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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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Scheduled Events:

 

January 3 - 5, 2015, Wilderness First Responder Recertification/Challenge
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. http://www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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January 7 - 13, 2015, Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Medicine: Wilderness First Responder Certification. We offer 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 9-11, 2015, AIARE Level 1 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: Provide a basic understanding of avalanches, Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain, Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers.”, Give lessons and exercises 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). http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/avalanchecourse/

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January 10, Backcountry Skiing I
This one-day course teaches you the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. We will introduce you to the art of skinning and proper track setting, descent selection and land navigation, and lay the groundwork for establishing a strong backcountry decision-making framework. This course will give you the tools to feed the need to and avoid the resort crowds and pricey lift tickets. Prerequisites: Intermediate resort skiing ability; should be capable of managing all blue square runs at the resort, in a variety of un-groomed conditions. Must be comfortable skiing in trees. Cost: $165 + tax
 http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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January 11, Backcountry Skiing II
This full day in the mountains is the perfect follow-up to our Backcountry Skiing I or anyone with touring experience. We’ll tackle more complex ascents and descents while fine-tuning your skills. We practice group management and proper terrain selection, all while maximizing our time skiing. We’ll focus more on hazard awareness, land navigation and most important improve your off piste skiing ability. Prerequisites: advanced-intermediate skiing or boarding skills and some backcountry experience. Cost: $165 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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January 10, 2015, Welcome-to-Ice Workshop
Jan 11 with Stowe Parks&Recreation, Whether you're totally new to climbing and looking to explore the intriguing idea of climbing water or you're a seasoned rock climber looking to extend the climbing season and possibilities, our Welcome to Ice Workshops will help move you forward and upward confidently. During this day-long workshop we'll cover the following topics and techniques: Ice climbing tools and terminology, Belaying/Communication sequences in climbing, Basic knots for climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over ice terrain, Advanced ice techniques. 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. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/welcometoiceworkshop/

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January 17-18, 2015, Denali Skills Workshop Weekend
Though not quite the 20,320' height of Denali/Mt. McKinley, the mountains of the Northeast have been a training ground for successful Alaskan expeditions since the time of Bradford Washburn's first ascent of Denali's West Buttress. During this two-day workshop we'll both review the fundamentals essentials to summit success and introduce more advanced techniques that you'll apply on your Denali climb, including: Ascending/descending cramponing techniques on steep and variable terrain, Team arrest technique for roped travel, Self-arrest techniques for the variety of falling scenarios that can occur, Rope management during roped-team travel, Alpine-specific anchoring and belay techniques, Fixed line ascending and travel using intermediary anchors, Building snow anchors, Crevasse rescue techniques, The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. If you're planning an expedition to Denali or any of the other Great Ranges in the next year or so, this is the workshop you need in order to be prepared for the challenges ahead. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/denaliskillsweekend/

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January 24 - 25, 2015, 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. Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033 www.rootsvt.com/adults/courses

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January 25, The Telemark Turn
At Pico Mountain, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills.  http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/   

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January 31 - February 1, 2015, Winter Survival
This is an introductory weekend to the winter in Vermont. We do not expect you to be a survival expert, winter living is challenging, that is why we are running this course. With several feet of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, and scarce food, survival in the winter can be tremendously demanding. This course will serve as a thorough introduction to some the primitive skills needed such as: winter shelter building, winter hunting and trapping, survival snow shoes, winter fire making techniques, bark foods, and much more. This course will offer wisdom into the forested landscape in winter and all of the resources still available from it. The winter months are profound teachers of efficiency and effectiveness, bringing home the reality of survival skills in Vermont's environment. www.rootsvt.com/adults/winter-survival

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Jan 31-Feb 1, 2015, First Aid & Herbal Care for Self, Family, and Community
(9am-5pm) in Calais, Vermont. Do you feel capable, knowledgeable, and empowered to medically care for your family & friends in times of need? In this comprehensive 16-hour Village Medic training you will learn to confidently assess and address injuries and illnesses from minor cuts & scrapes to major accidents and acute symptoms. In this training you will learn to make a splint from improvised materials, prevent infection in an open wound, recognize when to seek advanced medical care, and build an herbal first aid kit you can use to treat common conditions. This weekend training involves lots of hands-on practice and will give you the tools to take action when your community needs you most and other help isn’t easily accessible. $195  www.mountainsongexpeditions.com

