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January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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February 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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May 2018

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

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

May 5, Green Up Day
https://greenupvermont.org/

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

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

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

May 6, Middlebury Maple Run
The Sweetest Half is a half marathon and two-person half marathon relay held in the Spring. Enjoy beautiful scenery with views of the Green and Adirondack Mountain ranges. Official website is at: www.middleburymaplerun.com

May 11, New Dead Creek Visitor Center Opens for Season
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is announcing that the Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison, Vermont, will be opening for the season on Friday, May 11. The visitor center will be open Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August and will offer a variety of free programs for all ages throughout the spring and summer. Hours will be expanded in the fall. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to learn about local fish and wildlife, the history of Dead Creek, habitat and land management, and the impacts of climate change on the natural world. Knowledgeable staff or volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, help visitors find a place to see wildlife, or assist with buying a hunting or fishing license or Vermont Habitat Stamp. The center is a great spot for kids and adults to stop and explore the many facets of a Vermont wildlife management area. http://vtfishandwildlife.com/dead-creek-visitor-center.html

May 12, The 3rd Annual Rail Trail n' an Ale 5k
The 3rd Annual Rail Trail n' an Ale 5k will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Caledonia County which is being held at the St. Johnsbury Academy on May 12, 2018 from 12pm to 12am www.relayforlife.org/caledoniavt  Questions? Contact Erin Regan, American Cancer Society Staff Partner at erin.regan@cancer.org Event details and schedule. The 3rd annual Rail Trail n' an Ale 5k will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Caledonia County. The run will begin and end at Goodfella’s Restaurant and Tavern in Danville, VT, leading runners down and back along the Rail Trail. Please note there will be a clock on site, but runners will have to their own time. This is a fun run, not an official 5k. https://www.runnersworld.com/race/A2D6F286-DCCD-4593-818F-6C06E38E53D4/rail-trail-n-an-ale-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, 2018, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Half Marathon
Held on the beautiful grounds of Basin Harbor Resort and Boat Club and the surrounding farmlands. This course is gorgeous and limited to ONLY 200 runners! In addition to it’s beauty, this course will become a favorite because it is relatively flat. Where there is an elevation gain, you’re going to LOVE the long gentle down hills! This race will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. A portion of your entry fee goes to the Education for All fund for scholarships providing access for all to LCMM’s wonderful education programs! www.racevermont.com/event/lake-champlain-maritime-museum-half-marathon

May 17, Reptile and Amphibian Walk at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
Herpetologist Jim Andrews will lead an evening field trip at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. The field trip will take participants to parts of the wildlife management area where spring amphibians are most likely to be seen and heard. The event is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Amy Alfieri at amy.alfieri@vermont.gov  or 802-759-2398.

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

May 19, 2018, 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 20 - Wildflower Hike
Wildflower hike with ecologist Eva Dannenberg Alexander, as part of broader celebration of Craftsbury Energy Committee. Hike is planned from the new solar installation by the Craftsbury Town Garage to the Craftsbury Village Greenspace, followed by potluck and fun at the Greenspace. Email for more info: craftsburyenergycommittee@gmail.com

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

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


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June 2018

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

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

June 2, 2018, 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 2, National Trails Day
http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/

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

June 5, The Art in Birding
Vermont wildlife photographer Brian Machanic will present ‘The Art in Birding’ at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area headquarters in Addison, Vermont on Tuesday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a one-hour photography bird walk at the Dead Creek WMA. The event is limited to the first 25 participants. To register, contact Amy Alfieri at amy.alfieri@vermont.gov  or 802-759-2398.

