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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 5-7, Homestead Planning and Permaculture Design
This course will introduce permaculture design through exploring how to plan and implement an efficient, abundant, and ecologically sound homestead. Participants will survey a diversity of principles, strategies, and techniques to help them design or retrofit a high-performance homestead or small-farm to be not only productive and beautiful, but also integrated with the wild landscape. Roots School, Bradford, VT. https://rootsvt.com/adult/homestead-planning-permaculture-design

January 6, 2018, Winter Tree Identification - Working Woodlands Workshop
The leaves have fallen, and identifying the trees in your backyard can be challenging. Join us for this two-hour workshop to learn how to identify common Vermont trees and shrubs during the winter months, focusing on their twig, bud, needle, and bark characteristics. Jon Bouton, who has more than 40 years of experience helping landowners see the forest and the trees, will lead an indoor discussion followed by a trek through the park to gain hands-on learning experience. Bring a bagged lunch and join us for an open lunch discussion after the workshop from 12:00 - 1:00pm; hot cocoa and coffee provided! Free; Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. www.nps.gov/mabi/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=853F9056-155D-451F-67FB33462FB8AA82

January 6-8, 2018, WFR 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. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-483 www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 8-9, 2018, Lake Champlain Research Conference
Focusing on the past, present, and particularly the future of the Lake, the conference will include interdisciplinary sessions on climate change, cyanobacteria, native fish restoration, contaminants and toxins, stormwater management technology, cultural and heritage resources, flood resilience, education and outreach, and more. The conference will bring together Lake and watershed stakeholders, including researchers, management practitioners, and the public, to learn the state of research on Lake Champlain and will provide an opportunity for discussion, networking, and potential collaboration. The conference will be multi-jurisdictional, featuring representation and research from New York, Vermont, Québec, and beyond. Online registration will be available until 5 PM on Friday, January 5th. Registration costs $25 for most participants; student registration is free, thanks to the Lake Champlain Research Consortium, and student registrants will be asked to show a student ID at conference check-in. www.lcbp.org/water-environment/data-monitoring/lake-champlain-research-conference

January 10-16, 2018, Wilderness First Responder
As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-7483. www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 16 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Lake Carmi
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

January 20-21, 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. Roots School, Bradford, VT. https://rootsvt.com/adults/winter-tracking-intensive

Jan 21, Moving Up On Ice Workshop
Ice climbing is an excellent goal in and of itself and it also allows you to take your range of mountain skills to a new level! Integrating ice climbing skills into your climbing kit opens up a host of interesting alpine objectives both in the Northeast and beyond. Whether you've had your eye on a technical ascent of Mt. Washington's Huntington Ravine, considered Mount Baker's North Ridge in the North Cascades, or been tantalized by Peruvian gems like Alpamayo, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward! Offered in Vermont and a strong value at $135/per climber. www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops

February 1 -- 10:00 a.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Shelburne Pond
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 3 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Chittenden Reservoir
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 8 -- 2:00 p.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Lake Bomoseen
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 8, 2018, A Wildlife Program for the Whole Family: “The Martens Come Back to Vermont”
With Chris Bernier and The Nature Museum. 7 PM, NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. Large, rounded ears, a sleek body with silky fur, and a bushy tail: could you identify a pine marten in the wild? The Nature Museum invites you to “The Martens Come Back to Vermont” with Chris Bernier, VT wildlife biologist, on Thursday, February 8, at 7 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. The American pine marten is a carnivorous, slender-bodied weasel which is rarely spotted in the wild. By the early 1900s, the species was deemed extinct in Vermont- but there have been recent sightings across the state. Tickets: $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call 802-843-2111.

