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Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

 

 

Vermont State Parks
2014 Calendar of Events

All events are FREE with paid park entry unless otherwise noted

 

Fort Dummer Summer and
Molly Stark Dark
Beer Release



Available Now

 

Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery

Vermont State Parks and Whetstone Station have teamed up to create two new beers named for Fort Dummer and Molly Stark State Parks! The beers, Fort Dummer Summer and Molly Stark Dark, are both brewed with water sourced directly from the parks.

Try a pint of Fort Dummer Summer or Molly Stark Dark available now at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro.

Art In The Park, Nature Games & Become A
Vermont State
Park Jr. Ranger


Ongoing -
September 28, 2014

Nature Center Fridays between 4 and 6pm, Saturdays 5-6pm and also Sundays 9 – 10am through September 28th.

Elmore State Park Story Walks

Ongoing - End of Season

All day
A StoryWalk is a fun, outdoor activity that places a children’s book on individual signs along a trail. Enjoy the story as you engage in a healthy walk in the park.

This weekend, take part in a story walk for the books, Out in the Meadow or Sheep Take a Hike!
The Magic of
Bird Migration


September 19, 2014

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meet 34 different kinds of migratory birds, find out where they overwinter, how they get there and why they go. Featuring singing plush bird dolls and an interactive playing field. Meet at the Nature Center.
Morning
Aquadventure
Paddle


September 20, 2014

10:00am-11:30pm

Explore Waterbury Reservoir in search of wildlife and spectacular Vermont views. See how the “CC Boys” built Waterbury Dam by hand and saved the lower Winooski Valley. *Registration is required. Space in park boats is limited to fist come, first served.

Meet at 9:30am at the Contact Station to get life vests & paddles. Program starts at 10am sharp at A-side Camper’s Beach

Quechee Gorge History Hikes

September 20, 2014

10:00am
Come join us as we explore the beauty and changing season of Quechee Gorge! A guided History hike through Quechee Gorge will leave from the visitor center at 10:00am. The hike will last approximately 1½ hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Learn the history of Quechee and the Gorge. Learn about the flood of 2011 and the woolen mill that was once here. Watch the changing foliage and explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.”
Mushrooms Demystified

September 20, 2014

1:30pm

 

Little River
State Park

Some will kill you, others are $18/lb, all of them are needed to create the forest. Discover the wide variety of fabulous and fearsome fungi in Little River State Park. 

Meet at Nature Center, 60 – 90 minutes;
option for longer foraging walk.

The Magic of
Bird Migration



September 20, 2014


4:00pm-5:00pm

 

Little River
State Park

Meet 34 different kinds of migratory birds, find out where they overwinter, how they get there and why they go.  Featuring singing plush bird dolls and an interactive playing field. Meet at the Nature Center.
Making Tracks, Seeings Skins,
and Skulls



September 20, 2014


5:00pm - 5:45pm

 

Little River State Park

Meet your furbearing friends of Little River featuring the VT Fish & Wildlife Dept’s furbearer kit . Make & paint plaster-of-paris track casts to take home.

Meet at the Nature Center.
We Went Looking
Story Walk



September 20 & 21, 2014


8:00am-6:00pm
A StoryWalk is a fun, outdoor activity that places a children’s book on individual signs along the easy half-mile Allen Trail. Enjoy the story as you engage in a healthy walk in the park.

On September 20 and 21, come to the park between 8:00am-6:00pm to take part in the We Went Looking Story Walk!

The event is free with paid park admission:
$3 for ages 14+, $2 for ages 4-13, free for ages and under; free for Green Mountain Passport and Vermont State Parks pass holders. (Contact us for special school group rates and information.)
Owl Prowl and Ghost Hike


September 20, 2014


6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Little River State Park

Become crepuscular! Search for creatures of the dusk and visit 19th Century settlement ruins. New routes & stories available for returnees. *Flashlights Required. Vermont ghost stories provided.

Meet at the History Hike Lot. *Sturdy footwear is a must!*

War of the Weeds


September 21, 2014


10:00am

 

 

Identify and destroy invasive exotic plants. Since 2010, Jr. Rangers doing their service project and volunteers have remove 75% of the campground’s Eurasian honeysuckle shrubs.  Help us finish this Little River beautification project! 

Meet at Nature Center. Closed-toed shoes recommended.

Looking for a rewarding teambuilding project for your employees or students? We are seeking school and other volunteer groups to perform invasive exotic plant removal! Call 802-244-7103 to arrange, multiple state parks available by appointment.

