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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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/stay/fitness-offerings/open-water-swim-clinics/

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. https://fpr.vermont.gov/calendar

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 www.vtstateparks.com 

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: www.northwoodscenter.org , events@northwoodscenter.org

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! https://www.nature-museum.org/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1163111547227029/?event_time_id=1163111553893695

Vermont Ice Fishing Clinics Start January 11
Pre-registration is required and can be done on Fish and Wildlife’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com.  Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  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. https://www.craftsbury.com/ski/races/winter-tuesday-night-race-series

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! https://yankeeclassic.net/

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, karlfjld6@gmail.com  or 802-236-8023. https://www.facebook.com/events/2501281983526867/

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 Sales@vtammowarehouse.com  or book here https://vtammowarehouse.com/Store/151-handgun-classes-for-women

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. https://www.lakemoreyresort.com/activities/winter-activities/pond-hockey-tournaments/

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) https://www.skireg.com/20-lost-nation-cup

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. http://www.smuggsicebash.com/

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. https://vtfishandwildlife.com/free-ice-fishing-day-festival

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2251294915167997/

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. https://vermontbiz.com/event/january/bennington-winter-festival-january-25

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 www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

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. https://anr.vermont.gov/content/vermont%E2%80%99s-free-ice-fishing-day-january-25-ice-fishing-festival-be-held-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 www.nature-museum.org.

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2501845383379390/

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. https://www.skireg.com/5240

 

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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! https://penguinplunge.org/burlington/

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 https://sevendaystickets.com/events/tricky-tracks-a-family-tracking-program-2-1-2020/

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. https://www.lakemoreyresort.com/activities/winter-activities/pond-hockey-tournaments/

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. https://craftsburymarathon.squarespace.com/

February 2, Camel's Hump Area Beginner Tour
Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers Association (http://www.camelshumpskiers.org/) 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, terryc_ryan@hotmail.com   https://www.facebook.com/events/864026190719764/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/501926167343147/

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. https://act.alz.org/site/TR/ActiveEvents/VT-Vermont?pg=entry&fr_id=13224

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! https://www.facebook.com/events/178135863423088/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/611980256244320/

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. https://vinsweb.org/event/owl-prowl-wine-dine/2020-02-07/

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: www.northwoodscenter.orgevents@northwoodscenter.org

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). https://www.facebook.com/events/1350354588466211/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1762570087209421/ 

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. https://gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/central-vermont-gun-show/amp/

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. https://www.lakemoreyresort.com/activities/winter-activities/pond-hockey-tournaments/

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: www.northwoodscenter.org , events@northwoodscenter.org

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. https://www.localmotion.org/govt_winter_bike_walk_challenge

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. https://gostowe.com/event/valentines-day-gourmet-fondue-snowshoe-tour-3/

February 14 - 16, 2020, 7th Annual Willoughby Lake Ice Fishing Derby
2020 Annual Ice Fishing Derby, Trophies, Cash & Door Prizes!! https://www.facebook.com/events/598705140948959/

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 Sales@vtammowarehouse.com  or book here https://vtammowarehouse.com/Store/151-handgun-classes-for-women

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/681772722355533/

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/events/audubon-naturalist-event1

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2711861388901976/

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. https://tillidie.com/event/till-i-die-pico-takeover/

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/events/audubon-naturalist-event1

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. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-winter-swimming-society/

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. https://vinsweb.org/event/owl-prowl-wine-dine-2/2020-02-28/

February 29, 2020, RASTA Skimo/Rando Race at Brandon Gap VT
Goshen, VT. 9:30 AM. https://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/race-venue-rasta.html

Feb 29, FEBRUARY BIRD MONITORING WALK
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 • museum@birdsofvermont.org • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/665550624252306/

 

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March 2019

March 1 - 3, 2019 - WinterBike/Fat Bike Festival
Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails have partnered once again for the 7th annual WinterBike Fatbike Festival presented by Von Trapp Brewing on March 3, 2018. The year brings the largest Winterbike yet: more pedaling people, more groomed trails, more festivities, more fun! Registration for the event gives you access to the Kingdom Trails network and all Winterbike activities on Saturday including group rides, fatbike demos, lunch and beverages, music, fire, sugar on snow, games, race spectation, and swag! http://kingdomtrails.org/calendar/winterbike/

March 2, 2019, The Frigid Infliction
The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 2. 2019 near Bolton Valley, VT. Offering a challenging, navigation-laden event in the snow. This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all! www.gmara.org/races/frigid

March 2, 2019, Okemo's Light the Night Rail Jam
Okemo is lighting up the snow on Bull Run for skiers and riders of all ages to show off their best moves. $5,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. A new rail garden constructed specifically for this event will be an optimal venue for participants and spectators alike. Registration starts at 3 p.m. https://www.okemo.com/

March 2, 2019, Tracking Wildlife in Winter
9:00 a.m. – noon. Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area, Grafton, Vermont. Wildlife biologist Chris Bernier has spent his career working with mid-size mammals such as fisher, fox and the elusive lynx and pine marten. Much of his field work with these species has involved tracking them in the snow. Come learn Bernier’s tricks for tracking these and other wild mammals and birds. This tour is sponsored by The Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. Backup date: Saturday, March 9. www.nature-museum.org

March 2, 2019, Lake Champlain Walleye Association Banquet
The Lake Champlain Walleye Association annual banquet and fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 2nd at the American Leigon, 100 Parah Drive in St. Albans. Doors open at 4:30, with the meal served at 6:00. Dinner tickets: $35 plus membership
Sponsor: $285 which includes dinner ticket and membership, sponsor gift, one in five chance in a gun raffle, and $200 of raffle tickets. For more information contact: Cubby Smith at (802) 363-7129 or Bob Sampson at (802) 782-0974

March 2 - 3, New England BKL Festival
Rikert Nordic Center, 106 College Cross Rd, Ripton, VT. Take a "Glide on the Wild Side" and come to Rikert Touring Center in Ripton, VT for the NE BKL Fest: a kids's ski festival! This event is so much fun and this year, it's not too far away! MNC always has a good crowd of kids at every Festival and they have so much fun racing and playing on skis together! There are races each day (first day relay, second day individual) and a whole lot more. http://www.mansfieldnordic.org/events/category/calendar/bkl/

March 3, 2019, Green Mountain Rifle Challenge
GMRC is a precision rifle match series hosted by the Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association in Jericho, VT. This space is meant for the dissemination and discussion of information regarding the VSRPA's precision rifle series. Please post anything not specifically related to that series on the Northeast Precision Shooters group. https://www.facebook.com/GreenMTNrifleCHALLENGE/

March 3, 2019, 9th Annual Hope On The Slopes
Hope on the Slopes at Jay Peak Resort is a 1-day vertical ski or snowboard challenge for individuals & teams to compete for the most vertical feet. All age & ability levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded for most vertical feet, largest team, funds raised & more! Free buffet dinner & music included. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=93906&pg=entry

March 3, Winter Wildlife Tracking at Dead Creek Visitor Center
Vermonters of all ages are invited to learn about winter wildlife tracking on Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison, Vermont. This guided walk is free and open to the public, and registration is required. Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be leading the walk. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny. She currently manages the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s popular summer youth conservation camp program, and trains teachers and other educators how to engage students with the natural world. To register for this wildlife walk, go to www.vtfishandwildlife.com

March 3, 2019, Jack Jump World Championships
Championships return to Mount Snow again this March! A combination of homemade Jack Jump design and ingenuity and user skill will factor into determining who can make it down our dual paneled slalom Charlie's Chase course with the best combined time. After the race join us for an after party. https://www.mountsnow.com/