June 8 - 10, 2018, 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 9, BOBCAT CARVING : ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
9:30am - 3:30pm. Carve and paint a small Bobcat with David Tuttle of the Green Mountain Woodcarvers. Wood blank, eyes, paint, snacks, and coffee provided. All levels welcome. Bring your own tools and gloves if you have them; if you don't, let us know. Dave often brings some knives, gloves, etc. to sell. Please bring your lunch. Great for adults and teens. Younger kids need parental permission; this is also great for Scout badges! Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org  to pre-register. $30 for Museum and GMWC members • $40 for everyone else

June 9, 2018, Hill Farmstead Half
Craftsbury Outdoor Center presents the "Hill Farmstead Half" - a point to point trail and dirt road half marathon from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center to Hill Farmstead Brewery to raise money for Green Mountain Farm-to-School's mission to strengthen local food systems in the NEK by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. Set off with your fellow runners at 9:30, Saturday, June 9 and head into the rolling singletrack and ski trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, accessing the scenic dirt roads of Craftsbury, including a class IV section of road as you climb to Greensboro and Hill Farmstead. You'll pass thru the fields and forests of Vermont's working landscape, thru 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! www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/2034/

June 9, Paddle and Picnic- Orleans County
Join the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee for a Paddle and Picnic on our beautiful Missisquoi River in Orleans County from 9am-2pm (exact location will be determined closer to the paddle date, based on water levels). REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and space is limited, so visit www.vtwsr.org/events to reserve your spot today. Lunch will be provided, and a limited number of boats will be available for loan if you do not have your own - you will have the option to request one of these (first-come/first-served basis) when you register. https://www.vtwsr.org/events

June 15 - 17, 2018, 39th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the festival and additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities Euro Bungee, a Rock Climbing wall, bounce house and more. And of course there will be festival food with local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site! www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 16, 2018, Paddling Trip on the Upper Missisquoi River
Paddle the Upper Missisquoi River in Vermont with Russ Ford. The exact location of this trip will be determined by water levels. Directions to the meeting place will be provided when you have registered. Email marthe@northernforestcanoetrail.org  to register.

June 22-24, 2018, NEMBAfest at Kingdom Trails
Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! http://www.nembafest.com/#about

June 23, Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal
6.5 miles of paddling on the Missisquoi River, 4.5 miles of cycling on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, Solo, tandem, team, and noncompetitive recreational classes, Paddling starts in Richford; Cycling starts in East Berkshire. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/get-involved/missisquoi-paddle-pedal/

June 23 - 24, 2018 Ditch Pickle Classic
Lake Champlain's Exclusive Catch-Photo-Release Tournament for Fly Anglers. please remember, we need angler registration forms from EVERYONE (even if you have filled it out many times in the past) on your team for your team to be placed on the roster. Once all team members are registered your team will be announced on facebook and added to the roster on the 2018 DPC page. www.fishthepickle.com

June 30, EARLY BIRDER MORNING WALKS
7:00-9:00am Join us for an early morning ramble in the Birds of Vermont Museum forest and meadows every Sunday in May and June. Enjoy the start of the day with us, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Walks are led by experienced birders familiar with Vermont birds. Come to several walks to hear the changes in who calls and when! Park at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, in the Museum parking lot. Most fun for Adults and older children Free, donations welcome. Pre-registration is helpful but not required. Call 802 434-2167 or email museum@birdsofvermont.org

June 30, 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/

July 2018


July 3, 2018, Montpelier Mile
Kick off Montpelier’s Independence Day parade with Vermont’s fastest mile! This classic one-mile race runs through historic downtown Montpelier in front of thousands of spectators – then stick around after the race for the parade and fireworks! All ages welcome – kids encouraged to run! Race Start: 6:00pm (adults with strollers start 6:01pm) https://www.runreg.com/8023

July 4, 2018, Harry Corrow Freedom Run
10 Mile, 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile run and walk on the Newport-Derby Bike Path and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation Trails with Bed Races and Fourth of July Celebration in Gardner Park in the afternoon and evening. Supporting MSTF and its great trails. http://kingdomgames.co/run-the-kingdom/

July 6-8, 2018, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake! Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free) http://www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

July 7, Lower Missisquoi River Paddle
Paddlers are invited to join NFCT volunteer Russ Ford on a trip along the Lower Missisquoi River on Saturday, July 7. The exact location of this trip will be determined by water levels, and directions to the meeting place will be provided when you have registered. The trip starts at 9 a.m. and goes until mid-afternoon. People interested in joining the trip should email marthe@northernforestcanoetrail.org

