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NRA Trap Shooting Camp - Every Sunday during May – September
North Country Sportsman’s Club, Gun Club Road, Williston, VT, Off Old Creamery Road.  from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Agenda: Each session will be limited to 10 people: Cost: $20 per individual and pre-registration is recommended since each session will be limited to 10 people. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Cost includes loaner shotgun, ammunition, clay birds, and eye and ear protection. Contact: Tom Blair, (802) 872-8329 (please, no calls after 8:00 p.m.) or via email at tblairvt@comcast.net . A registration form is also available at www.shootncsc.com.

Complete an ACA Certification
Zoar Outdoor offers ACA Instructor Certification in the disciplines of River Kayak, River Canoe, Swiftwater Rescue, and Stand-Up Paddle Board. The American Canoe Association offers instructor certification at up to five different levels with each level requiring a progressively greater understanding of paddling and rescue concepts, as well as an ability to teach and execute those concepts in progressively more difficult rapids. https://www.kayaklesson.com/safety-courses/aca-instructor-certification/

Become Wilderness First Responder Certified
Zoar Outdoor offers Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification courses for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course is taught in conjunction with Wilderness Medical Associates of Maine. As an outdoor person, you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and videotaped simulations using mock victims. This course runs for seven days. https://www.kayaklesson.com/safety-courses/wilderness-first-responder/

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January 4-10, 2019, Wilderness First Responder - $659 per person
As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-7483. www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 12 - 13, 2019, Winter Tracking Intensive
The Winter Tracking Intensive is open to all skill levels and students. The weekend will be predominantly experience based, offering guided ‘dirt time’ in which students can push their skills in real tracking situations. Trailing and interpretation will be a major theme for the weekend as we take in depth looks into the lives of the animals living in Vermont’s forests. When the sun goes down students will be offered ecological tracking information and apply it to creating an accurate map of the land they have tracked and how the animals have moved through it. We will also check out skull and bone, and feather identification. Expect to cover a lot of snow in any weather conditions and to spend two full long days in the forests and fields tracking. Snow shoes recommended. Age: 18 and up. This class is overnight and includes food and camping. https://rootsvt.com/adults/winter-tracking-intensive

January 12-14, 2019, WFR Recertification/Challenge - $329 per person
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-483 www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 13, 2019, Women's Intro to Handguns Clinic
Ammo Warehouse, 323 E Montpelier Rd, Barre, Vermont 05641 Women's Intro to Handguns offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to Sales@vtammowarehouse.com  or private message instructor $ 75 https://www.facebook.com/events/261277691230795/

January 20 - Skate Ski Clinic with Craftsbury's Elite Coach Ollie Buruss
Join us at the Kingdom Trails Nordic Center for an intermediate skate ski technique clinic with Ollie Burruss from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Ollie is a former elite racer who now coaches at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. The clinic will cover intermediate to advanced skate techniques, with a focus on proper weight transfer and efficient uphill technique. Ages 12 and up. Some experience necessary. Free for KTA Members - $15 for non KTA Members- gives participants a one day KT Trail Pass. https://kingdomtrails.org/events/2019/01/skate-ski-clinic-with-craftsbury-outdoor-center-coach-ollie-burrus/

January 20, 2019, Women's Intro to Handguns Clinic
Ammo Warehouse, 323 E Montpelier Rd, Barre, Vermont 05641 Women's Intro to Handguns offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to Sales@vtammowarehouse.com or private message instructor $ 75 https://www.facebook.com/events/261277691230795/

January 23 - Leadership, Innovation and Breaking the Spirit of Silence
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Location: Trader Dukes Hotel, South Burlington, Price: $35 for PMI members, $45 for non members,
WHERE TO REGISTER: www.PMICV.org.  If you've never attended an in-person Elemental Edge workshop, now may just be the perfect time to do so! I hope to see you there on the 23rd. www.Elementaledgetraining.com