March 4-6, 2019 - Women's Discovery Camp
Join us for an enriching 2.5-day learning experience hosted by some genuinely inspirational coaches. The specific content is custom tailored to the needs of each participant and each group, and our team has an impeccable touch for creating learning experiences with the perfect blend of fun, learning, sharing and lots of skiing and riding. Whether you’re new to Sugarbush wanting a fresh look at skiing or you’re a seasoned Sugarbush guest looking to expand your horizons and simply join in the fun, our Women’s Discovery Camps create a wonderful community for all of us, participants and coaches alike!​ https://www.sugarbush.com/ski-ride-school/womens-discovery-camps/

March 7 - 10, Ladies' Getaway 2019 at Lake Morey Resort
Join us for a weekend filled with workshops, massage therapy, entertainment, good food, friends and fun. Workshops include painting, crafts, exercise, self-help, cooking demo’s, mixology, nutrition and more… Spa Menu 2019. View the tentative schedule here: Ladies GetAWay Weekend 2019 DRAFT. Sign up for the Cornhole Tournament. Ladies Get-a-Way Three-Night Package Rates: Classic Room – $499 / Lake Deluxe Room – $509 / Garden Deluxe Room – $529 / Junior Suite or Lake Terrace Room – $569 / Avery Suite – $779. http://lakemoreyresort.com/accommodations/winter-specials/

March 8-10, 2019, Vermont Open Snowboard and Music Festival
Stratton Mountain - This year’s event kicks off with a retro pipe competition and a rail jam hosted under the stars on Friday, March 8. The party Saturday continues with a slopestyle competition and fireworks in the Base Area at 8:30 p.m. The weekend ends with banked slalom and overall awards on Sunday. Fan favorite, the Washed Up Cup, will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m. Legends 35 and up compete in the banked slalom. Each year, pros like Josh Wylie, Ross Powers, Tyler Emond and Seth Neary show show up to show off their skill and style while celebrating snowboarding’s roots, progression and camaraderie. It wouldn’t be the Vermont Open without music, and this winter Stratton is happy to announce the Ghost of Paul Revere as the headliner. The Maine-based group is known for their combination of rock and folk music and will perform with local band, Saints and Liars. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online at www.stratton.com

March 8 - 10, 20th Annual Vermont State Boat and Marine Show
Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct, VT 05452 - Over 100,000 square feet of boats at the 20th ANNUAL VERMONT STATE BOAT & MARINE SHOW! For more information call: (802) 777-7562 or email info.eastcoastshowsvt@gmail.com  http://www.eastcoastshows.com/20th-annual-state-boat-and-marine-show.html

March 9 - 14, 2019, Bow and Arrow Making
Join Roots School for Bow Building and Arrow Making. These courses can be taken separately or together. Spend 6 days out at Roots and leave with a set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for 6 days straight. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information. https://rootsvt.com/adults/bows-arrows-and-flint-knapping

March 9, 2019, The Vertical Challenge at Burke Mountain
The Vertical Challenge visits Burke Mountain March 9th! The Vertical Challenge is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, there is a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain. https://ski-vc.com/

March 9, 2019, NorthWoods Demonstration Forest Ski Tour
10am-1pm. Join the NorthWoods forestry staff, Orleans County Forester, Vermont Land Trust Stewardship Forester, and Memphramagog Watershed Association for a forestry-focused ski tour in the NorthWoods Demonstration Forest to see how we sustainably and productively manage our own woodlands. This tour will cover 6-10 kilometers of nordic skiing in variable conditions, best suited to intermediate/advanced skiers (or energetic beginners!). Wider nordic backcountry skis are recommended but not required. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided after the tour. For more information or to register, please contact sam@northwoodscenter.org.  A similar tour, more suitable for snowshoers and beginner skiers, will be hosted two weeks earlier at the Vermont Land Trust’s Bluffside Farm in Newport, on February 23rd. Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. Contact: 802-723-6551 x302, www.northwoodscenter.org ,   forestry@northwoodscenter.org

March 10,2019, The Vertical Challenge at Bromley Mountain
The Vertical Challenge visits Bromley Mountain March 10th! The Vertical Challenge is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, there is a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain. https://ski-vc.com/

March 10, 2019, New England Club Relay Championship at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
New England Club Relay Championship 4 x 5 km *NENSA Club Cup Series Event* The third annual New England Club Relay Championship will wrap up the 2019 Club Cup scoring. The NE Club Relay Championship, hosted by Mansfield Nordic Club, attracts skiers of all ages and abilities and is perfect way to involve all club members in a fun and exciting event. The race format will be four legs of 5km (2 CL and then 2 FS). http://www.mansfieldnordic.org/event/bretton-woods-marathon-classic-21k-42k/

March 11 through April 26, Special Snow Goose Hunting Opportunity
https://vtfishandwildlife.com/hunt

March 14, Modern Traditions in Hunting & Angling: Shed Meet w/ Wild Game Chili & Cornbread Dinner
5pm, Shed meet Free, Dinner $15 - Join NorthWoods and the VT Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group for the 6th Annual Shed Meet. Bring your moose or deer sheds and/or trophies to share and be scored by officials from the VT Big Game Trophy Club. Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT. Contact: 802-723-6551, www.northwoodscenter.orgevents@northwoodscenter.org

March 16, 2nd Annual Screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival
Watch eight short films by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, highlighting the fun, adventure, and personal impact that fly fishing can bring to its participants. Fly tying demonstrations, raffles, drawings and giveaways of merchandise and gear. After the films, join us at an after-party at the Burlington VFW Post 782, which will showcase some local fly tyers and rod builders. Food and beverages will be available. Sponsored by Green Mountain Project Healing Waters.Tickets $10. 2 pm. www.flyfilmfest.com.

Mar 16 - 17, 2019, Lamoille Valley Gun Show
Champlain Valley Exposition · Essex Junction, VT. This year at the Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Gun Show they will have more than 175 vendor tables. The vendors will be selling an array of new, used, modern and antique firearms. There will also be hunting equipment and accessories for sale. https://www.rlarchery.com/event/gun-show-lamoille-valley-fish-game-clubs-annual-event/

March 19, 2019, Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet
The Green Mountain Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold their 27th annual banquet Saturday, March 19 at The Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mtn. View Drive, in Colchester. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 7:00. 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, 2019.
For further ticket package information follow the link below or contact: Jamie & Tasha Grey 802-355-9962 vtgreys@gmail.com 
http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/BurlingtonVT19.pdf

March 21, 2019, Interpreting Bird Behavior & Bird Language
There are times when a behavior is all you need to identify a bird! Learn how to interpret what you’re seeing and apply it to identify different bird species. We’ll also look at how understanding bird behavior can add another layer to your experience as a birder. Part of a series of Birding Essentials Classes with Bridget Butler. Barlow St Community Center in St Albans, 6:30-8:30 pm. Visit:  http://stalbansvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29983  to register. Cost is $35/pp

March 22-24, 2019, Women on Snow Camp
Stratton, VT - Our multi-day Women On Snow Camp is designed to supercharge your skiing skills! Increase your confidence in a supportive, fun environment with other like-minded women. Coached by elite guest coaches and Stratton’s top women instructors, you will experience the ultimate in personalized coaching, camaraderie, fitness and fun. Whether you are just starting out, an intermediate looking for a big breakthrough, or an expert who is looking to expand their skills even further, this camp is for you. https://www.stratton.com/plan-your-trip/ski-and-snowboard-lessons-at-stratton/women-on-snow-camp

