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Words in the Woods: Monica Ferrell at Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Hear Monica read her nature-themed poetry lakeside at beautiful Lake Shaftsbury State Park. 

Monica Ferrell is the author of a novel and two books of poetry, most recently the collection You Darling Thing, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Believer Book Award. She has taught fiction and poetry for the MFA programs at Columbia University and Bennington College, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Purchase College (SUNY).

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Mycoblitz at Jamaica State Park

Discover and identify the fungi species at Jamaica State Park!


4:00 pm iNaturalist, Fungi, & Bioblitz Intro

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm Bioblitzing

6:00 pm Food and Fun at the Nature Center


Program is included with Camping registration or $5 state park entry fee.

All ages welcome, wheelchair accessible. A rain or shine event.

Furbearers & Bears: Vermont Fish & Wildlife at Mt. Ascutney State Park

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department helps conserve our local fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the people of Vermont. Join us at the summit trailhead to learn about the conservation and management of furbearers and how to prevent and resolve human/bear conflicts. This will be a table style event, so you can stop by at any time between 10am and 3pm on your way to check out the scenic overlook or hike the summit trails.

(Based on forecast, this event was rescheduled from the original target, Sep 16, to the rain date: today, Sep 17).

Butterfly Bonanza at Little River State Park

If you plant it, the pollinators will come! Tour Little River's perennial & wildflower gardens to see what creatures they attract  and discover how healthy ecosystems can be built in your yard. Included handouts about what cultivars are used and native species are present, plus food sources utilized by caterpillars, butterflies and birds.  Nature Center, Duration: 45 min



Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike at Little River State Park

Become “crepuscular” on an evening tour of Little River's lost settlement ruins and see how open farmland became a dense northern hardwoods forest. Meets at History Hike Parking, Duration: 2hrs. ***FLASHLIGHTS & STURDY FOOTWEAR REQUIRED; NO CROCS/FLIP-FLOPS allowed!***



Aquadventure! Paddle Tour at Little River State Park

Explore historic Waterbury Reservoir seeking wildlife, spectacular Vermont Views & historical sites. Boat rentals FREE; space limited, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED via Park Office, call in advance (802) 244-7103 or sign up when you arrive. Participants in need of park gear need to arrive at office at 9:30am to pickup paddles & jackets. Starts promptly at 10am at the A-Side Swim Beach, 2hrs.

Aquadventure on Waterbury Reservoir


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