MONTPELIER – The Vermont State Parks invite you to participate in their 2015 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge, which will run from April 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015. The program involves an outdoor scavenger hunt for children and adults alike, and includes activities such as identifying amphibians, mapping GPS coordinates, and making camp supplies out of found materials.
A new 1,346-acre State Forest will be created in former Sen. Jim Jeffords’ hometown of Shrewsbury and will be named after the late senator, The Trust for Public Land and the State of Vermont announced today.
“This will be an enduring and well-deserved tribute to Senator Jeffords’ long legacy of environmental stewardship and land conservation,” said Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation.
$40,000 is available in 2015 for our Communities Caring for Tree Canopy Grants. These grants help communities care for tree canopy by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining a community‐wide tree program.
To help us celebrate and spread the word about Arbor Day, we are inviting students to actively participate in the celebration by creating art-inspired by trees. This year's theme is: Celebrate Vermont Town Forests. To grow works of art, students will explore and research a town forest and the benefits it brings to the community.
The 2014 Vermont Tree Stewards Awards Winners have been announced. Every year the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council sponsors Tree Steward Awards as a way to recognize Vermont’s community tree and forests champions. The 2014 winners were honored at the Vermont Statehouse on December 17th. Meet the winners.
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Commissioner Michael Snyder has adopted a set of voluntary harvesting guidelines for private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability.
Off-Season Day Use
Looking to visit for the day, maybe for some snowshoeing or some sledding? You are welcome to enter the parks for day use anytime, just keep in mind the following:
MONTPELIER - On Saturday, September 27th, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation's Urban and Community Forestry Program, in coordination with the UVM Extension, Northeastern States Research Cooperative, Northern Forest Center, Trust for Public Land, UVM Environmental Program, UVM Historic Preservation Program, and Vermont Land Trust, will host Forests for the People: The Return of the Town Forest Summit from 8:30am until 4pm at the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School in Barre, VT. A full day of celebration, sharing, and networking will be offered including stori
Mud season has arrived in Vermont. It’s a great time to get outside, but please keep in mind that many trails are not suitable for hiking during this time of year. Some higher elevation trails are still wet and muddy and when hikers walk on saturated soils, it can result in damage to the trail and surrounding vegetation. Hikes in hardwood forests at lower elevations are recommended. For more information on suggested places to hike this spring, click here.
The Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is open from April 15 - October 15, 2014 ! Join in the fun by downloading a scorecard from our website, check off different activities as you complete them, and take photos of yourself along the way.When you reach 250 points, you are eligible to receive a VIP token and free day use in the parks for the rest of the current season and the following year. Click here to download a scorecard.