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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, and Become A Vermont State Park Jr. Ranger

Wed. – Sat. between 5 and 6:30pm and Sun between
9 – 10am.



Little River State Park

Meet at the Nature Center.
Weather” Or Not, You’ll Get There From Here

Wed–Sat July 30- Aug 30, 5:30pm at the Nature Center; and Sun from
12:30 – 2pm at the Contact Station through 8/31



 




Little River State Park

All you need to know to plan your hike, bike, paddle or auto tour around the heart of Vermont including up-to-the-minute weathercast.
Wednesday Night Live! Music & Guest Speaker Series


August 27, 2014


7:00pm
Burr Morse’s Eight Generations of Vermont Sugarin’. Meet at the Nature Center.
Sunset Paddle Tour on Ricker Pond


August 27, 2014


7:00pm

Join the forest interpreter for a leisurely paddle on Ricker Pond to view local wildlife and imagine the pond as it once was. We will meet at the boat launch.This program is free, but canoes/kayaks are limited. You must register in advance at (802) 584-3821or stop in at the Ricker Pond contact station.

Please note that there is a day-use fee if you are not camping in the forest.

Mushrooms Demystified


August 28, 2014


11:00am
Some will kill you, others are $18/lb, all of them are needed to make the forest green. Discover the wide variety of fabulous and fearsome fungi in Little River State Park. Meet at the Nature Center; 60-90 minutes, option for longer forager walk.

Please call beforehand to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.
Mountain Man!


August 28, 2014


11:00am

Special guest Ed O’Leary will be visiting Groton Forest to show us authentic artifacts and tell true stories about the estimated 1,000 trappers who traveled from the new American states to roam theAmerican West from 1820 to 1830, the heyday of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.

Stevenson Brookwalkers
(Water Striders 2)



August 28, 2014


1:30pm-3:00pm

 

Little River State Park

Don watershoes, grab a critter net & cool off on a guided stream hike in the heat of the afternoon. Meet at the Stevenson Brook Trail.

90 minutes but option for extension.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water snacks/lunch.
Nature Woodcraft


August 28, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Sunset Aquadventure Paddle


August 28, 2014


7:00pm

 


Little River State Park

Explore Waterbury Reservoir, say hello to the beavers and loons with spectacular Vermont views. See how the “CC Boys” built Waterbury Dam by hand and saved the lower Winooski Valley. *Registration required, space in park boats limited to 1st come/1st serve.

Meets at 6:30pm at Contact Station
to get life vests & paddles.  Program starts 7pm sharp at A-side Camper’s Beach, 1.5hrs.

Be Nice to Snakes


August 29, 2014


10:30am

Bring your little ones (ages 3-8) to relax with a book reading and a craft. We will be learning about snakes - how their bodies work, what they eat, how they help us, and how we should treat them. Please attend this hour-long program with your children.

Rockin’ The Little River 1: Tour of CCC Camp Smith


August 29, 2014


11:00am

Journey into the recent past and view what’s left of where 2,500 “CC Boys” lived during the mid-1930s. Get a preview of the upcoming self-guided interpretive trail.

Meet At Waterbury Dam Granite Monument.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.

Become a
Junior Ranger


August 29, 2014


11:00am-12:00pm

Find out what it takes to become an official Junior Ranger and do a short service project to help the park. Meet in the day-use area. Ages 4 and up.

Children must be an accompanied by an adult.

 

Water Striders 1


August 29, 2014


1:30pm

 

Little River State Park

Grab a net and find some of the amazing creatures living along Stevenson Brook. Option for short stream walk afterward.

Meet at Nature Trail; wear water shoes.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.

Nature Corner


August 29, 2014


2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Woodford
State Park

The nature corner is open with reference materials and all kinds of interesting things. Check out our field packs before you hit the trails! Meet at the Nature Tent. All ages.

Children must be an accompanied by an adult.

Nature Woodcraft


August 29, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
The Magic of
Bird Migration



August 29, 2014


7:00pm
How songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waddlers find their way thousands of miles back and forth each year. Interactive; featuring 25 species of Audubon Bird Dolls.

Meet at the B-Side Playground.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.
Historical Program


August 29, 2014


7:00pm

Historical program about The Civil War and the Fenian Brotherhood, presented by Liam McKone, author of Vermont's Irish Rebel.