January 26-27, 2019 - Survival Weekend for Women
Classes will be in Monkton, VT and taught by Jessie Krebs, a former U.S. Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), a training instructor from the old-school days when instructors were simply called “Survival Instructors”. In addition to being the founder & head instructor of SERE Training School's SERE-oriented survival training programs for both civilians and outdoor professionals, Jessie is highly sought after as a technical consultant and on-screen survival expert for a number of international survival shows, including Science Channel's Hacking The Wild, Fox's Kicking & Screaming, and National Geographic's Mygrations, where Jessie became one of only a handful of modern human beings ever to complete a primitive crossing of hundreds of miles of Tanzanian Serengeti on foot. Classes include: Survive and Thrive, All About Water, Emergency Shelters and Map and Compass Basics. https://www.outdoorswoman.org/womens-events.html

February 2, Winter Fire Making
Come out to Roots for the day and bring your fire skills to a new level! We will cover basics of building and maintaining a good hot fire in the snowy winter conditions and learn which trees to select for our fuel. We will then carve our own bow drill kits and put them to use to create fire from friction! https://rootsvt.com/adult/winter-fire-making

February 3, 2019, Women's Intro to Handguns Clinic
Ammo Warehouse, 323 E Montpelier Rd, Barre, Vermont 05641 Women's Intro to Handguns offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to Sales@vtammowarehouse.com or private message instructor $ 75 https://www.facebook.com/events/261277691230795/

February 15, 2019 Ice Diving Course
Hosted by Waterfront Diving Center, 6 PM - This course will teach you the skills necessary to dive safely in the unique and beautiful environment under the ice. This class is a three-day introduction to safely diving under the frozen water. The Schedule is: Classroom February 15th 6:00-10:00pm, Diving February 23rd & 24th 9:00am-4:00pm. Learn more: http://www.waterfrontdiving.com/iceDiving.shtml

February 23, 2019, Moving Up on Ice Workshop
Take your range of mountain skills to a new level. Ice climbing is an amazing Northeastern winter experience--and integrating ice climbing skills into your climbing kit opens up a host of interesting alpine objectives. Whether you're looking to explore the Northeast's ample ice objectives or considering taking your existing mountain skills to places like Mount Baker's North Ridge, Peruvian gems such as Alpamayo, or Alaskan objectives in the Ruth Gorge, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward! The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. The Northeast is a mecca for ice climbing and you'll come to love the winter even more once you've discovered the challenges and joys of the vertical ice world. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops/

February 24, 2019, Women's Intro to Handguns Clinic
Ammo Warehouse, 323 E Montpelier Rd, Barre, Vermont 05641 Women's Intro to Handguns offered by female Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.Includes Classroom to learn the different type of handguns + their actions, loading, unloading, cleaning, storage, safety, shooting fundamentals, range safety rules, shooting of handguns of different calibers.. Sign up required!! Email to Sales@vtammowarehouse.com or private message instructor $ 75 https://www.facebook.com/events/261277691230795/

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

March 23, Instructor Training Course Offered for Hunter Ed.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education courses in Vermont. The training will take place Saturday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife office, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Policies and procedures, field techniques and teaching methods will be covered to give instructors the tools to teach future hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Applicants are required to pass a background check with a Vermont State Game Warden and apprentice-teach with a chief instructor before they will receive their full State of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification. Those planning to attend should sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/InstructorTraining2019  or call 802-828-1193 prior to the course date. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please call the office staff at 802-828-1193 (voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

March 29 to April 14, Basic USCG Captain's License Course
If you have thought about securing a captain's license, but found it either too far to drive or required too many days off work, we have arranged to have Sea Tech Marine Training conduct a USCG approved training course at our facility here at the Anchorage in South Hero, VT. There course will run from March 29 to April 14. The course fee for this will be between $500 and $600 per person, depending on the number enrolled and includes all materials and supplies. Registration requires a $100 deposit, with balances due the day class starts. If you have an interest in becoming a USCG licensed Captain, now may be a perfect opportunity to do so.
If you have questions, call or email Sea Tech. You can call toll free day or night at 877-883-9366, or email to info@seatechmarinetraining.com . If you wish to text, send to 716-803-9372. Be sure to check out their website at www.seatechmarinetraining.com.

