full Moon Paddle
Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 pm, $10. In the heat of the summer we invite you to take some paddle strokes with us as the sun closes out the day with a fiery show of brilliance and the full moon rises. The Clyde River hosts diverse wildlife such as osprey, trout, salmon, perch, and beavers as well as various other bird and aquatic plant species. We look forward to enjoying the hum of the evening with you. We will meet at the NorthWoods Lodge before heading down to the River! Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. Contact: 802-723-6551,

July 18 - Women's MTB Clinic
5:30-7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle.

July 18, 2019, Women in Wind Summer Soirée
from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) Burlington, VT
Hosted in partnership with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, our 6th year offers on-the-water recreation and a "mini expo" of local recreational and educational organizations, including biking, hiking, climbing and more. Join us to…Cruise around Burlington Bay aboard a sailboat, Dragon boat, paddleboard, canoe, or kayak; Roll out your mat (please bring your own) for some summer yoga; Learn about local groups helping our community get outside and recreate this summer; Make connections by the waterfront over light fare & beverages.

July 18, River of Light
Full Moon Paddle on the Winooski River. Get your friends and family together to start planning your lighting scheme for the 3rd River of Light: Paddling by the Light of the Moon on July 18th, 2019. We will meet at the Heineberg Bridge Access (on the Colchester side of the Rt 127 bridge over the Winooski River) at 7:00 PM. Participants will leave their boats and drive their cars to the Colchester Point Fishing Access. There participants will organize self-shuttles to come back to the put in. The goal is to launch at sunset and paddle the 2.5 miles to Lake Champlain. All paddlers must wear a properly fitted PFD. All paddlers must be facing forward or in the case of a row boat, there must be a passenger in the bow, facing forward.

July 18-21, Harley’s Iron Adventure Run
The 2019 Iron Adventure Rally of New England will be July 18 – 20 at the Okemo Ski Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. From there you can tour Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, the Vermont Country Store, or the many cheese stores, sugar houses, and wineries – all with tastings. But the best part is the riding. From the curvy and steep mountain passes with names like Sherburne Pass, Lincoln Gap, and Smugglers Notch, to the majestic views of the Green Mountains. Add the on-site entertainment and there will truly be something for everyone, including a few surprises. We hope to see you in Vermont!

July 19-21, 2019, The Vermont 100
The Vermont 100 has one of the sport’s richest histories as one of America’s oldest 100 milers, and is part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. All proceeds support Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Featuring unrelenting rollers that add up to 17,000 feet of climbing, the VT100 winds its way over country roads, through forested trails, and alongside breathtaking views of the southern Green Mountains. 400 RUNNERS, 70 HORSES, 17,000 VERTICAL, 30 HOURS.

July 20, 2019, Goshen Gallop
Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT., Since 1978 the Goshen Gallop has invited runners from across Vermont and around the world, seeking to take the road less traveled. Hosted by the iconic Blueberry Hill Inn, in the heart of the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest… participants can tackle either the famous 10.2K— or the equally awesome, but more merciful 5K run. Runners looking for an exceptional backcountry course find it here… in the Moosalmoo National Recreation Area. From a natural obstacle course 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.” Then there’s the victory party. Revel in a relaxed post-race barbecue, enjoy spirited live music, and freewheeling pond dipping. Camp out or stay over at the Inn if you like, and continue the festivities with a bonfire post-party.

July 20, River Clean-Up
Join the Missisquoi River Basin Association as we travel along the Missisquoi River filling our watercrafts with trash treasures. 9 am-noon, meet at Davis Park in Richford and we will paddle toward East Berkshire. Contact us at  or 802-393-0076 if you would like to join!

July 25, 2019, Pathfinders Workshop for Veterans
at 5:30 PM at Stable Connections, Equine Assisted Therapy. This is an innovative workshop for active or retired military personal using horses to heal. It is designed to provide a fun & safe arena to explore emotions as they relate to life. The relationship being built through this effort helps military personnel connect with their emotions. Stable Connections, offers a safe and tranquil place that can encourage change by expanding awareness of one's personal healing process. The experience of working with horses facilitates moving to the heart of the problem because horses are so adept at reading body language, the interaction with the horse can provide opportunities to address underlying challenges.

July 27 , 2019, 11 th Annual Kingdom Swim
Newport, VT - Scores of open water swimmers and kayakers from all over North America are preparing to descend on Newport, Vermont this coming weekend for the 11 th Annual Kingdom Swim on Saturday, July 27 th , 2019. Kingdom Swim now offers five distances, 1 mile, 5 km, 10 km, 10 mile, and 25 km. It is held in conjunction with Newport’s Aquafest which will be hosting a parade and a variety of other activities Saturday afternoon, along with a street dance on Saturday night.