July 7, 2018, Hike, Bike & Paddle
Join us for a day of fun and recreation! We provide FREE use of bikes, kayaks and paddleboards, as well as snacks and smoothies from our smoothie bike! First 50 guests also receive a free t-shirt. Be healthy, get outside and enjoy the summer with BCBSVT! - North Beach, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. http://www.bcbsvt.com/calendar

July 8, 2018, Challenge Race at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will hold its annual Challenge Race at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) – 4472 Basin Harbor Rd. in Vergennes. The Challenge Race starts at LCMM and is a 3 mile triangular rowing/paddling race across the lake, along the palisades, and then back to the museum at North Harbor. The course covers some of the most beautiful scenery on Lake Champlain. The race is open to all types of human powered boats-bring your own kayaks, canoes paddleboats, sliding and fixed seat boats, paddle boards, row boats—whatever you can power yourself! This event has a $25.00 registration fee per person. Registration begins at 9:30 and the race begins at 11:00. Our Museum Community Rower's will provide a free lunch buffet for participants following the race. Contact Nick Patch at nickp@lcmm.org  with questions or call 802-475-2022.

July 14, Paddle and Picnic- Franklin County
Join the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee for a Paddle and Picnic on our beautiful Missisquoi River in Orleans County from 9am-2pm (exact location will be determined closer to the paddle date, based on water levels). REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and space is limited, so visit www.vtwsr.org/events to reserve your spot today. Lunch will be provided, and a limited number of boats will be available for loan if you do not have your own - you will have the option to request one of these (first-come/first-served basis) when you register. https://www.vtwsr.org/events

July 14, Bike-Burger-Brew Pump Track & Skills MTB Clinic
3:30 PM, Hosted by Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, The 2018 Bike-Burger-Brew Clinic Series is designed for people looking for way to build confidence and learn new skills while enjoying the sport of mountain biking. Clinics last for 1 ½ hours and are followed by a burger and beer to enjoy at the outdoor center after the ride. The cost is $40 per person. During the second clinic of the series, we will transfer our skills to our redesigned pump track & skills park! The skills practiced on the pump track will help bridge the gap between riding through skill stations and negotiating single track. You will also have the opportunity to practice your technique on our progressive jump line, rock wall and short sections of single track found throughout the park and the skill stations too! https://www.facebook.com/events/937136019799962/

July 14, 2018, Sportsman's Club of Franklin County 3 Gun 2018
We are pleased to offer two challenging yet newbie/family friendly 3 gun matches to be held on Saturday the 14th of July and Saturday the 25th of August 2018. We look forward to seeing everyone at the range for some 3 Gun excitement. We will be accepting registration via email. There are a limited number of slots available. Please send your complete contact information (name, email, phone, member #, RO (yes/no) along with the division you will be shooting to: ​t.pike001@gmail.com ​. Some rules may be modified as required for local range conditions etc. http://3gunnation.com/rules

July 14, 2018, Vermont's Toughest Triathlon
140 miles from Lake Willoughby to Burke Mountain Resort. A challenging grass-roots race with over 13,000 Ft elevation gain between the bike and run. If you are looking for more of a challenge than the traditional 140.6, this race is for you. https://www.facebook.com/events/2007997886116475/

July 14 - 15, River Float 2018
his year, to accommodate everyone's crazy schedules and FOMO (Fear of missing out) we have TWO days of river floating. Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15. As usual, let's meet at the park in Richmond at 10 am on each day. After a fun-filled day of floating, we will celebrate with a BBQ at the park. Please bring something to share with the group. Feel free to add people to this group! The more the merrier! If you have gone in the past, you know this is an awesome adventure! If you haven't been to one, now is your chance! https://www.facebook.com/events/1497493287018754/ 

July 14-15, 2018, Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown
Sugarbush Resort · Warren, VT. - The Eastern States Cup East Coast Showdown returns to Sugarbush for 2018, featuring enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash purse of $4,000. Sugarbush is a stop for the Box Components East Coast Showdown. BOX Components and the MAXXIS ESC will present high-end prizes for the top three men and women that race both enduro and downhill during each showdown weekend. The MAXXIS Eastern States Cup East Coast Showdown returns to Sugarbush for 2018, featuring enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash purse of $4,000. It’s not just about cash prizes with the Eastern States Cup. There will be loads of product prizes from race sponsors. Top 5 in every class reach the podium. Top 3 in every class receive custom Eastern States Cup medals.  http://www.easternstatescup.com/venues/sugarbush-vt/

