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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.

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January 8-10, 2016 Homestead Planning and Permaculture Design: Cultivating the Human Habitat
This course will introduce the principles and practices of permaculture design by offering a focused exploration of how to design or retrofit a homestead-scale permaculture site. Participants will engage with a diversity of content that will help them envision, plan, and implement a beautiful, high-performance home that is integrated with the wild landscape. Contrary to popular assumptions, homesteading doesn’t have to be about roughing it, but can instead be about cultivating thriving human habitats that work well because they support biodiversity and ecosystem health. Through surveying an array of principles, analyses, and techniques from permaculture design and small-scale agro-ecology, we’ll explore the most important considerations for planning your holistic homestead or small farm. Participants will be exposed to a broad conceptual gallery of practical strategies and techniques, and will be guided in a design process that can be applied in whatever context they find themselves. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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January 9, 2016, Predator Hunting Seminar
R & L Archery will be hosting our annual predator hunting seminar on January 9, from 1 - 3 p.m. at R & L Archery. Featured speaker is noted predator hunter Erik Hammond from Richmond, VT. Erik, who is a member of the FoxPro professional hunting staff, successfully hunts predators year round. Seminar will cover gear and gear set-up, stand placement, use of calls, and techniques for getting predators to come in. Seminar is FREE, and open to the public, no reservation required. For more info contact us at rlarchery@aol.com , or 800-269-9151 R & L Archery Inc. - 70 Smith Street, Barre, VT 05641.

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January 9 - 11, 2016, WFR Recertification/Challenge
Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes 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 video taped simulations using mock victims. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 10 in St. Johnsbury, VT., Hunter Education Instructor Training Courses Offered
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering several New Instructor Training Courses for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education, or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The courses will take place January 10 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., February 21 in Berlin, Vt., and March 12 in Castleton, 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 training 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. Those planning to attend should sign up online at www.tinyurl.com/VTNIT2016  or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

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January 13 - 19, 2016, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification classes 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 video taped simulations using mock victims. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 16, 2016 Felt Hat Making
In this one day course students will make their own felted hat. Felt is amazingly warm both wet or dry, naturally water repellent, and durable. The felting process allows us to take carted and dyed wool and build hats with several different designs and patterns. This means you can choose to make several styles of hat, such as a fedora, a boonie, or a simple beanie style hat. You can also choose to design your colors based on purely style and aesthetics, or use it to craft a very effective camouflage pattern, something felt is incredibly well suited for creating. From what you learn in this course you can then go and create all manner of hats for yourself, your friends and family. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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January 15, 2016, CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT COURSES
Held at the upstairs conference room at the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show January 15th. There will be a Concealed Carry Permit Course at the Champlain Valley Exposition located at 105 Pearl Street, Essex VT 05452 during the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show in the Robert E Miller building. Entrance to the class/show is through the CVE main entrance on Pearl Street (Route 15). The one day course will be offered once only on Friday January 15, 2016. The successful completion of this class will provide the student with the training requirement certifications for a non-resident UTAH and non-resident FLORIDA CCW permits. ** see note below regarding Florida

Class size will be limited to 60 students. The Florida and Utah non-resident CCW permits are among the most widely respected by other states in the country. The course will run from 10 am to 6 pm with a one hour break for lunch.

The cost for the two courses is $110.00; class cost also includes your entry into the show for all 3 days. Make your check payable to: Patrick M Benner Sr. and mail your check to: Patrick M Benner, 3 Woodside Drive, So Burlington VT 05403; cash will also be accepted at the door. The instructor will be furnishing all material necessary for the class. Utah State is a class room only requirement, no range time or other materials are necessary. **see note below regarding Florida
Please contact Patrick at: maj.benner@comcast.net  or you can call 802-355-0245 to reserve your seat. Please enroll early as there is limited seating available. Also available upon request are: Massachusetts and Maine CCW permits at a later date. Please inquire about these any time at the same contact information. **Florida state CCW permit requires that you receive a small amount of range time. I will work with you on this if required. NOTE – if you are current or retired military, current or retired law enforcement or have had Hunter Education Safety training at any time, then the Florida range time is not necessary in your case.

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January 23-24, 2016 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. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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January 30-February 1, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training Course
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the backcountry, this is some seriously vital knowledge. The AIARE Level 1 course is a 3-day/24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to: Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain and give skills that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to locate and extricate a buried person(s). Contact us at adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  or 802-535-1498.