March 30, 2019, Herbal Medicine: Oil and Water; salves, balms, teas and hydrosols
Oil based herbal preperations come in many forms and often soothe and heal the skin or prevent future injury. Living in the north many of us need to protect our skin with balms from cold winds and dry air to prevent cracked skin. Salves soften and soothe the skin and provide a topical healing application to irritation, inflammation and injury. Through the use of oils infused with herbs and beeswax we can easily make these simple but potent medicines at home. We will be making a lip balm and a general healing salve. https://rootsvt.com/herbal-medicine-oil-and-water-salves-balms-teas-and-hydrosols

April 6 - 7, 2019, SOLO Wilderness First Aid
9 AM – 5 PM, GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you for backcountry medical emergencies. Its focus is on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification is provided upon completion. Instructor: SOLO, Limit: 24, Fee: $190 Non-member, $170 GMC Member. WFR recertification and/or CPR available (additional fees apply). Age Limit: 14 and up. Please register at least two weeks in advance. https://www.greenmountainclub.org/education/workshops/solo-wfa-april-2019-workshop-registration/

April 6, 7 and 18, 2019, Turkey Hunting Seminars
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting three free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 6 at the Barre Fish and Game Club, one on Sunday, April 7 at the Hartland Fire Department, and a third one on Thursday, April 18, at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife office in Essex. The seminars in Barre and Hartland will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Essex seminar will be 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A shotgun patterning clinic will be held at the Barre seminar. Participants should bring their own shotgun and ammunition and keep them secured in their vehicles until instructed to bring them to the range. If you do not have your own firearm, shotguns and ammunition will be provided. Eye and ear protection will be available. Online registration is required at this link: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/vermont/133-vermont-fish-and-wildlife-seminars  Participants coming to just the patterning portion of the seminar do not need to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, please call John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

April 11, 2019, Learn about Citizen Science in Vermont at Dead Creek
ADDISON, Vt. – Vermonters are invited to learn about how citizen science is employed to help with wildlife conservation in Vermont on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area Conference Room in Addison, Vermont. This ‘Citizen Science 101’ presentation is free and open to the public and is limited to the first 50 people who register via email. The presentation will be led by Erin Talmage, Director of the Birds of Vermont Museum, and Amy Alfieri who manages Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area and Visitor Center. Talmage will discuss the history and importance of citizen science and how the information collected can be used for conservation. Alfieri will discuss citizen science opportunities through the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Smart phones are not required for this event, but if participants have one and want to practice using iNaturalist, an opportunity to ask questions about do so will follow the presentation. The Dead Creek Conference Room is located at 966 Route 17 West in Addison. To sign up, email Amy Alfieri at amy.alfieri@vermont.gov

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

April 13 - 14, 2019, White Tail Projects
The White Tailed Deer is the most commonly hunted ungulate in North America. Like all the mammals we eat, it has many fantastic materials sources beyond the meat and tanned hide. In this course we will dive into those most useful resources that can be taken from deer and other mammals. We will process bones and antler, working on projects such as knives, awls, fish hooks, and more. We will get into raw hide projects, learning how simple it is to turn a fresh skin into raw hide, as well as how to shape containers with this mold-able yet durable material. We will look at sinew processing and use, as well as produce some hide glue. This is an awesome class for anyone who is looking to learn how to get the most from and animals they have raised, hunted, or scavenged. https://rootsvt.com/adult/white-tail-projects

April 20, 2019, Youth Turkey Hunt Event
Young people interested in hunting turkeys are encouraged to sign up for National Wild Turkey Federation’s 9th Annual Jake’s Day Event on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club. The event is sponsored by the ‘Lake Champlain Longbeards’ group and is open to any youth aged 17 or younger. Youth hunters and their mentors will be treated to lunch. There will be activities throughout the day for youths, including prizes, target practice, and a demonstration of how to properly preserve turkey tails. Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter will be in attendance for the event. The event costs $10.00 per youth and includes lunch and a t-shirt, as well a youth membership. Please pre-register by April 5 by contacting Ron Lafreniere at ronlafreniere@outdrs.net