March 23, 2019, Okemo `80s Retro Jam
It’s time to break out those old acid-washed jeans, your brightest neon and smoothest on-snow moves. Okemo revisits the 1980s, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a retro celebration and on-snow competition of rad skills. Registration is free for anyone dressed in totally righteous ski clothes. https://www.okemo.com/

March 23,Owl Prowl and Hot Cocoa Tailgate
Join the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler for an evening adventure to find owls! Sponsored by the Richford Conservation Commission, this event will educate participants about the species of owls found in Vermont in Winter, and why winter is a great time to go on an owl prowl! As a warm-up, we’ll enjoy a hot chocolate tailgate party while we learn how to mimic owl sounds. Participants need to be able to be outside for the entire program (6-9pm) and walk on their own in potentially deep snow – most appropriate for adults and kids ages 10 & up. Space is limited, so please register in advance by contacting the Richford Conservation Commission at richfordconservation@gmail.com

March 23, 2019, Bud Light Sink or Skim
Mount Snow Resort - Our annual pond skimming competition! Think you can make it across our 100 foot long icy cold pond? Don your best costume and give it a shot! Those who make it across dry will be judged by our esteemed panel based on costume, form & style to determine this year's Sink or Skim Champion and winner of a 2019/20 Season Pass! https://www.mountsnow.com/

March 23, 2019, Pond Skim Event - Surfs Up
The 31st Annual Pond Skim. This year's theme is... "Surf's Up " ...so break out your best Hawaiian Shirts, Grass Skirts and Lei's, Beach Towels, Board Shorts, Bikinis, Wet suits, Floaties, Zink Oxide Sunscreen, and Shark Repellent BRAH!... Hang'n Ten might be hard, but only the Brave will Charge the pond.....However, Barney's ( inexperienced surfers) are always welcome to attempt the Drop In. 1st place man/woman receive a 2019/20 Winter Season Pass to Burke Mountain. Prizes are also awarded to best costume, best exit and best splash! http://skiburke.com/events-and-activities-2/pond-skim-event-surfs-up-sporsored-by-sierra-nevada-with-dj-newcity-nobby-reed/

March 23 & 24, 2019, Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
https://vermontmaple.org/maple-open-house-weekend

Mar 24, 2019, Kaynor Sap Run 10K
11:00 am – 11:15 am @ Westford Elementary School. Rolling dirt country roads Starts on Brookside Road in front of school and heads south on Brookside Road and then Pettingill Road. Turn around at mile 3 and come back the same way, but finishing in the school driveway. http://gmaa.net/schedule.php

March 30, 2019, Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge
2:00 PM. Stratton Mountain Resort. The Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge is a unique winter event where participants raise funds to take a dip in Vermont's icy lakes. Now in its twenty-third year, the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge event series supports sports training and competition, health screenings, and leadership opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Vermont. Today, Special Olympics Vermont serves 1,310 athletes (people with ID) and 400 Unified partners (people without ID who train and compete with Special Olympics athletes) offering thirteen sports and nine state-wide competitions each year. In 2017, Penguin Plunge events raised a record-shattering $572,000, or nearly 40% of our operating budget. Thank you to our loyal event sponsors, donors, and most importantly, our Plungers for supporting the Special Olympics movement and building inclusive communities. https://specialolympicsvermont.org/event/stratton-penguin-plunge-2/

March 30, Spring Fling and Pond Skim
Stratton Mountain - Goggle tans and t-shirts are accessories of choice as we enjoy spring's soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim. https://www.stratton.com/

March 31, 2019, Pond Skimming Contest on Lower Allen
At Middlebury Ski Bowl - https://www.middleburysnowbowl.com/event/pond-skimming-contest-on-lower-allen/

 

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April 2019

April 4, 2019, Hammond Cove Shooting Range Opening
HARTLAND, Vt. – The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont will be re-opening for the season on Sunday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The range operates under rules set forth by The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Range users will sign in with an onsite range officer and have a valid Vermont hunting or fishing license or be the guest of someone who does. To ensure these rules are followed, a range officer will be present when the range is open. Before using the range, shooters are urged to review the range rules on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

April 6, 2019, Vertical Challenge Finals at Jay Peak
The Vertical Challenge will hold its season finale at Jay Peak this year on April 6th! The Vertical Challenge is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, there is a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain. https://ski-vc.com/

April 6, 2019, Okemo Slush Cup & Splash for Cash
Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward an 80-foot slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. Open to the first 125 participants. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Presented by Schweppes. Immediately following, for the hearty and soggy, skiers and riders launch off a kicker and grab a dangling bag o’ cash before splashing into the chilly slush pond. Successful contestants keep the cash! Presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties Team. https://www.okemo.com/

April 7, 2019, Harry Corrow Freedom Run
@ 8:30 am – 11:30 am at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Dr, Newport, VT. 10 mile, 10 km, 5 km, and 1 mile run on the Newport-Derby Bike Path (gravel) and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation trails. Held in conjunction with Newport’sJuly 4th Celebration. http://kingdomgames.co/

April 13, Vermont Trout Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

April 13, 2019, New Haven Ledges Race
The New Haven "Ledges" is a classic Vermont creek run. It may be short, but there are plenty of great rapids and drops in that distance. Multiple runs are the norm, and it's a great place for an after-work run. https://www.facebook.com/NewHavenRace

April 13, 2019, ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ Program Seeks Instructors
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors to pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition. The department will be hosting a one-day training workshop for new instructors on Saturday, April 13 at the Essex District Office at 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. Instructors in the ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ program organize and instruct clinics in their communities for Vermonters of all ages. Participants in the training workshop will learn how to teach a basic fishing clinic, as well as learn about fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, habitat conservation and tackle craft. They will also be introduced to conducting specialized fishing clinics, including clinics on ice fishing and species-specific fishing. The class is informal and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. Those interested can register through April 10 at www.vtfishandwildlife.com  or call 802-505-5562 at least one week prior to the course date.

April 13 - 14, 2019, 11th annual Otter Creek Classic!
Green Mountain Adventures (GMA) is proud to present the 11th Annual Otter Creek Classic (OCC11) Fly Fishing Event. This is a catch and release, fly fishing only, event. All profits from the OCC11 are donated to Project Healing Waters for local conservation and education programs. We are extremely honored and proud to be celebrating 11 years and have worked to make the OCC11 an event to remember. Competitors that pre-register will receive an OCC11 commemorative gift. www.mmvt.com/fishing/otter-creek-classic 

April 20, 2019, Muddy Onion Gravel Grinder
Come out of your winter hibernation for a fully supported 36.9 mile gravel grinder covering (almost) all of the amazing dirt roads Central Vermont has to offer. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. For those hesitant to depart their winter hibernation, there is a shorter 21.3 mile loop that will still give you plenty of dirt, fun, and cow sitings. Fully stocked Aid Station in Adamant, and a support vehicle. Stay after for the parking lot party & bbq (included in your reg fee) https://www.bikereg.com/muddy-onion-spring-classic-gravel-grinder

April 20, 2019, Mud n' Ice Quadrathlon
Save the date for this year's rendition of the Mud n' Ice Quadrathlon. The exact course will be determined as conditions solidify, but will include a 10k freestyle ski, 5 mile run, 5 mile paddle and 12 mile dirt road bike! Check this news item for more info as we have it! https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/events/mud-n-ice-quadrathlon/

April 20, 2019, Springtime Hill Climb
XIP Training Systems and Northern Physical Therapy have joined forces to create our first annual Springtime Hill Climb! This event will be a team relay where teams of four will spend two hours lapping the Lyndon Outing Club and getting in as many loops as they can before the timer goes off. All proceeds from the event will be donated to NEK Prospers efforts to help benefit Suicide Prevention. Every team will be given a brick that each climber is responsible for carrying with them - this brick represents the weight of mental illness on those who might be suffering and in need of help. https://www.facebook.com/events/2417400804959075/

