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March 2015

 

March 6 - 8, 2015, 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 has begun registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center, March 1-3, 2013. 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 dog sledding, fire making, traditional winter camping, 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

Mar 07, 2015,  City/Town Joint Fire Association Perch Derby
Organization: St. Albans City Firefighters Assoc., Inc.  Time: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM Waterbody: Lake Champlain, Check-in Location: Lazy Lady On Ice (St. Albans Bay Park)  Town: St. Albans Bay, Fish: Yellow Perch, Contact: Name: Harold Cross, Address: 144 Perry Road, Swanton, VT, 05488 Phone: (802) 782-1655 (day) / (802) 527-7352 (evening) Email: chiefcross@comcast.net

March 12, 2015, Vermont Senior Games, Winter Games Nordic XC Classic Races, State Championships.
Trapps Family Lodge Nordic Ski Touring Center in Stowe, VT. http://www.vermontseniorgames.org/

March 12, The “Bee-Buzz-Buzz” on Golden-winged Warblers
7 - 8 p.m. - Location: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, VT. Golden-winged Warblers are rare and beautiful birds living in the shrublands of the Champlain Valley. Their presence here in Vermont and across their range is challenged by a number of factors. Join Audubon Vermont Biologists Mark LaBarr and Margaret Fowle as they talk about the ecology of this declining species, Audubon’s efforts to locate them in Vermont, and local, regional, and international efforts to protect golden-wings and their habitat. Learn how landowners can manage their land to create habitat that support this species and discover opportunities to help collect information on their distribution in the Champlain Valley. This lecture is part of Otter Creek Audubon’s Cabin Fever Lecture Series. http://ottercreekaudubon.org/

March 13 - 15, 2015, The 23rd Annual Wilderness Paddlers Gathering
The Wilderness Paddlers Gathering began in March of 1993. Join us with friends and family from throughout New England and Eastern Canada to share stories, presentations, maps, videos, and skills with others who love the wilderness and remote travel by canoe. Paddlers is held at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Meals and lodging are available at the Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information go to our website, http://www.wildernesstravellers.org/Pages/Paddlers.html  or contact Andy Williams at: andy@wildernesstravellers.org  or Wendy Scott at: info@nwtc.org

March 14, Burlington, VT. 4th Annual Maple Run & Brunch
Come join Rock Point School for our Maple Run and Brunch! Kick off the spring season by running a 5k and then enjoying some pancakes, waffles, granola, and other goodies made with Rock Point-made maple syrup. Tours of our sugaring operation are available as well! Don’t worry, you don’t have to run to qualify for brunch. All proceeds benefit the Rock Point School sugaring program. www.rockpointschool.org/4th-annual-maple-run-brunch

March 14, March Bird Monitoring Walk
8 - 10 a.m. - 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. http://ebird.org/content/vt  Meeting Place: Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/wxJOd

March 14, 2015, Weathersfield Pathfinders Poker Run
 08:30am. Come join us for our annual poker run!  It is a ride in only. Plenty of parking at the North Springfield park and ride. Follow signs to the head trailmasters shop where the event will start from!  Registration is from 8:30-10 am. $10 dollars a hand with a BBQ to follow. The BBQ is a by donation only. We will have burgers and dogs with all the fixings as well as snacks and drinks!  Come join us for a day of fun and food. www.vtvast.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2015/03/14/108/-/weathersfield-pathfinders-poker-run?filter_reset=1

Mar 14 , Vermont Antique Ski Race
The 12th Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race comes to Pico Mountain! Bring your best old school gear and vintage outfits, because we'll be hitting the slopes the old-fashioned way. Proceeds to benefit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Since its 2004 inaugural year, the event has been a homecoming of sorts for many Vermont-based ex-Olympians and U.S. Ski Team members including Marilyn Cochran, Bobby Cochran, Suzy Chafee, Rick Chafee, Cece Teague and others, such as 1984 Olympic Downhill Gold Medalist Bill Johnson. For years, event participants have enjoyed racing against these old pros (and sometimes winning) as everyone racing must ski on skis from days gone by. www.picomountain.com/winter/the_mountain/events/index.html/508965351

March 14, Winter Disc Golf Tournament
Newport, VT. at 10am at Prouty Beach. $5/person - register on site. DescriptionA light hearted tournament for recreational disc golf players. Four divisions include Adult (16+) mens and womens, and Junior (under 16) boys and girls. Prizes for overall winners, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Registration is $5/player. Register at the event. http://newportvermont.org/?page_id=1011

Sun, March 15, Cochran's Nordic X Challenge
10am – 11am. A fun, festive, and competitive citizens Nordic Ski Cross Race for all ages. Uphill, downhill, slalom gates, jumps, and obstacles, all on one pair of skis. Spectator friendly! Don’t want to race? Come watch the fun and eat pancakes with hot Slopeside Syrup. Interval start. Seeding based on ability, age and sex. Shorter course for kids, 12yr. and under. Prizes for top three in all age and ability categories. Cost: Adults $30 preregistered by March 2nd online here or $40 after March 2nd and same day. Kids $10 (12yr. & under). Includes entry fee, headband and pancake sausage feast with Slopeside Syrup. Start Time: 10am Kids and 11am Adults www.cochranskiarea.com/events-programs/events/60-cochran-s-nordic-x-challenge 

Mar 15, 2015, Side Trail Ramble (Huntington)
DescriptionSide Trail Ramble (Huntington) Intermediate – Sunday, March 15 Come explore the Catamount Trail in sections 19 and 20. This 8 to 10 mile tour will follow the CT to several ungroomed trails in the Camels Hump Nordic Ski Center, including the famous Lionís Ridge Trail – a high elevation remote loop trail that holds its snow late in the year. Based on time and interest, we may also explore parts of the Challenge Trail. Contact: Bill Hegman, bhegman@gmavt.net  or 802-434-4759 Learn More: http://catamounttrail.org/tours/single-day/

March 15, 2015, 2nd Annual Leprechaun Scamper
5k Walk Run, Start/End Jay Town Hall. Register 1:30 pm, Starts 2:00 pm. Entry $5, Family Rate $15. Benefits Jay Community Recreational Centre.
Meet after race at Jay Village Inn for a bit of green cheer & fun. https://burlington.craigslist.org/eve/4854228515.html

March 15, Catamount Trail Classic Fun-Raising Tour
Come explore one of the most challenging and beautiful backcountry ski trails in North America and help support the Catamount Trail Association’s Ski Cubs Youth Ski Program. Section 22 of the Catamount Trail runs between Bolton Valley Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge. The Catamount Trail Classic is designed for experienced skiers who have a true sense of adventure and are prepared for the unexpected. Each individual is required to bring a small backpack with food, water, and extra clothes since there will be no official aid stations on the course. Climbing skins are highly recommended. You will be challenged by the terrain and rewarded with great descents and spectacular views. http://catamounttrail.org/events/bolton-to-trapps/

March 21, 2015, Relay For Life of Nordic Style
6:00PM, Trapp Family Lodge Inc. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won't stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us! http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15NE?pg=entry&fr_id=65440

Mar 28 - Spring Fling 15/30k FS - 10:00am
Our spring citizen's race: 15 or 30k of mass-start, freestyle fun. Put your hard won winter fitness to good use in and celebrate the change of seasons. The exact course is TBD, but we plan to revert to a traditional 15k loop, for a 1 or 2 lap race. www.skireg.com/craftsbury-spring-fling

March 28, Pond Skimming - Annual Rite of Spring
Take the plunge across a 120-foot pond at the base of Lincoln Peak. Whether you get wet or spectate from the crowd, be sure to participate in this Annual Rite of Spring. Registration at the Gate House Events Kiosk on the first floor beginning at 8:00 AM, first 100 people in line receive entry. no bibs will be handed out after bib 100. Awards for costume, style and splash. www.sugarbush.com/vermont-activities-events/calendar/sgb/pond-skimming--annual-rite-of-spring-141

March 28-29, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show
Franklin Conference Rm @ The Howe (1 Scale Ave,Rutland,VT.05701). BUYING • SELLING • TRADING • new & used, GUNS & KNIVES, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & More Antiques & Collectibles. 802-875-4540 www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