July 28, Tracks and Trails- Wildlife Ecology
Trek through meadows, woods and along shorelines, and look carefully for signs and tracks of the various mammals and other wildlife found here. This workshop will emphasize the observation skills required to recognize and read different tracks, travel patterns and other signs provided by many animals. This is an easy to moderate hike in terms of length and difficulty, with occasional wet or muddy sections, so please dress accordingly and bring sunscreen and bug spray. The event will be led by Paul Brown through Rise VT. Participants should plan to meet at Collins-Perley Sports Complex by 9:45 am to carpool. Location: Silver Lake Woods Natural Area, Georgia. 10 am-12. (802) 393-0076,

July 28, 2019, Camp Fire Cooking Class at Button Bay State Park
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - In this class, we'll turn summer produce and meats from local farmers into an amazing meal. All of the cooking will be done over a campfire, and the class will include everything from tricks for packing your cooler to tips about starting and maintaining a cooking fire. Expect tomatoes, blueberries, Vermont cheese, and meats to make an appearance. We love answering questions, and in addition to making the day's meal, will delve into any territory that would be useful, including a discussion of cooking tools that are a must, and how to build a camping pantry. Please bring an apron if you’d like one, dishes and flatware if you can, so that we can avoid using disposables, and a cooking knife, if you’d like to use one. The class costs $12, to cover the cost of the ingredients.

July 29-August 2, 2019, The Ethics and the Tastes of the Wild
Imagine five days of class and field study, in the beautiful NEK of Vermont, Culminating in a gourmet meal collected and prepared by you and your fellow students. Of course, there will be recipes for you to take home to carry on your wild experience! Faculty: Nova Kim & Les Hook, School of the New American Farmstead ~Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT., Scholarships available! If you are a Veteran, are of Abenaki heritage, or identify as low-income you qualify for a SNAF scholarship. Contact: (802) 586-7711

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August 2019

August 2 - 4, 2019, Rack 'N Reel Bow Fishing Tournament
Registration ends at 6pm on August 2, 2019. Prizes will be given out at 12pm on August 4, 2019. Entries are $60 for a 4 person team or $15 for a single person. Combined weight of 3 carp, 3 bowfin, and 3 gar to be checked and weighed at Rack 'N Reel.

August 3, Guided Canoe and Kayak Paddle
(rain date: August 10), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., South Bay Wildlife Management Area, 3070 Coventry Station Road, Coventry, Vermont. Join State Fish Biologist Pete Emerson for a guided paddler’s tour of the lower Barton River and South Bay of Lake Memphremagog. The Barton River is one of three main Vermont tributaries to Lake Memphremagog and is a popular spring fishery for steelhead rainbow trout. Although the steelhead attract the most attention, the Barton is also home to many other fish and wildlife species. Pete will talk about the fishery in the river and the lake; the relationship between fish and a healthy, forested stream bank; and the State lands that border the river. Prepare for a fun day on the water. Bring your own canoe or kayak and lunch.

August 3, 2019, Paddle for Prevention Poker Run on Lake Willoughby
Soak up the sun & take in the views while leisurely paddling on the crystal clear waters of beautiful Lake Willoughby to collect your best poker hand. It is only $5.00 per hand. Paddle to marked locations along the shores of the lake to retrieve your cards. Your last stop: The Gap Pub & Grill for live music, giveaways and great food!

August 3 - 4, 2019, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
The 200 members of Dragonheart Vermont members paddle all summer and compete around the region, the country, and the world. We welcome new paddlers through most of the year. SISTERS AT HEART CELEBRATION. Dragonheart Vermont strives to strengthen and empower breast cancer survivors & supporters through the challenging sport of dragon boating instilling in its members the values of teamwork, fitness & community giving.

August 4, Vermont Bowhunters Association 3-D Shoot
Caledonia F&G St. Johnsbury, VT - With raffles, novelty shoots, food and more, these events are great fun for the whole family! For more information check their website at:

August 6, Halfmoon Cove Natural Community Walk
(rain date: August 7), Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Halfmoon Cove Wildlife Management Area, 670 Heineburg Drive, Colchester, Vermont. The lower Winooski River supports a unique and intriguing ecosystem that includes floodplain forests with their tall arching trees, wet swamps, and flooded marshes. Come learn about these natural communities, and the many plants and animals that inhabit them with State Lands Ecologist Bob Zaino. This trip will involve a moderate walk on flat ground but requires walking off-trail and across wet ground. Waterproof boots are recommended.

August 9-15, Vermont Open Farm Week
During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. What’s the greatest part about Open Farm Week? Every farm is unique! Milk a cow and harvest a carrot at one farm, sit on a tractor and take in the smell of freshly cut hay at another. Find up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location or product at, your portal to Vermont's agriculture and culinary experiences.

August 10, United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run
Aug 10, 9:00 AM, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of VT, 445 Industrial Ln, Berlin, VT 05602, USA. The 2019 United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run is Saturday August 12th.The annual Toy Run is the largest charity motorcycle ride in the State of Vermont, attracting hundreds of riders from around New England in support of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Bring cash, checks or a new unwrapped toy. Stuffed animals, which are traditional for the Toy Run,

August 10, Party Like It’s 1994 - It’s Kingdom Trails’ 25th Birthday!
Join Kingdom Trails in your favorite 90’s garb (best outfit wins a Marzocchi Fork) & bring a 90’s bike if you’ve got it… as we travel back in time to 1994, the year that the Kingdom Trail Association was established as a non-profit Association. This event is also the Tour De Borderlands Stop #5. Come find out what's up with Borderlands?! Group rides will be offered for all skill-levels, kids included! Plan to finish the ride with 90's fashion and sportsmanship awards. Group Rides offered for all skill levels, kids included! Best 90's bike and outfit competition, Swag! Then head on up to Burke Mountain's Bike n'Brew event happening from 5-8pm. Group Ride participants receive $5 of Bike N Brew Fest entry!