April 20, 2019, Annual Pond Skimming at Jay Peak
Come get wet & wild at our annual Pond Skim; costume are encouraged. $10 per person, Registration: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Event starts at Noon- top of the pond, Awards at 4:00 PM in the Pump House Indoor Waterpark at our annual Beach Party.
https://jaypeakresort.com/things-to-do/events/annual-pond-skimming

April 20 - 21, 2019, Earth Day Celebration Weekend
Join VINS for an all-weekend Earth Day Celebration! We’ll be exploring the many ways you can take action to help the environment in your daily life. Learn how easy it is to start composting, get creative with upcycling projects, and take home some tasty recipes for locally-sourced, seasonal foods. You’ll also meet some of our resident raptors and reptiles up close, and learn what you can do to help these majestic creatures thrive in the ecosystems we share with them. https://vinsweb.org/event/earth-day-celebration-weekend/

April 25, 2019, The Art In Birding
Honoring Earth Day, the return of spring, and our imminent open-daily season, the Birds of Vermont Museum is hosting P. Brian Machanic, a Charlotte-based author / photographer / lecturer, and his excellent The Art In Birding presentation. Thursday at 1:30pm, April 25, at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington, discover birds, tales of birding, and more, with Brian’s many lovely wild bird photographs and a narrative that is both informative and jocular. Bird sightings are guaranteed, and no binoculars or insect repellents are needed! www.birdsofvermont.org

April 26, 2019, Introduction to Bullhead Fishing
Friday, April 26, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Panton, VT. The clinic will explore different fishing styles to target bullhead, which are found in many of the shallower, muddier lakes, ponds, and rivers of Vermont. Brown bullhead, like other species in the catfish family, are nocturnal bottom feeders, so the clinic will take place in the evening when they are beginning to be active. Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Please send an e-mail to corey.hart@vermont.gov  or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

April 27, 2019, DisasTOUR VIII
A fun, family-friendly, multi-sport event that tours through Rochester, Hancock and Granville, Vermont. First staged in 2011 just weeks after Tropical Storm Irene, the Disas-Tour was created as a way to boost community morale, celebrate the resilience of the towns, and raise money for flood relief. Since then, organization of the event was transferred to the Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA). All proceeds from DisasTour events benefit the White River Valley communities of Granville, Hancock, and Rochester. https://www.rastavt.org/disastour/

April 27, 2019, 27th Annual Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s 5K Run/Walk
The 5K course starts and finishes at VSMC located at 5 Albert Cree Drive, across from Rutland Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is suggested. The first 100 to pre-register will receive an event T-shirt. The pre-registration entry fee is $20 for adults ages 18 and older and $15 for kids ages 10-17. The day of registration entry fee is $25 for adults ages 18 and older and $20 for kids ages 10-17. Kids under 10 are $5 and adaptive athletes participate for free. Race day registration will be 8-9:30am. https://www.vermontsportsmedicinecenter.com/Events/a~6102/article.html

April 27, 2019, Pittsford Trail Runs 5k & 1 mile
At 9:00 am. Join us on the beautiful Pittsford trails at the recreation area for a 5k and 1 mile run/walk to benefit the Pittsford Recreation Department. Rain or shine event! Start at the Pittsford Recreation Area Pavilion, prizes awarded for finishers in age groups sponsored by local businesses. This event is a fun run and ONLY times for the top finishers will be recorded. Water stations at 1 mile intervals. Pre-register by April 8, 2019 to be guaranteed a shirt. Entry fees: $12 for pre-registered 5K - $7 for pre-registered 1mile, $20 for Race day 5k - $15 for Race day 1 mile. Printable Registration form available at: http://pittsfordvermont.com/departments/recreation-department/

April 27 and 28, Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

April 28, 2019, 23rd Annual Mutt Strut
Little River State Park, Waterbury. A fun 3 mile race for dogs and their owners. http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=232/

April 28, 2019, Wildlife Photographer to Give ‘The Art in Birding’ Presentation in Castleton, VT
Vermont wildlife photographer Brian Machanic will present ‘The Art in Birding’ at the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, Vermont on Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. The presentation will be followed by a one-hour bird walk at the new Bonsawino Wildlife Management Area adjacent to the education center. Machanic is a native Vermonter who has had a passion for wildlife since childhood and has been an avid naturalist and photographer his whole life. He began selling scenic and wildlife images 30 years ago at his Nature’s Eye Studio in Charlotte and has published photos and stories in regional and national magazines. Machanic recently published his first book, entitled This Book Is for The Birds. The event is limited to the first 25 participants. To register, contact Ali Thomas at alison.thomas@vermont.gov  or 802-971-9975.
 

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May 2019

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

May 4, Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

May 4, Green Up Day
https://greenupvermont.org/

May 4, 2019, 41st GMAA Pump it up 5 Miler
Certified (VT13009JK) rolling 5 miler on Old Pump Rd - out and back. A partner is not a requirement for this race. Prizes will be awarded to age group winners as well to partners in our partner categories - see below. Pre-registration encouraged, fill out form located here or register online (online registration closes May 2).Race day at Jericho Elementary School. If you wish to run with a partner you will be able to do that paperwork on race day. Open to all runners 12 and older. For runners under the age of 12, the runner must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the race. http://www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=PUMP2019

May 4, 2019, Introduction to Trout Fishing
Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury, VT. This clinic will teach the basics of fishing for trout using a standard fishing rod known as ‘spin casting gear.’ Participants will learn they don’t need fancy gear to fish for Vermont’s premiere cold-water fish. Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Please send an e-mail to corey.hart@vermont.gov  or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

May 5, Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the nineteenth annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 5, in Rockingham, Vermont, presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society. Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting close to 2,000 people normally attending. The festival includes a turtle walk with herpetologist Jim Andrews, a bug walk with Michael Sabourin, live hawks and owls, bird banding, a butterfly program, fishing activities with the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program, and several exhibits about fish and wildlife. https://amasvt.org/herricks-cove-wildlife-festival

May 10-12, 2019, Spring Migration Birding Weekend
Early May is perhaps the most exciting time of year for bird watching, being at the heart of spring migration, and the serene forest surrounding Blueberry Hill Inn is a perfect place to enjoy this spectacle. Migrant birds will be flooding into the area, and we’ll watch the frenzy of bird activity as they refuel from their long journeys, and sing their hearts out to set up territories and attract mates. Birding will be led by Dr. David Hof, an expert birder, ornithologist, and overall fun bird guide. We’ll watch nesting herons and loons, and see raptors, owls, and scores of colorful warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles, vireos, and more. We’ll likely find over 100 species in total during the weekend, including more than 20 warbler species. This is a great way to hone your birding skills, learn a ton about bird migration, behavior, and ecology, and to simply have fun with other bird enthusiasts. https://blueberryhillinn.com/birds/

May 11, 2019, Girls on the Run VT Central 5K
Over 1,000 girls, coaches, family members and friends of GOTR will lace up their shoes at Castleton University and take part in a 5K to support and celebrate the girls' completion of their 10-week life skills and empowerment program. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, Girls on the Run inspires Vermont girls in 3rd - 8th grade to define their lives on their own terms through lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, physical and mental development. Participating in a Girls on the Run 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize even the seemingly impossible is possible. http://gotrvt.org/central-5k/