March 28 - 29, 2015, Vermont Outdoor Show
At the Spartan Arena, Rutland, Vermont. The show features vendors and seminar speakers from all aspects of the Outdoor Industry! http://www.vermontoutdoorshow.com/

March 29, Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride
Work up an appetite with a maple bike tour adventure! Follow an incredibly scenic gravel road circumnavigation of Woodstock, featuring a tucked-away, destination sugarhouse at full boil. Stop for refreshments at the featured sugarhouse and enjoy maple snacks and drinks galore. Try the best sports drink on the planet: partially boiled sap! Part of the Woodstock Maple Weekend. www.vermontoverland.com/vomar/

March 29, Ice Shanties Must Be Removed Before Ice Weakens

 

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April 2015

April 1, Fifth Annual Mud Season Groove
Join us to celebrate the arrival of spring and its requisite mud at the Fifth Annual Mud Season Groove! The season is right for getting in the groove, and sharing in the spirit of conservation and education that guides NorthWoods’ mission. We guarantee foot-stomping dance music with raffle prizes, food and libation. Be there, or be a stick in the mud! Band tba. www.northwoodscenter.org

April 4, 2015, New Haven Race
Bristol, Vermont (weather dependent, keep checking could bump to the 18th)  All racers must check in at the race headquarters at the start ramp. Racers checking in after 9:30 forfeit their starting spot and entry fee. This year's race will be a pure time trial event. Racers will launch from a start ramp above Slide By The Road and finish in the pool below Toaster Falls. The course length is approximately 0.53 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 classes including: Creek Boat (premier class): 7'1" - 9'0", Long Boat: 9'1"+,. Tiny Boat: 7'0"-. The "New Haven Ledgend" will be the fastest Creek Boat competitor, with the champions in other classes and any one else we deem worthy receiving recognition. Send all payments to: ryanmtnman@gmail.com  Non ACA members: $30 includes insurance and entry fee. ACA Members: $25 includes insurance entry fee (must include ACA number). www.facebook.com/NewHavenRace 

April 4, 3rd Annual Pond Skimming in the Zone Terrain Park
The event is free! Registration starts at 10:00 am at the Parking Lot 1 Yurt and the event starts at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume and most spectacular landing! Spectators are welcome! http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php

April 4, 2015, April Fools 5K
9:00 am. Shelburne Health and Fitness, 166 Athletic Drive, Shelburne, VT. You’re going to want to bring your sense of adventure to this race because you’re NOT going to achieve a PR at this race. Why? Because this isn’t going to be a straight forward 5K. Will we have you run forwards? Maybe in circles a few times? Who knows – we haven’t even decided yet! But it should be lots of fun! This is a running event but walkers are permitted as long as you are moving at a 14 minute mile pace. $20 if pre-registered by April 1, 2015 additional $5 fee will be added after pre-registration closes on April 1, 2015. Wicking long sleeve shirts will be available for an additional $25.00 (if ordered by March 14, 2015). There will be a handful of extra shirts available for purchase on race day. Please arrive early if interested in purchasing one. http://www.racevermont.com/april-fools-5k/

April 4, 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Open House
A Vermont owned log cabin resort known for its hospitality and unique Vermont experience. Jeffersonville, VT — Sterling Ridge Resort is once again hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the guests of Sterling Ridge and the community. This year it will be Saturday, April 4 at 4 pm everyone is welcome to attend! Come celebrate spring with fun gifts, candy and lots of other surprises. Last year, egg hunters explored the resorts trails looking for eggs and hoping to find one of a few ‘golden eggs’ which contained various prizes such as 50% off your next stay! This year we will again have the “golden eggs” as well as eggs with candy and assorted prizes. We will also be having a “5 and under field” for the younger egg seekers. For more information on Sterling Ridge Resort: www.sterlingridgeresort.com

April 11, Vermont Trout Season Opens

April 11, Walk the Woods with Vermont Woodlands
You are invited to get out and Walk in the Woods this April! The VT Woodlands Association is offering a free Apple Tree Pruning and Maintenance workshop in Berlin, VT on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:30am til noon. Please join Dave Wilcox, State Lands Forester, and John Buck, State Wildlife Biologist as they demonstrate and discuss Apple Tree pruning and maintenance. Both Dave and John are Tree Farmers and private forest landowners. This will be a hands-on demonstration of how to properly prune and care for wild apple trees. Dave and John have been releasing and pruning apple trees on State owned land as well as their own respective property for decades. www.thenorthfieldnews.com/news/2015-04-02/Entertainment/Walk_the_Woods_with_Vermont_Woodlands.html

Apr 11, 2015, Rasputitsa
12:00 am. East Burke, 478 Vt. 114, East Burke, VT. With a field limit of 500 riders, this 45 mile unsanctioned gravel road race covers some of the most cold and barren landscapes of Vermont. The 2015 race will take place in Burke, Vermont. The Rasputitsa Spring Classic unites riders of all abilities and disciplines from racers to riders and includes road, cyclocross, singlespeed, tandem, and mountain bikes. The epic section known as Cyberia covers singletrack where riders may need to shoulder bikes at times. There is no prize purse but bragging rights are bestowed. Proceeds benefit the Halo Foundation. www.bikereg.com

April 11, 2015, 36th Annual Dinner of the Chittenden County North Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
Doubletree Hotel, Williston Road, South Burlington. Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Games and Live Auction Preview. Doors Open at 4:30 pm. Dinner at 6:00 pm. With Live Auction to Follow. For Reservations and Information Contact: Art Bristol 802-899-2460, Christy Incerpi 802-598-6279.
Please Respond Early. Seating is Limited.

April 11, Birds of Vermont Museum Volunteer Work Party
10:00am – 2:00pm, Get in shape with a one-day intensive mostly-trail work event? Well… OK, you help, we feed you! There's lots to do, indoors and out, so please help us prepare the Museum for the open season. All welcome! • Please-pre-register (so we have enough sandwiches). Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org    www.birdsofvermont.org

Apr 11, 2015, Half Marathon Unplugged
9:00 am. Airport Park, Colchester Point Rd., Colchester, VT. Switchback Brewery presents a no-frills and no hills half marathon. The course begins at Airport Park in Colchester and runs along the bike path to the south end of Burlington. The majority of the course is on the bike path and finishes on Flynn Ave near Oakledge Park. www.runvermont.org

Apr 11, 2015, Spring Fling & Pond Skim
Goggle tans and t-shirts are accessories of choice as we enjoy spring’s soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim! Stratton Mountain Resort, 5 Village Lodge Rd., Stratton Mountain, VT 05155, (802) 297-4000 Event Phone,
Website: www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/04/spring-fling-and-pond-skim.aspx

April 11, Hunter Education Instructor Training Course
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The course will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stamford Fish & Game Club in Stamford, Vt. Policies and procedures, field techniques, and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicants who pass the final written exam are required to pass a background check with a warden and shadow a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own. Upon completion, they will then receive their full state of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification. “Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Saunders. “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that allow the hunter education program to function.” Those planning to attend should RSVP by email to Nicole Corrao at Nicole.Corrao@state.vt.us  or call 802-828-1193 by April 1, 2015.

April 12, Turkey Hunting 101
Never tried turkey hunting before but want to learn how? Here’s your chance to get started at a First-Time Turkey Hunting Seminar being held Sunday, April 12, in Berlin. The seminar, sponsored by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the National Life annex building at 190 Junction Road in Berlin, Vermont. Rodney and Theresa Elmer of Mountain Deer Taxidermy will be the instructors for this event. Theresa is a member of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board. She and her husband Rodney are one of Vermont’s most knowledgeable and popular hunter education instructor teams. The seminar will cover basic turkey hunting topics such as hunting regulations, choosing a good location to set up your hunting blind, correct use of turkey calls, decoy placement, shotgun chokes, safe clothing colors, and optimal shot placement. The Elmers will also instruct participants on how to field dress and cook wild turkeys. Participants are encouraged to sign up online at www.tinyurl.com/VtTurkeySeminar by Monday, April 7. For questions, please contact Dylan Brooks at 802-828-1193. The course is limited to 30 participants.