Family Movie Night

August 29, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.
Burton Island Nature Center Programs


August 30, 2014


Beginning at 9:00am
  • 9:00: Story and a Craft. Meet at the Bistro tent. This week's story: "Toy Boat"
  • 10-12: Face Painting, *meets under the Bistro tent*
  • 11-12: Nature Center Open- check out the teeth in the pike skull
  • 7:00: Sunset Canoe and Kayak Tour. Reserve a boat at the ranger station and meet there, too.

All programs are free, and meet at the Nature Center- except when noted otherwise. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Wee Bairns Highland Games


August 30, 2014


9:00am

Join us for the 2nd annual Wee Bairns Highland games. Join us as we pay tribute to the heritage of the area with our own mini Highland games as young people ages 16 and under compete for prizes. Adults may join in the fun, but there are no prizes for those over the age of 16. Events will include the Caber Toss, Putting the Stone, and other traditional Highland Game Events. Registration Begins at 9:00am and Opening Ceremonies will start at 10:00am. Bring your Clan to cheer you on, wearing a kilt is highly encouraged (if you do not have one we will help you out)!

Anusara Yoga


August 30, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Art in the Woods


August 30, 2014


10:00am-11:00am

 

Woodford
State Park

You bring the creativity, and we'll provide the supplies. Your imagination is the limit. Make something colorful to decorate your campsite. Meet at the nature tent. All ages.

Children must be an accompanied by an adult.

Wild Edibles Walk


August 30, 2014


10:30am

Take a taste on the wild side! Join the forest interpreter for a 1 mile hike through the forest, where we will be exploring the offerings of wild edible foods -- roots, leaves, fruits, and mushrooms -- and learning to ID and use them.

Mushrooms Demystified


August 30, 2014


11:00am
Some will kill you, others are $18/lb, all of them are needed to make the forest green. Discover the wide variety of fabulous and fearsome fungi in Little River State Park. Meet at the Nature Center; 60-90 minutes, option for longer forager walk.

Please call beforehand to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.
Scavenger Hunt and Junior Ranger
Open House



August 30, 2014


12:00pm-4:00pm

 

 

Come over to the Nature Center with the family for a fun habitat scavenger hunt, or bring the kids to finish their junior ranger books (available at your campground’s contact station) and complete their service project. The scavenger hunt counts as a nature program towards the junior ranger badge, too!

Jewelry Making


August 30, 2014


1:00pm

Come make your own jewelry; friendship bracelets, survival bracelets, and necklaces here at Waterbury Center State Park.

Stevenson Brookwalkers
(Water Striders 2)



August 30, 2014


1:30pm-3:00pm

 

Little River State Park

Don watershoes, grab a critter net & cool off on a guided stream hike in the heat of the afternoon. Meet at the Stevenson Brook Trail.

90 minutes but option for extension.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water snacks/lunch.
Nature Woodcraft


August 30, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Roving Interpreter


August 30, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm

 

Woodford
State Park

Jen, the nature interpreter, is loose in the park! She will be coming to you. Look for her near your campsite and at the beach. All ages.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Making Tracks, Seeing Skins and Skulls


August 30, 2014


4:00pm

 

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.

Please call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.

Saturday Night Music

August 30, 2014


7:00pm

Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
Owl Prowl and Night Ghost Hike


August 30, 2014


7:00pm-9:00pm
Become crepuscular! Search for creatures of the dusk and visit 19th century settlement ruins. New routes and stories available for returnees.

*Flashlights and sturdy footwear required. Meet at History Hike lot.

Please call beforehand to confirm program at 802-244-7103.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 30, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.
Burton Island Nature Center Programs


August 31, 2014


Beginning at 9:00am
  • 9-11: Fish-ology! Catch, then observe fish in an aquarium, *meets near ferry dock* kids
  • under 15 do not need a fishing license
  • 11-12: Nature Center Open. Look over the artifacts from the island's farming past
  • 1-2: Paint-a-Rock!
  • 2:00: Let's go Birding! Nate has binoculars and field guides to borrow.

All programs are free, and meet at the Nature Center- except when noted otherwise. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Anusara Yoga


August 31, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
The War of the Weeds


August 31, 2014


10:00am

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

Meet at the Nature Center.

Closed-toed shoes recommended. Call ahead to confirm program at 802-244-7103 and bring water and snacks/lunch.