Sunday Afternoon Foliage Hikes

September 21, 2014

2:00pm

Interpretive tours along portions of Little River’s 28-mile trail system with photos & true stories of historical settlement sites.

On September 21, take part in a hike along Woodward Hill

*
Check in at Contact Station prior to start time.

Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


September 22, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

Part of the summer-long Story Walk Series at the park.
Rockin the Little River 2: Tour of
Waterbury Dam


September 21, 2014


11:30am-12:30pm

 

 

Guided walk with awesome mountain views along the crest of Vermont’s largest hand-built earthen dam. How the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin.

Meet at top of Waterbury Dam (Little River Rd.)

Making Tracks, Seeings Skins,
and Skulls



September 26, 2014


5:00pm - 5:45pm

 

Little River
State Park

Meet your furbearing friends of Little River featuring the VT Fish & Wildlife Dept’s furbearer kit . Make & paint plaster-of-paris track casts to take home.

Meet at the Nature Center.
The Magic of
Bird Migration



September 26, 2014


6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meet 34 different kinds of migratory birds, find out where they overwinter, how they get there and why they go. Featuring singing plush bird dolls and an interactive playing field. Meet at the Nature Center.
Owl Prowl and
Ghost Hike


September 26, 2014


6:30pm
Become crepuscular! Search for creatures of the dusk and visit 19th Century settlement ruins. New routes & stories available for returnees. *Flashlights Required. Vermont ghost stories provided.

Meet at the History Hike Lot. *Sturdy footwear is a must!*
Morning
Aquadventure
Paddle


September 27, 2014

10:00am-11:30pm

Explore Waterbury Reservoir in search of wildlife and spectacular Vermont views. See how the “CC Boys” built Waterbury Dam by hand and saved the lower Winooski Valley. *Registration is required. Space in park boats is limited to fist come, first served.

Meet at 9:30am at the Contact Station to get life vests & paddles. Program starts at 10am sharp at A-side Camper’s Beach

Let's Get Outside Exploring Hikes


September 27, 2014


10:00am-12:00pm

 


Quechee
State Park

Come and join us as we explore nature in Quechee Gorge! We are going to put on our Explorer packs and hike down into the Gorge. With magnifying glasses and bug boxes, paper, pencils and crayons we are going to explore and record what we find on our travels and see, listen, and smell the wonderful world of Quechee Gorge and its inhabitants, from the smallest bug to the biggest tree. This exploratory hike will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. We will leave from the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center at 10 AM.

Bring water and snacks, wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to dig, delve, splash, and explore. Bring a lunch and enjoy one of our picnic areas or grab something from one of the local stores, restaurants, or snack bar. 
Mushrooms Demystified


September 27, 2014


1:30pm

 

Little River
State Park

Some will kill you, others are $18/lb, all of them are needed to create the forest. Discover the wide variety of fabulous and fearsome fungi in Little River State Park. 

Meet at Nature Center, 60 – 90 minutes;
option for longer foraging walk.

The Magic of
Bird Migration



September 27, 2014


4:00pm-5:00pm

 

Little River
State Park

Meet 34 different kinds of migratory birds, find out where they overwinter, how they get there and why they go.  Featuring singing plush bird dolls and an interactive playing field. Meet at the Nature Center.

White Water Release

September 27 & 28, 2014

 

Jamaica
State Park

Jamaica State Park is the center of activity for the West River whitewater event each September as the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from its Ball Mountain Dam. The controlled water releases produce ideal rafting, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities on the West River in southern Vermont.

Click HERE for more information.

Sheep Take a Hike
Story Walk



September 27 & 28, 2014


8:00am-6:00pm
A StoryWalk is a fun, outdoor activity that places a children’s book on individual signs along the easy half-mile Allen Trail. Enjoy the story as you engage in a healthy walk in the park.

On September 27 and 28, come to the park between 8:00am-6:00pm to take part in the Sheep Take a Hike Story Walk!

The event is free with paid park admission:
$3 for ages 14+, $2 for ages 4-13, free for ages and under; free for Green Mountain Passport and Vermont State Parks pass holders. (Contact us for special school group rates and information.)
War of the Weeds


September 28, 2014


10:00am

 

 

Identify and destroy invasive exotic plants. Since 2010, Jr. Rangers doing their service project and volunteers have remove 75% of the campground’s Eurasian honeysuckle shrubs.  Help us finish this Little River beautification project! 