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January 30-31, 2016  - Origins
Tools are made to be used. Limits are made to be pushed. This is a nine month program devoted to studying, making, and using primitive weapons, tools, and technologies. The program will be focused on hunter gatherers of the Woodland Period in Vermont although not limited to that place or age because we do not have the same landscape to work with as they did. At the end of the program we will all put our tools to the test. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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February 4, Seminar on Ice Fishing for Pan Fish and Trout
R&L Archery in Barre, VT will be hosting a seminar on ice fishing for pan fish and trout in Vermont on Thursday, February 4, 6-8pm at R&L Archery. Our featured speaker will be local avid ice fisherman, and Clam Powerstick 2015 Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series Champion, Nathan Smead. We’ll spend an evening talking fishing tips through the ice, equipment, set-up, and probably a few fishing stories along the way. Our primary focus will be on fishing for pan fish and trout in Vermont. This is a FREE seminar. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641 802-479-9151 802-476-1377 (fax)  www.randlarchery.com

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Feb 14, 2016, AT & Tele Backcountry Skinning Clinic
9:00am - 4:00pm, Learn from the best instructors in the East, like, Wendy Bridgewater of the North American Telemark Organization. Learn trip planning and backcountry protocol, refine Skill & Techniques for BC Powder & Tree Skiing. Increase confidence on variable terrain and explore Climbing Techniques with wax & skins on your favorite gear. (Tele, AT, BC or Split Board). www.umiak.com/#!at--tele/c1sig.  Space is limited! Call (802)-253-2317 to reserve your place today! $99 per person.

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February 15-20, 2016 -  Winter Scout
Cutting temperatures, white out storms, and feet of snow blanketing the land requires a different animal to perform and operate where others cannot. If you can learn to adapt to the winter, you can use the difficulties to your advantage. In Winter Scout we will cover a wide range of topics such as: winter camouflage, tracking and counter tracking in snow, concealed snow shelters, winter scouting gear, team movement, winter trapping, ninjutsu with all those winter clothes on, and much more. We also engage with the challenges of objective planning, team coordination, and the fine art of keeping each other alive when the environment can kill you quickly. Expect challenging weather, situations, and team work, and be prepared to work hard and learn fast. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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February 21 in Berlin, VT., Hunter Education Instructor Training Courses Offered
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering several New Instructor Training Courses for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education, or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The courses will take place January 10 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., February 21 in Berlin, Vt., and March 12 in Castleton, 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 training 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. Those planning to attend should sign up online at www.tinyurl.com/VTNIT2016  or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

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Feb 21, Catamount Trail Association Backcountry Day
The Catamount Trail Association holds a series of clinics for alpine touring and telemark skiing. http://catamounttrail.org/

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February 27-March 1, 2016 - Bow Building
The bow has captivated peoples' hearts and minds from the misty depths of time to the present. The Self Bow Building class will bring the student from a seasoned stave to a finished, hunting weight long bow. Although mostly workshop, a series of several short lectures will be given to expand on subjects such as: wood selection and harvesting, bow design and performance, tillering, and instinctive shooting. The class will cover primitive bow building on a conceptual level as well as each step in the technical process from peeling back the bark to twisting your own strings. We will also discuss the bow in the context of survival skills. This class is a tremendous experience whether you are a hunter looking to hunt with your own handmade tackle or a lover of archery and its long history looking for a new bow to enjoy and shoot. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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March 2-4, 2016 - Fling Knapping
The first evidence of human beings using rock tools is between two and three million years ago. Over such a long time the process of tool making has advanced from simple sharp edges and choppers to an art form of complexity and beauty. The flint knapping class will begin by looking into how rocks break and which ones will provide the best tools. We will cover the two main methods of shaping in flint knapping, direct percussion and pressure flaking, and briefly look at indirect percussion. Tools and materials will be provided as we work on spalling, preforming, finishing and sharpening stone arrowheads and knives. Hand axes and large projectile points will also be demonstrated and taught. Flint knapping is a primitive skill that predates Homo sapiens, and has helped to develop our minds, cultures, and lives. Good materials and tools included as well as meals and a warm place to sleep.
Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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March 5, Reloading Workshop
Noon - 4pm at R&L Archery in Barre, VT will be hosting a workshop on reloading for metallic rifle and handgun cartridges on Saturday, March 5, 12-4pm at R&L Archery.  Our featured speaker will be Hornady Manufacturing representative Bob Litchfield. We’ll spend an afternoon covering all aspects of reloading. From the first time reloader to the expert, we’ll cover topics, hints and tricks to make your reloading experience more successful. This is a FREE seminar, and open to the public, no reservation required. For more info contact us at rlarchery@aol.com,  or 800-269-9151

