Guided Walk

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk with Bob Popp, VFWD botanist

Date: Sunday, May 12 
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Location: Stranahan Town Forest, Marshfield VT

Bob Popp will be leading the walk along with Annie Reed, chair of the Marshfield Conservation Commission and biology instructor at Vermont Community College. Come along for a pleasant walk in the woods looking for the flowers that bring a pop of color to the May forest.

The FREE walk is co-sponsored by the Stranahan Forest Stewardship Committee, the Marshfield Conservation Commission and the Jaquith Public Library.  The group will meet at the Stranahan Forest parking lot at the beginning of Thompson Road, right off Hollister Hill Road. 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Botanical Outing to Lake Willoughby Cliffs

Date: Saturday June 8 (June 9 rain date) 
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Westmore
Difficulty: moderate/challenging

Explore Cold Calcareous Cliff and Rich Northern Hardwood plant rarities with Matt Peters, VFWD ecologist. Space is limited, and participants need to RSVP to Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont and pay a small membership fee to attend.

See Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont website for details.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Vermont Botanical and Bird Club Annual Meeting with Everett Marshall, VFWD scientist, and Matt Peters, VFWD ecologist

Date: May 30 - June 2
Location: Pine Valley/Quechee KOA
Difficulty: easy/moderate

All day field trips on Friday and Saturday to natural areas in vicinity of Quechee and Woodstock, plus evening programs Thursday and Friday. Matt Peters, VFWD Ecologist gives the Friday night talk on Uapishka, the largest alpine area in northeastern North America, in north central Quebec. 

See Vermont Botanical and Bird Club website for details.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Spring Wildflower Walk

Date: Thursday, May 9. 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Addison, Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife botanist Bob Popp will lead the group looking for spring wildflowers.  Dead Creek includes one of the largest remaining Clayplain Forests in the state, with many unique plant species found here as a result.  The group meet at the visitor center and go on an easy walk looking for flowers and other unique plants. 

The guided walk is free, and participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water and to dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and season. Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Look for Boreal Birds at Moose Bog

Date: Wednesday, May 8. (Backup date, Thursday, May 9)
Morning trip: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Afternoon trip: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Wenlock Wildlife Management Area, Ferdinand, Vermont

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Doug Morin to explore the Northeast Kingdom’s boreal birding hotspot! The group will search for rare resident birds including spruce grouse, gray jay, black-backed woodpecker, and boreal chickadee.

Participants should be comfortable walking up to 3 miles, on- and off-trail, at a slow pace. Binoculars, sturdy footwear, and bug protection are highly recommended. Spotting scopes and field guides are optional. 

The guided walk is free and participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water and to dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and season. Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible.

Morning walk registration

afternoon walk registration


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:30am to 2:00pm

Spring Steelhead Run up Willoughby Falls

Date: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Willoughby Falls Wildlife Management Area, Orleans, Vermont

Fisheries biologist Pete Emerson will be available at the Willoughby Falls in Orleans to observe the steelhead rainbow trout spawning migration and to answer questions from the public about the fish, the river, and the state-owned lands that border the river much of the way to Lake Memphremagog. 

No need to sign up – just show up!  

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Winter Wildlife Tracking

Sunday, February 24, 2019 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m..
Location: Thetford Elementary School on Route 113 in Thetford, Vermont

Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be leading the walk. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny. According to Thomas, tracking wildlife is a great way to connect with nature and the outdoors and getting started requires no experience or equipment. 

This guided walk is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


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