July 15, 3-D Archery Shoot
Hosted by Derby Fish & Game Club. https://www.facebook.com/events/823227597857210/

July 15, Wildlife Tracking with Mike Kessler
1:00 – 3:00pm. Expert tracker and longtime UVM instructor, Mike Kessler, will guide us in the ancient art of tracking, learning as much about ourselves as the animals and landscape around us. Explore the Museum's diverse habitats while learning to discover and be a part of the inexhaustible stories of our neighboring wildlife. Third Sundays, May – October Ages 6+ recommended, great for individuals and leaders. Included with Museum admission (free for members) and donations are welcome. http://birdsofvermont.org/events

July 15, 2018 - Champ's Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis - 5K & Cycling Event
9am - 2pm, Basin Harbor Club, 4800 Basin Harbor Rd., Vergennes, VT 05491. Enjoy the beauty of the Lake Champlain Valley on either a 40 or 8 mile bike ride through Addison County, or run the certified 5K course through the Basin Harbor Club property with official timing. All registrations include a lakeside luncheon, event t-shirt and access to the amazing raffle. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation in providing Recreation Grants to patients living with the genetic lung disease. For more info visit CFLF.org. www.ChampsChallenge.org Brian Callanan, brian@cflf.org , 802-310-5983

July 21, Goshen Gallop 2018
Runners looking for an exceptional backcountry course find it here… in the Moosalmoo National Recreation Area. From a natural obstacle course with log-strewn trails to a stunning surprise view from the south end of Hogback Mountain, the Gallop’s elevation profile and rugged terrain have earned the race the nickname “the toughest 10k in New England.” Bragging rights for any serious runner that complete the satisfying and breathtaking experience. But you don’t need to be a hardcore runner to participate… the 5K is equally exhilarating, and you can still brag (just half as much). http://goshengallop.com/

July 21, 2018, Anniversary Komen Vermont Race for the Cure
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester Center, VT. Registration 7:00 AM; Races 8:30 AM, 8:35 AM and 8:40 AM; Obstacle Course 9:45 AM. Family-oriented fundraiser for Susan G. Komen New England. Two distance runs and a walk offered. Kids Obstacle Course. Food. Silent Auction. 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk; also Kids Obstacle Course (12 yrs & Under) Children's activities. http://southernnewengland.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=6884&pg=entry

July 22, 2018, Points of Interest: Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Learn about the history of what you see walking across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Historian Thomas Hughes and Chimney Point administrator Elsa Gilbertson lead this round-trip guided walk. Meet at the Crown Point, NY, State Historic Site museum. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Includes admission to both museums. Cost: $6.00 http://historicsites.vermont.gov/taxonomy/term/648

July 26, River of Light
Join fellow Friends of the Winooski River for the third annual moonlight paddle, the “River of Light," from Heineberg Bridge to Lake Champlain. Decorate your boat (or yourself!) with anything that glows. Visit the event page below for more details: https://winooskiriver.org/

July 27 - 29, 2018, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Our host chapter, Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) is itching to show you what they’ve been up to, and are developing a great schedule of rides, music, and shenanigans. The site features extensive tent to trail riding for all abilities. The 3-day festival, in it’s 11th year, draws heavily from New England, Canada, and beyond. Funds raised are split between the local host chapter and the statewide advocacy efforts of VMBA, connecting and supporting 30 local chapters around the state, ensuring the Vermont MTB scene sustains, grows, and evolves with the riders voice. https://vmba.org/event/festival/

July 28, 2018, Round Church Women's Run 5K and 10K
Richmond, VT - Certified 5K and 10K are both out and back on Cochran Road, starting and finishing at Farr Rd., diagonally across the main road from the historic Round Church. The courses are all paved with a few rolling hills. www.facebook.com/events/2098039423802665/