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February 1, Introduction To Overland Touring
Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring, Location: Bolton Valley. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 1, The Telemark Turn
At Bolton Valley, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/ 

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February 7, 2015, Welcome-to-Ice Workshop
Feb 8 with Stowe Parks&Recreation, Whether you're totally new to climbing and looking to explore the intriguing idea of climbing water or you're a seasoned rock climber looking to extend the climbing season and possibilities, our Welcome to Ice Workshops will help move you forward and upward confidently. During this day-long workshop we'll cover the following topics and techniques: Ice climbing tools and terminology, Belaying/Communication sequences in climbing, Basic knots for climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over ice terrain, Advanced ice techniques. 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. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/welcometoiceworkshop/

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February 7- 8, 2015, Origins
One thousand years ago the people of Vermont lived with the land in a way we cannot begin to understand, unless we live it. 9,000-11,000 years ago Paleo people came to Vermont and 100 generations later, the people lived on in health and prosperity. 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. The program will begin with an introduction weekend Febuary 7-8th, where students will reintegrate with the basic understandings and skills that are covered throughout the course, lay out the rest of the program and help students to personalize their course of study. Materials, skills, and resources will be introduced and then we will get to work, starting projects to be continued throughout the course. www.rootsvt.com/adults/origins

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February 8, Introduction to Mountain Touring
Location: Bolton Valley, Equipment: Alpine Touring, Heavy Duty Telemark, Splitboard. This track is intended for expert level skiers and riders who are new to exploring the backcountry. Maybe you just purchased your first set of AT equipment or splitboard and are looking for some guidance on using it and playing safely and responsibly in the woods. This course will take the form of an instructional tour and will cover layering strategies, what it means to be prepared, navigation, efficient touring and uphill techniques, etc… We will NOT be teaching downhill ski and snowboard technique. If you are considering registering for this course you should be comfortable navigating black diamond level gladed terrain at a resort. At end of the course you will be more comfortable using your equipment and making the transition from ski-to-hike, or hike-to-ski. You will also be more prepared to safely spend a full day in the backcountry. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February, 15, Introduction To Overland Touring
Equipment: Lightweight Backcountry Touring, Location: Bolton Valley. This introductory course is aimed at the new skier looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail or other similar trails using lightweight nordic touring equipment. The course will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, evaluation and feedback. Likely participants might never have been on skis before, but will probably have some skiing experience and are now interested in getting off the beaten path. This class will take place near the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and will spend most of it’s time on the surrounding groomed trails. We will cover different equipment types, layering strategies, moving forward efficiently, stopping/speed control, turning, and basic uphill technique. The goal of this course is to introduce and reinforce the basic skills required to participate on an easy tour over gently rolling terrain. Once comfortable with the skills presented during this course, you will be ready for the Intermediate Overland Touring Course. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 15, The Telemark Turn
At Bolton Valley, Equipment: Heavier Duty Telemark Equipment, Plastic Boots, Leashes. This course is for skiers looking to tackle more challenging terrain, or those who want to spice up tours by being able to take better advantage of skiable downhill areas. This course will take place on easy, lift-accessed, downhill terrain at a resort (discounted of free lift access available) and will emphasize skill demonstration, practice, and technique evaluation. This is an introductory level class for the beginning and intermediate telemark skiers looking to develop and refine their skills. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 21, Backcountry Skiing I
This one-day course teaches you the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. We will introduce you to the art of skinning and proper track setting, descent selection and land navigation, and lay the groundwork for establishing a strong backcountry decision-making framework. This course will give you the tools to feed the need to and avoid the resort crowds and pricey lift tickets. Prerequisites: Intermediate resort skiing ability; should be capable of managing all blue square runs at the resort, in a variety of un-groomed conditions. Must be comfortable skiing in trees. Cost: $165 + tax
 http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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February 21, Backcountry Skiing II
This full day in the mountains is the perfect follow-up to our Backcountry Skiing I or anyone with touring experience. We’ll tackle more complex ascents and descents while fine-tuning your skills. We practice group management and proper terrain selection, all while maximizing our time skiing. We’ll focus more on hazard awareness, land navigation and most important improve your off piste skiing ability. Prerequisites: advanced-intermediate skiing or boarding skills and some backcountry experience. Cost: $165 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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February 22, Introduction to Mountain Touring
Location: Bolton Valley, Equipment: Alpine Touring, Heavy Duty Telemark, Splitboard. This track is intended for expert level skiers and riders who are new to exploring the backcountry. Maybe you just purchased your first set of AT equipment or splitboard and are looking for some guidance on using it and playing safely and responsibly in the woods. This course will take the form of an instructional tour and will cover layering strategies, what it means to be prepared, navigation, efficient touring and uphill techniques, etc… We will NOT be teaching downhill ski and snowboard technique. If you are considering registering for this course you should be comfortable navigating black diamond level gladed terrain at a resort. At end of the course you will be more comfortable using your equipment and making the transition from ski-to-hike, or hike-to-ski. You will also be more prepared to safely spend a full day in the backcountry. http://catamounttrail.org/events/get-out-backcountry-ski-series/