April 18, 2015 , Craftsbury Mud n' Ice Quadrathlon
Craftsbury Common, VT, The fabled race is back, resurrected by groomer Keith Woodward! The exact course is TBD, but the plan is that you'll start your day on our ski trails with 10k freestyle, followed by ~5 miles of running, a ~5 mile paddle, capped with a 12mi bike on lovely Kingdom dirt roads in mud season. https://www.skireg.com/craftsbury-mud-n-ice-quadrathlon

April 17-19, 2nd Annual Vermont Camping & Outdoor Show
At the Barre Civic Center. Come visit the 2nd Annual Vermont Camping & Outdoor Show at the Barre Civic Center, Exit 7 of off I 89. There will be two floors of the Barre Auditorium for campgrounds & resorts, attractions, canoes/kayaks, golf carts, camping & outdoor supplies, etc. There will be indoor and outdoor space full of RV’s, trucks, and special exhibits. There will be exhibits showing the history of camping in Vermont. Fresh food will be prepared as a fundraiser by the Topsham-Corinth Little League. Entertainment for the kids by Cheryl the Clown. Door prizes everyday! Admission for adults is $8.00 with $2.00 off for two cans/boxes of food for the Vermont Food Bank. Children 12 and under are free with an adult. http://vermontcampingoutdoorshow.com/ 

April 21, Earth Day Walk and Benefit for Sample’s Woods & Rieser Trail
4-6 p.m. A partnership of UVLT and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. Norwich Inn to host benefit for Conservation and Trail. 4 p.m. Meet on the front porch of the Norwich Inn for an easy walk to Warner Meadow and Sample’s Woods. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Gathering in the Norwich Inn living room. http://www.uvlt.org/2015/04/norwich-inn-to-host-benefit-for-conservation-and-trail/

April 21, Wild Walkers: Wilderness: A Way of Life Vacation Camp
10:00 am - 3:00 pm, The Nature Museum is thrilled to announce the fifth gathering of Wild Walkers, a partnership program with the Vermont Wilderness School for kids ages 10 to 14. Campers will explore the time of “pre-contact” and learn how to live like Native Americans did over 300 years ago. The Wild Walkers will explore their senses while in nature by foraging, fire-making, shelter-building, and more. We will show respect to the earth by taking only what we can use. This camp day will activate the body and engage the mind through wilderness awareness. Preregistration is required.
nature-museum.org

April 22, Earth Day

April 24 - 26, 2015, The 49th Annual Vermont Maple Festival
Join with sugarmakers for “REAL Maple – Delicious and Nutritious” – A Top Ten Vermont Event! Food, Fun, Entertainment, Antiques, Crafts, Fiddlers, Parade, Shows, Exhibits, Tours, Much more and Lots free! Famous for 49 years of celebrating winter’s end in the Green Mountain State, and the making of the Official Flavor of Vermont – Vermont’s first specialty food product, straight from the pristine forests and the sugarhouses where families work together to make the State’s world famed product. info@vtmaplefestival.org, www.vermontmaplefestival.org

April 25, 10th Annual R&L Archery Range Day
One of our most anticipated events is coming to the Barre Fish and Game club Saturday April 25, 9-4. Range Day happens one day a year. We take over the Barre Fish & Game Club shooting range, invite representatives from every firearms manufacturer we stock to bring demo guns, and we spend the day trying out handguns, rifles, and shotguns... and it's open to the public. No reservation needed, just show up. http://randlarchery.com/

April 25, 2015, GMAA Rollin’ Irish Half Marathon
9:00 am. Essex Elementary School, 1 Bixby Hill Rd, Essex, VT. The Green Mountain Athletic Association hosts a certified half marathon on rural and scenic dirt roads. Start/finish is on Chapin Road near the intersection with Towers Road in Essex Center. Runners should expect to finish in less than 2:40. The course will be closed at 11:40 a.m. without exceptions. www.gmaa.net

April 25, Vermont Gear Swap and Sale
At the West Monitor Barn, Richmond Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The 4th annual Vermont Gear Swap and Sale is less than a week away; just enough time to start clearing the garage of that old outdoor gear and thinking about new upgrades for the summer season. This event, coordinated by Burlington Sunrise Rotary, donates a portion of the money raised to the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Are you interested in donating outdoor gear? We are accepting gently used tents, packs, sleeping bags, stoves, snowshoes and clothes. For more information about donating your items visit http://www.gearswapvt.org/sell/.

April 25-26, Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend

Apr 26, 2015, Sap Run
9:00 am. Saint Albans City Hall, 100 North Main St., Saint Albans, VT. The 37th Annual Sap Run will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 during the Vermont Maple Festival. Start time: 9am- Swanton Teen Center in Downtown Swanton. The Sap Run is an 8.5 mile road race from Swanton to St. Albans, VT. Race starts in downtown Swanton at the Teen Center and ends on Main St. in St. Albans. A bus will be available at 8:15 to bring runners to the starting line from behind Saint Albans City Hall. www.stalbansrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=22534

April 26, SPRING WILDFLOWERS OF MOUNT INDEPENDENCE
Orwell, VT—Spring into spring with the annual guided wildflower walk on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, leads this informative program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol, Vermont. Olmsted shows participants what to look for and where, will identify wildflowers and tell you their common and Latin names, and will discuss their habitat. What will you see this year? Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like. This special event brings you to this historic site before the official opening on Saturday, May 23. The program, co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, is open to the public. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15. Meet at 1:00 PM outside the Museum. Call 802-759-2412 for more information. www.HistoricVermont.org/sites

April 26, Muddy Onion Spring Classic Dirt Road Ride
Join Onion River Sports on April 26th for our third annual Spring Dirt Road Classic, the Muddy Onion. Come ride 34 miles of Vermont’s most beautiful and scenic dirt roads and celebrate Spring with this fully-supported gravel grind through the back roads of central Vermont. Head back to the shop post-ride for a rockin' BBQ and wipe the mud off your face to reveal the giant grin we know you'll be sporting! Registration includes food and one hell of a ride. Oh, and did we mention chocolate bacon and maple syrup shots? Yeah, as per usual, we've got ya covered. www.facebook.com/events/714368321994909/ 

April 26, 2015, TJM Run for Lung Cancer Research
9:00 am. Vergennes Union Elementary School, 43 East Street , Vergennes, VT. The fourth annual TJM Run for Lung Cancer Research is an untimed 5K run/walk to raise funds for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Registration is available here. No dogs allowed. www.eventbrite.com/e/tjm-run-for-lung-cancer-research-registration-16076602551

 

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May 2015

May 1, Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Starts.

May 3, VT - Opening Day - Walleye

May 3, Middlebury Maple Run
Please join us for the first time, or welcome back to Middlebury, Vermont—in the heart of the Champlain Valley. Participate in one of New England’s “must-do” road races. The Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half has earned a reputation as being well-organized and friendly. Plus, we can’t resist mentioning the beautiful, scenic course that features vistas of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.  www.middleburymaplerun.com
 

May 3, Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the 16th annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Rockingham, Vermont. Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year’s event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such hawks, owls, mammals, and reptiles. Activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The suggested donation is $2.00 for an individual and $5.00 for a family. Pets are not allowed. Herrick’s Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For more information visit the Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival’s Facebook page or the website at http://www.nature-museum.org/herrickscove.html.