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March 5-6, 2016 - Arrow Making
Native people often spent more time perfecting their arrows than their bows. In the act of hunting it is the arrow that delivers the killing blow, and its quality and precision are of the utmost importance. Thus, the process of building primitive arrows is an intricate art that is often overlooked. In this course we will cover shaft harvesting, preparation and straightening, pitch preparation, fletching and hafting. We will discuss the dynamics of arrow flight as it relates to spine weight and bow poundage, as well as different types of projectile points; such as stone, bone, antler, and hardwood. Students will leave with a fully primitive hunting quality arrow. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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March 12 in Castleton, Vt., Hunter Education Instructor Training Courses Offered
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering several New Instructor Training Courses for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education, or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The courses will take place January 10 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., February 21 in Berlin, Vt., and March 12 in Castleton, 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 training 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. Those planning to attend should sign up online at www.tinyurl.com/VTNIT2016  or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date

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April 2 & 3, Turkey Hunting Seminars
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 2 in Barre, the other on Sunday, April 3 in Hartland. "Experienced and first-time turkey hunters will benefit from these seminars,” said Hunter Education Training Coordinator John Pellegrini. “We still have openings for people who would like to attend. The training will cover safe hunting practices, special equipment, calls, site setup, and effective hunting strategies.” The seminars will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The April 2 seminar will be at the Barre Fish and Game Club on Gun Club Road in Barre. The April 3 Seminar will be at the Hartland Fire Department in Hartland. You may sign up by going to VT Hunter Education Seminars at: http://tinyurl.com/gr9csxh.  Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. If you have questions, please call John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909.

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April 9, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ENLIGHTENMENT (Your Camera and You)
9:00am - 1:00pm, Give Bryan Pfeiffer four hours and he’ll give you command of your digital camera. You’ll understand the dials, buttons and menus on your point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. With humor, exuberance, plain language, and vivid photo examples, Bryan gives you the tools to capture images of nature, family, pets, sports, artwork, sunsets, landscapes or any of your own digital aspirations. No longer will you set the camera to “AUTO” and hope for the best. No camera is off limits, no participant too inexperienced. So charge your camera battery and pack a lunch for this busy morning getting to know your camera and learning to take great photos. Fee: $35 (includes handouts) Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA, (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • www.birdsofvermont.org

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April 9-10, 2016, Wilderness First Responder Review
Petra Cliffs is proud to team up with Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program and SOLO to offer Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and for those who need to keep current, Wilderness First Responder review. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, 105 Briggs Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 USA. (802) 657-3872  info@petracliffs.com

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April 16 - 17, 2016, Wilderness First Aid and 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. The resident participant fee of $260 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant's fee of $200 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn's attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-aid/