May 12, 2018, Girls on the Run VT Southern 5K
Presented by Against the Grain Gourmet, our 2018 Girls on the Run Southern 5k is unlike any other running event. It is a community celebration of Girl Power and the successful completion of our ten week Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole empowerment program. By the day of the 5k, the girls’ enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and faces painted, and wearing tutus and capes they gather with their teammates to hold hands and head to the starting line. Each 5k participant who crosses the finish line will be rewarded with a medal or ribbon. With each GOTR girl proudly wearing the number “1” on her bib, our 5k is a non-competitive event that creates memories to last a lifetime! http://gotrvt.org/southern-5k/

May 12, 2019, Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk
Vermonters are invited to join Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s lead botanist Bob Popp for a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Stranahan Town Forest in Marshfield. Popp will be leading the walk along with Annie Reed, chair of the Marshfield Conservation Commission and biology instructor at Vermont Community College, on Sunday, May 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The walk is free and space is limited to the first 25 people who register at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

May 17-19, 2019, Women’s Weekend Retreat
A special weekend for women to gather, retreat, rest, engage and feel inspired. Massage, hiking, yoga, saunas, music and more. This is a weekend for you; you may participate as little or as much as you like. Meals will be communal gatherings around our farmhouse tables featuring local and seasonal food as available. . The focus will be on healthy and nourishing foods with some special treats included as well. Herbal tea will be plentiful. Dietary restrictions honored with advance notice. Blueberry Hill does not have a liquor license. You are welcome to BYOB as you like. https://blueberryhillinn.com/womens-weekend/

May 17, 2019, Introduction to Fishing for Panfish with Artificial Lures
Friday, May 17, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Lake Paran, Bennington, VT. Panfish are the smaller fish species that fit in a pan, including pumpkinseed and bluegill sunfish, perch, rock bass, and crappie. They’re easy to catch and tasty to eat! The clinic will focus on catching these species using artificial lures – perfect for people interested in taking the next step from a basic hook and worm! Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Please send an e-mail to corey.hart@vermont.gov  or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

May 18, 2019, Dandelion Run @ Derby Beach House
1, 2, 4, 6.2, and 13.1 mile run A competitive and recreational half marathon (with shorter options) on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Don’t let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with millions and millions of dandelions. It’s May! It’s Time to Run! Just for the Fun of It. http://kingdomgames.co/

May 18, World Migratory Bird Day
The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. Previously known as International Migratory Bird Day, this year marks the 26th annual celebration. Saturday's events will begin with an early morning walk on the Maquam / Black Creek trails at 5:30 am. At 7:30 am we'll meet at the refuge headquarter building to get a headcount for lunch and to break into groups. For more information, visit http://friendsofmissisquoi.org/calendar/

May 18, Full Moon Paddle
@ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. It seems that ice-out will be later than last year, which gives us even MORE time to prepare for the open water. At NorthWoods we are sharpening our paddle blades and assessing the fleet of canoes for the fast approaching paddling season. This May, we are offering a full moon paddle to kick off the warm Vermont months. Let’s meet up at the NorthWoods Lodge to gear up and then head down to the Clyde River! http://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/full-moon-paddle/

May 18, 2019, Champlain Bridge 5K
Join us for a scenic 5K cross country course as we continue to enjoy the trails, roads, and fields and the beauty of our shared bridge. https://racewire.com/register.php?id=10349

May 18, 2019, 4th Annual Richard's Ride
Richard’s Ride brings the entire RTF community together to celebrate Richard’s life as well as his enthusiasm for cycling and all that it adds to our lives. Richard’s Ride has something for everyone: from short family rides, to mountain bike trail rides, to road rides from 15 to 70 miles. http://www.richardtomfoundation.com/

May 24 - 25, 2019, Vermont City Marathon Sport & Fitness Expo
Interact with thousands of sport and fitness enthusiasts at this successful two-day Expo! https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/resources/expo/

May 24 - 26, Total Archery Challenge
Pico Mountain Resort, 73 Alpine Dr, Mendon, VT 05701. Yeti Total Archery Challenge fueled by MTN OPS is coming to Killington/Pico, Vermont for FOUR days and is bringing you the greatest outdoor 3D archery experience in the nation. We work hard to provide a fun, family friendly environment where everyone can enjoy the great sport of archery. It’s like we always say, “Life… Its Better with a Bow!” This is the one archery event you do not want to miss. All adult participants that pre-register online will get an awesome event t-shirt, 5 raffle tickets and an extra entry to win a Prime or Quest bow (Target bows are not included). https://totalarcherychallenge.com/events/killington-pico-vt/

May 25, Birding the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail with Bird Diva Bridget Butler
We’ll meet at the terminus in Richford and explore the trail heading toward Berkshire which is known as one of the birding hotspots along the trail. Guide, Bird Diva Bridget Butler will provide binoculars for participants who don’t own their own or would like to try something new. And, she’ll help us identify birds along the way during the spring migration here in Vermont. Space is limited so please register in advance. We’ll meet at the parking area at the end of the Rail Trail on Troy Street in Richford. 7:30-10 am. Please register by contacting the Richford Conservation Commission at richfordconservation@gmail.com.

May 26, 2019, People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon
Burlington, VT - https://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/

May 26, 2019, Barton,VT Demolition Derby
4 and 6 Cylinder Demolition Derby at the Orleans County Fair. Vermont's Orleans County Fair, 278 Roaring Brook Rd, Barton, Vermont 05822 https://www.facebook.com/events/2302746439941282/

May 29, 2019, Fish Processing
Wednesday, May, 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Ferrisburgh, VT. Learn how to catch your own dinner! The program will focus on how to cut up a variety of fish species quickly, easily, and safely, as well as how to safely store just-caught fish to keep it fresh for eating. Veteran anglers may also learn a few tricks to make processing fish easier and more efficient, as well as ways to maximize the amount of meat harvested from each fish. Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Please send an e-mail to corey.hart@vermont.gov  or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

May 31, 2019, Introduction to Fishing
Friday May 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Bomoseen State Park, Castleton, VT. This clinic is great for beginners and families looking to get started fishing. Participants will learn about Vermont fish species, different styles of fishing, aquatic ecology, and fish habitat. (While the clinic is free, a park day use fee is required to enter the park.) Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Please send an e-mail to corey.hart@vermont.gov  or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

May 31 - June 2, Bow Fishing Tournament
Pelkey's Archery Inc. · Saint Albans, VT Cash Payout !! 1st Place $750 2nd Place $400 3rd Place $200 T-shirt for all participants Door Prizes and Food at Official Weigh-In!! Bow Fishing Tournament Friday, May 31st (2pm) – Sunday , June 2nd (12pm), 2019 Team Division (up to 4 people/one boat, 5 biggest carp) and Big Fish Pot Individual Division (heaviest carp) Fee: Team $70 / Big Fish Pot $20Registration: e-mail - register@pelkeysarchery.com  phone - (802)524-2582 Deadline: Friday , May 31st, 2019 @ 2pm Official Weigh-in at Pelkey’s Archery Sunday, by 12pm sharp! Saturday weigh-in available 12pm to 2pm. Great Fun for all ages. http://www.pelkeysarchery.com/


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June 2019

June 1, National Trails Day
https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

June 1, 2019, Girls on the Run, Northern VT 5k Celebration
Presented by People’s United Bank, our 2018 Girls on the Run Northern 5k is unlike any other running event. It is a community celebration of Girl Power and the successful completion of our ten week Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole empowerment program. By the day of the 5k, the girls’ enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and faces painted, and wearing tutus and capes they gather with their teammates to hold hands and head to the starting line. Each 5k participant who crosses the finish line will be rewarded with a medal or ribbon. With each GOTR girl proudly wearing the number “1” on her bib, our 5k is a non-competitive event that creates memories to last a lifetime! http://gotrvt.org/northern-5k/

June 1, Trek to Taste on the Trails of Woodstock, VT.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Trek to Taste, an annual celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living will be hosted at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park and Billings Town Park. Guided walks start at 10:30 and noon, or grab a map and venture out on your own. Choose from several hike options and along the way sample free, delicious foods from local producers. Enjoy family games, arts and crafts, demonstrations, an ice cream social, music and more. This free event is co-sponsored many community organizations. For more information on the event visit www.nps.gov/mabi  and select Trek to Taste or call (802) 457-3368 ext. 222.