Farewell Summer, Hello Fall


August 31, 2014


10:00am-12:00pm

Discover more about the animals that live in the park and how they prepare for the approaching season. There will be cool stuff to touch! Meet at the Nature Tent. All ages.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Rockin' The Little River 2: Tour Of Waterbury Dam


August 31, 2014


11:30am

 


Little River
State Park

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 Road).

Please call ahead to confirm program and bring water and snacks/lunch.

Playing with Nature:
Nature Walk



August 31, 2014


1:00pm

Join us as we walk our UA trail and tell you a fun story.

Let's Go Fishing!


August 31, 2014


1:00pm

Bring the whole family to Boulder Beach to learn fishing basics - casting, baiting, and technique. This workshop is free, but a day use fee applies if you are not camping in the forest. The program will be 3 hours long and all ages (including adults) are welcome to attend.

Birder's Circle


August 31, 2014


1:00pm-2:00pm

 

 

Sightings, resources, tips, and stories. Bird enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are welcome as we will learn from each other. All ages.  Day use area.
Sunday Afternoon Hiking Series


August 31, 2014


2:00pm-4:30pm

 

Little River
State Park

Stonewalls, Cellar Holes, Cemeteries & Sawmills

Check in at Contact Station prior to start time.
The Science of Yuck


August 31, 2014


3:00pm-4:00pm

 

 

Creepy, slimy, and just plain strange. Learn more about those fascinating and imporatn creatures that not everyone loves. We will even try to find some. Meet at the day-use area. All ages.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Burton Island Nature Center Programs


September 1, 2014


Beginning at 9:00am
  • 9:00: Survival Skills - Techniques for gathering safe drinking water
  • 10:00: Survival Skills - Build a campfire
  • 11:00: Survival Skills - Cooking over an open fire
  • 1:00: Survival Skills - Cleaning, preparing and cooking fresh caught fish
  • 2:00: Island Farm Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt

All programs are free, and meet at the Nature Center- except when noted otherwise. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Corner


September 1, 2014


10:00am-11:00am

 

Woodford
State Park

Stop by to have a chat and say farewell before the Nature Corner closes for the season. Meet at the Nature Tent. All ages.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


September 1, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

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

Anusara Yoga


September 6, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Quechee Gorge History Hikes


September 6, 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.”

Nulhegan
2014 Heritage Celebration


September 6-7,
2014
The 2014 Nulhegan Heritage Celebration and Encampment will take place at Brighton State Park on the weekend of September 6-7. Activities include: drumming from the Nulhegan Singers, dancing, and presentations on culture, craftsmanship, history, and more.

For more information, click HERE.
Contact nulhegan@abenakitribe.com with questions.

Anusara Yoga


September 7, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


September 8, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

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

Moonlight
in Vermont
Full Moon Hike


September 8, 2014


6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

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.

Gentle Yoga in Nature

September 9, 2014

8:30am - 9:30am

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Feel summer’s breeze, breathe the sweet smell of pines and listen to birdsong in the park with Majken Tranby of Moodra Yoga in South Hero for Gentle Yoga in Nature. Gentle Yoga welcomes everyone regardless of experience, age, flexibility or fitness level and it is ideal for first-time Yoga practitioners. Come join us for an encouraging, slower-paced, calming session in the park while stretching and relaxing outdoors!

This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event. Class subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Items to bring: Yoga mat, water. Optional items: Insect repellant.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



September 10, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Anusara Yoga


September 13, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.

Let's Get Outside


September 13, 2014

Join us in the park as we get outside to play. What will we be doing? You will have to come to find out…Activities could include;  but are not limited to, bird watching, tipi building, campfire cooking, tree Identification, making forts in the woods, hunting for toads and frogs, fairy houses… the possibilities are endless! It will depend on the day, the weather, and the mood everyone is in.
Trail Yoga and the Healing Power
of Plants



September 13, 2014


2:00pm

This class, led by Emily French of Sweetgrass Herbals and Julie Pepper, registered yoga teacher, will lead participants through Mt. Philo State Park combining yoga, meditation, hiking and plant identification for an experience that increases awareness of nature and our place in it.

Anusara Yoga


September 14, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Molly Stark State Park Story Walk


September 15, 2014


10:45am

 

Molly Stark
State Park

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

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. 

White Water Release

September 27, 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.

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.
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
More details to follow.

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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