February 10, 2018, “The Art and Science of Animal Tracking”: An Interactive Workshop on Snowshoes
9 AM Saturday, Presented by The Nature Museum and Chris Bernier, VT Wildlife Biologist. Andover, VT. Join The Nature Museum and VT Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier, a wildlife expert with over 25 years of experience, for this intensive animal tracking workshop on a remote private property in Andover, VT. The group will trek through the snowy landscape, discussing habitat types, animal tracking tips and tricks, forest management, and land conservation. Ages 13+, experienced hikers preferred, snowshoes and winter gear required. Tickets are $25 until February 1 and $30 after. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call (802) 843-2111.

Feb 10 - 11, 2018, Winter Survival
Sat, 02/10/2018 - 9:00am to Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:00pm. Age: 18 and up. This class is overnight and includes food and camping. 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 excited to be running this course! With several feet of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, and scarce food, survival in the winter can be demanding. This course will serve as a thorough introduction to some of the 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 a winter environment such as Vermont. https://rootsvt.com/adults/winter-survival

February 15 -- 4:00 p.m. Introduction to Smelting at Waterbury Reservoir
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 17, Winter Wild Edible Workshop
Sat 10 AM · North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. For those willing to get a little frosty, 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 an assortment of wild winter teas as we cook a wild harvested winter stew over an open fire. www.facebook.com/events/166474140626128

Feb 17, Felt Hat Making
10:00am to 4:00pm. Age: 16 an up. This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. In this one day course students will make thier 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 aestetics, 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. https://rootsvt.com/adults/felt-hat-making

Feb 24 -March 1, Bow and Arrow Making
Age: 18 and up. This class is overnight and includes food and camping. Join us for Bow Building and Arrow Making. These courses can be taken separately or together. Spend 6 days out at Roots and leave with a set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for 6 days straight. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information. https://rootsvt.com/adults/bows-arrows-and-flint-knapping

March 2-4, 2018 - Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, open fire cooking, firearms safety and target practice, traditional winter camping, survival, tracking, orienteering, dog sledding, snowshoeing, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $390. Gift certificates and day fees are also available. Details coming soon.   www.outdoorswoman.org/winter-doe-camp.htm

Archery Lessons Available
R&L Archery‘s pro-staff is always available to provide tips and help solve problems for archers of all ages and abilities. R&L can also help beginning and intermediate shooters to start out right with some dedicated time to learn and practice on our 20-yard indoor lanes under the guidance of our Certified Archery Instructors. — Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm — Sundays 2:00-3:00pm — Other times by appointment. $25 per person per session, includes equipment (compounds, recurves, and longbows available) R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641. rlarchery@aol.com  www.rlarchery.com

March 10 - 11, 2018, Survival Weekend for Women
Monkton, VT. - Classes will be taught by Instructor Jessie Krebs, a former U.S. Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Training Instructor from the old school days when instructors were simply called “Survival Instructors”. In addition to being the Founder & Head Instructor of SERE Training School's SERE-oriented survival training programs for both civilians and outdoor professionals, Jessie is highly sought-after as a technical consultant and on-screen survival expert for a number of international survival shows including Science Channel's Hacking The Wild, Fox's Kicking & Screaming, and National Geographic's Mygrations where Jessie became one of only a handful of modern human beings ever to complete a primitive crossing of hundreds of miles of Tanzanian Serengeti on foot.

Choose your classes, Minimum deposit is $50. Send in a deposit now to reserve your spot.

  • March 10, 9 am to 1 pm -- Survive and Thrive

    What are the basic needs of a person in a survival situation, and what are the most essential skills they should know? Come find out and learn them to ensure you and your loved ones make it out of an ‘excursion gone wrong’ safely. Not only will you learn and get a solid understanding of what to do when things go wrong in the back-country, we’ll also have a lot of fun. In this class we’ll cover things like knife sharpening, essential knots, making shelter, finding water, and making solid survival kits for every occasion. Bring a knife to sharpen if possible and any gear you have questions about or would like to practice with. Max # 10

    March 10, 2 pm to 6 pm -- Get Knotted: Knots for Life and Survival

    If you’d like to look like a wizard when a piece of rope finds its way into your hands, then this is the class for you. Come ready to learn a wide assortment of knots, hitches, and lashings for a variety of purposes. We’ll be practicing all kinds of skills that require knots: lashing poles to trees, moving safely up and down a climbing rope, making a tripod/quad-pod, building shelters, etc.… Knots are awesome and powerful tools to add to a repertoire of solid survival skills. Max # 10

