Outdoor Family Weekend 2020- CANCELED

Join this dynamic and engaging weekend that offers fun for the whole family in the great outdoors! Expert instructors lead workshops on a variety of topics in outdoor recreation, conservation, and ecology with a focus on nurturing family relationships. Instructors provide hands-on experience and encourage participants to ask questions. The variety of classes includes wildlife, forestry, orienteering and GPS, hiking, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more.

This program is a joint effort by UVM Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation to promote, address, and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the out-of-doors. Tickets on sale June 1.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 1:00pm

10th Annual Jakes Day- Registration Deadline!

Deadline to Register, April 5th!

10th Annual Jakes Day- Hosted by NWTF 

Event Date: April 19, 2020

Where: Waterbury Stowe Fish & Game Club, Route 100 Waterbury Center VT

Contact Ron Lafreniere or by phone (802) 434-4274 for registration and/or for more information.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Deadline to Apply- Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is being offered to young hunters who want to learn more about the sport of waterfowl hunting and experience a high quality waterfowl hunt. The program is offered to youngsters 12 to 17 years of age who have an adult waterfowl hunter to serve as a mentor.

Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year's program must pre-register with the Refuge by Monday, August 12. Participation in the program will be limited to 40 enrollees.

To register for this year's program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781. Please include the mentor’s name and youth's name and age, address and telephone number.

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Monday, August 12, 2019 (All day)

Deadline to Apply- Turkey Hunting Ed Weekend for Adults, May 24, 25, 26

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a hunter education weekend for adults that will be focused on turkey hunting during the final weekend of Vermont’s spring turkey hunting season, May 24, 25 and 26.


The event will be held at the Northwood’s Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Dr, Island Pond, VT 05846. 


A $60 fee will cover food and lodging for participants who may stay in the bunkhouse or in their own tent. 


Contact Nicole Meier for an application by email at or by phone at 802-828-1193.  Completed applications must be turned in by May 10. 

Friday, May 10, 2019 (All day)

Vermont Wildlife Course for Educators

Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 14-19, 2019. 

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. 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019 (All day) to Friday, July 19, 2019 (All day)

Intro to Hunting Class






Then we have the answer for you. The NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) & Vermont Fish & Wildlife Conservation Group (VTFWCG) is sponsoring a one and a half day, with overnight, intro to hunting. This class is geared to those with no hunting experience, background or mentored family support.

Wild game, harvested where you live, is the premiere choice for healthy, organic protein. How one gets it “from field to fork” can be confusing to the non-hunter.

We can help you. Local staff of the sponsoring organizations will provide the knowledge, tools and strong foundation, in a safe environment, to start your journey into harvesting wild game. You will leave with a HUNTER SAFETY EDUCATION CERTIFICATION, which allows you to purchase a license to hunt in any state.

DATES: Sat. & Sun. September 22 & 23, 2018 ( Overnight Stay Required )

LOCATION: Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, 10 Mile Square Rd, East Charleston, VT

REQUIREMENTS: Complete the Online Version of the Hunter Education Home Study class and arrive with the printed certificate of verification.

REGISTRATION: Class size is limited to only 15 students. We expect this class to fill quickly, so don’t delay. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


COST:   $25 fee for NorthWoods accommodations at their newly constructed bunkhouse. BYO lunch. Supper and Breakfast are provided. Hunter Safety Education Certification is free of charge and taught by experienced, certified, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Volunteer Instructors.


For more information and to register for the class, contact those listed below:


Michael Kolsun & Molly Cook,  802-723-6678,


Saturday, September 22, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, September 23, 2018 (All day)

Vermont Hunter Education Home Study

Before taking the Hunter Education Home Study students must first complete the prerequisite online course. Home Study students are required to bring the online course completion certificate when they come to class.

Would-be hunters must successfully complete the Hunter Education course in order to purchase their first license. All courses are led by certified volunteer instructors, all are free, including materials.

Courses are available year-round, but our peak season is August through October. If you fail to find a course that meets your needs, check back frequently. This site is updated as new courses are scheduled. 

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Caledonia Forest Field And Stream Club Inc.
10 Field And Stream Road 
St. JohnsburyVT 05819
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Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Hunter Education Instructor Training Course

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.

The training will take place Saturday, September 15, at 8:00 a.m. at the Deerfield Valley Fish & Game Club in Whitingham, 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.

“The skills and ethics that our instructors impart to their students will serve them for a lifetime,” said Training Coordinator, John Pellegrini.  “There is no better way for a hunter to give back to the outdoors than by instructing the next generation of hunters.”

All applicants are required to pass a background check with a warden and apprentice-teach with a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own.  Upon course completion, they will receive their full State of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification.  Applicants may choose to teach a real course at the Deerfield Valley Fish & Game Club the very next day.

“Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Pellegrini.  “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that enable the Hunter Education Program to function.  Early fall is a great time to take this training, as there will be plenty of courses to help with.”

Those planning to attend should sign up online at or call 802-828-1193 at least one week prior to the course date.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need and include your contact information.  Requests should be made as early as possible.  Please send an email to or call the office staff at 802-828-1193 (voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
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