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Halloween Festival & Jack-O’-Lantern Hike

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend its annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton on Friday, October 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 


For more information about this event, contact Corey Hart at or 802-565-5562

October 27, 2023 - 6:00 PM - October 27, 2023 - 8:00 PM

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

October 15, 2022 - 10:00 AM - October 15, 2022 - 4:00 PM

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

October 16, 2021 - 6:00 AM - October 16, 2021 - 12:00 PM

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)

October 26, 2019 - 4:00 AM - October 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

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


October 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM - October 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM
October 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM - October 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Kids Fishing Derby - Winooski

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 4/20/2024

Fishing Event Location: Gillbrook Pond

Town of Event: Winooski

Address of Event: Gillbrook Road

Sponsoring Organization: Vermont Outdoor Kids

April 20, 2024 - 8:00 AM

Work Weekend at Buck Lake Conservation Camp

Date: May 18, 2019 and 19, 2019
Time: Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm with lunch break and Sunday from 9:00am – Noon
Location: Buck Lake Camp - 1051 Buck Lake Road, Woodbury, VT

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to help get the GMCC Conservation Camps ready for the 2019 season by helping with general repairs, construction, landscaping, painting, plumbing, cooking, firewood, electrical work, and gardening

Volunteers can participate for as long as they are able to – one hour, one day or both days. They are welcome to stay overnight in onsite cabins or they can bring their own tents.  Lunch and dinner will be provided. 

This is an excellent community service opportunity for boy scout and girl scout groups, as well has high school and college clubs.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, please email or call 802-371-9975

May 18, 2019 - 5:00 AM - May 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM
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