    March 11, 9 am to 1 pm -- Advanced Navigation

    So you’ve got it, you can take and follow a bearing. You know how to read contour lines and are getting better at reading the landscape via your map. Now let’s take you up a notch, let’s get out there and practice the skills-then add a few more. We’ll practice triangulation to figure out exactly where you are, movement techniques so if you find yourself off trail you can stay safe, and a variety of natural ways to find direction and get from point A to B. Please have a good handle on the basics of map and compass use before taking this class to get the most out of it. Max # 10

    March 11, 2 pm to 6 pm --The Craft of Fire

    Come dive into the world of fire! We’ll explore things like: how different woods burn and why; how to find dry wood in various weather; what natural and man-made tinder is available and ways to ignite them; the stages of fire; the uses of fire; different fire lays for various purposes; and so much more. Max # 10

    All women's classes taught by Instructor Jessie Krebs in Monkton, VT, https://seretraining.us  18 years and up, $50 per class. Contact gray@voga.org for more information or to sign up. Send in a deposit now to reserve your spot.

March 17-18, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

April 7 - 8, Turkey Hunting Seminars
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 7 at the Barre Fish and Game Club and the other on Sunday, April 8 at the Hartland Fire Department. Both seminars will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A shotgun patterning clinic will be held at the Barre seminar. Participants should bring their own shotgun and ammunition and keep them in their vehicles until instructed to bring them to the range. If you do not have your own firearm, shotguns and ammunition will be provided. Eye and ear protection will be available. Online registration is required at this link: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/vermont/133-vermont-fish-and-wildlife-seminars  Participants coming to just the patterning portion of the seminar do not need to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, please call John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

April 15, VT Fish & Wildlife to Host Turkey Hunting Seminar in Brattleboro Area
GILFORD, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free Turkey Hunting Seminar in Guildford, Vermont on April 15, 2018. This seminar is in addition to the two turkey hunting seminars being held on April 7 at Barre Fish and Game Club and April 8 at the Hartland Fire Department. The seminar will be held at Sportsman’s Inc. Fish and Game Club, 2081 Creamery Road in Guilford from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Certified Hunter Education Instructor Robert Etzweiler will be the instructor for this event, with members of Sportsman’s Inc. assisting. Participants can sign up at www.vtfishandwildlife.com . Participants are also welcome to attend just the shooting portion of the seminar without registering. For questions, contact John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

April 21-22, Intermediate Kayaking: 2-Day Class III Kayak Clinic
Learn the skills that will take your kayaking to an intermediate level on our two-day Class III clinic on the Deerfield River. Find out how to break class III whitewater down into smaller, less intimidating sections and practice planning and executing moves more consistently as you paddle the rapids of Zoar Gap. This clinic focuses on improving your precision kayaking and is appropriate for advanced beginner (class II) and intermediate kayakers. Participants need to be able to cross challenging eddylines confidently and should have started practising the kayak roll. www.kayaklesson.com/class3_kayak_advanced.htm

April 29, HOW TO USE YOUR CAMERA FOR BIRDS with BRYAN PFEIFFER
9:00am – 2:00pm. Learn specific techniques for your camera and improve your bird photography! Bryan begins with the fundamentals of light, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Then we move to the challenges of motion and depth of field. From there we work on metering and other essentials for getting the most accurate or creative shot in any situation. We practice macro photography so that you can capture shots of small things in nature (or indoors). and we'll shoot together in "scenarios" to help with birds and other wildlife, landscapes, portraits, and odd lighting. This is Bryan's signature workshop for folks who want extraordinary photos from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras. Please sign up for this workshop by calling or emailing the Birds of Vermont Museum (802) 434-2167 / museum@birdsofvermont.org  Limit: 10. $75 / discounted to $65 for Museum Members 