April 23rd and 24th, NOLS Risk Management Training
Charlestown, Massachusetts. Step forward in the industry by actively managing the risks to you and your team, or to your organization. Risk management planning is critical for any outdoor enthusiast or any organization taking people into remote environments, whether close to home or across the globe. Learn through experiential, classroom trainings how to identify hazards and manage risk in the outdoors, how to build a comprehensive risk management plan for your program, or let us design a custom training to meet your needs. https://www.nols.edu/en/about/risk-services/training-courses/

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

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

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

May 4 - 5, 2019, Black Ash Basketry
Justin Sutera will be coming to teach Black Ash Basktery this spring. Students will learn how to make a black ash basket, start to finish. We will work with a black ash log that we cut from the land to prepare basket splints during the first part of the workshop, then trim the splints and pick a weaving project. Folks will leave with a beautiful black ash splint basket made by you. https://rootsvt.com/black-ash-basketry

May 4 - 6, 2019, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

May 11 - 12, 2019, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Exam
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. They also find improvements in their overall climbing leadership personally and professionally. The Exam is a minimum of 16 hours over a two-day period. During the Exam, participants will be tested on a range of skills related to anchor-building, site management, instruction, risk-management, climbing, rappeling, and rescue. Each participant will be asked to complete a comprehensive lesson plan and deliver a 15-minute lesson on a relevant topic at some point during the Exam. Feedback will be delivered during and following the course. The Exam is not designed with the idea of "doing things the AMGA way"--there is no AMGA way. Critical thinking and careful evaluation are critical. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/?id=250

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

May 17 - 19, 2019, Hide Tanning
For most of the Homo sapiens timeline on earth, humans have been transforming the skins of animals to meet a wide variety of material needs. One such need is to provide one of the most basic levels of shelter: clothing. These days the skills of leather-making remain a mystery for most people, regardless of how often we depend upon it. In this 3-day workshop you will learn how to transform a fresh deer hide into soft, luxuriant buckskin. Discover skin from a whole new perspective as you bring the hide through its various states. We will be focusing on the wet-scrape method, taking participants step-by-step through the sequence of this ancient process. This workshop is an experiential event where participants learn by doing. Lecture content includes the details of each stage of the wet-scrape process, as well as what to make with the rest of the animal, such as the bone tools, tallow from fat, cordage, glue from hide scraps, and binding material from sinew. https://rootsvt.com/adults/hide-tanning

May 17 - 19, 2019, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

May 17-27, 2019, Become a Maine White Water Raft Guide with North Country Rivers
Becoming a "Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide" is a challenging, rewarding, and time-honored profession! Imagine running some of the most challenging whitewater in America, meeting new people, and experiencing the unmatched beauty of Maine! When you become a Registered Maine Rafting Guide all this will be yours - and North Country Rivers can get you there! https://www.northcountryrivers.com/maine-rafting-guide-training-course.htm

May 24 - 26, 2019, Turkey Hunting Ed Weekend for Adults
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a hunter education weekend for adults that will be focused on turkey hunting during the final weekend of Vermont’s spring turkey hunting season, May 24, 25 and 26. . The event will be held at the Northwood’s Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Dr, Island Pond, VT 05846. A $60 fee will cover food and lodging for participants who may stay in the bunkhouse or in their own tent. Contact Nicole Meier for an application by email at Nicole.Meier@vermont.gov  or by phone at 802-828-1193. Completed applications must be returned in by May 10.