Meet at Nature Center. Closed-toed shoes recommended.

Looking for a rewarding teambuilding project for your employees or students? We are seeking school and other volunteer groups to perform invasive exotic plant removal! Call 802-244-7103 to arrange, multiple state parks available by appointment.

Rockin the Little River 2: Tour of
Waterbury Dam


September 28, 2014


11:30am-12:30pm

 

 

Guided walk with awesome mountain views along the crest of Vermont’s largest hand-built earthen dam. How the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin.

Meet at top of Waterbury Dam (Little River Rd.)

Writing from
the Point



September 28, 2014


1:00pm - 5:30pm

Join us on Sunday, September 28 for a chance to slow down, find metaphors and meaning in the outdoors, establish a strong sense of place in our prose, and relax by the water.

Facilitated by Park Naturalist, Will George, who has published nature essays in a handful of literary journals, produced natyre writing contests, and taught creative writing worksops to students of all ages.

Cost: Free with $3 admission to Button Bay
State Park
.

To register or seek more information, call: 802-475-2377
Sunday Afternoon Foliage Hikes

September 28, 2014

2:00pm

Interpretive tours along portions of Little River’s 28-mile trail system with photos & true stories of historical settlement sites.

On September 28, take part in Settlement Discover Hike, pt. 2: Dalley Loop to Patterson to Kelty Trails 

*
Check in at Contact Station prior to start time.

Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


September 29, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

Part of the summer-long Story Walk Series at the park.

Sjogren's Rockin' 5K Trail Run/Walk


October 4, 2014

 

 

Trail run or walk a beautiful 5K in the park to benefit the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. Run or walk and make a difference! Runner awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age/gender group.

Registration opens at 7:30am, step-off at 9:00am. Register in advance at: http://tinyurl.com/Rockin5k and save $5.00.

For more information about Sjogren's Syndrome, visit:www.sjogrens.org.

Quechee Gorge History Hikes

October 4, 2014

10:00am
Come join us as we explore the beauty and changing season of Quechee Gorge! A guided History hike through Quechee Gorge will leave from the visitor center at 10:00am. The hike will last approximately 1½ hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Learn the history of Quechee and the Gorge. Learn about the flood of 2011 and the woolen mill that was once here. Watch the changing foliage and explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.”
Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


October 6, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

Part of the summer-long Story Walk Series at the park.
Moonlight
in Vermont
Full Moon Hike




October 8, 2014



6:00pm - 8:00pm


Everything changes in the park after dark! Watch the moon rise behind the Green Mountains over lake Champlain from Cedar Point. Listen for owls and explore Niquette Bay State Park on a guided 2-mile hike over moderate terrain in a magical mix of shadows and moonlight.

Optional items to bring: insect repellant, headlamp or flashlight (recommended), a small seat cushion, beverages and/or snacks. We’ll meet at the trailhead in the park to start this hike.

Space is limited, please call the park to RSVP at 802.893.5210 or stop in at the park office to reserve space! This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event.

Hike subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Please leave pets at home for this event.

Haunted Campground Festival

October 11, 2014

Activities include:

  • Campsite decoration Judging at 1pm
    Costume Parade at 2:00pm
  • Games at about 2:30
  • Trick or treating at 6:00pm for anyone who wants trick or treaters. Otherwise, trick-or-treaters are welcome at the office and the two host sites.

Haunted Trail

October 18, 2014

Welcome to Wonderland and the crazy world of the Mad Hatter. As you all know Alice went back home with promises to return, but Hatter has lost hope and without his friend is slowly sinking deeper into madness. When Alice learned of this she returned to Wonderland, but was captured by the Bloody Red Queen! The Bloody Red Queen has hidden Alice in the Forest of Gloom and Doom. In his search for Alice, Hatter is becoming madder and madder and Madder and Wonderland is running amock!

Storytellers on a Mission

November 1, 2014

7:30pm

 

Flynn Center for Performing Arts

Nationally renowned storytellers from Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, The Moth, This American Life and more tell hilarious tales to raise money for Vermont Parks Forever, the foundation for the Vermont State Parks. Featuring Tom Bodett and Roy Blount, Jr with special guests. Sponsored by Foard Panel & Farnum Cellulose Insulators. Not suitable for children.

   


Are you a performer or enjoy teaching others about something cool?
If so, contact us at jenny.montagne@state.vt.us

 



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