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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/

Scheduled Events:

December 29, 2019, First Aid for Snow Travelers
9am - 5:30pm, First Aid for Snow Travelers – There’s nothing quite so exhilarating as swooshing across the snow! But what do you do when you can suddenly no longer swoosh? Cooler temperatures and the desire to travel light, combined with the potential for long falls or high-speed collisions, bring a whole host of potential injuries and ailments along with all the usual suspects. Gain or refresh the skills you need to prevent, recognize and treat medical emergencies and injuries common to skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. We’ll address risk management, patient assessment, recognition and handling of life threats, and treatment of environmental, musculoskeletal, and soft tissue injuries. Scenarios will be apropos to the environment, and we’ll spend time discussing the layering system and practicing hypowraps and other lifesaving cold weather tricks. The best gift for any snow lovers you love! Cost of $80 includes instruction, SOLO First Aid certification fee, and training materials. Need CPR certification? An optional CPR course immediately follows every First Aid for Snow Travelers course, for an additional $40. https://trainnek.com/first-aid-for-snow-travelers-december/

January 2 - 5, 2020, Level 1 - Avalanche Course
Hosted by Catamount Trail Association. Planning on skiing in the White Mountains, heading to the Chic Chocs, or making a trip out West? If you’re going to be spending any amount of time in avalanche terrain you really should make sure you have some basic skills. One of the best ways to start developing those skills is by taking an Avy Level 1 Course. On January 2-5 we have partnered up with Tyler Falk of East Coast Avalanche Education to offer an Avy Level 1 course in the Burlington area at a discounted rate for Catamount Trail Association Members. This course includes 24 hours of instruction with 60% of more of your time spent in the field. https://www.facebook.com/events/2410500582497073/

January 18th, 2020, Moving Up on Ice Workshop
New Hampshire, 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 Tocllaraju, or Alaskan objectives in the Ruth Gorge, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward! 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 technical climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over steep ice terrain, Advanced ice and mixed climbing 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. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops/

January 25th-26th, 2020, Origins Program
We begin meeting once a month for nine months. Over 30 class days of training, with supported naturalist and skills based homework, culminating with a week long immersive stone age living trip. Origins is a nine month program devoted to studying, making, and using the tools needed to meet your basic needs. Our focus is not the short term survival scenario, but a long term relationship of living with the land. We meet once a month for classes varying for a weekend to a week, from January to October.
This course applies to the farmer, the hunter, the adventurer, and the naturalist. It is a study in meeting your material needs with your own two hands utilizing materials gleaned from the landscape, be it a basket for storing or harvesting food or a shelter roofed and insulated with natural thatch. We accelerate students gradually through the process of learning to craft and create, complimented by a study path focused on our living landscape. https://rootsvt.com/adults/origins

February 01, 2020, Tricky Tracks: A Family Tracking Program
9:30am - 11:30am, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, Vermont, Winter is a wonderful time to learn about the comings and goings of our furry and feathered neighbors. We’ll discover how animals move through the snow. Then we’ll head outdoors at the Green Mountain Audubon Center to search for and make our own tracks. All ages welcome! Audubon Member: $12 per kid/adult pair, Non-Member : $14 per kid/adult pair, Additional person (adult or child): $4 https://sevendaystickets.com/events/tricky-tracks-a-family-tracking-program-2-1-2020/

FEB 1, 2020, Tracking the Wild
From bobcats to hawks, all animals leave sign of their activities. Join Dave Muska as he introduces you to the fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better understand the stories animals leave behind. In this class, you’ll be introduced to basic tracking skills and concepts such as clear print identification, track patterns, as well as techniques to develop your skill in tracking. This is a great class for photographers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to deepen their outdoor experience. https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/events/

February 8, 2020, Adult EarthSkills Workshops: Tracking the Wild, Session 1
Come learn the foundations of tracking as we set out together exploring the land. Learn more about local species of fox, deer, fisher, coyote, turkey and more. Learn how they move through different gaits and track patterns, and what they are doing this time of year. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way in discovering the magic and wonder of the wild within and all around us. www.EarthWalkVermont.org 

February 15th, 2020, Moving Up on Ice Workshop
Vermont, 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 Tocllaraju, or Alaskan objectives in the Ruth Gorge, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward! 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 technical climbing, Vertical cramponing fundamentals, Ice tool technique, Movement over steep ice terrain, Advanced ice and mixed climbing 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. https://www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops/

February 15, 2020, Adult EarthSkills Workshop: Tracking the Wild, Session 2
Come explore the science and art of tracking. With our collective knowledge, we can set out together on the land following tracks and sign the animals leave behind. Who is this? Where are they traveling? Why are they here on this ridge and not over there? Where is this wild animal now? Tracking is science, ecology, imagination, discovery, mystery and fun! We can form deeper bonds with our wild neighbors, and learn how we can live more harmoniously on this earth. Fee: $35. Please register on our website, www.EarthWalkVermont.org

February 18, 2020, Audubon Winter Wildlife and Wilderness Skills
Join an Audubon Vermont teacher naturalist for outdoor learning at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center twice this February! Learn about wildlife from 10:00am-12:00pm and/or wilderness skills from 2:00-4:00pm. Both program are free and you can do one or both. This is a family program, perfect for children and their adults to learn together. The same programs are offered both days. https://www.craftsbury.com/events/audubon-naturalist-event1

FEB 22, 2020, Winter Wild Edibles
For those willing to get a little frosty, there is no need to pack up your foraging baskets during the cold winter months. Bundle up and join teacher naturalist Ken Benton as we learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of wild foods from the surrounding landscape. We’ll bake with spruce, fir, and pine needles and sip on a warm mug of chaga chai or refreshing birch beer as we try our hand at making ice cream from snow. North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/events/