May 12-14, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

May 26-27, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 26 - 27, 2018, 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. The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 26-28, 2018, 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.
Level 1, 2, and 3 ~ Cost (3 day training): $485 (meals, lodging); $390 commuter (lunch)
Level 1, and 2 ~ Cost (2 day training): $400 (meals, lodging); $320 commuter (lunch)
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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

June 4 - 8, 2018, ACA Level 3/4 River Kayak/Whitewater ICW
Hosted by Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center. American Canoe Association Level 3/4 Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW)/Update This is a combined training/assessment; the first four days of the course candidates will focus on session planning, teaching/instructing processes, risk assessment/mitigation, decision making, personal development, rescue, leadership, session management and meeting the needs of different learners in both the Level 3 and Level 4 venue. The final two days students will be assessed delivering sessions in both the Level 3 and Level 4 venue to skills appropriate practice students. As a combined training and assessment it is required that candidates possess an appropriate level skills course, assessment course or provide evidence of equivalent skills. Candidates must also possess current first aid and CPR credentials as per ACA Policy to become a certified instructor. https://www.facebook.com/events/234551727094009/

June 15 - 16, 2018, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course
Cost: $180 (includes Friday lunch & Saturday breakfast & lunch), $50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. If you are seeking a WFR re-certification, an additional $15 is required. SOLO training is different from more traditional emergency medical and first aid training in that the emphasis is on how the body works; what happens to it when it has been injured or is ill; and the basic principles behind treatment. By truly understanding basic physiology, the principles of emergency response, long-term patient care, and equipment improvisation, you will be more prepared to deal with non-textbook problems. www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/wilderness-first-aid-wfa-course/

July 7, 2018, Wilderness Survival Basic
One Day This a hands on and informative day to get your feet wet and check out Roots while coming away with practical real world skills & knowledge that saves lives. In this course we will introduce wilderness survival mindset, basic navigation, and emergency shelter, water, fire, and food. https://rootsvt.com/adult/wilderness-survival-basic-one-day

July 14 - 15, Vermont Paddlers Club – Class II Whitewater Clinic
This two day clinic will build upon the strokes and concepts learned in the Novice Clinic. This clinic is also suitable for anyone with at least two days of whitewater instruction. You should be able to demonstrate (at a minimum): wet exits, good balance, basic strokes, paddling in a straight line, controlled turns, self rescue, ferry, peelouts, and eddy turns. You do not need to be proficient in these skills, but you should be comfortable enough to put them to use in Class 2 water. http://www.vtpaddlers.net/index.php?id=77

July 14, Bike-Burger-Brew Pump Track & Skills MTB Clinic
3:30 PM, Hosted by Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, The 2018 Bike-Burger-Brew Clinic Series is designed for people looking for way to build confidence and learn new skills while enjoying the sport of mountain biking. Clinics last for 1 ½ hours and are followed by a burger and beer to enjoy at the outdoor center after the ride. The cost is $40 per person. During the second clinic of the series, we will transfer our skills to our redesigned pump track & skills park! The skills practiced on the pump track will help bridge the gap between riding through skill stations and negotiating single track. You will also have the opportunity to practice your technique on our progressive jump line, rock wall and short sections of single track found throughout the park and the skill stations too! https://www.facebook.com/events/937136019799962/

July 15, Wildlife Tracking with Mike Kessler
1:00 – 3:00pm. Expert tracker and longtime UVM instructor, Mike Kessler, will guide us in the ancient art of tracking, learning as much about ourselves as the animals and landscape around us. Explore the Museum's diverse habitats while learning to discover and be a part of the inexhaustible stories of our neighboring wildlife. Third Sundays, May – October Ages 6+ recommended, great for individuals and leaders. Included with Museum admission (free for members) and donations are welcome. http://birdsofvermont.org/events

July 15-20, Vermont Wildlife Course for Educators
The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury. Now in its 33rd year, “Wildlife Management and Outdoor Education Techniques for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff through Castleton University. Tuition is $650 for the course. Books, food and overnight facilities are included. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. A course description, schedule of activities, and registration information are available by emailing: Alison.Thomas@Vermont.Gov . Buck Lake Conservation Camp is located east of Route 14, north of Woodbury Village.