July 28, 2018, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167 www.birdsofvermont.org

July 30 - August 3, Claen Water Week, 2018
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi

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August 2018

 

August 4, Paddling Trip to Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Explore the Missisquoi Delta and the processes that create and shape the wetlands. Learn about the Missisquoi Bay's water quality challenges with local ecologist Russ Ford. Weather permitting, this will be a 12-mile flatwater loop. https://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/event/paddling-trip-missisquoi-national-wildlife-refuge/

August 5th, Standup Paddleboard Demo Day at Blueberry Lake, Warren
11am – 2:30pm. Join us for some fun and try the fastest growing paddlesport. Standup paddleboarding is easy, great exercise, and lots of fun. Clearwater Sports will provide all the equipment necessary and also some basic instruction. There will be an assortment of paddleboards to try out. Weather permitting. Call Clearwater Sports for more information, 496-2708.

August 5, 2018, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) is a dynamic dragon boat organization located in Burlington, Vermont. Dragon boating is a fast growing team paddle sport that embraces athletes of all ages, gender, and abilities. We began as a breast cancer survivor team. Today, we are that and so much more. Dragonheart Vermont presently has 200 members that make up our 10 different teams. Our actions stand out both on and off the water. Our DHVT teams excel and have been named National and World champs. We are committed to our Vermont community and host the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival where people in our community team up to race dragon boats for charity. Dragonheart Vermont is a team with HEART! https://dragonheartvermont.org/

August 11, 2018, The Point to Point
Formerly the Harpoon Point to Point, the Point to Point, powered by VSECU, is a fundraising event that benefits the Vermont Foodbank. The event includes cycling (riding) and running options. Riding options include 100-, 50-, and 25- mile road rides and a 20- and 10-mile trail bike ride. New this year, the Point to Point includes a half marathon. Mount Ascutney, 400 Ski Tow Road, Brownsville, VT 05037 WEB: http://www.thepointtopoint.org/  CONTACT: info@thepointtopoint.org

August 11 - 12, Mounted Archery Beginner/Advanced Beginner Clinic
Taught by co-teachers Marcy Baer & Murphy Robinson, certified archery instructors. Marcy has over 25 years’ experience in working with horses and in coaching their humans, emphasizing a positive, fun, and supportive learning environment for all levels. Murphy is friendly & approachable & is a huntress & teacher of back woods skills. In this clinic participants will work in small groups with lots of individual attention. Beginners will learn bow handling safety and how to effectively shoot a horsebow. We will spend time with horses accustoming them to the sights, sounds a feel of an archer shooting from their back. More experienced students will enhance their skills - upping speed, accuracy & shooting multiple arrows on the move. Participants will practice skills on the ground, then from horseback. Contact Marcy at bryhyl@together.net  for more info

August 11, 2018, Hike, Bike & Paddle
Join us for a day of fun and recreation! We provide FREE use of bikes, kayaks and paddleboards, as well as snacks and smoothies from our smoothie bike! First 50 guests also receive a free t-shirt. Be healthy, get outside and enjoy the summer with BCBSVT! - Prouty Beach, Newport, VT. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. http://www.bcbsvt.com/calendar

August 16-19, 2018, The Vermont Challenge
The Vermont Challenge 7th Edition offers up to 4 glorious days of riding through some of the most picturesque countryside, covered bridges, river valleys and historic villages in the world. Choose to ride all 4 days for the best experience at a fraction of packaged tour prices. A brand-new 56-mile route on Sunday, August 19th, unlike any other in the USA: a road stage that finishes atop the fabled Mount Equinox. Mount Equinox, at just under 4,000 ft., is the highest peak in the Taconic Mountain range and is also the second longest paved mountain road east of the Mississippi at 5.3 miles, only second to Mount Washington's access road. It has an elevation gain of 3,186 ft. with an average grade of 12%. Cyclists riding any of the other new medium or short routes this day will have the opportunity to add this iconic climb to finish their ride. Riders can also separately opt to complete the Time Trial up Mount Equinox. http://www.vtchallenge.com/