February 28, Audubon Winter Wildlife and Wilderness Skills
Join an Audubon Vermont teacher naturalist for outdoor learning at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center twice this February! Learn about wildlife from 10:00am-12:00pm and/or wilderness skills from 2:00-4:00pm. Both program are free and you can do one or both. This is a family program, perfect for children and their adults to learn together. The same programs are offered both days. https://www.craftsbury.com/events/audubon-naturalist-event1

MAR 7, 2020, Intermediate Wildlife Tracking
Intermediate Wildlife Tracking March 9 | 9 am - 3 pm $45 | Ages 16+ Join NBNC naturalist and wildlife tracker Dave Muska for a full day of tracking and trailing wildlife, aimed at participants already holding some basic knowledge of track and sign identification. We'll start in the classroom to review the tracks, gaits, habitats, and signs of species we might encounter on the late winter landscape. North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/events/

March 21-22, SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR
9a-6p, Peacham, $200 ($240 with CPR certification) *NOTE: This course also serves to recertify SOLO WFRs. https://trainnek.com/solo-wilderness-first-aid-wfa-and-solo-wfr-recert/

May 23-24, 2020, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 23-24, 2020, ACA Canoe Instructor
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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

April 4 and 5, SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR
9a-6p, Northfield, VT (hosted by Onion River Outdoors), $200 ($240 with CPR certification) *NOTE: This course also serves to recertify SOLO WFRs. https://trainnek.com/solo-wilderness-first-aid-with-train-nek-and-onion-river-outdoors/

April 14, 2020, Basic Chainsaw Use & Safety for Beginners
The Lands of the Watershed Center (4783 Plank Rd., Bristol, VT) HOW MUCH: $200. This course is designed to introduce the safe handling of the chainsaw, and to boost the confidence level of anyone who has very little or no experience with a chainsaw. Being confident with using a chainsaw in the woods or on the firewood pile can be achieved with this internationally recognized program. While this training has shown to increase the efficiency, production and safety of working with a chainsaw, it does not eliminate all hazards. http://familyforests.org/basic-chainsaw-safety-training-for-beginners/

April 20 and 21, SOLO Wilderness First Responder Refresher
9a-6p, Peacham, $200 ($240 with CPR certification) *NOTE: This course WILL serve to recertify WFRs trained by all organizations having SOLO reciprocity. https://trainnek.com/solo-wfr-refresher-through-train-nek/

Game of Logging Chainsaw Training, Spring 2020
Level 1: April 16, 2020 (Thursday)
Level 2: April 23, 2020 (Thursday)
Level 3: April 30, 2020 (Thursday)
Back by popular demand, our Game of Logging chainsaw training courses—taught by the outstanding instructors at Northeast Woodland Training—will make you safer and more efficient in the woods. Learn precision felling, effective bucking of fallen trees, and much more. We're offering Levels 1-3 this spring. If you're not quite ready for felling a tree, consider taking our Basic Chainsaw Use & Safety course. The Lands of the Watershed Center, 4783 Plank Rd., Bristol, VT 05443  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/vff-game-of-logging-chainsaw-training-17827904839

May 9, SOLO First Aid and CPR for Active Women: Mother's Day Edition
9a-6p, Peacham, Resulting in SOLO First Aid certification, this course covers the same topics as regular SOLO First Aid (risk management, patient assessment, recognition and handling of life threats, and treatment of environmental, musculoskeletal, and soft tissue injuries) while addressing additional issues such as menstruation, relieving yourself, and prevention and treatment of urinary tract and yeast infections on outdoor trips. $120 https://trainnek.com/solo-first-aid-for-women/

May 11 and 12, SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR
9a-6p, Peacham, $200 ($240 with CPR certification) *NOTE: This course will also serve to recertify SOLO WFRs. https://trainnek.com/solo-wilderness-first-aid-wfa-and-solo-wfr-recert/

May 15-25, 2020, 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 16 and 17, SOLO Wilderness First Responder Refresher
9a-6p, Peacham, $200 ($240 with CPR certification) *NOTE: This course WILL serve to recertify WFRs trained by all organizations having SOLO reciprocity. https://trainnek.com/solo-wfr-refresher-through-train-nek/

June 2 and 3, SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR
9a-6p, St. Johnsbury, $200 ($240 with CPR certification) This course is for high school students who identify as female. https://trainnek.com/solo-wilderness-first-aid-wfa-and-solo-wfr-recert/

June 10 -14, 2020, Mountain Leadership School
AMC Highland Center, NH. Mountain Leadership School is AMC's most comprehensive outdoor leadership development program. Individuals take advantage of MLS to learn to safely and confidently enjoy their wilderness… https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/mountain-leadership-school

June 10 – 14, 2020, Mountain Leadership School: Women's Specific
AMC Highland Center, NH. Mountain Leadership School is AMC's most comprehensive outdoor leadership development program. Individuals take advantage of MLS to learn to safely and confidently enjoy their wilderness experience with minimal impact on the backcountry. The course is applicable to those who hike solo, with friends or intend to lead groups. Originally conceived to teach personal outdoor leadership in the face of recurring demands for mountain rescue services placed on the National Forestry Service, MLS is now in its 62nd year! https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/mountain-leadership-school

Jun 10 – 14, 2020, Advanced Mountain Leadership School
AMC Highland Center, NH. Mountain Leadership School is AMC's most comprehensive outdoor leadership development program. Individuals take advantage of MLS to learn to safely and confidently enjoy their wilderness experience with minimal impact on the backcountry. The course is applicable to those who hike solo, with friends or intend to lead groups. Originally conceived to teach personal outdoor leadership in the face of recurring demands for mountain rescue services placed on the National Forestry Service, MLS is now in its 62nd year!  https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/mountain-leadership-school

 

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