August 10-11 2019, Smugglers' Mountain Race
Smugglers' Mountain Race is a weekend of stout mountain runs at their finest. These are extremely challenging sky-run style mountain races located on the rugged slopes and trails of Smugglers' Notch Resort, in Mount Mansfield State Forest! Both races climb to the highest point of land; Madonna Mountain, on the North side of Smugglers' Notch via steep, unforgiving terrain. Loose rock, mud, slippery slopes and long unrelenting climbs with spectacular views should be expected. Two days of races, and two days of fun! Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of the best family resort destinations you will find! In addition to incredible mountain trails, Smuggs offers infinite family fun! While you run, your family will be enjoying a weekend of water parks, zip lining, disc golf, and more! Room rate discount for race participants!

August 15, Women's MTB Clinic
from 5:30 - 7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle.

Aug. 16-17, Last Mile Ride, 5K and Walks
A central Vermont tradition continues August 16-17 with Gifford’s 14th annual Last Mile Ride (link is external) to support end-of-life care for patients and their families. The two-day, family-friendly event includes a motorcycle ride, 5K run, and 1- and 2-mile walks to raise funds for palliative care and special services. Last year, the Last Mile Ride’s 415 participants and 53 business sponsors raised $110,000 to support end-of-life care for central Vermonters, bringing the grand total to more than $760,000 since the inaugural LMR in 2006. Proceeds are used to help ease the end-of-life experience and support grieving families.

August 16-19 - VT3 Mountain Bike Stage Race
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, northern Vermont. The VT3 will showcase some of the most fun riding that northern Vermont has to offer. From the rocky, granite slopes of Hardwick to the all-mountain paradise at Cochran's, the VT3 promises fun courses, fast racing, and the camaraderie that only the mountain bike community can bring. Whether you're an endurance junkie with a full race calendar or an avid trail rider looking to test your mettle on some fun new trails, the VT3 is for you. And your buddies. And your buddies' buddies. Come up to Vermont and see what all the hype is about.

August 17, 2019, 15th annual Battle Day Road Race
The Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument and Battenkill Valley Runners are pleased to announce our 15th annual Battle Day 5K Road Race on Saturday, August 17. Preregistration available (link below) and on site registration begins at 8am. Cannon fire starts the race at 9:30 sharp! A 1/2 mile children’s fun run immediately follows race completion.

August 17, 20th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race
at 12 Noon, the Ludlow Rotary Club will run its 20th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race. At that time, the sponsored ducks will be dropped into the Black River from the Depot Street Bridge and race down the river to the finish line at the Walker Street Bridge. Prizes will be awarded to the first three ducklings across the finish line and the last little duck will also receive a cash prize. Ducks are $5.00 each or a quack pack of 5 duckies for $20.00. You can also purchase Corporate Ducks for $50. The proceeds from the duck race will all benefit the Stepping Stone preschool. So how about helping us help Stepping Stones by renting your ducks.

August 18, 2019 VT State Waterfowl Calling Contest
at 12:00 PM, Button Bay State Park, A not-for-profit, family friendly event. Plenty of kids activities, raffles, food truck vendor(s), and a time for Waterfowlers to dust off their calls for a chance to win some great prizes.

Pittsford, VT: The Mendon Fish & Game Club is holding their annual 3-D Bow Shoot, Saturday, August 24 -7am-3pm and Sunday, August 25 -7am-1pm at Mendon Fish & Game Club, 347 Chittenden Road, Pittsford, VT. Archery enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 3-D shoots with 2 new targets and an improved course layout. Cost is only $12.00 per person each day, Kids 12 and under shoot for only $8, any shooters returning for second day will pay discounted rate, adults 2nd day $8 kids 2nd day is $5. There will be a concession stand and Door Prize drawings. Directions to event: At the corner of Routes 4 & 7, take Route 4 East four miles to Meadow Lake Drive. Turn left by Sugar & Spice Restaurant, and go one mile to Chittenden Road. Turn right and Mendon Fish & Game Club is ¼ mile on left. Call 802.773.4118 for more information.

August 25th, 2019, The Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont
Every August the Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont draws as many as 800 hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. 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 25th, 2019 for an experience you won’t soon forget!

• 7:30 – 9:00am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. Great activity for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Outdoors, free, donations welcome • Please pre-register by emailing  or calling (802) 434-2167


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September 2019

Sept. 1-25, Vermont’s Resident Canada Goose Season

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!

September 1 and continues through November 15, Vermont Bear Hunting Season
with one exception. Nonresident hunters using dogs cannot start bear hunting until September 15. The late bear season begins November 16 and continues through November 24. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.

September 2, 2019, Benefit Barrel Race - Vermont Veterans Home
3D barrel race to benefit the Vermont Veterans Home. Pond Hill Ranch, 1683 Pond Hill Rd, Castleton, Vermont 05735.

September 6-8, 2019, Outdoor Family Weekend
Stillwater State Park, Groton, VT., 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.