June 1 - Craftsbury Beer Run
- a point to point trail and dirt road half marathon from the Center to Hill Farmstead Brewery. Race entries raise money for WonderArts, specifically their Farm to Kids’ Table program. You'll pass through the fields and forests of Vermont's working landscape, through sugarbush, dairies, woodlots and more en route to the finish line at Hill Farmstead. Your first beer is on us, as is post-race picnic by the Craftsbury General Store. When you're adequately refueled, refreshed and ready to get your car, hope aboard a shuttle that will take you back to Craftsbury and your vehicle. Hard to imagine a better day of running! $75 entry, Online registration only - AND WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF ENTRIES (100!) Sign up now! https://www.craftsbury.com/running/running-events/craftsbury-beer-run/

June 2, 2019, Onion River Race and Ramble
The Race and Ramble has grown to be the largest downriver race in Vermont. The 10.5 mile race spans a beautiful stretch of the river from Bolton to Richmond. Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! Registration opens on April 1. Head on over to our Facebook event to express interest. Additional details will be posted there and on our website. https://winooskiriver.org/race-overview.php

June 7 - 8, 2019, Tour de Kingdom
We offer a “full plate” of cycling on carefully selected back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Our offerings have grown over the years. Three days of fully supported rides in June and a shorter, Fly to Pie, Doin the Dirt at the end of September. Do one day or do them all. New to the Tour these past couple of years is The Moose which offers a great opportunity for fine, fast riding on some of the smoothest, most beautiful, and most “car hungry” roads in Vermont. Wrapping up the season is our Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon. It’s a “vista riddled” 26-mile bike (and running) race on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Kingdom to Parker Pie in West Glover. All the pizza you can eat, a great band, and a cash bar with local beer on tap including Hill Farmstead. http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

June 7-9, 2019, Hope on the Rise
Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, NH. - Hope on the Rise offers free weekend fly fishing retreats to women at any stage, and with any type of cancer. Our mission is to provide women cancer survivors an opportunity to join other women in learning to fly fish, while finding hope and healing in a safe, natural environment. https://hopeontherise.org/

June 7 - 9, 2019, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party!, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment!, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro. https://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/our-parade-and-weekend/

June 7-9, 2019 - Wise Souls Retreat, Readsboro, Vermont
Join this group of wise souls in creating a place and feeling of unity and healing for the earth and us to move forward and help spread love in this realm and in your own lives. You will be treated to meditation classes, massages, yoga classes, creativity workshop, fire circle and so much more. Shared accommodations for those traveling to Vermont are included, as well as some meals. Then join us in the picturesque setting of the Southern Green Mountains! For pricing and registration information please visit: https://magicalearthwomen.com/retreats/wise-souls/

June 8, Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day
Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival, Bass Opener both on Free Fishing Day.
Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8 this year, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season. Free Fishing Day in Vermont also will be celebrated at the “Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival,” to be held at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle. The festival will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Designed for young anglers and families, this exciting event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a hatchery pond. No prior fishing experience is needed, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants. The festival will also highlight the updated Ed Weed Fish Culture Station visitor center, so fishing festival participants will be able to see the educational exhibits and learn how to identify Lake Champlain fish species in the exhibit aquariums. Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 8, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the northeast. The season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

June 8, 2019 White River Open Fly Fishing Tournament
The White River Open is a fly fishing only tournament, intended to be a fun and exciting way to promote Vermont's White River! $25 - Adults $15 - Youth. Registration is through our email address - wrofft@gmail.com . https://www.facebook.com/pg/White-River-Open-Fly-Fishing-Tournament-641158929253020/about/

June 8, Rutland Ramble Triathlon
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center and Rutland Recreation Department bring you The Rutland Ramble. Ramble (noun): A leisurely excursion for pleasure. Climb - Mountain Bike - Trail Run, Self-Supported Triathlon, Individual and Team options open to all ages. Beginning at 8:00 AM with climbing at GMRCC. Climb: Choose between climbing 250 feet (10 climbs) or 500 feet (20 climbs). The climbing grade is each participant’s choice. Each climber needs their own belayer approved through the gym. Need a belayer? Let us know or see the registration confirmation email for more information. Mountain Bike: Make your own way to Pine Hill Park to complete one or two laps of our approximately 5k course. Trail Run: Immediately following the bike portion, hop on the trail to run one or two laps of the 5k trail run course. https://www.facebook.com/events/425457084908325/

June 8-9, 2019, Spring 25/15 CTR&D & 50/25 Endurance
June 8, 25- and 15-Mile Competitive Trail Ride & Drive: The first day of the weekend is an ECTRA-sanctioned competitive trail ride and drive. Learn more about the sport at www.ectra.org. There will be 25- and 15-mile divisions. The day starts early, with breakfast at 5:30 and riders starting at 6:30am. June 9, 50-Mile Endurance, 25-Mile Limited Distance Endurance & 15-Mile Endurance Introductory Ride: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45a8aa2aa2fb6-spring1

June 14 - 16, 2019, 40th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
The 40th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival is Father’s Day Weekend - June 14th, 15th, 16th 2019. Featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the weekend and additional tethered rides during the day, attendees can enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and more than 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include Euro Bungee, a Rock Climbing wall, bounce house and more. And a variety of festival favorites and new food offerings with local healthy options and a beer, spirit and wine garden are planned. https://www.quecheeballoonfestival.com/

June 14 - 16, 2019, B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats
Various locations throughout Stowe, VT, The B3 Fest – Bikes, Brews & Beats is an annual celebration of Vermont mountain biking, craft beverages and music. This three-day, town-wide festival offers family-friendly events, food and drink specials, live music, group rides and more. During B3 Fest weekend, area bike shops will host mountain bike group rides throughout town, which start from and end at participating B3 Fest venues. All group rides are free to the public. Group rides will include: Secret Safari Ride (advanced) Sterling Valley Ride (intermediate), Relaxed Social Ride (beginner). https://www.gostowe.com/event/b3-fest-bikes-brews-beats/

June 15, 2019, YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga's Centennial Celebration
Community Open House from 10am to 2pm at Camp Hochelaga, 34 Hochelaga Road, South Hero VT, 05486. Fun for the whole family, camp tours, games, free barbecue lunch and cake included! Join us in celebrating 100 years of empowering girls and women. Visit https://ywcavt.org/centennial-celebration/  for more information. 