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February 28 - March 8, Bows, Arrows, and Flint Knapping
Join us for Bow Building, Flint Knapping, and Arrow Making. Spend nine days out at Roots and leave with a full set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for nine days straight. With such ample time we will be able to cover a wide range of topics associated with primitive bow hunting such as shooting, scouting, preparing for the hunt, history of the skills, and much more. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information. www.rootsvt.com/adults/bows-arrows-and-flint-knapping

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March 7-8, 2015 Two-Day Ski Mountaineering Clinic, Mt. Washington NH
Highlighted in Skiing Magazine as one of the best clinics to learn steep skiing techniques! This two-day course is for expert skiers who wish to explore terrain steeper than the black diamond trails at the resort and take their skills to the wilds of the backcountry. This course utilizes the world-famous Mount Washington’s Gulf of Slides and Tuckerman Ravine to amplify what you are capable of accomplishing on skis. Join us as we refine your terrain selection and teach you the techniques to mitigate steep terrain. Over the two days we help find your limit and then show you how to push beyond. Learn form our guides experience about their risk assessment, define hazards and work through their decision making process. Prerequisites: Advanced skiing or riding skills, AIARE level I recommended but not required. Cost: $335 + tax. http://www.petracliffs.com/mountaineering/winter-programs/backcountry-ski-mountaineering/

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March 28, 2015, Denali Skills Sharpener
Though not quite the 20,320' height of Denali/Mt. McKinley, the mountains of the Northeast have been a training ground for successful Alaskan expeditions since the time of Bradford Washburn's first ascent of Denali's West Buttress. During this one day workshop, mountaineers with prior experience who now have their sites set on Denali will hone the techniques that they'll apply on their Denali climb, including: Rope management during roped-team travel, Alpine-specific anchoring and belay techniques, Fixed line ascending and travel using intermediary anchors, Building snow anchors, Crevasse rescue techniques. The small-group, customized nature of this workshop will also allow time for participants to direct the learning toward other skills of interest. If you're planning an expedition to Denali or any of the other Great Ranges in the next year or so, this is the workshop you need in order to be prepared for the challenges ahead. http://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/denaliskillssharpener/

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March 28, Let’s Go Fishing 2015 Instructor Training Opportunities
If you love to fish and want to pass on the angling tradition to young people and their families, consider becoming a Vermont "Let’s Go Fishing" Volunteer Instructor. Instructors in the "Let’s Go Fishing" Program organize and volunteer at fishing clinics in their communities to teach young people and their families about water ecology while instilling the life-long skill of fishing. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Lake Champlain International are offering instructor training for volunteers on Saturday, March 28 at the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton and on Saturday, April 11 at the Fish & Wildlife regional office in Essex Junction. Participants will learn what it takes to teach a clinic about fishing techniques, ethics, aquatic ecology and management, the importance of habitat conservation, and tackle craft. Classes are informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. Teachers of all grade levels are especially invited to learn how to use "Let’s Go Fishing" in their curriculum from elementary through high school. Instruction, curriculum materials, assistance, and lunch will be provided at no charge. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. The workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending the training and becoming an instructor, please register on-line at www.mychamplain.net/letsgofishing,  or by email through letsgofishing@mychamplain.net