September 7 (Saturday): Montgomery River Clean-Up
Join the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers (UMATR) Wild & Scenic Committee as we pick up after a summer of enjoying our rivers. All participants will receive our newly designed “UMATR (you matter to your rivers)” tshirt, a voucher for a Tram ride at Jay Peak Resort, and are invited to enjoy free pizza and ice cream after the clean-up. Meet out front of the Montgomery Town Hall (57 North Main St, Montgomery Center) at 11am; from there we will disperse to several pre-identified locations that could use our clean-up attention.

September 7, Capital River Clean-up
08:30 am - 12:00 pm - Volunteers needed for river clean-ups in the Montpelier/Barre areas. Meet at City Hall in Montpelier at 8:30 AM.

September 14, 2019, 5th Annual Vermont Fly Fishing Show
Be sure to make it to The Fly Rod Shop’s 5th Annual VT Fly Fishing Show Located here at the shop in Stowe, Vermont!! This event is totally free and there will be tons of things going on! Free Casting Clinic from 9am-10:30ish (Please Call Ahead to Sign Up-All Gear Provided) Free on river Dry Fly Demo (11:30am-12:30pm) (Please Call Ahead to Sign Up) Vermont Trout Streams: A Fly Angler’s Guide to the Best Presentation with Bob and Peter (1pm-2pm) Free on river Nymphing and Streamer Fishing Demo (2:00pm-3pm) (Please Call Ahead to Sign Up) All gear provided by The Fly Rod Shop; please call to sign up. (802)-253-7346

September 14-15, 2019, Spartan Race Vermont Ultra, Beast & Sprint Weekend
Killington Ski Resort, Killington VT., Welcome to the Birthplace of the Spartan Beast. The Killington, VT Spartan Race has hosted three Spartan World Championship events. If you think you’re among the baddest of the east, we welcome you to come play in what is known as “Joe’s backyard.” This is where Spartan Race was born; and that means anything goes. You can expect steep slopes, off-trail descents, massive climbs, and chilly swims. The wonderful ski-town of Killington welcomes Spartans with open arms. Come see where it all began and witness the menace that gave Spartan Race its roots. Be forewarned though: this course has been known to destroy those not prepared in their mind, body, legs and soul.

September 14-15, 2019, Transition Women’s Weekend
East Burke, VT is a mecca for mountain biking in the Northeast with a great variety of trails right in town. This event, hosted by Vermont MTB Tours and Radical Roots MTB Instruction, will be utilizing the legendary Kingdom Trails network as well as lift-served Burke Mountain Bike Park to progress skills and delight the participants.

September 14-15, 46th Annual Vermont Trappers Association Rendezvous
The Vermont Trappers Association will be hosting their annual Rendezvous at the Orleans County Fairgrounds the weekend of September 14-15. Gates open at 7AM, onsite camping is available and admission is good for both days, and the public is welcome and encouraged! There will be trapping seminars, vendors, door prizes, concessions, and other conservation organizations on site to speak with all weekend. Events include a Trapper Education course, a Blackpowder Shoot, .22 Handgun and Rifle Shoots, skillet toss, 50/50 Raffle, 10 Gun Raffle, kids coin scramble, arts and crafts, a pie-contest, and a Saturday night pig roast you don't want to miss! If your conservation/hunting organization would like a booth, the Trapper's Association would love to have you represented there and will provide an indoor space at no cost. For more information contact Jim Calchera at:  or call(802) 722-9790

September 15, 2019, Women Who Bird
9:00am - 11:00am, A new birding group for all women and women-aligning folks! Co-hosted by the Pride Center of Vermont.
Huntington, Vermont. Do you like to bird? Are you bird-curious? Do you love bird song? Wonderful! We’re launching a Women Who Bird group in Vermont and would love to have you join us! This is a new birding group for all women and women-aligning folks. Our first gathering will be at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont. We will start our time together birding around the property, learning the birds around us and that are migrating south. We will use this time to learn from each other and build our birding community. Emily Kaplita, a teacher/naturalist with Audubon Vermont will provide binoculars, bird guides, and birding tips.

September 15 - Genny Tenny - 10 Mile Point to Point Dirt Road Run
Alongside the Craftsbury General Store, Craftsbury Outdoor Center will be hosting the second edition of this 10 mile point to point dirt road run from one general store to the next! The start will be in Craftsbury village, near the Craftsbury General Store, and racers will make their way to via dirt road to Albany village near the new Albany General Store. The race is a fundraiser for the Albany Community Trust's General Store Project.

September 15, 24- Hours of the NEK
@ 1:00 pm, 24 Hours of the Northeast Kingdom is a true test of endurance in an incredibly scenic place. The race will take place in the forest and hills of East Charleston, Vermont, at the Northwoods Stewardship Center. It is a unique, rugged, and beautiful setting, located near the border of one of the last wilderness tracts in New England. We couldn’t be more excited for Northwoods to be the host of this race. We feel it embodies the spirit of reverence for the land which so many runners deeply connect with.

September 20, Women's MTB Clinic
from 5:30 - 7:00pm, Back for summer 2019, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering a series of free introductory/beginner mountain bike clinics & group rides for women. Clinics will focus on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe, supportive environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old. No previous mountain bike experience is necessary, but participants must be able to competently and safely ride a bicycle.