June 15, 2019, Switchback Bike for the Lake
Do your part for clean water, get some great exercise, connect with friends, and experience some inspiring scenery in Vermont and New York at Friends of Northern Lake Champlain’s annual event! This year, they are featuring a century ride, as well as loops of 80, 60, and 30 miles along the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. A rolling start for all riders and all distances between 7:00am and 10:00am. BBQ will start at 11:30am and end at 4:30pm. Funds raised from this event will support the work of FNLC on projects to prevent nutrient pollution and ensure that we will continue to enjoy this natural treasure for many generations to come. Location: Knight’s Point State Park. $65/pp, register online. https://www.friendsofnorthernlakechamplain.org/event/bfl-2019/

June 15, The Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Center Opens for the Summer, Open House
Open House with a special presentation by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Biologist, Lael Will. Lael has done work for fisheries across the country and has been working with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department since 2012. Notably, part of Lael’s work focuses on monitoring several migrating fish species that use the fish ladder in Bellows Falls including the American eel, Sea Lamprey, and American Shad. From 11 to 12, Lael will give a presentation about her work and share her knowledge surrounding migrating fish species in Vermont and will be available to answer questions from visitors. In the afternoon join us for a World of Owls program presented by our Senior Environmental Educator Jay DeGregorio from 2 - 2:45. This program is geared towards the whole family, young and old! Learn about what makes these often nocturnal raptors so special. From silent flight to night-time sight, these birds of prey who call Vermont home are truly magnificent! Get a chance to check-out some great hands-on owl biofacts and ask Jay all about owls. Learn more at www.nature-museum.org.

June 22, 2019, The Catamount Ultra Marathon
The Catamount Ultra Marathon starts and finishes at beautiful Trapp Family Lodge outside of Stowe VT. The 25k course is primarily wide, hard-packed dirt trail. Rolling through highland pastures and hardwood forest complete with maple sugar tap lines in place and ready for the spring "run", this course is not to be missed. Our course circumnavigates the incredibly well maintained and protected Trapp Family Lodge trail system at the foot of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. To complete the 50k course, runners will complete the 25k loop, two times. There is an 9 hour racer cutoff. https://www.catamountultra.com/race-info.html

June 22, 2019, Kingdom Heritage Trail Official Opening
9am in Downtown Island Pond. Join us for the official opening of the Kingdom Heritage Trail system as we celebrate a truly collaborative two decade effort to construct over 20-miles of remote hiking trail in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Partner organizations, volunteers, and officials will be on hand and the public is invited to attend to learn more about this incredible new trail resource and join us on a series of guided hikes to introduce the new routes. Opening remarks at 9am in downtown Island Pond at the covered footbridge. Guided hikes start at 10 am. 4 pm apres-hike gathering at the Essex House. Maps, snacks, prizes & partner info. Where – Island Pond behind the Railroad Station. 23 miles long, 20 years in the making Hiking, Snowshoeing, Skiing & Traditional Uses. https://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/kingdom-heritage-trail-opening-celebration/

June 22, 2019, Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal & RiverFest
The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal takes place on Saturday, June 22 in Richford, Vermont. This family-friendly event combines 6.5 miles of paddling down a Wild and Scenic section of the Missisquoi River and 5 miles of cycling on the nearby Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. https://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/get-involved/missisquoi-paddle-pedal/

June 22, Kingdom Heritage Trail Opening Celebration
9am-4pm, Free. Join us for the official opening of the Kingdom Heritage Trail system as we celebrate a truly collaborative two decade effort to construct over 20-miles of remote hiking trail in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Partner organizations, volunteers, and officials will be on hand and the public is invited to attend to learn more about this incredible new trail resource and join us on a series of guided hikes to introduce the new routes. Opening remarks at 9am in downtown Island Pond at the covered footbridge. Guided hikes start at 10 am. 4 pm apres-hike gathering at the Essex House Tavern. Maps, snacks, prizes, partner info. Location: Covered Footbridge, Island Pond. Contact: 802-723-6551, events@northwoodscenter.org www.northwoodscenter.org 

June 22, 2019, Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride
Bridgewater Corners - Formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive, the 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing offers multiple routes for cycling and mountain biking, plus a kid-friendly 5K bike ride and more. Whether cycling on the 100-mile, 60-mile or 40-mile loops, or simply journeying near the Brewery on the 20-mile loop or the family-friendly 5K bike ride, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride. All courses start and finish at Long Trail Brewery, located on Route 4. The festivities continue for all after the ride at the brewery, where a BBQ menu will be prepared, live music and family entertainment, refreshments, and more will make this an event not to be missed. https://www.localmotion.org/vt_adaptive_charity_ride_2019

June 22 - 23, 2019 - Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament
Lake Champlain, Swanton, VT "Catch-Photo-Release" is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. www.fishthepickle.com

June 23, Mountaintop Birding at Jay Peak Resort
6 AM, A unique opportunity to experience the birds that breed on mountaintops in our region, including the rare and elusive Bicknell's Thrush. We'll ride the tram to the top of Jay Peak and spend some time birding the mountain before returning by tram to the base for breakfast at the Clubhouse Grille. Cost of the tram ride is included in fee, folks will pay for breakfast separately. Folks taking the van from St. Albans will meet at 6 am. If you'll be meeting us there, please arrive by 7:15 to make our scheduled tram ride at 7:30 am. Registration is required for programs offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $40 residents/$52 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! Limit to 15 participants. We have space in the van leaving from St. Albans for 10 people. When registering please note whether you will need to ride in the van, or would like to meet the group there. https://www.facebook.com/events/344924379716287/

June 23-27, 2019, 9th Annual Vermont TU Trout Camp
Campers (age 13-16) will be introduced to the basics of fly fishing through a series of fun and engaging outdoor activites. Participants will learn from some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers and conservationists. Fly fishing skills covered will include casting, knot craft, fly selection and tying, reading the water, presentation and safe wading. Campers will learn about fish biology, fish habitat and stream ecology as well as aquatic entomology. We’ll explore some of the issues around fishing etiquette and ethics, as well as the conservation issues facing our cold water fisheries. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a local TU conservation project. Campers will have ample opportunity to test their newly acquired skills while fishing the upper Connecticut River and nearby ponds, hopefully catching lots of fish! Jackson’s Lodge is a family owned three season lodge, originally dating back to 1926. It is nestled in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom on the eastern shore of Lake Wallace. Campers and Counselors will stay in Jackson’s well kept 3 season cabins. Camp registration includes all meals, beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with a BBQ lunch on Thursday (some lunches may be in the field). http://www.vermonttroutcamp.com/about/

June 28-30, New England Mountain Bike Association Festival
The New England Mountain Bike Association Festival (NEMBAfest) on Kingdom Trails is happening again this year at the Wildflower Inn on Darling Hill in Lyndonville on June 28-30th. The festival is a celebration of summer and all things mountain biking, organized in partnership between The Kingdom Trail Association and New England Mountain Bike Association with support from Pedro's Bike Care. This family friendly event saw around 4300 attendees throughout the weekend last year making it the largest mountain bike festival in the East, and is on track again this year to be larger with an increase in pre-registration already. https://www.nembafest.com/

June 29, 2019, Vermont Gran Fondo
The Vermont Gran Fondo was born from the cumulative passion of a group of local cyclists looking for a more challenging local event. Most of the Addison County based cycling events were geared towards recreational cyclists looking for a more relaxed ride and because this segment was fairly well accommodated for, it was time for something else in the mix. The VTGF was inspired by the mystic of the LAMB, a local term for the bucket list 4 gap ride to conquer Lincoln Gap (Rated the steepest paved mile in the US), Appalachian Gap, Middlebury Gap and the Brandon Gap: not necessarily in that order. Our inaugural event set the standard at 100+ miles climbing 10,000+ ft over predominately paved roads but, always some level of dirt roads: it is Vermont after all. The VTGF is truly a challenge. Ride it if you can. http://vermontgranfondo.com/about-vermont-gran-fondo/

June 30, Paddle and Picnic
Join the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee as they paddle the Missisquoi River from the Canadian border to Richford (water levels permitting), and enjoy a provided picnic along the way! For more information and to register visit www.vtwsr.org.  Free, meet-up location TBD.