May 25-26, 2019, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. Costs: The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 includes lunch and course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 25-26, 2019, ACA Canoe Instructor, Levels 1 and 2
American Canoe Association Certificate program to become an ACA Tandem Canoe Instructor. Canoes, PFDs, paddles, and safety equipment provided. Paddlers must demonstrate basic boat control skills, teaching ability, safety awareness, and technical knowledge to obtain certifications. Introduction to Canoeing: Level 1 / Essentials of River Canoeing: Level 2 (flatwater & river) https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 25-26, 2019, Wilderness First Responder Re-Cert
This two-day review is designed to re-certify individuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be re-certified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. Costs: The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 25 - 26, 2019, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Exam
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. They also find improvements in their overall climbing leadership personally and professionally. The Exam is a minimum of 16 hours over a two-day period. During the Exam, participants will be tested on a range of skills related to anchor-building, site management, instruction, risk-management, climbing, rappeling, and rescue. Each participant will be asked to complete a comprehensive lesson plan and deliver a 15-minute lesson on a relevant topic at some point during the Exam. Feedback will be delivered during and following the course. The Exam is not designed with the idea of "doing things the AMGA way"--there is no AMGA way. Critical thinking and careful evaluation are critical. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/?id=250

May 25-27, 2019, ACA Canoe Instructor, Level 3
American Canoe Association Certificate program to become an ACA Tandem Canoe Instructor. Canoes, PFDs, paddles, and safety equipment provided. Paddlers must demonstrate basic boat control skills, teaching ability, safety awareness, and technical knowledge to obtain certifications. River Canoeing: Level 3, (Class I-II) https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

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

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

ACA and Paddlesports Development Programs this Summer: VOGA Members get a special discount.

June 1-3, 2019, River Canoe Skills Development (Moving Water through Class I)

June 4-6, 2019, ACA Level 1/2 Intro./Fundamentals of River Canoe Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

June 9-11, 2019, River Kayak Skills Development (Moving Water through Class I)

June 12-14, 2019, ACA Level 1/2 Intro./Fundamentals of River Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

June 17-21, 2019, ACA Level 3/4 River Kayak/Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)

June 24-25, Whitewater Safety and Rescue Skills Development

Saint Michaels College, Adventure Sports Center 324, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont 05439 802.654.2614 (office) 802.238.6664 (mobile), twright@smcvt.edu , https://www.smcvt.edu/experience/adventure-sports-center.aspx

July 6, 2019, Logical Carbine
at 9 AM – 3 PM. East Randolph, Vermont 05061. The class lasts approximately 6 hours. Nearly all of it is live fire. We cover mindset, safety, zero choices, zeroing, unknown distance shooting, reloads, malfunctions, manipulation, movement, fundamentals of marksmanship, balance of speed and accuracy, and more. Cost is $200. AR-15 in 5.56 is recommended but similar rifles are allowed, 250 rounds rifle, handgun with 100 rounds, a few rifle mags, food and water, safety gear. I can send you the complete equipment list and directions if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/events/509528386118961/

July 14 - 19, 2019, Teen Wilderness Survival
Luke Boushee and Yard Sal'ei will be co-teaching this weeklong overnight. This course introduces students to our school’s main elements, survival skills, tracking, and awareness. In this week long course students will gain hands on experience and time tested information about survival. We will cover shelters, water filtration and gathering, and friction fire skills such as bow drill and hand drill, stealth skills, shoot bows, fibers, and how to feel confident and capable in new ways navigating the Vermont woods. https://rootsvt.com/youth/teen-wilderness-survival-week

July 14-19, Vermont Wildlife Course for Educators
Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 14-19, 2019. The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury. Now in its 34th year, “Wildlife Management and Outdoor Education Techniques for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff through Castleton University. Tuition is $650 for the course. Books, food and overnight facilities are included. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. A course description, schedule of activities, and registration information are available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website at https://vtfishandwildlife.com/node/249.  If you have questions, you can email Alison.Thomas@Vermont.Gov