September 20 - 22, Vermont Climbing Festival 2019
Join climbers, guides, athletes and vendors as we take to the hills in Bolton, Vermont this September 20th, 21st & 22nd to celebrate all things climbing, on the 20th anniversary of CRAG Vermont. We’ll be setting up basecamp at Cochran’s Ski Area where we’ll be hosting professional athletes and speakers, providing live music, organizing climbing competitions and giving you access to climbing education (paid and free clinics), national vendors and a massive gear give-away! Free overnight camping for those that wish to stay, a pancake breakfast on Sunday, and a massive amount of activities scheduled throughout the three days. Come and celebrate all the best climbing that Vermont has to offer and have fun with a community of like-minded people.

September 21, Monarch Butterfly Tagging
10:00am - 12:00pm, Included with admission to the VINS Nature Center. Join VINS for a morning of monarch tagging. Participants will learn how to safely catch butterflies, and assist staff with tagging for their fall migration. This citizen science project is part of Monarch Watch’s annual tagging program. Bring a net if you have one! VINS will provide tags, nets, and other equipment. No experience necessary.

September 21, 2019, Tour de Farms 2019
This year’s biking farm tour will feature two distances—a 30-mile route and a more relaxed, family-friendly 10-mile distance. You’ll pass through the beautiful pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley and visit four to eight farms depending on your distance. Each farm stop will host additional food and beverage producers so there’ll be plenty of sustenance along the way. Riders sample everything from maple iced coffee and farm fresh salads to maple glazed ham and Vermont’s famous cheeses! At the end of your journey, spend some time enjoying the food and music at Vergennes’ Eat on the Green event.

September 22, 2019, The 10th Annual CircumBurke Trail Challenge
East Burke, VT, NEK Vermont’s epic trail challenge. for bikers and trail runners, organized by Kingdom Trails, Victory Hill Sector and Burke Mountain. +/-26 mile circuit on remote singletrack and logging trails. The two lap 50 mile version, “the CircumBerzerk” is for bikers only. Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, 3 Sherburne Lodge Rd, East Burke, VT.

September 27 - 29, 2019, Roots Rendezvous!
This is a three day gathering grounded in earth based skills with a wide variety of workshops, ongoing demonstrations, and night time fun. Bring family & friends and come have a great time connecting with new folks and learning new skills.

September 28, Westmore Mountain Challenge
All Day, $115/person: 1 day. 5 Mountains. 26 miles. Join us for the third year of this epic mountain challenge that traverses some of the most beautiful trails in the region. Proceeds benefit the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, whose youth crews have helped to build and maintain the trails of the region over the last decades. This event usually fills in less than a month, so make sure to register early! Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. Contact: 802-723-6551, 

September 28, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00 – 9:00am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. Great activity for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Outdoors, free, donations welcome • Please pre-register by emailing  or calling (802) 434-2167

September 28, 2019, Silver Lake Bird Walk
The Otter Creek Audubon Society and Moosalamoo Association invite you to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a bird walk to Silver Lake. Migrating songbirds especially confusing fall warblers will be the focus, as well as any water birds we might find on the lake. Meet at the Silver Lake Trail parking lot on Lake Dunmore Road/Route 53, Salisbury, Vt. No registration necessary.
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Sept. 28-29, Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting

September 29, 2019, The Bramble Scramble
Catamount Outdoor Family Center - The Bramble Scramble is our longest (11k) run of the season. The course spans much of the north side of the road, allowing you to feast your eyes on the many types of beautiful scenery that Catamount has to offer while you run. We welcome you to preview the course, follow the red on white arrows. The race is September 29th, 8:30 registration, 9:30 mass start.

September 29, 2019, A Workshop with The Bird Diva
9:00am - 12:00pm, Huntington, Vermont, Fall is a time of transition for both birds and birders! Join The Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, for a workshop at the Green Mountain Audubon Center that's all about how to make the most of autumnal birding. We'll break down who's migrating and when, tackle tricky identifications, and spend some time in the field putting our skills to the test. Fee: Audubon Vermont members $35. Non-members $40.

September 29, Fly to Pie Kingdom Marathon 2019
Run it – Bike it – Hike it – But do it. Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. 26.2 miles 17 miles 13.5 miles 10 km. Hosted by Kingdom Games, Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover. 20% of all fees will be donated to the Halo Foundation, financially helping Orleans County families dealing with cancer.

September 29, 2019, The 27th Annual Vermont 50
The Vermont 50 is an annual race held during the last weekend of September at beautiful Mount Ascutney located in West Windsor, Vermont. Net proceeds go to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. A wonderful place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities year-round. We offer the Vermont 50 mile Mountain Bike Race, the 50 mile Ultra Run, the 50 Km Endurance Run, the 50 mile Team Relay Run and NEW for 2018 a Womens 50 Mile Mountain Bike Relay. On Saturday we have a Kids Fun Bike Ride and Run.

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  October 2019

October 3 - Mature Adventures: Biathlon
- 1:30pm, GRP Biathlon Team Members Hallie Grossman and Raleigh Goessling will be joined by Ethan Dreissigacker for a second session of biathlon. The Mature Adventurers Outings are designed for the 55+ crowd. They are specifically crafted to challenge mind and body in both new and familiar outdoor activities.

October 4 - 6, 2019, 7th Draft Animal-Power Field Days
2019 Draft Animal-Power Field Days will be held on October 4-6th, 2019 at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. The event will offer a number of highlights, including workshops, wagon rides, a raffle, and demonstrations, and attracts a wide cross-section of animal-power supporters including farmers, foresters, gardeners, general public & educational institutions!

