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Wildlife Festival & Jack-O’-Lantern Hike

Date: Friday, October 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Road, Castleton, VT 05735 | map

Join VT Fish & Wildlife staff and students from Castleton University for ths family friendly evening celebrating some of Vermont's more spooky critters in a fun and relaxing setting. Wear your costume and walk along a jack-o’-lantern lit trail, enjoy a campfire, and create spooky wildlife based crafts.

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Spiny Softshell Turtle Nesting Beach Clean Up Day

Join Fish & WIldlife Department staff in our annual effort to help Vermont's endangered spiny softshell turtles by cleaning up their nesting beaches on Lake Champlain. Volunteers will pull up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare turtle nesting sites for next year.

We will meet at North Hero State Park at 10:00 a.m.  After finishing at North Hero, the group will carpool to another site in Swanton. 

Please dress in layers of warm clothes and bring water, work gloves, a leaf rake, short-handled tools such as trowels, and your lunch.  Families and kids are welcome.  The cleanup may run until 4:00 p.m., although participants can choose how long to assist.

To get to North Hero State Park, follow Route 2 north past Carry Bay in North Hero.  Take a right on Lakeview Drive, just before Route 2 swings west toward Alburgh.  Follow Lakeview Drive almost to the end until you reach the North Hero State Park entrance sign on the left.  Drive to the end of the road always bearing right. 

For more information, please contact Toni at

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunset Story Hour with the Bixby Memorial Free Library

Join the Bixby Free Memorial Library and Vermont Fish and Wildlife at Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison for a sunset story time! We will have a cozy campfire and smore's ingredients. Bring a blanket or chair to sit around the fire and listen to a spooky Vermont story. This event is best for children aged 8-12, but anyone is welcome!


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Friday, August 12, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annual Turtle Beach Clean-up

Start Time: 10 am
Location: North Hero State Park, 3803 Lakeview Drive, North Hero, VT 05474 | map
What to Bring: water, work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen

Come enjoy a fun-filled day helping to clean up the nesting beaches for the threatened spiny softshell turtle. We will be clearing the beach of weeds to get it ready for next year. Afterward, we will carpool to another site in Swanton. This is a family friendly event to help support the conservation of this unique turtle species. Stay for an hour or stay for the day.

For more information contact Toni.Mikula

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Songbird Banding

Participants will have a chance to observe and learn why we band birds while also learning about ID techniques both up close and afar. There will be several other educational stations to explore including Bird ID With Binoculars and Bird ID using study skins.

Location: Dead Creek WMA HQ (see map)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Owl Banding- 10/18 Event is Canceled

Learn why we band owls and some of the techniques that are used. This is a popular evening and participants are asked to attend only one of the two dates. Come for the evening or just half an hour. 

Location: Near Snake Mountain. Approximately 1.5 miles east on route 17 from the intersection of Route 17 and 22A in Addison (see map). There will be signage as you near the location.

Interested school groups are asked to contact Corey Hart at


Friday, October 11, 2019 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm


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