The department is hosting a series of FREE guided walks on select state wildlife management areas (WMAs) in northern, central, and southern Vermont. The walks are led by biologists and naturalists with decades of experience conserving Vermont’s wildlife and their habitats.
You're encouraged to bring snacks and water, and dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for walking slowly in the woods.
Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!
Guided Canoe and Kayak Paddle
Date: Saturday, August 3 (rain date: August 10)
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: South Bay Wildlife Management Area, Coventry, Vermont | Map
Join State Fish Biologist Pete Emerson for a guided paddler’s tour of the lower Barton River and South Bay of Lake Memphremagog. The Barton River is one of three main Vermont tributaries to Lake Memphremagog and is a popular spring fishery for steelhead rainbow trout.
Although the steelhead attract the most attention, the Barton is also home to many other fish and wildlife species. Pete will talk about the fishery in the river and the lake; the relationship between fish and a healthy, forested streambank; and the State lands that border the river. Prepare for a fun day on the water. Bring your own canoe or kayak and lunch.
Halfmoon Cove Natural Community Walk
Date: Tuesday, August 6 (rain date: August 7)
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Halfmoon Cove Wildlife Management Area, Colchester, Vermont | Map
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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