Oct. 5 - November 1, Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Oct. 5, 2019, 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 a bird banding demonstration 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 and building bluebird boxes. The Dead Creek Visitor Center will be open for its regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and features displays and talks about conservation and wildlife management in Vermont. A highlight of the festival is always the live critters where visitors can see snakes, turtles, hawks, and more up close and learn about their ecology. There are many new events, as well as some of the old favorites.

October 5, 2019, Dead Creek Wildlife Day Youth Duck Calling Contest
at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. The 4th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day Youth Duck Calling Contest! Featherwind Waterfowl will once again be joined by Lake Champlain Delta Waterfowl. Outdoor Writer, Hunting Mentor, and Champion Caller, Bradley Carleton will be giving a live demonstration on goose calling and decoy strategies from 10:30-11:30am and we will be around all day to share information on safe gun handling, boat safety, waterfowl ID, hunting tips/tricks/techniques and swap stories of our favorite memories from the blind! The Youth Duck Calling Contest will occur from 12:15pm-1:30pm with duck calls provided by Delta Waterfowl. Bring your own or pick up one of ours and receive a one-on-one calling lesson from one of our expert callers.

October 5-6 - Fall Fest
Annual Fall Fest extravaganza will be October 5 and 6, with both old and new activities to suit all ages, abilities, and proclivities! Saturday will kick off with the Singletrack Shootout Biathlon Race, followed by the inaugural Farmer Games, and capped off with the annual Harvest Dinner. Sunday morning will begin with the Orienteering Race, with the Friends of Great Hosmer Paddling Event in the afternoon, as well as the Community Open House.

October 12, 2019, Fall Fun-Do
a multi-route cycling event featuring gravel roads, scenic vistas, pie-stocked aid stations, and a huge after party, in which a large number of people on bikes ride marked routes to raise awareness and funds for Old Spokes Home's social mission.

October 12, The Second Annual Crypt Kicker 5K and 2.5k run.
St. Johnsbury, VT , Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Race begins at 10 Am sharp. The 2nd Annual Crypt Kicker 5K will be a fun, family-friendly event featuring rolling terrain in a peaceful setting with quiet neighbors. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of this historic cemetery.

October 12, 2019, 2019 Leaf Blower Fall Classic
Stowe Trails Partnership, in collaboration with Mountain Bike Vermont, is stoked to present Vermont’s favorite mountain bike tradition: the Leaf Blower Fall Mountain Bike Festival. This year’s Leaf Blower is going down on Saturday, October 12 and will be based out of Ranch Camp on Mountain Road. With group rides for all abilities and levels, awesome vendors, homegrown food, local libations, and live music, there is simply no better way to cap off the season than with this one-day celebration of bikes and community.

October 13, Run for the Lake
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. Lace-up your sneakers and Run for the Lake with Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. Get the family together for fun and support a great cause—clean and healthy water! All proceeds benefit FNLC’s work to restore the Lake for future Vermont generations. Please join us for this energetic community event! This year Vermont’s running celebrity, Elle Purrier will be kicking off our event with a special message for you! We’re thrilled to have her with us as an avid runner, VT farm girl, and supporter of the legacy of Lake Champlain! Every runner gets a free water bottle. Time: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Location: 4815 Georgia Shore Road Georgia, VT 05478 Cost: $0 – $40

October 13, Fall Forest Walk
Organization: Richford Conservation Commission. Guided walk on the Town Forest Trail; come learn about the habitat this forest offers to a variety of plants and animals - from mushrooms, to songbirds, to beech trees and bears! Time: 2:00-4:00 PM. Location: Meet at the Farmer’s Market parking lot across from Vista on Main St.; from there we will carpool to the site. Cost: Free

October 25, Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike
Kehoe Education Center, Looking for a “wild” family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend its annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton on Friday, October 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The festival features a fun and educational Halloween campfire show led by students from Castleton University. Kids will learn about the creepy, crawly critters that reside in Vermont and have a chance to get decked out in their costumes before the traditional trick-or-treat night. Other activities include a nature hike along a trail that is lit by carved pumpkins, wildlife-related activities, face painting, and a photo booth. Snacks will include apple cider, caramel apples and other seasonal treats. For more information about the event, contact Corey Hart at  or 802-265-2279

October 26, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00 – 9:00am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. Great activity for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Outdoors, free, donations welcome • Please pre-register by emailing  or calling (802) 434-2167

October 26, Turtles Nesting Beach Clean Up Day
The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Saturday, October 26, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help. Participants are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 and 11 a.m., as the group may move to another site by 11. Volunteers will pull up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare turtle nesting sites for next year. They may also find a few hatchlings that occasionally remain in nests underground this late in the year. In addition to threatened spiny softshell turtles, these nest sites are also used by map turtles, painted turtles, and snapping turtles. For more information, please contact Eric Lazarus at

October 26, VINS' 15th Annual Hoots & Howls
10:00am - 8:00pm, Hoots & Howls is a full-day, family-friendly event. Each portion of the day is designed to be educational, nature-based, non-frightening, and fun! Together we will get up close to snakes, owls, skulls and bones and have ooey-gooey Halloween fun all day long. The evening portion includes a guided tour through multiple stations on the new Forest Canopy Walk where you’ll enjoy stories, experiments, puppetry and a skit. The center will be lit with Jack-o-Lanterns and you can wrap up the evening with Tricky Treats.