May 7 - 17, 2015 Peak Ultra
Ultra Trail Run – 15, 30, 50, 100, 200, and 500 mile distances. Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains, the Peak Ultra is hosted in the rustic New England town of Pittsfield, Vt.  After many years of offering only Ultra distance courses, we have introduced a new shorter, 15 mile course. We are confident there is a fit challenge for every level of runner interested in exploring our trails. The 30 milers will do the first 20 miles on the east side of Route 100 finishing their last ten on the west side.  The 50 milers will do the first 40 miles on the east side of Route 100 and then complete their last ten miles on the west side.  The 50 mile course is very scenic but also very demanding. The longer races will all do a rugged 10 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Runners will repeat the loops 10, 20, or 50 times. Each loop has 2400 vertical therefore the 30 miler will feature 7,200 elevation change, the 50 miler will feature 12,000 elevation change, 100 miler will feature 24,000 elevation change, 200 miler will feature 48,000 elevation change, and 500 miler will feature 120,000 elevation change. Pre-registration (15M, 30M, & 50M): Friday May 15th 5-7PM at the White Barn. The starting location is Riverside Farm: 3178 VT-100, Pittsfield, VT 05762 www.peak.com/running-races/peak-ultra/

May 7, 2015, BEGINNER BIRDWATCHING (for adults)
St. Albans Library, 11 Maiden Lane, St. Albans, Vermont 05478
What is a covert? A primary? Can a bird have a mustache? Will a silhouette count? Do I have to learn all the songs?
With these and more questions, grow your bird watching passion with new skills at the St. Albans Library. Birds of Vermont Museum
900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167  museum@birdsofvermont.org    http://www.birdsofvermont.org

May 9, 2015, Upper Valley Adventure Days at Hulbert Outdoor Center
Enroll for a Full Day (2 sessions) or for a half-day (1 session) Morning Sessions begin at 9.00am and Afternoon Sessions begin at 1.00pm  All skill levels and ages welcome. Activities include: Ropes Course, Climb Tower, Camping Skills, Archery, Introduction to Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking and More! Lunch available, or bring a picnic with you Activities range from $5-$25. To Register or for more information visit our web site: http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/family-community-programs/UV-AdventureDays/  Or call 802-333-3405.

May 9, 2015, Northern Forest Canoe Trail Freshet Fest – A Paddlers Rendezvous
Shelburne & Burlington, VT. - Are you passionate about paddling? Love to hear about or be part of a long-distance adventure? NFCT through paddlers Emily Rooney & Emma Carlson. Curious about what it takes to through paddle the NFCT? Join fellow paddling enthusiasts for a day on the river and an evening of meeting with NFCT through paddlers. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Northern-Forest-Canoe-Trail-Freshet-Fest--136

May 16, 2015, Upper Valley Adventure Days at Hulbert Outdoor Center
Enroll for a Full Day (2 sessions) or for a half-day (1 session) Morning Sessions begin at 9.00am and Afternoon Sessions begin at 1.00pm  All skill levels and ages welcome. Activities include: Ropes Course, Climb Tower, Camping Skills, Archery, Introduction to Canoeing, Outdoor Cooking and More! Lunch available, or bring a picnic with you Activities range from $5-$25. To Register or for more information visit our web site: http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/family-community-programs/UV-AdventureDays/  Or call 802-333-3405.

May 16, Festival of Fidos 2015
Join us for our annual event on May 16th at Basin Harbor Club, 4800 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, Vermont 05491! $8 Adults, $4 Kids 6-12, Under 5 Free! Festival of Fidos is a day to celebrate the wonderful friendship between you and your dogs. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Lacey’s Fund supporting canines that protect us through their service as Vermont Police Canines. www.facebook.com/events/683985591721981/

May 22 - 23, 2015 Sport & Fitness Expo
Sheriton Conference Center, Burlington, VT. www.runvcm.org

May 23, 3rd Annual SoVermont – Home, Garden & Recreation Show
10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is happy to bring you the SoVermont Home, Garden & Recreation show which will take place in the Ludlow Community Center gymnasium on Saturday May 23rd from 10-4pm. Vendors will be showing and selling their wares and we will offer seminars throughout the day. www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/3rd-annual-okemo-valley-home-garden-recreation-show/

May 24, Vermont City Marathon & Relay
Lots of Youth Programs, First Run 5k, Half Marathon Unplugged and the Island Vines 10k. www.vermontcitymarathon.org

May 24, Vermont City Marathon & Relay
The Vermont City Marathon & Relay is taking place on May 24th and we're looking for individuals and teams who would like to go the distance for the CFLF! http://www.cflf.org/vermont-city-marathon-2015

May 29 - 31, Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend
Now in its 18th year, gives families an opportunity to reconnect as they explore the outdoors and sample new activities. The event, which will be held May 29-31, 2015, at Stillwater State Park in Groton, is open to all families, but is geared to those new to camping or spending time outdoors. This program is a joint effort by the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks & Recreation to promote, address and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the outdoors. The $189 fee (for up to eight family members) covers the campsite, all classes, instruction and most equipment. Registrations will be accepted until May 15. To register go to www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily.

May 30, The Craft Brew Race
The Craft Brew Races is a 5k road race followed by a local craft beer festival. The series features races around the country in 2015. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The post race beer festival will be held immediately following the race featuring 20+ breweries. This is a 21+ event. Whenever possible local food vendors and local musicians will participate as well. We are thrilled to host the Stowe Craft Brew Races at the The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. http://craftbrewraces.com/stowe/

May 30th, 8th Annual Cruzin for Cancer Ride and Rally
Registration at 10. Ride leaves at 11:15. Rally at 1:30 p.m. The 8th Annual Raging Turtles, Cruzin for Cancer Ride and Rally to raise money for the Newport Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society is Saturday, May 30th in Westfield, VT. Registration begins at 10 at Degree's Auction House. The ride leaves at 11:15 a.m. and the rally begins at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a pulled pork BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a professionally judged bike show with American and Metric classes, a slow race, motorcycle tire toss and biker auction. Get a professional photo of your and your motorcycle. Live music by the Booze Houndz. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/8th-annual-cruzin-for-cancer-ride/

May 31, 2015, LUND RIDE FOR CHILDREN PRESENTED BY NORTHCOUNTRY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Join Lund’s Ride for Children on Sunday May 31, to raise money for women, children and families in Vermont. Sign up today at www.bike.lundvt.org  for the 4 mile family ride or 16, 30 or 55 mile rides through scenic Shelburne, Charlotte and Ferrisburgh. Ride start times from 8am to 10am. Registration for first ride open at 7am. Fully supported ride followed by live music from Rumblecat, ice cream, food, raffle, kids activities and more. $10 registration and $10 fundraising requirement for family ride and $50 registration and $100 fundraising requirement for long rides. Registration and more information at www.bike.lundvt.org
 


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June 2015


June 6, Onion River Race and Ramble
It is not too soon to be thinking about summer. We are busy planning for the 2nd Annual Onion River Race. Last year's race, attracted over 50 racers (some serious, some not so much) who paddled from the Bolton Dam to Richmond. All were rewarded In Richmond with great food and music. This year there will be more classes for teams and individuals including 'community teams'. Teams, consisting of four people, can represent a business, school, nonprofit or government entity. Start getting your team together now! We encourage everyone who enjoys paddling (racing or leisurely) and wants to support the Friends of the Winooski River and our work to come on out. More details including how to register will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. If you to receive direct updates on the race, drop us an email at info@winooskiriver.org

June 6, Kid's Fishing Derby
8:00am to 1:00pm. The annual Kids Fishing Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 2015 from 8 AM until approx. 1 PM. This annual event will take place along the Macs Bend Rd from Louie’s Landing Parking lot down to the Macs Bend boat launch site, a distance of about 1 mile. Fishing will occur along the banks of the Missisquoi river. Numerous educational and informational venues will be operating near the Macs Bend Building while the fishing is on-going. These include fly casting, fly tying, spincasting, watershed models and demonstrations, Fish ID aquarium, lure making, and aquatic invasive species display. Children are encouraged to participate in these activities at some time while they are fishing.A light lunch will be served and a limited number of random drawing prizes will be given away at the end of the event. www.celebratethemissisquoi.com/?q=events

June 6, Celebration of National Trails Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historic Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091. An annual celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living with over 30 community partners. Join us for guided walks for all ages and abilities starting at 10:30 am and noon or grab a map and venture out on your own. Choose from four different hikes* and along the way sample delicious, local foods. Enjoy family games, arts and crafts, demonstrations, ice cream social, music, and more. Free. For more information visit: www.trektotaste.info

June 6, West River Trail Run
This trail run is 11 miles from South Londonderry following the West River to Jamaica State Park. It's an amazing trail and encourage you outdoor enthusiasts to participate or spectate. There is an option for a relay team of 3 or single runners/walkers. All proceeds go to a local nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities. Londonderry Depot - Starting Point
34 West River Street , South Londonderry VT http://thecollaborative.us/westrivertrailrun/

June 6, 2015, Capital City Stampede 10K
7:30 am. Onion River Sports, 20 Langdon Street, Montpelier, VT. Onion River Sports hosts Vermont’s fastest certified 10K course as part of the Central Vermont Runners and Onion Rivers Sports Race Series. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Onion River Sports parking lot off Langdon Street. Contact: John Valentine, jvalentine@tds.net  or 802 485-3777.