June 30, 2019, Champ's Challenge for CF
Come Ride the 12th Annual Champ's Challenge for CF At Basin Harbor Club, 4800 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes Vermont 05491. Since the first ride in 2007 the event has raised over $100,000, which has directly helped children and adults with cystic fibrosis to lead a more active lifestyle and enjoy a better quality of health, physically and psychosocially. With your tremendous participation and fundraising support, the CFLF awarded the 1,000th CF Recreation Grant this year bringing the lifetime total of direct assistance to patients to more than $500,000 in direct assistance. https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/NDMzODM=/34868

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. https://www.gostowe.com/signature_event/stoweflake-hot-air-balloon-festival/

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. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatRaceVT

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! https://www.basinharbor.com/wakesurf/

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: http://www.vermontbowhuntersassociation.org/

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, events@northwoodscenter.org www.northwoodscenter.org

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/

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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-wind-summer-soiree-thur-718-tickets-63941900947

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. https://winooskiriver.org/river-of-light-moonlight-paddle.php

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! https://www.gardenstatehogchapter.com/welcome/event/iron-adventure-ne-regional-hog-rally-ludlow-vt/

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. https://vermont100.com/

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. http://goshengallop.com/

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 mrba@pshift.com  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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2030339107271616/

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. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Open-Water-Swimmers-to-descend-on-Newport--Vermont-for-the-11th-Annual-Kingdom-Swim.html

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, www.vtwsr.org

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. https://www.seldelaterrevt.com/events

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2438369149776521/

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. https://vtfishandwildlife.com/calendar

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! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ps5oumcab&oeidk=a07egbumstd42ebf521

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. https://dragonheartvermont.org/

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: http://www.vermontbowhuntersassociation.org/

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. https://vtfishandwildlife.com/calendar

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 DigInVT.com, your portal to Vermont's agriculture and culinary experiences. https://www.diginvt.com/events-in-vermont/open-farm-week-2019/

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, https://www.motorcycle-vermont.com/events-1/united-motorcyclists-of-vermont-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! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kta-25th-b-day-party-likes-its-1994-and-tour-de-borderlands-stop-5-tickets-65731601991

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! https://www.ironwoodadventureworks.com/smugglersmountainrace

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/

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.
http://lastmileride.com/

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. https://thevt3.com/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/bennington-battle-monument/15th-annual-battle-day-5k-road-race/322779591994812/

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. ralphcpace@gmail.com

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. https://fpr.vermont.gov/event/2019-vt-state-waterfowl-calling-contest-button-bay-state-park

August 24 - 25, MENDON FISH & GAME CLUB ANNUAL 3-D BOW SHOOT
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! https://www.rtttovt.com/

August 31, 2019, BIRD MONITORING WALK
• 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 museum@birdsofvermont.org  or calling (802) 434-2167

 

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September 2019


Sept. 1-25, Vermont’s Resident Canada Goose Season
https://vtfishandwildlife.com/

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

September 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. https://vtfishandwildlife.com/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/480534969441614/

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. https://www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily

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. www.vtwsr.org

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. http://www.winooskiriver.org/river-clean-up.php

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 https://www.flyrodshop.com/vermont-fly-fishing-show/

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. https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/4812/overview

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. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/transition-womens-weekend-september-14-15th-in-east-burke-vt.html

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: quiltrap@comcast.net  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. https://vt.audubon.org/events

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/running/running-events/genny-tenny/

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. https://www.ironwoodadventureworks.com/24hrs-nek

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2039/

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. https://cragvt.org/

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. https://vinsweb.org/event/monarch-butterfly-tagging/2019-09-21/

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. https://www.localmotion.org/tour_de_farms_2019

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. https://circumburke.org/

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. https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

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, events@northwoodscenter.orgwww.northwoodscenter.org 

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 museum@birdsofvermont.org  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.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/925078804519182/

Sept. 28-29, Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting
https://vtfishandwildlife.com/

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. https://www.runvermont.org/event/bramble-scramble-11k-trail-running-race/

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. https://vt.audubon.org/events/time-fly

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. http://kingdomgames.co/fly-to-pie-kingdom-marathon/

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. http://vermont50.com/


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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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2293/

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! https://www.facebook.com/events/2193765350684002/

Oct. 5 - November 1, Vermont’s Archery Deer Season
http://vtfishandwildlife.com/

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. https://vtfishandwildlife.com/watch-wildlife/dead-creek-wildlife-day

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2441854072701100/

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. https://www.craftsbury.com/general/fallfest/full-schedule/

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. https://donate.oldspokeshome.com/event/fall-fundo-2019/e242405

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. https://www.runreg.com/8817

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2390412257733596/

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 https://www.friendsofnorthernlakechamplain.org/product/2019-run-for-the-lake/

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 corey.hart@vermont.gov  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 museum@birdsofvermont.org  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 lazarericus@gmail.com

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. https://vinsweb.org/event/hoots-howls/2019-10-26/

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. https://www.thekingdomchallenge.com/

October 26 - 27, Women's Survival Doe Camp
Popular survival instructor, Jessica Krebs will be offering 4 hour classes in N. Ferrisburg, VT. https://seretraining.us/about/
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: info@voga.org
Class Descriptions: http://www.voga.org/Survival-Class-Descriptions.htm Registration Form: http://www.voga.org/Womens-Survival-Weekend-Oct-2019.htm

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! https://www.ironwoodadventureworks.com/blackriverbeatdown

 


 

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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, rscolomb@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/events/2655844941127348/?active_tab=about

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2513731615379100/

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. https://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/appalachian-pack-basket-making-workshop/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1135681453486300/

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. https://vt.audubon.org/events/leaf-peepers-bird-monitoring

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: https://magicalearthwomen.com/tropical/ 

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. https://www.danvillevermont.org/event/old-fashioned-game-supper/

November 28, 2019, 9th ANNUAL KILLINGTON 5K TURKEY TROT run/walk
NOVEMBER 28, 2019 ?Sign Up before November 10, 2019 and get a FREE T-shirt with your registration CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ??We Are Running, RAIN, SNOW or SHINE? JOIN US FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL KILLINGTON 5K TURKEY TROT RUN/WALK COME OUT THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 28, 2019 RUN TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES/ORGANIZATIONS LIVE MUSIC, BAR WILL BE OPEN GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES ALL AGES WELCOME! START TIME 9:30 AM AT "THE PICKLE BARREL" 1741 KILLINGTON ROAD KILLINGTON, VERMONT 05751 $25.00 BEFORE RACE DAY OR $30.00 RACE DAY RACE DAY REGISTRATION WILL ?BEGIN AT 8:00 AM, http://www.killingtonturkeytrot.com/

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 www.nevergiveupever.org  for information about our mission. We look forward to seeing you! https://localraces.com/events/richmond-vt/jarred-williams-turkey-trot-benefiting-never-give-up-ever-2019

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!) https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/Brattleboro/BrattleboroTurkeyTrot

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! https://www.fairhaventurkeytrot.com/

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. https://runningoftheturkeys.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx

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. https://sportnomad.net/event/zacks-place-thanksgiving-turkey-trot

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. https://www.rutlandherald.com/calendar/trot-it-off-k-walk-run/event_3e6c8534-f4de-11e9-ad8c-ab0179e6afcd.html

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. https://www.mapometer.com/events/event/5k_turkey_trot_trail_run_walk_at_strafford_nordic_center

 

 

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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. https://vt.audubon.org/ 

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 kelsey@northwoodscenter.org  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 Sales@vtammowarehouse.com  or book here https://vtammowarehouse.com/Store/151-handgun-classes-for-women

 

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