October 26, 12th Annual Kingdom Challenge Road Race
The Kingdom Challenge includes a 5K race and a half marathon. The 5K begins and ends at St. Johnsbury School, travelling through the four seasons neighborhood. The entire course is paved, and is mostly flat with a hill to the finish line. The Half Marathon begins at the Lyndonville town offices and finishes at the St. Johnsbury School. 60% of the course is dirt roads.

October 26 - 27, Women's Survival Doe Camp
Popular survival instructor, Jessica Krebs will be offering 4 hour classes in N. Ferrisburg, VT.
Core Survival Basics 9-1 pm Saturday
Natural Navigation Techniques 2-6 pm Saturday
Animal Encounter Do's and Don'ts 9-1 pm Sunday
Basic Camouflage and Evasion Movement Techniques 2-6 pm Sunday
Women 18 years and up, $50 per class. This is a drive in event with limited space per class. Details to follow. Interested? contact:
Class Descriptions: Registration Form:

October 27 - Black River Beatdown
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center and surrounding natural areas are a gem of the Northeast Kingdom. Scenic forests and tranquil lakes surround this world class trail system in a remote but vibrant corner of Vermont. Join us for what is sure to be one of the last trail run races of the season. There may be snow, there will be ghosts! In addition to an incredible year round multi use trail system, Craftsbury Outdoor Center has developed a truly remarkable facility. Along with a community of dedicated staff and athletes, the recreation community that radiates health and fun is one you won't want to leave. We are thrilled to join the COC Team for our final event of the trail running season, and hope you will too!



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November 2019

November 2, 2019, Frostbite Fleet Salmon Shootout
Rules: No Registration. Gentleman’s Start from Port of Choice. Confines of Lake Champlain. Fish From Sunrise to 1:00 PM 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 to share at the Barbecue. Alternate Sunday 3rd on bad weather. Information Contact: Randy Colomb,

November 9, Otter Creek Challenge Race
9 AM – 2 PM, Join the 2019 Otter Creek Challenge Race and cheer on our youth rowing teams! Held at Vergennes Falls Park, registration for participants opens at 9 a.m. and the race will kick off at 10 a.m. The Otter Creek Challenge Race is an open-water rowing race featuring high school and middle school teams rowing 32' and 25' wooden rowing boats in a series of heats. The boats used in the races were also built by local high school and middle school students as part of our boat building program.

November 9 - 10, Appalachian Pack Basket Making Workshop
NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Description: This is an amazing crafting opportunity. Andy Paonessa, a skilled craftsman and naturalist who has been making pack baskets for over 12 years, will provide step-by-step instructions for you to make your own sturdy Black Ash (commonly called Brown Ash) pack basket, complete with cedar bottoms and skids, as well as canvas straps. Andy will also supply all materials, which he gathers locally and processes by hand. Time: Sat November 9 @ 10:00 am - Sun November 10 @ 5:00 pm Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive East Charleston, VT 05833. Cost: $200.

November 14, 2019, Pasta with a Purpose A benefit Dinner for Stable Connections
Be our guest for “Pasta with a Purpose”, a benefit for Stable Connections, Equine Assisted Learning Facility located Guildhall, Vermont. The Inn In Whitefield has graciously offered to support our program by hosting the benefit. With a donation at the door, you will receive a raffle ticket and the Inn’s famous pasta dinner! It includes multiple yummy pasta’s, salad, tea or coffee and a dessert! )Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at their Tavern). Silent Auction items and a 50/50 raffle will also be part of the celebration. This is a great opportunity to meet & greet the Stable Connections team, the Board of Directors and enjoy music by Matt Tellier.

November 16, 2019, Stick-Season Bird Monitoring
8:00am - 10:00am. Vermont's "stick-season" is a fine time to figure out which birds will be sticking around for the winter. With the leaves off the trees, birds are easier to spot as they forage for late-fall food. Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. This is a great opportunity to build your experience using binoculars and listening to bird song. We will identify the birds we see or hear, and record counts of their population numbers. Binoculars and bird guides are available to borrow.

November 16-23, 2019 - Radiant Enchantress Retreat, El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Retreat with us to Puerto Rico and gain tools to live a life of clarity, purpose and connection! The Radiant Enchantress Retreat will be the yummiest and most peaceful event you will ever experience! We will form a perpetual circle of enchantresses who will support YOU, lift YOU and care for YOU. You will be enveloped in the lush tropical rain forest and the gentle sea breezes will caress your body. When you arrive at the Retreat your stress will slip away as you start to relax and unwind after your journey. During our retreat you will be treated to the organic and locally sourced meals and your sumptuous accommodations with views of the magical gardens and forest. Just imagine waking up to yoga, sinking your toes in the sparkling sand, awaking your inner creative child while you get to release, relax and rejuvenate. You will step out of your day-to-day world and discover tools to create a life of clarity, purpose and connection. More info and registration: 

Nov. 21, 2019, Danville Game Supper
Danville, VT. If you've always dreamed of eatin' beaver (and other Vermont game) with the good folks at the Danville United Methodist Church, don't miss the Danville Game Supper in beautiful Danville, Vermont. The State finally quit makin' a mess of Route 2, so gettin' here is easy as ever. Enjoy all the fixin's: squash, potato and green beans and the best darned traditional meat pies south of the Quebec border made from whatever the boys happen to shoot. Common features are bear, moose, venison, coon, rabbit, chicken ...and beaver. The good church ladies always bake up a fine selection of homemade pies for dessert too. Danville Methodist Church, Cost: $15 Adults 12/under $9.