July 25, 2019, Pathfinders Workshop for Veterans
at 5:30 PM at Stable Connections, Equine Assisted Therapy. This is an innovative workshop for active or retired military personal using horses to heal. It is designed to provide a fun & safe arena to explore emotions as they relate to life. The relationship being built through this effort helps military personnel connect with their emotions. Stable Connections, offers a safe and tranquil place that can encourage change by expanding awareness of one's personal healing process. The experience of working with horses facilitates moving to the heart of the problem because horses are so adept at reading body language, the interaction with the horse can provide opportunities to address underlying challenges. https://www.facebook.com/events/2030339107271616/

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

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

AUGUST 17, 2019, JUNIOR WATERFOWL HUNTER TRAINING PROGRAM
(8:00am – 4:30pm), Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is being offered to young hunters who want to learn more about the sport of waterfowl hunting and experience a high quality waterfowl hunt. The program is offered to youngsters 12 to 17 years of age who have an adult waterfowl hunter to serve as a mentor. The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is a joint educational effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting. The program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about waterfowl and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation. Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year's program must pre-register with the Refuge by Monday, August 12. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees. https://www.facebook.com/events/2441854072701100/

August 31, Trapper Education Class
9am-3pm, Free. Trapper education is required for the trapping of furbearers in Vermont. Before taking a trapper education course, all students must complete either an online course or a manual and workbook. It also serves as an interesting workshop. Experienced instructor, Paul Noel, will cover types of traps, set demos, regulations, best management practices, and more. Participants need to bring a lunch and be prepared to spend a good deal of time outdoors rain or shine. Registration is required through Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Additional questions can be directed to Instructor Paul Noel at pfnoel22@yahoo.com  or by phone 754-2456. To register: https://register-ed.com/programs/vermont/111-vermont-trapper-education-course 
Location: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, East Charleston, VT.

September 14-15, 2019, Transition Women’s Weekend
East Burke, VT is a mecca for mountain biking in the Northeast with a great variety of trails right in town. This event, hosted by Vermont MTB Tours and Radical Roots MTB Instruction, will be utilizing the legendary Kingdom Trails network as well as lift-served Burke Mountain Bike Park to progress skills and delight the participants. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/transition-womens-weekend-september-14-15th-in-east-burke-vt.html

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

October 12-14, 2019, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. This 3-day, 27+ hour course focuses on the technical, group leadership, and risk management skills required by an instructor-guide operating in single pitch rock environments. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

October 13-19, 2019, Wilderness First Responder
Kroka Expeditions is excited to be offering the full Wilderness First Responder course at our campus again this October. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. Fall is a beautiful time at Kroka Village! Housing is provided in Kroka village, and three meals each day are shared from our farm kitchen. Discounts are available to Kroka staff and alumni. SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER HERE: http://www.kroka.org/program_show/?uuid=ID5hyu_b4b4-jg

October 26 - 27, Women's Survival Doe Camp
Popular survival instructor, Jessica Krebs will be offering 4 hour classes in N. Ferrisburg, VT. https://seretraining.us/about/
Core Survival Basics 9-1 pm Saturday FULL
Natural Navigation Techniques 2-6 pm Saturday FULL
Animal Encounter Do's and Don'ts 9-1 pm Sunday
Basic Camouflage and Evasion Movement Techniques 2-6 pm Sunday
Women 18 years and up, $50 per class. This is a drive in event with limited space per class. Details to follow. Interested? contact: info@voga.org
Class Descriptions: http://www.voga.org/Survival-Class-Descriptions.htm Registration Form: http://www.voga.org/Womens-Survival-Weekend-Oct-2019.htm

November 9 - 10, NOLS Wilderness First Aid Course
NVU-Johnson Outdoor Education · Johnson, VT. Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two or two and a half days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.​ https://www.facebook.com/events/641499336256873/

November 23-24, 2019, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. Costs: The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 includes lunch and course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 21, 2019, EMT Wild Day
A one-day course to re-certify the wilderness component for a current EMT. Eight hours National Registry CEUs. Cost: $160 (includes meals, and training materials) https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 21-22, 2019, Wilderness First Responder Re-Cert
This two-day review is designed to re-certify individuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be re-certified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. Costs: The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

 

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