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January 2020

Winter Wildlife Celebration

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
VINS, 149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT United States
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Free – $16.50

Celebrate the wildlife of winter with a fun-filled day of family activities. In the morning, explore the exhibits and trails with interactive guided tours and talks. In the afternoon, enjoy outdoor and indoor games, crafts, and activities that challenge your winter adaptation skills. A warm campfire and yummy refreshments wrap up the festivities.

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Winter Tree ID – Working Woodlands Workshop

January 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Free

Learn how to identify common Vermont trees and shrubs during the winter months, focusing on their twig, bud, needle, and bark characteristics. Jon Bouton will lead an indoor discussion followed by a trek through the park to gain hands-on learning experience. Bring a bagged lunch and join us for an open lunch discussion after the workshop from 12 to 1 p.m. Tea, hot cocoa and coffee provided! Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle and snowshoes…

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Astronomy Day

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road
Norwich, VT
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Free – $16

While winters in New England mean shorter days, they also mean longer periods of time for star-gazing. Learn about the heavenly bodies visible in the night sky — and even the rarely-seen wonders. Enjoy a full day of activities for learners of all ages.

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Ice Day

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road
North Sutton, NH
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Free

Gather the family, bundle up and share a New England tradition! Ice cutting by gas powered saw and finished by hand will be demonstrated by volunteers. Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming with hot beverages, homemade baked goods and hot soups available to purchase.

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February 2020

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Free

Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a destructive invasive insect that has already been detected in southern Vermont, including Windsor County. Join us for this 3 hour workshop to learn how to identify HWA-infested hemlocks and what landowners can do to detect and slow the spread of this insect pest. Jim Esden, forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion, and then head outdoors to use state-wide surveying protocol to monitor…

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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
VINS, 149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT United States
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Free – $16.50

Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Enjoy activities for all ages and learn ways to improve your birding skills.

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Cold Comfort: Winter Wildlife Adaptations

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat. Hist. Park, 54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Free

Vermont wildlife knows how to get creative when it comes to the winter months. Join us for this two-hour workshop to learn who is active and who is hibernating during these harsh winter months. NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will begin with an indoor discussion that explores how animals meet their basic winter needs for food, water, and shelter. Then, head outside for a snowshoe hike investigating different habitats. Event open to all ages! Space is limited, please preregister.…

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Winter Hike at Balch Hill

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Free

Join the Hanover Conservancy for an easy winter hike along wooded trails to the open summit of Balch Hill -- a Hanover gem that was protected 50 years ago! Learn the story behind the conservation of this Natural Area, search for animal signs and enjoy the views from the summit. Plus cookies and hot cocoa! A great outing for those participating in Passport to Winter Fun. Spikes or snowshoes optional depending on winter conditions. Leader: Gail McPeek. Meet at the…

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‘Cool’ Snow Sculptures for Families

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, 139 St Gaudens Rd
Cornish, NH 03745
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Free

You’ve got one extra day this year -- why not spend it playing in the snow? Join the folks at Saint-Gaudens NHP for Building ‘Cool’ Snow Sculptures and get inspired by Saint-Gaudens own sculptures! Please dress appropriately for the weather; light refreshments included. Pre-registration is recommended.

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March 2020

Winter Wildlife Tracking at Saint-Gaudens

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, 139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, NH 03745
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Free

Learn about how to identify the tracks and signs of the many critters that share your backyard and national parks. This event begins with a 1 hour indoor presentation exploring tracks animal movements, then heads out into the park for another hour to explore. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the…

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