November 28, 2019, 9th ANNUAL KILLINGTON 5K TURKEY TROT run/walk

November 28, 2019, Jarred Williams Turkey Trot
We invite all runners and walkers to join us in a 5K or 10K at the Round Church in Richmond, VT on Thursday November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving) at 8:30am. Packet pick up will be from 5-7PM on Thanksgiving Eve on the front porch of the Richmond Community Kitchen. Packets will include; an official bib number, t-shirt (for the first 225 people) and light refreshments. We encourage everyone to bring along a canned good, which will be donated to a local food shelf. *Registrants who sign up on race day will pay a little extra ($30), so sign up early!* Prizes will be provided to the top three men, women and children (under 18 y.o.) Check out  for information about our mission. We look forward to seeing you!

November 28, 2019 , Brattleboro Turkey Trot
The Brattleboro Turkey Trot is a spirited run/walk event held each year on Thanksgiving Day, with a 1-mile kids' run at 9 a.m., followed by a 3-mile run at 9:15. Both courses are out-and-back on Upper Dummerston Rd., starting and ending near the Brattleboro Country Club. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION! Please register below by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. There is no entry fee again this year, but we're asking for small donations to help pay race costs -- bibs, timing chips and port-a-pottie rental. You can make a donation while registering, and we are so grateful for your support. You must preregister to be timed. Check-in and bib number pickup is Thanksgiving morning from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Please be on time to check in, as we usually have over 200 participants. Give yourself a few extra minutes to navigate the busy Country Club parking lot! (Also dress appropriately, as it may be COLD!)

November 28, 2019, Fairhaven Turkey Trot
5K fun run benefitting Shepherd's Pantry. Since 2010, the Fairhaven Turkey Trot has raised over $80,000 and collected hundreds of pounds of canned goods to support local food pantries. Last year, Turkey Trot runners and families donated over 2,000 pounds of non-perishable items to The Shepherd's Pantry!

November 28, 2019, Running of the Turkeys
Arlington, VT. This Marks the 23rd year of the Running of the Turkeys. This is a family friendly race which begins at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington Vermont. Come on out and enjoy this traditional Thanksgiving Morning run in beautiful Vermont. The race runs along scenic roads with a hill. (or 2 or 3). Walkers are welcome and there will be awards for both runners and walkers.

November 28, 2019, Zacks Place Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
The Zack's Place Turkey Trot, a 5K run and walk held on Thanksgiving Day, was first established in 2007, and has become a dependable annual fundraiser ever since. In 2007, almost 200 people participated. In 2017, over 1,700 people participated and raised $78,000. All of the proceeds of the race are dedicated to our operational costs. As participants line up and register for the race they are entertained by a band on a flatbed truck. Hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate are offered. The race begins in front of the Woodstock Elementary School at 10:00 AM, with the more skilled runners in front and the rest following. The run meanders through the historic Village of Woodstock, then on towards Billings Farm, around Mountain Avenue, and back around The Town Green, ending at the starting line. An award ceremony, also with refreshments and a band, follows the race where medals are presented.

November 29, 2019, Trot it Off 5K Walk/Run
@ 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Jackson Gore Inn , On November 29, 2019, Okemo Mountain School will be hosting a Trot it Off 5K Run/Walk. This is a community event that takes place each year on the Friday following Thanksgiving. This running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off some calories from that extra serving of Thanksgiving pie. Advance registration is $25 per person and registration on the day of the event is $30. Proceeds go to the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund. All participants will receive an event gift. The Tots Trot, a kids' fun race for children 10 and younger, will take place just before the 5K and is $10. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event in the Cornerstone Room. The Tots Trot will start at 9:15 am and the 5K race will start at 9:30 a.m.

November 29, 2019, 5K Turkey Trot Trail Run/Walk
At Strafford Nordic Center, 53 Rock Bottom Rd, Strafford, VT. Come and run off your turkey dinner in a beautiful setting. our race winds through our scenic ski trails in the woods of Vermont. Plus you get free Strafford Organic Ceramery Milk and homemade cookies after you fiinish! Event details and schedule: The race will begin at 11am sharp. Please arrive to pick up your bib by 10:45. Kids fun run will start 5 minutes before the race. The kdis fun run will be short, a quick obstacle course loop with some fun elements. Designed for young children.



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December 2019

December 14 - January 5, Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Find your circle. Everyone can participate! The 120th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14 through January 5.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world. Each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. Within each circle, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day—not just the species but total numbers to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population. 

December 27th, Island Pond Audubon Xmas Bird Count
All Day. Join us for the 44th annual Island Pond CBC! Join other volunteers for this long-standing tradition, and our unique location in the Nulhegan Basin means you might spot a boreal chickadee, gray jay or spruce grouse! Contact  to register and for more information.

December 29, Women's Intro to Handguns
Offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor. Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to  or book here


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