June 6th,  Upper Valley Ride for Veterans
Registration is 8:30 - 9:45; ride leaves at 10 a.m. - East Thetford, VT.  Motorcycle event and ride to benefit disabled Veterans through the VA Hospital and Veterans in need through Rolling Thunder NH 2. Event is open to all makes of motorcycles, campers, and supporters of Veterans. Ride happens weather permitting but the event goes on RAIN or SHINE! Band, food, raffle and prizes under tent. Registration 8:30-9:45AM, ride 10:00AM VT Veterans Cemetery, 12:30-4:30PM food, beverages, band, raffles & prizes. Cost is $15/adult, $10/child under 16yrs. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/upper-valley-ride-for-veterans/

June 6, Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Designation Celebration. and Guided Paddle
On Saturday, June 6, 2015 national, regional, state, and local officials will come together with local community members to celebrate the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious national Wild and Scenic River network. The event will include over 25 exhibits highlighting the unique natural resources, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers. Live music, and complimentary Vermont food and beverages at the Abbey, Enosburg Falls, VT. From 2:30-4:30, join Northern Forest Canoe Trail co-founders, staff and volunteers, Northern Forest Explorers (ages 10 – 13) and representatives from the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission of Vermont for a 6 mile paddle on the upper Missisquoi from Richford’s Davis Park to the confluence of the Trout River in East Berkshire. http://www.celebratethemissisquoi.com/?q=events 

June 6,  Fight for Air Climb Bennington @ Bennington Battle Monument
@ 10:00 am. The Fight for Air Climb is a vertical race inside the historical Bennington Monument. The monument climb consists of 438 steps and ends with a steep spiral staircase that has 21 steps. The event is a timed event and climbers can register as an elite, running, or walking participant. Age category awards are given to males and females. Awards will also be given for fastest team, fastest fitness team, and largest team. Come to our practice climb on Sunday May 17th from 11 – 1 PM. www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/events/climb/bennington-monument-2015.html

June 6, 2015, Upper Missisquoi Wild & Scenic Rivers Celebration
The Abbey, Sheldon, VT. - The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers are Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious National Wild and Upper Missisquoi River Scenic Rivers System. Join the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and it's partners the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission for a commemorative event celebrating this designation. The day's events will highlight the unique natural resources, and the cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Upper-Missisquoi-and-Trout-Rivers-Wild-and-Scenic-Celebration-137

June 6, Colchester Causeway 5K/15K @ Airport Park/Colchester Causeway
Choose to run either the 5K or 15K and enjoy the scenic Colchester Causeway. This race will begin at Airport Park, following a gravel trail out onto the historic Causeway, where runners will make their way to designated turn-around points on the Causeway before returning to the finish at Airport Park. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. This race will take place on flat gravel and dirt trails surrounded by diverse wetlands, scenic views and Lake Champlain. Proceeds will help maintain and improve the Colchester Causeway for future generations. Results, t-shirt & post-race refreshments included. *15k runners must be 12 years old or older. Register today…day of registration not available! Fee: $25.00 5k; $30.00 15k  http://colchestervt.gov/Recreation/CausewayRace.html

June 6 & 7, 2015 , Tough Mudder New England
Probably the toughest event on the planet, Tough Mudder returns to Mount Snow for the fifth straight year. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $6 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it's a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you'll unlock a true sense of accomplishment. Have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that's experienced all too rarely these days. Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, 05356 West Dover , VT. https://toughmudder.com/events/2015-new-england

June 7, 2015, Race to the top of Bradford
8:30 am. Chase Hollow Road Trailhead, Chase Hollow Road, Bradford. The Bradford Conservation Commission holds a series of races in the area of Wrights Mountain. The 3.5-mile run makes a challenging 850 foot ascent to the top of Wrights Mountain on beautiful trails of Bradford’s town-owned forest. Enjoy a quick view from Bradford’s highest point before you loop back to the starting area. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers as well as various age group winners. The 1.5-mile run is open to runners age 13 and under. www.bradfordconservation.org/race

June 7, 6th Annual GMAA Equinox 5K and 10K Trail Race @ Charlotte Trails
@ 9:30 am. Fun yet challenging trail run through fields, single track and old sugar-wood roads. Prizes for the top three runners male and female in each race. A random draw will include all participants. BBQ after the race! Bring your favorite side dish, dessert, salad or chip and dip to share. www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/6th-annual-gmaa-equinox-trail-5k-and-10k-race

June 7, 2015, Tour De Heifer
7:00 am, Lilac Ridge Farm, 264 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers weekend includes the annual Tour De Heifer bike rides. All of the Tour de Heifer routes include substantial stretches of dirt roads. Use of mountain bikes, cross-bikes, or road bikes fitted with 28mm knobby tires is recommended. The distances this year are as follows: • Heifer Classic 60-plus mile Ride: • The 30-mile Green River Challenge: • The 15-mile Family Ride: • For walkers: 5-mile Road and Trail Stroll: Registration is available at http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/tour/

June 10, 2015, Tour De Kingdom
12:00 am, Kingdom Games in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom hosts four days of long distance rides through the the NEK and northern New Hampshire totaling 440 miles and 25,000 feet of vertical climb. www.tourdekingdom.org

June 10, 2015, Brattleboro Outing Club paddle to Nubanusit Lake and Spoonwood Pond
9:00 am. Hannaford’s Parking Lot, Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT. The Brattleboro Outing Club has paddles on Nubanusit Lake to a short ‘lift-over’ to enjoy a day of quiet water paddling, swimming and sunning on Spoonwood Pond. www.brattleborooutingclub.org

June 13, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Trail Race Series
10:00 am. Smugglers’ Notch Cross Country Trails, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, VT. Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 2nd annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series. Race Series Dates: (Sign up online in advance or day of at the registration table) Kids Fun Run (ages 6 and under) Free. 4k or 8K Youth (Ages 7-15) $5. 4k or 8K Adult (16-49) $15. 4k or 8K 50+ (50 plus) $12. 2K (50+ August 9th race only) $12 (partnering with Vermont Senior Games) https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/June15race

June 13, 2015, Champ Ride
12:00 am, Oakledge Park, Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT. The Vermont Center for AIDS Resources, Education & Services hosts a series of rides 17, 32, 67 and 100 miles around Chittenden County . http://www.vtcares.org/

June 19 - 21, 2015, NEMBAFEST 2015
Darling Hill, Lyndonville, Vermont. Join us for the annual 3-day festival held during the summer solstice in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, celebrating the culture of Mountain biking in New England. -Group rides, -Clinics, -Live Music, -Camping, -Bicycle Industry Expo, - Product demos, POWERED BY PEDROS. Partnered with NEMBA. sign up now for $99/adult and $49/youth for full info and pricing and to register for the best bike fest on the East. www.nemba.org/nembafest

June 19 - 21, 36th 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, one of the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England.
Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring over 20 hot air balloons, with five flights scheduled throughout the festival with 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 include train rides, a 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 20, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

June 20-22, 2015, 34th LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby presented by Yamaha
Come Celebrate Family, Friends, and Fishing with LCI! https://www.mychamplain.net/FathersDayDerby

June 21 - 25, Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens, ages 13 to 16.
Teens interested in learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level alongside some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2015 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 21st through Thursday June 25th at Quimby Country Lodge & Cottages, in Averill, Vermont. Participants in the five-day/four-night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology) safe wading techniques, angling ethics and coldwater conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds and streams, including the Connecticut River. For complete information about the TU Fly Fishing Camp, an application form, and many videos of the camp, go to www.vermonttroutcamp.com/about  or e-mail Kurt Budliger, camp director, at vermonttroutcamp@gmail.com , or call Kurt at 802-223-4022.