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April 11,  Let’s Go Fishing 2015 Instructor Training Opportunities
If you love to fish and want to pass on the angling tradition to young people and their families, consider becoming a Vermont "Let’s Go Fishing" Volunteer Instructor. Instructors in the "Let’s Go Fishing" Program organize and volunteer at fishing clinics in their communities to teach young people and their families about water ecology while instilling the life-long skill of fishing. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Lake Champlain International are offering instructor training for volunteers on Saturday, March 28 at the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton and on Saturday, April 11 at the Fish & Wildlife regional office in Essex Junction. Participants will learn what it takes to teach a clinic about fishing techniques, ethics, aquatic ecology and management, the importance of habitat conservation, and tackle craft. Classes are informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. Teachers of all grade levels are especially invited to learn how to use "Let’s Go Fishing" in their curriculum from elementary through high school. Instruction, curriculum materials, assistance, and lunch will be provided at no charge. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. The workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending the training and becoming an instructor, please register on-line at www.mychamplain.net/letsgofishing,  or by email through letsgofishing@mychamplain.net

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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

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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.

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April 11-12, Wilderness First Aid / CPR
Originally called Backcountry Medicine, this is a two-day introductory course for care of injuries in the wilder-
ness. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders, this course includes lectures and practical simulation. This course is two days long (16 hours). Cost: $260 (meals, lodging, course materials), $200 commuter (lunch, course materials). Optional: American Heart Association CPR (Heartsaver) $45. For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org  www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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April 11- 14, 2015, Ancient Living Skills
The Ancient Living Skills course is built around the skills needed to thrive in long term survival or primitive living. Students will gain hands on experience with a wide array of materials and processes through a selection of projects such as: bone and antler knives, awls, and tools, advanced cordage, drop spindle and twined tump lines, limb assisted pecking and grinding, raw hide and bentwood burden baskets, birch bark plaiting, pitch epoxy 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. www.rootsvt.com/adults/ancient-living-skills 

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April 11-18, 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: $925 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $740 commuter (lunch, course materials). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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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.

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May 2 - 3, 2015, Human Tracking
In the modern world we expect technology to replace basic human skills, but the cost and support systems required for technologies that can find a person in the wild is often far out of reach. Dogs have incredible ability to trail, but only on fresh scents they are lead to by handlers. Enter the simple training of an aware human being. Weather for search and rescue, pursuit of fugitives, or a combat setting, human tracking has been developed and applied right alongside wildlife tracking throughout history and into contemporary times with great effectiveness. 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. www.rootsvt.com/adults/human-tracking

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May 15 - 17, Woodland Owner Cooperator Training
Designed for woodland owners who want to learn how a healthy forest can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and timber benefits. This intensive 3-day wildlife and forest management training workshop offers classroom and field studies geared at woodland owners. Make connections with other landowners, learn from experts in the forest and wildlife community and learn how to share this acquired knowledge with others. The spring training is May 15-17 in East Charleston, VT at Northwoods Stewardship Center. For more information or to register contact: Lisa Sausville, Vermont Coverts, PO Box 81, Middlebury, VT 05753; 802-877-2777; lisa@vtcoverts.org  You can also visit our website www.vtcoverts.org  to see a sample agenda. Class size is limited to 20 participants so don’t delay.

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May 16-17, Wilderness First Responder Review (Recertification)
This two-day review is designed to recertify WFR’s. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has
reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be recertified through SOLO provid- ing their certification is current at the time of the course. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be pro- vided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. Cost: $290 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $240 commuter (lunch, course materials). CPR Re-cert $45. For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org  www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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May 16 - 19, 2015, Celts, Adzes, Axes, and Chisels
Felling a tree, shaping a bow, digging out a canoe, and building long term shelter were all common practices to stone age people. Before metal axes and saws, primitive people had highly developed and effective stone celts, chisels, adzes, and axes. Through the process of chipping, pecking, and grinding, functional and beautiful tools were created by people throughout the world and throughout time. This process is work intensive, and requires patience and focus, yet the result is a tool fully primitively crafted, and ready to be put to work. Students in this course will have the choice to create one tool, but through that process learn how to create whatever size and type of pecked and ground stone tool they need. www.rootsvt.com/adults/celts-adzes-axes-and-chisels