Aug. 17-18, Run, Walk or Motorcycle in 13th Annual Last Mile Ride
Gifford’s 13th annual Last Mile Ride to support end-of-life patients and their families is Fri. and Sat., Aug. 17-18. Family-friendly weekend includes a 5K run, 1- and 2-mile walks, and an 80-mile motorcycle ride through beautiful Vermont. https://giffordhealthcare.org/2018/06/last-mile-ride-2/

August 19 - Race Back To School on Kingdom Trails
Presented by Kingdom Trails Association and The Riverside School, this inclusive inaugural fundraising event is to celebrate our community of wonderful schools and educators, and enjoy KTA's awesome trails in the last days of summer vacation. Based at the Wildflower Inn for this year, the event will take place on a designated loop system on Kingdom Trails, offering different degrees of fitness challenges for bikers, runners, and walkers. Participants - individuals or relay teams of up to four - will receive points for each loop and for completing "Fun Stations" within the two-hour competition time. https://racebacktoschool.wufoo.com/forms/race-back-to-school-2018/

Aug. 23 - 26, YWCA Vermont announces Women’s Weekend 2018 with Rickey Gard Diamond
So. Hero, VT—YWCA VT will be holding its annual Women’s Retreat Weekend on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain at Camp Hochelaga. We are beyond delighted to announce that the creators of Screwnomics, the women’s book so many are praising, will join us at Women’s Weekend 2018! Journalist and educator Rickey Gard Diamond will be our keynote speaker and explain why laughter and women’s personal stories are keys for demystifying economic language and ideas. She and cartoonist Peaco Todd will present a workshop on the care and feeding of important collaborations and side-hustles like theirs, keeping them energizing and inspiring.  Nurturing and nourishing the mind, body and spirit, with the mission of YWCA VT at its foundation. Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. 3 Attendance Options: Join us in a way that works for you, plus tiered pricing! Registration is now open to enjoy the entire weekend; however, we are offering a select number of Saturday Only tickets to be part of the retreat activities and keynote luncheon. For more information or to register, please visit https://ywcavt.org/  or contact Joanna Scott at 802-862-7520 or Joanna.scott@ywcavt.org

Aug 25, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. Please bring your own binoculars. All levels of birding experience welcome! Free • Please pre-register (802) 434-2167 http://birdsofvermont.org/events

August 26, Race To The Top Of Vermont
at 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 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 course climbs up the historic Mansfield Toll Road, is 4.3 miles in length, and climbs 2564 ft. For some it’s all about trying to achieve a fast time up this tough 4.3 mile course. For others… they come to test themselves, and to enjoy the spectacular views. https://www.facebook.com/events/136554057037014/

August 26, 2018, 3-D Archery Shoot
Hosted by Derby Fish & Game Club. https://www.facebook.com/events/823227597857210/

 

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September 2018


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

September 2, Mad River Valley Rotary Duck Race
The Mad River Valley Duck Race is held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at the Mad River Valley Craft Fair. Spectators welcomed! Each ticket costs $5 or a "Quack Pack" of 5 tickets for $20. A ticket gets you one rubber ducky (actually a plastic ducky) entry into the big race. The winner receives $1,000 cash. Second and third prizes are $500 and $250 respectively. There are a total of 7 prizes. The seventh place finisher receives a roll of duck tape. All proceeds go back into our community. Help us make the Mad River Valley a better place to live! https://squareup.com/store/MRVR

September 2, 2018, LCI Bass Open presented by Twisted Tea
This is an exciting one-day event with a guaranteed cash prize of $3000 for first place, and is open to anglers of any ability. Experience bass fishing at its best and the reason why Outdoor Life Magazine lists Lake Champlain as "one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country...it's a beautiful lake that all anglers must visit once in their lives." For more information on the LCI Bass Open presented by Twisted Tea, check for updates on our website soon! https://mychamplain.net/bassopen