June 27, 2015, Killington, VT. - Long Trail Century Ride
Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a recreational century ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. All participants who register will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2015-2016 season! Two shorter rides of 60- and 20-miles allow participants to cycle through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes. www.longtrailcenturyride.com

June 27, Missisquoi Paddle & Pedal Race
Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Paddle and pedal with friends and family in northern Vermont! The Missisquoi Paddle & Pedal Race celebrates recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail between Richford and East Berkshire, VT. The race combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling along the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on an adjacent rail trail. This is a family friendly event for all ages! The event coincides with the Richford River Festival. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Paddle-&-Pedal-Race-135

June 27th, Piece Ride for to Benefit Autism Support Daily
Registration is at 9:30; Ride leaves at 10:30. The Piece Ride to benefit Autism Support Daily is Saturday, June 27,2015. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Roadside Motorsports in Williston. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at approx.1 p.m. at Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern, where there will be a BBQ and prizes. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Vermont Chapter of Autism Support Daily. Autism Support Daily provides guidance, financial assistance and education to autistic individuals and families with autistic children. They also provide assistance to professionals working with Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information about Autism Support Daily, see their web site. Please bring cash or check for the $25 per person fee for the ride. The fee includes BBQ, T-Shirt and door prize tickets. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/piece-ride-for-autism/

June 27, Milton Freedom 5K @ Milton Recreational Park
@ 6:00 pm. In our 13th year, the Milton Freedom 5K is a growing race guaranteed to provide a fun and laid-back experience. The course is very flat – a great place for newcomers and veterans alike to set a personal record! Best of all, ice cream will be served and prizes raffled off after the race! http://miltonfreedom5k.weebly.com/

June 27, Paddle and Pedal Race
9:30am to 1:00pm. The “Pedal and Paddle Race” is designed to celebrate recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. Scheduled for Saturday June, 27th, this "Fun Race" will combine 6.5 miles of paddling along the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling along the rail trail (See map). Held as part of Richford River Festival, the race is a family friendly event. Following the paddle there will be a lunch, music, a featured presentation, and educational activities for adults and kids alike. Join us! Cost: 15 Learn more: http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Pa...

June 27-28, 2015 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!
The 2015 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 27-28th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 2 anglers and if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $80. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team. Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com  or call 802-644-2214 and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up! www.dpcvt.com

June 27-28, 2015, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
This special weekend gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu and Missisquoi Abenaki tribes, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation. The Native people at this event are experts in the living indigenous arts and traditions which they come together to share with one another and with visitors. They have inherited, researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn the techniques with which they create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or for sale. Tribal members will also share songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills. www.lcmm.org/museum_info/native-american-encampment.html

June 28th, Ruff Ride
New Haven, VT. - Cyclewise in New Haven is hosting the Annual Ruff Ride, Sunday June 28th. Registration and a continental breakfast is 8:30 a.m. to 9:15, followed by a ride, BBQ lunch, prizes and fun and games at Cyclewise. The Ruff Ride benefits the animals of Homeward Bound, the Addison County Humane Society. Riders can choose from two different rides, each geared to a different riding style. Both rides are approximately 100 miles in length and feature a mid-ride break. Cyclewise Ruff Ride 2012 lunch Riders enjoying the BBQ lunch at the Ruff Ride. The rides end at Cyclewise, where there will be a BBQ lunch under a tent, games and a few surprises! The entrance fee is $25 per rider and $15 for a passenger. The registration fee includes the BBQ, a t-shirt and all of the fun. Riders can raise money for Homeward Bound through sponsorships. Riders can preregister and setup a fundraising page at https://www.firstgiving.com/homewardboundanimals/ruff-ride-2015

 

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July 2015


July 11, Bennington Bike Night - 2nd Annual BIMC Bike Night
4-8pm. Bennington, VT - The Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents the 2nd Annual BIMC Bennington Bike Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2014 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. on School Street in Bennington. There will be a bike show, raffles, bikes for sale, vendors. food and music. The event is free and all bikes are welcome. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/bennington-bike-night/

July 12, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

July 12, 2015, Mad Marathon
This scenic course sends runners along beautiful country roads in the Mad River Valley, through covered bridges, past farms and over streams. Participants can run a relay or a half or whole marathon. The marathon course is certified and sanctioned by the US Track & Field. Walkers are more than welcome for the Mad Half and there is a new category for Mad Half Walkers. Location: Mad River Valley. Website: http://www.madmarathon.com/

July 17, Racknreel Bowfishing Tournament
July 16 starting at 8:00 barbecue starts at 1 o'clock with prizes nine fish Combine between three carp three gar and three Bowfin hundred percent payout first through third and payout for big fish four-man team or women for $60 big Fishpot $20 get ready it will be a blast!!!!!! Stop fishing time is 11 AM Sunday the 19th have to be at racknreel at 1 o'clock or you will be disqualified you can sign up at Racknreel if you have any questions to please message me or John Kipp thank you it should be a blast. www.facebook.com/events/1548551255425129/

July 17 - 18, Crossroads Motorcycle Rally 2015
Waterbury VT - The Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in Waterbury, VT is a true biker rally, run for fun, while giving back to the local community. This year’s rally is July 17 th and 18th and promises to continue their tradition of good music in a friendly atmosphere. http://crossroadsmotorcyclerally.com/schedule.html

July 18, 2015, Missisquoi Family Paddle Day
9:00am to 1:00pm. This event is FREE.  Location: Mac's Bend, Rt 78 Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Join us for a Family Paddling Day focused the basics of safely paddling and paddling safety. We will spend some time paddling the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The event is FREE and lunch is provided. Sponsored by Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish & Wildlife Service-Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Family-Paddle-Day-141

July 18, Goshen Gallop 2015
at 4:00pm, A 10km race, often called the "toughest 10km in New England". 4 pm. In its 37th year, the Goshen Gallop course still takes the runner on those same gravel roads and cross country trails through the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest with fabulous views from the South end of Hogback – rated as one of the best view in Vermont. Race entry includes Tshirt, meal and endless pond dips. There is also a 5km option! https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=32259

July 18 - 19, Hunter Education Instructor Training Course
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The course will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stamford Fish & Game Club in Stamford, Vt. Policies and procedures, field techniques, and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicants who pass the final written exam are required to pass a background check with a warden and shadow a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own. Upon completion, they will then receive their full state of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification. “Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Saunders. “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that allow the hunter education program to function.” Those planning to attend should RSVP by email to Nicole Corrao at Nicole.Corrao@state.vt.us  or call 802-828-1193.

July 19, 2015 Cystic Fibrosis 9th Annual Champs Challenge
This years Champs Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis will be held at Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont on July 19th. The event, which consists of an 8 or 40-mile bike ride will start at the club and take participants on a scenic tour of Addison County finishing at the Basin Harbor waterfront dock with a BBQ luncheon and raffle. New last year is the addition of a 5k Walk/Run! Both rides are fully supported with SAG vehicles, and are on moderate - easy terrain with little car traffic. Riders are required to wear helmets, and encouraged to bring a water bottle (available at registration). Funds raised from this event will support the CFLF Recreation Grants program aimed at offering people with CF direct support to improve their health and self-confidence through physical activity. www.bikeride.com/events/13222-2015-cystic-fibrosis-9th-annual-champs-challenge

July 25, 2015, 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont have teamed up to present the 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride on Saturday, July 25, 2014. Voted the Best Century Ride in Vermont by Vermont Sports readers, the Onion River Century Ride follows some of the most scenic roads in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom to create a quintessential Vermont riding experience for a great cause. This full-day tour consists of three choices in routes all beginning and ending in Montpelier, Vermont; a 40-mile out-and-back ride on Route 12 from Montpelier to Elmore; a 110k (68 mile) Metric Century following routes 14, 15 and 12 in East Montpelier, Hardwick and Elmore, and the full 111-mile Century Ride featuring the scenic rural roads of Hardwick, Barton, Wolcott and Elmore, Vermont. The 110k and 111 mile rides leave with a police escort through historic downtown Montpelier. Each ride is supported with food stops full of delicious, local food and homemade baked goods, mechanical support and a celebratory BBQ at the finish. Register at Onion River Sports or at www.onionriver.com/events/onion-river-century-ride.  Donate directly to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at www.kellogghubbard.org.  Contact Tristan Von Duntz at Onion River Sports at 802-229-9409 or events@onionriver.com
or Rachel Senechal at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802-223-3338 or rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org