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May 18-25, 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: $925 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $740 commuter (lunch, course materials). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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May 30-31, Wilderness First Aid / CPR
Originally called Backcountry Medicine, this is a two-day introductory course for care of injuries in the wilder-
ness. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders, this course includes lectures and practical simulation. This course is two days long (16 hours). Cost: $260 (meals, lodging, course materials), $200 commuter (lunch, course materials). Optional: American Heart Association CPR (Heartsaver) $45. For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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May 30-June 1, ACA Canoe Instructor Certifications
American Canoe Instructor Certificate program to become an ACA Tandem Canoe Instructor. Level 1: Introduction to Canoeing, Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing, and Level 3: River Canoeing . Canoes, PFDs, paddles and safety equipment provided. Paddlers must demonstrate basic boat control and instructor skills. Level 1, 2, and 3 ~ Cost (3 day training): $475 (meals, lodging) ; $380 commuter (lunch) Level 1, and 2 ~ Cost (2 day training): $390 (meals, lodging); $310 commuter (lunch). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org    www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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June 5-7, ACA Canoe Instructor Certifications
American Canoe Instructor Certificate program to become an ACA Tandem Canoe Instructor. Level 1: Introduc-
tion to Canoeing, Level 2: Essentials of River Canoeing, and Level 3: River Canoeing . Canoes, PFDs, paddles and safety equipment provided. Paddlers must demonstrate basic boat control and instructor skills. Level 1, 2, and 3 ~ Cost (3 day training): $475 (meals, lodging) ; $380 commuter (lunch) Level 1, and 2 ~ Cost (2 day training): $390 (meals, lodging); $310 commuter (lunch). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org  www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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June 6 - 7, 2015, Wilderness Self Reliance-Spring
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. www.rootsvt.com/adults/wilderness-self-reliance-spring

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June 20 - 21, 2015, Tracking and Awareness
Arguably the oldest human science, tracking elevates human cerebral abilities to their limits. So much more than simply answering questions, tracking is an entirely new way of looking at the world. Tracking asks us to push our awareness, ask penetrating questions with our senses, and always keep an open mind. It applies on the city street and the deepest forest. The class will cover the basics of tracking such as clear print identification, gait studies and interpretation, sign tracking, cluster tracking and much more. We will spend time looking at compression tracks and trailing in order to learn to track in different substrates. As well as tracking we will discuss the importance of awareness and learn techniques of how to open our senses to the world around us and observe a greater depth in the world around us. Often presented as an ethereal far off goal we will look beyond to the science and simple practices that will build a functionally more powerful awareness. In order to move through the forest unseen we will also cover basic natural camouflage and stalking techniques. www.rootsvt.com/adults/tracking-and-awareness

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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.

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November 21-22, Wilderness First Aid / CPR
Originally called Backcountry Medicine, this is a two-day introductory course for care of injuries in the wilder-
ness. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders, this course includes lectures and practical simulation. This course is two days long (16 hours). Cost: $260 (meals, lodging, course materials), $200 commuter (lunch, course materials). Optional: American Heart Association CPR (Heartsaver) $45. For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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November 21-22, Wilderness First Responder Review (Recertification)
This two-day review is designed to recertify WFR’s. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has
reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be recertified through SOLO provid- ing their certification is current at the time of the course. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be pro- vided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. Cost: $290 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $240 commuter (lunch, course materials). CPR Re-cert $45. For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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December 12, EMT WILD Day
A day to recertify the wilderness component for a current WEMT. 8 hrs National Registry CEU’s. $150 (lunch, course materials). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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December 12-16, Wilderness EMT Module
Designed for currently certified Emergency Medical Technicians. Wilderness Modules are certified by the or-
ganizations providing the training. Meeting the guidelines established by the Wilderness Medical Society, SOLO’s Wilderness Module has been approved by the National Registry of EMT’s for 40 hours of National Registry CEU’s. Cost: $615 (meals, lodging, course materials), $500 commuter (lunch, course materials). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center

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December 14-21, 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: $925 (meals, lodging, course, materials), $740 commuter (lunch, course materials). For more information or to register contact: Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT, 05045 P.(802)333-3405 ~ E-mail: registrar@alohafoundation.org   www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center
 

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