September 3, 2018, 18th LCI Bass Open
Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT. $3000 guaranteed first-place prize! Cash prizes through 10th place* plus cash for the Lunkers. Save $50 by pre-registering. Register online by phone at 802-879-3466, http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 8, 2018, 4th Annual Vermont Fly Fishing Show
9am-4pm, Be sure to make it to The Fly Rod Shop’s 4th 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! Check out all of the manufacturers tents to see what’s hot and new in the fly fishing world. Demo rods from Sage, Redington, Douglas and others! Scope out the lineup of waders, packs and other great gear from Simms, SA and Redington. We’ll also have the owner of 3-Tand, owner of Regal and other company representatives to answer questions and give you the low down on their products! TU will also be there along with local artist Sam Aronson and local woodworker Erik Bauer! And most importantly, there will be Beer thanks to Simms Fishing Products!!!!!! Location: The Fly Rod Shop, Stowe, VT. Cost: Free! https://www.flyrodshop.com/vermont-fly-fishing-show/

September 8, 2018, Groton Forest Trail Run
Rugged, remote, beautiful – these are the trails in Groton State Forest. Join us for this new trail event, aimed at bringing you back to the forest and providing you with an unrivaled running experience. Runners can choose from either a 26.5 mile course or a 15.2 mile course that are both technical, challenging and gorgeous. Both courses are a mix of Hiking Trail: which is generally technical single track, Multi-use Trail: open to bikers and horses - mixed single and double track and Dirt Road: forest/park road, rail trail, and town roads. They were both designed to feature some of the best trails and most interesting spots of the northern end of Groton State Forest with as little overlap as possible. https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=56250

Sept 8 - 9, 2018, 45th Annual The Vermont Trappers Association Rendezvous
Orleans County Fairgrounds, Barton, Vermont. Doors Open at 7 AM ~ Single Admission Good for Both Days~ Camping Available. Trapping Seminars ~ Blackpowder Shoot ~ Saturday Night Pig Roast ~ VTA Benefit Auction ~ Annual Meeting Saturday 1:00 ~ 10 Gun Raffle ~ New this Year! Sunday morning Trapper’s Shoot Off. 22 cal. hand gun contest ~ Hunting, Fishing, Blackpowder & Trapping Supplies ~ Many Displays ~ Food Concession Stand ~ Various Demos ~ Pie Baking Contest ~ Arts & Crafts ~Skillet Toss ~ Door Prizes ~ 50/50 Raffle ~ Special Family Events for Women and Kids~ Trappers Education Class. PUBLIC WELCOME! www.vermonttrappers.com/rendezvous.html

Sept, 30 - Tour de Kingdom 2018
Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon – 26 Miles on Dirt Roads http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

September 23, 2018, 8th Annual Vermont Wildlife Festival
The Vermont Wildlife Festival was first held in 2010 on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro Vermont. It was originally intended as an opportunity for locals and visitors to the region to share their passion for the outdoors in all its facets. Representatives from the hunting and conservation communities, wildlife rescues, State agencies and nature centers all came out for a fun day of learning and fun in the beautiful Vermont outdoors! https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/8th-annual-vermont-wildlife-festival/


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  October 2017

October 1 - 7, Archery Moose Season

October 1 - November 14, Woodcock Hunting Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 11-26, 2017, November Deer Rifle Season
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November 18, 2017, Westford Turkey Trot
Join us to run or walk on the beautiful rolling hills of Westford. We offer a 10k run, 3k walk/run and a free 100 yd Tot Trot. We’ll have homemade treats, chili and cornbread for sale, prize drawings for all participants and handpainted medals for age groups and overall winners. Pay only $12 when you pre-register by November 17 or pay $15 the day of the race. Registration begins at 8:30am and the racing begins at 10am. All proceeds benefit Westford’s children and families. https://westfordturkeytrot.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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December 2016

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

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

Muzzleloader December 3-11, 2016 Muzzleloader Deer Season
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December 8, 2016, Predator Prowl
9:00am - 10:30am, Huntington, Vermont. Can you crunch with your canines, catch with your talons, and munch with your mandibles? If so, you might be a predator! We’ll forage for food, sniff for a snack, and hone our hunting skills. Let’s howl, growl, and prowl! Ages: 3-5 with adult companion. Fee: Members $8 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Non-members $10 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068. email vermont@audubon.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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