July 21, 2018, 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. https://rootsvt.com/adults/pelt-tanning

July 22 - 28, Core Skills
This is a week long course introducing students to our school’s main elements, primitive survival skills, tracking, and awareness. https://rootsvt.com/adults/core-skills

July 27 - 29, Edible and Medicinal Gardens.
This class will introduce a different approach to food production that explores the possibility of growing food and medicine in accordance with the patterns and inclinations of the landscape, rather than against them. Participants will learn the fundamentals of forest ecology and explore the strategy and practice of designing food systems that mimic the intelligence and biodiversity of woodlands. Instructed by Chris Grataski https://rootsvt.com/adult/edible-medicinal-forest-gardens

August 11 - 12, Mounted Archery Beginner/Advanced Beginner Clinic
Taught by co-teachers Marcy Baer & Murphy Robinson, certified archery instructors. Marcy has over 25 years’ experience in working with horses and in coaching their humans, emphasizing a positive, fun, and supportive learning environment for all levels. Murphy is friendly & approachable & is a huntress & teacher of back woods skills. In this clinic participants will work in small groups with lots of individual attention. Beginners will learn bow handling safety and how to effectively shoot a horsebow. We will spend time with horses accustoming them to the sights, sounds a feel of an archer shooting from their back. More experienced students will enhance their skills - upping speed, accuracy & shooting multiple arrows on the move. Participants will practice skills on the ground, then from horseback. Contact Marcy at bryhyl@together.net  for more info

August 24-26, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

September 7-9, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course
The American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and Exam is considered the standard from rock leadership in single pitch environments. The SPI course is designed for strong recreational climbers with proficiency in top-rope climbing and moderate trad leading. The course is structured to train people looking to facilitate outdoor climbing programs for youth groups, camps, guide services, schools, universities, and climbing gyms. Those who successfully complete the AMGA SPI Course and Exam have a significantly higher rate of success in finding employment in the outdoor climbing field. www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/singlepitchinstructorcourse/

September 8 - 9, 2018, Willoughby State Forest Equine First Aid Clinic BBQ & Trail Ride
Equine First Aid Clinic – Saturday, Sept. 8th from 1- 5 pm, Missisquoi Valley Arabian Equestrian Center, Veterinarians, Joe Wagner, Tyler McGill and Emily Comstock provide hands on practice of key skills for common trail and barn incidents. Clinic is free to VHC members $40 for non-members. BBQ Saturday Evening at Missisquoi Stables $15 includes a great meal and homemade pies! September 9, 2018, Willoughby State Forest Trail Ride
Caravan from Missisquoi Stables or meet 9:30am at the designated parking area, TBA. Free for VHC members $50 for non-members. This ride will tour the beautiful and moderate trails at Willoughby. Registration is required. Visit www.vthorsecouncil.org  to register. https://www.facebook.com/events/2112437859027769/

September 15, Instructor Training Course Offered for Hunter, Bow Hunter, Trapper Ed.
8:00 a.m. at the Deerfield Valley Fish & Game Club in Whitingham, Vermont. 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. Policies and procedures, field techniques and teaching methods will be covered to give instructors the tools to teach future hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Those planning to attend should sign up online at http://tinyurl.com/NIT2018 or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

December 15-16, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 22, 2018, EMT Wild Day
A one-day course to re-certify the wilderness component for a current EMT. Eight hours National Registry CEUs. Cost: $160 (includes meals, and training materials) To register online, please fill out the Skills Certification Registration form.
Or, print a Skills Certification Registration Form and mail with payment to: The Aloha Foundation, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045. 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 22-23, 2018, 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. The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, 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 MC, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

 

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