 

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August 2015

August 1, 2015, The Outdoor Gear Exchange Bitter Pill Adventure Race
Location: Richmond, VT. Looking for a dose of Adventure? We've got your prescription: The Bitter Pill! The Green Mountain Adventure Racing Association wants to show you what Vermont outdoors is really all about. Challenge yourself to trek, swim, paddle, mtn bike, and navigate through one of the toughest, muddiest 12-hour races anywhere. (And get yourself an entry to USARA Nationals if you win.) As always, we'll be holding a navigation clinic at registration the night before and don't forget our famous post-race party: food, drink, massages, and prizes prizes prizes! Teams of 2 or 3, coed or single-sex. $248 for 2, $339 for 3. GMARA membership is included! Price increases June 8th, so register soon! Visit http://www.gmara.org/bitter  for full details. Contact Person: Shawn Freebern, info@gmara.org , (802) 734-8514.

August 1, Third Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration is 9-10:45; Ride begins at 11 a.m. St. Albans, VT - The 3rd Annual Vermont Veterans Ride is Saturday, August 1st. Registration is 9 a.m. to 10:45 at the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 in St. Albans.The 100 mile escorted ride begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Jamie Lee Thurston, along with other musical guests, will perform a live show after the ride beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be a cash bar and grill. The cost of the event is $30 for a rider and passenger and includes two tickets to the concert. The concert is also open to the general public for $15 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit PTSD/TBI Awareness, the Josh Pollotta Fund and Vermont Veterans. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/the-vermont-veterans-ride/

August 8, 2015, The 29th Annual UMV Toy Run
The 2015 United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run is Saturday August 8th.The annual Toy Run is the largest charity motorcycle ride in the State of Vermont, attracting hundreds of riders from around New England in support of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Staging for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin. The police escorted ride leaves noon and rides to the State House in Montpelier. Bring cash, checks or a new unwrapped toy. Stuffed animals, which are traditional for the Toy Run, cannot be used by children in the Shriners burn centers. Please consider bringing other types of toys or donating money. There will be satellite starting points around the state for riders to join with others in riding to the Berlin staging area. The locations and times for satellite starting points will be post when they are known, later this summer. The Shriner's Hospitals provide quality medical care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs in a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. http://unitedmotorcyclists.org/wp/

August 9, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

August 23, 2015, Tour de Force Charity Run
Plattsburgh, NY. a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event. The Tour De Force Charity was started in 2002 by two N.Y.C. Detectives to raise money for the victims of the September 2001 Terrorists Attacks. Since then we have been having an annual bicycle ride from either N.Y.C to Boston or from Boston to N.Y.C. to raise money for police officers families that are killed in the line of duty nationwide. On 9-11-14 our bicycle ride started in Boston and finished at the FreedomTower in N.Y.C. on 9-14-14. We raised $500,00.00 nationally for our cause and our local North country bicycle group the Adirondack GARDA raised $52,000.00 dollars in ClintonCounty. The Tour De Force Charity will be sponsoring a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run at the Point Au RocheState Park located at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road in Plattsburgh, N.Y.12901. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Plattsburgh/TourdeForceHalfMarathon

August 27 - 30, Killington Classic 2015
Killington, VT - The Killington Classic combines the beauty and warmth of late summer riding in Vermont with a Vendor Village, a stunt show and entertainment to provide a full weekend of motorcycle fun for you and your friends. Ride Beautiful Vermont! Includes: The Amazing Covered Bridge Ride - Last year's top ride! NEW "Vermont Highlights Tour" - The BEST of VT stuffed into one route. Ride the thrilling “Green Serpent” - Do you dare? Vermont's Best Poker Run (great prizes/amazing scenery) Brand NEW Route! Green Mountain Scavenger Hunt (beautiful views, and fun prizes) NEW Route! 12 Mile Parade to Rutland Block Party. www.killingtonclassic.com

 

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September 2015

Sept. 5, 2015, The Dirty 40 Race
"VERMONT'S TOUGHEST GRAVEL ROAD RACE" The Dirty 40 Race travels through Derby, Holland, Morgan, Charleston, Westmore, and Brownington, Vermont. 80% of the course is on some of the most rural scenic backroads you will find in the State of Vermont. The course is tough, real tough. In fact, we've been told it is harder than an Ironman. Climbs as steep as 13% grades and 5600 feet of elevation gain.
www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az

September 13, Masons of Pulaski Lodge Vet's Ride
Registration begins at 9 at the P&H Truck Stop, Exit 17 I-91. Wells River, VT - The Sixth-Annual Pulaski Lodge Masonic Motorcycle Ride, A benefit for Veterans at White River Junction VA Hospital is Sunday, September 13th, 2015.Registration is 9-9:45AM at P&H Truck Stop, I-91 Exit 17, Wells River, VT. The ride is free. The ride stops at the VA Hospital in White River, the Veterans War Memorial on I-89N in Sharon, the Veterans Cemetery with Flag Ceremony in Randolph and ends at Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre with a complimentary cookout and 50/50 drawings. Riders are asked to donate new under-garment and/or toiletry needs for men and women and/or cash. 100% of donations go directly to the Veterans distributed by the Voluntary Services Division. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/masons-of-pulaski-lodge-58-veterans-motorcycle-ride/

 


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  October 2014

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Start of Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Archery Turkey

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2014

 

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December 2014

December 1, Craftsbury Opener
Interval start racing to kick the season off, right on your home trails.  Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com www.craftsbury.com

Dec. 5, 2013, 3rd Annual Running of the Bells
Race starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the Peoples Trust Company & the St. Albans Messenger for the 3rd Annual Running of the Bells in downtown St. Albans. The Running of the Bells is a holiday fun run, walk, jog that involves participants attaching jingle bells to their hats, shoes, gloves, coats, strollers, and wherever they would like to in order to make some noise as they move. The course is 1 mile in length and takes participants through downtown St. Albans while enjoying all of the holiday lights. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the event for best holiday costumes! The Running of the Bells will benefit Operation Happiness. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and toys for Franklin and Grand Isle County families in need. There will be a van available on Kingman Street to place canned goods and toys in. www.runningofthebells.com

Dec 6 - 14, 2014, Bow & Arrow Deer Hunting
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/index.cfm

Dec 6 - 14 2014, Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/index.cfm

Dec 6, 2014, Newport Santa Run
11:00 am. Gardner Park, Main Street, Newport, VT. Kingdom Games hosts 5k, and 1 mile runs on Main Street and the Bike Path. Santa costumes are provided with registration. Hosted by Kingdom Games, Inc. 20 percent of Fee Registrations to benefit Toys for Kids. Registration form: http://www.dandelionrun.org/docs/SantaRunRegistrationForm2014.pdf

Dec. 6, 2014, Winter Fire Bow Drill Class
This one-day workshop will teach you independence from matches and lighters! Friction firemaking was the way of our ancestors, and we can reclaim an incredibly sacred connection to the element of fire by relearning this ancient skill. In this class you'll make your own bow drill set and get plenty of coaching on proper technique for easier firemaking. Topics covered: harvesting materials in the woods, which local tree species are best for bow drill sets, harvesting and preparing tinder nests, knife skills for carving and splitting, bowing technique, and how to turn your friction ember into a flame! Worcester, VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/643107222477052/

December 06, 2014 , Rails 2 Riches
Killington kicks off the season with the most lucrative rail jam in the East, pitting amateurs and pros against each other for a piece of $25,000 cash. http://skivermont.com/events.html

