Guided Walk

Halfmoon Cove Natural Community Walk

The lower Winooski River supports a unique and intriguing ecosystem that includes floodplain forests with their tall arching trees, wet swamps, and flooded marshes. Come learn about these natural communities, and the many plants and animals that inhabit them with State Lands Ecologist Bob Zaino.

This trip will involve a moderate walk on flat ground but requires walking off-trail and across wet ground. Waterproof boots are recommended.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Forest and Habitat Management Techniques for Wildlife

Date: Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am (rain or shine)

Location: Lower Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Sand Road, Ferrisburg, VT

Visit Lower Otter Creek WMA to view the results of a timber harvest with wildlife in mind. Walk with biologist Dave Sausville and forester Matt Leonard as they showcase the different forest and habitat management techniques used to manage this property for wildlife.

We will visit harvested areas and discuss the strategies used to achieve specific objectives and goals on the parcel. These same forest management practices are used to enhance habitat on private land. Bring your questions about forest and wildlife habitat management.

Registration is not required but appreciated. For more information or directions please contact Lisa Sausville at 802-877-2777 or

This workshop cosponsored by VT Coverts, VT Fish and Wildlife and VT Forest Parks and Recreation is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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


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