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April 23-26, 2016 - Ancient Living Skills
The Ancient Living Skills course is built around the skills and material processes needed to thrive in long term survival or primitive living. Students will gain hands on experience with a wide array of materials and functional skills through a selection of projects such as: bone and antler knives, awls, and tools, advanced cordage, drop spindle and twined tump lines, raw hide and bentwood burden baskets, birch bark plaiting, pitch epoxy, soap stone carving and several smaller projects. This course presents a wide range of the primitive skills world.Through awareness, hard work, and ingenuity, we can provide for all of our needs with what the landscape offers first hand in our own region. The majority of materials will be local to Vermont.
Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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May 7, 2016 - Pelt Tanning
Furs and pelts are an amazing way to get your hands on the tanning process. The process of tanning small pelts is less intensive and more approachable then tanning a whole deer hide into buckskin. At the same time it introduces you to much of the principals, terminology, and processes of hide tanning. As well, you get to learn how to take raw pelts and turn them into beautiful furs to use in projects such as making hats, gloves, vests, hood liners, and pouches. In this course students will tan and take home rabbit pelt. We will cover the steps of skinning, fleshing, membraining, softening, and smoking. We will also talk about and show possible projects you can create using your new skill. Pelt tanning is also an important survival skill, and something every primitive culture that trap and hunted used to create a wide variety of clothing and containers. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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May 7-8, 2016 - The Art and Science of Soil Care; Creating and Maintaining Living Fertility
This class will survey the information, techniques, and tools for necessary for practicing a “beyond-organic” approach to gardening and farming—an approach that works with, rather than against, the wild organisms that constitute healthy soil. Participants will explore the basics of soil science and will receive hands-on exposure to a variety of regenerative soil-building practices, including a variety of compost and vermicompost techniques, biochar production, compost-tea application, and an array of alternative cultivation and planting techniques. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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May 7 - 8, 2016 - Human Tracking and Trailing
Despite the fantasies you may see in books and movies, the art of trailing is real, and you can learn it. It can be a powerful tool in your understanding of tracking humans or wild life. Just like any other skill it has its limitations, trails end or degrade to nothing...however, when the conditions are right, you can learn to trail people and game through the forests and fields without the aid of snow or mud.
In this course we learn to identify individuals and group sizes through their tracks, interpret gait for speed detection, and activity, as well as aging the sign. We will also look at how to approach and study rest areas and campsites, as well as learn to gain valuable information about the habits, gear, skill level, and health of the subject. We will then apply this understanding to trailing, the art of following a subject across the landscape. This will include how to follow sign through difficult terrain and substrates, team tracking in both hostile and non-hostile situations, track traps and cut tracking, and lost track drills. Expect direct lectures followed by application time in the field.  Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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May 14, Wildlife Photography Seminar
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department photographer Tom Rogers will give a workshop on wildlife and nature photography on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. at Elmore State Park in Elmore, Vermont. The event is co-hosted by the Vermont Woodlands Association. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the basics of proper exposure, depth of field, and use of camera equipment, followed by a field session in the state park. Vermont Fish & Wildlife bird biologist John Buck will also be on hand to help find wildlife and to provide a naturalist’s prospective. Rogers is a trained wildlife biologist and photographer, who has photographed in 29 countries. To sign up or for questions, contact Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Woodland Association at kmwanner@comcast.net  by May 10, 2016. The event is open to the first 20 registrants.

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May 14-15, 2016,  Wilderness Self Reliance
The Wilderness Self Reliance Weekend is a weekend course designed to cover the basic necessary knowledge one should have on even the most simple outing into the wild. Hunters, hikers, naturalists, travelers, or anyone doing anything in the back country, will find this course a helpful compliment to their own skills sets and knowledge. We will cover preparedness, survival mentality, emergency shelters, fire starting through several modern and primitive methods, water gathering and purification, navigation, weather prediction, basic survival food gathering, hunting and trapping, and more. The goal of the course is to provide a practical primer for students so that they will feel more confident and ready to deal with meeting their own needs in the case of emergency. This course is also a great way for people to get a sense of the skills our school covers and provide a basic foundation from which to take other courses. All skill levels welcome. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

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May 17-24, 2016, Wilderness First Responder
Petra Cliffs is proud to team up with Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program and SOLO to offer Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and for those who need to keep current, Wilderness First Responder review. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, 105 Briggs Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 USA. (802) 657-3872 info@petracliffs.com

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May 28 - 29, 2016, Wilderness First Aid and 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. The resident participant fee of $260 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant's fee of $200 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn's attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-aid/

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June 8, Moosalamoo Association Meeting
On behalf of the Moosalamoo Association (MA) we invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in a meeting/working session with us and other recreation-based and interested partners of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (MNRA) to be held on Wednesday June 8, 2016 4-6pm at Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT (Tel. 802-247-6735). Refreshments to be served. This will be an opportunity, particularly after this challenging winter, for all recreational organizations to discuss the current status and future of outdoor activities within the MNRA and how we can strengthen our collaboration to help realize the goal of making this area a world-class destination for visitors. Please RSVP by replying to vim@gmavt.net  with the name of who is attending. www.moosalamoo.org

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June 25-26, 2016, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
Vergennes: This special weekend hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, and the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association work with Museum staff to plan and present the event. 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

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September 21 & 22, 2016, 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation
"Ignite the Light" at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Imagine a picturesque view of the Vermont fall foliage reflecting off the sparkling waters of Lake Morey as you enjoy your morning coffee before embarking on a day full of interactive sessions and quality networking. VRPA and the Conference Committee would like to personally invite you to join us this year for the 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation. Plan now, put the dates in your calendar, Conference Brochure will be out in July.
Are you a commercial exhibitor? Do you offer programming? Does your business offer products for parks and recreation? If so, there is still time to reserve a booth for this year's exhibit hall. Register and pay before June 1, 2016 and save $50. http://www.vrpa.org/conferences.html

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November 19 - 20, 2016, Wilderness First Aid and 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. The resident participant fee of $260 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant's fee of $200 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using Mastercard, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn's attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/skills-training-certification/wilderness-first-aid/

 

 

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