Dec. 6, 2014, Winter Fire Bow Drill Class
This one-day workshop will teach you independence from matches and lighters! Friction firemaking was the way of our ancestors, and we can reclaim an incredibly sacred connection to the element of fire by relearning this ancient skill. In this class you'll make your own bow drill set and get plenty of coaching on proper technique for easier firemaking. Topics covered: harvesting materials in the woods, which local tree species are best for bow drill sets, harvesting and preparing tinder nests, knife skills for carving and splitting, bowing technique, and how to turn your friction ember into a flame! Worcester, VT. https://www.facebook.com/events/643107222477052/

December 6 - 7, Fibers from a Wild Landscape
Dec 6 at 9:00am to Dec 7 at 5:00pm. Humankind’s relationship to fibers and fiber technology stretches back along our time line thousands upon thousands of years, resulting in a globally practiced, rich, and varied tradition. In our modern age, we have access to seemingly endless inexpensive synthetic fibers. While useful, this has reduced our need to procure, process, and provide them for ourselves, and distanced ourselves from the plants and animals that provide these materials. This class invites you to return to a practice that we have relied upon for countless generations. Come process a variety of plant and animal based fibers, gain a better understanding of string technology from identification, processing, basic spinning, in the hand weaving, and create some beautiful and functional works of art. Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033 www.facebook.com/events/1504758796455321/

December 6 - 7, SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M at GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you to cope with medical emergencies in the field. It focuses on prevention, recognition and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification provided upon completion. Please contact GMC if you need WFR recertification or CPR certification (additional fees may apply). Instructors: SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) staff. Limit: 30. Fee: $180. Contact GMC for a list of overnight accommodations. Register no later than two weeks in advance of the course. www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=384

Dec. 7, Smugglers' Notch 19th Annual Brewfest Part 1
Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines. Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies, and prizes. From 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. For Brewfest Lodging info call 800-521-0536. Smugglers' Notch Resort Meeting House 4323 Vermont Route 108 South 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 800-521-0536 www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php   gvacations@smuggs.com

Dec 7,  - Dec 15, 2013 Muzzleloader and Archery Deer
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Additional_Resources/Hunting_and_trapping/Big_game/2013%20VERMONT%20DEER%20SEASON%20GUIDE.pdf

December 8, Demo Day at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Save the date as we prepare for an early season, on-snow demo from Caldwell Sport along with other retailers and manufacturers from the ski world. This is a perfect opportunity to learn what all the fuss is about the new skis, boots, poles, bindings, grinds, wax - all the gear to make your skiing more enjoyable. More details to come - keep watching the website. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.comwww.craftsbury.com

Dec 8-16, 2014,  Wilderness First Responder
80-hour, wilderness emergency care course to provide outdoor leaders, guides, rangers, and enthusiasts with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making. May be used as first half of a WEMT bridge course with SOLO.
Cost: $900 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $720 commuter (lunch, course materials). http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-responder/

December 12, 2014, Founders Day/Mount Snow’s 60th Birthday
Mount Snow Resort To celebrate 60 years of fun, the Mount Snow Resort will offer $12 advance purchase lift tickets, a comprehensive historical display, birthday parties and more. http://skivermont.com/events.html

Dec. 14, East Charleston, -  Island Pond Bird Count
 Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world. Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Tens of thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas volunteer each year, collecting data that Audubon in turn uses to assess the health of bird populations, and help guide conservation action. Did we mention it will also be super fun?! Check out Audubon.org  for more details. Potluck to follow. the NorthWoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive Sat., 7:30am-4:30pm 802-723-6551 X115 www.northwoodscenter.org Free events@northwoodscenter.org

December 13, Okemo Full Moon Hike
Free, This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. This event is free for participants with snowshoes. Rental snowshoes will be available for a nominal fee. Call (802) 228-1956 to register. www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/okemo

Dec. 20, Stratton Mountain Full Cold Moon Snowshoe Hike
Experience Stratton in a whole new way while letting the light of the moon guide you across the snowy mountain. Stratton Mountain Resort - www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/the-village/stratton-activity-hub.aspx 

December 20, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 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 8 a.m. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. Race awards and victory party begins at 3 p.m. Visit:  www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/mountain-dew-vertical-challenge

December 21, Solstice Snowshoe over Moose Mountain
9:30am-1:30pm, $15, What better way to celebrate the first day of winter than to go for a snowshoe hike? We will hike the Moose Mountain Trail from the east to the west, just under four miles total. This is a beautiful trail through hardwood forest and rolling, not-to-steep terrain. The peak of Moose Mountain is 2,339 feet, and enroute we will come across scenic vistas overlooking the northern range of the Green Mountains, Lake Willoughby, and Wheeler pond. Meet at Willoughby Lake’s north end beach parking lot for shuttle. Bring a picnic lunch, a hot drink, and warm layers. Registration required. Snowshoes available.  The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit organization in East Charleston, VT. Our mission is to “Empower new generations to appreciate, understand, and wisely use the land through science, education and action” Please register for events at least 24 hours in advance by calling 802-723-6551x115, or email events@northwoodscenter.org . Visit our website at www.northwoodscenter.org

December 21, 2014, Start Fun, Start Free: Intro to Skiing & Boarding
Bromley Mountain Resort Join the Bromley Ski & Snowboard School in our carefully sculpted Terrain Based Learning Zone for FREE for three days this season. Ages 6 & up, package includes lift access, rental equipment and instruction. Must call to register at (802) 824-5522 x301. http://skivermont.com/events.html

December 21, Celebrate World Snowboard Day at Okemo
Last year, 160 resorts in 37 countries participated in this worldwide day of snowboarding fun. Okemo’s park rangers will be conducting impromptu contests in the terrain parks throughout the day with great swag to give away. Gather at the summit at 2 p.m. to take part in a giant snake run.  www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/celebrate-world-snowboard-day-okemo

December 21, 2014, Santa Sunday
Bolton Valley On the shortest day of the year, dress as Santa for your day of skiing or riding and get a FREE lift ticket. www.boltonvalley.com 

December 21-22, NENSA Eastern Cup at Craftsbury, VT
Craftsbury is very honored to host the opening weekend of NENSA's premier regional series, the Eastern Cup, for the fourth consecutive year. Whether you're racing, spectating or volunteering, you'll be able to learn more about the event on the website. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/easterncup/welcome.htm

December 21—30, Burlington, VT - Chill out at ECHO’s FrostFest
FrostFestAs temperatures plunge ECHO looks for ways to embrace the winter chill and celebrate winter! This year we’re having a blast with FrostFest between December 21 and 30 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when ECHO is closed)! Join us for indoor snowball fights, bury a moose in snowflakes, and explore some crazy-cold programs. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. spend time in the creation cafe making upcycled bows and decorations for the holidays - or just let your imagination run wild and add your masterpiece to our creation-cafe sculpture gallery. Too cold to stay outside and play in the snow? Come inside and join us at Story Explorers, a morning story time for our youngest visitors. There will be something for everyone at this year's FrostFest. Go to our FrostFest webpage to see the list of daily activities. Come chill out at FrostFest - we'll see you here! www.echovermont.org/events/viewevent.html?event=676

December 28, 2013, Bird Monitoring Walk at the Museum
8:00 am - 9:30am, Join experienced birders on the monthly bird monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Coffee and tea after! Most fun for adults, older children, and somewhat more experienced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by emailing museum@birdsofvermont.org  or calling (802) 434-2167 Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462

December 29, Vermont Institute of Natural Science at Okemo Mountain Resort
@ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. - Jackson Gore Inn, 111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow, VT 05149 United States. Vermont Institute of Natural Science at Okemo Mountain Resort This first-hand encounter with live falcons, hawks, and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology, and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. 7pm in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Free admission. www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/vermont-institute-natural-science-okemo-mountain-resort

Dec. 31 - Feb. 25 Stowe Trapp Nordic Cup Time Trial Series
(Every Tuesday for 10 Wee A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. A timed 5K race for classic and/or skate. Compete each week on a marked race course complete with timing and start area. You pick your start time each day between the hours of 9am and 4pm. A 10 week series with prizes for both skate and classic. 802-253-5755

 

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