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February 2020

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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Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road
Norwich, VT
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From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, enjoy a day filled with hands-on winter activities. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Also: animal tracking, snowshoeing, ice experiments.

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Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grantham Recreation Park, 113 Shedd Road
Grantham, NH 03753
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Free

This community event draws dog mushers from all over the northeast and is a great opportunity to see working dogs, drivers, and handlers in their element. Spectators can catch the action at the start/finish line and at the end of Walker Road. Please leave pets at home.

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Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-thon

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lake Morey Inn & Resort Fairlee, Vermont + Google Map
$10 – $25

Join the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and winter sports enthusiasts as they skate laps around the Lake Morey Skating Trail — also known as the longest groomed skating trail in the United States. Enjoy a day full of New England pond skating and delicious food!

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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
Balch Hill Hanover, New Hampshire + Google Map
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

Whaleback Winterfest and Ski-a-thon

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Whaleback Mountain, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road
Enfield, NH
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$40 – $60

The day will feature skiing, snowboarding and raffles. Cobble Hill Kennel will offer dogsled rides. Live music from 3 to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Veterans Count and Veterans Count Vermont.

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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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Kearsarge Maple Festival

March 21 @ 9:00 am - March 22 @ 3:00 pm
Town of Warner Warner, New Hampshire + Google Map

Please check Facebook to see if events are still being held. Due to COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Learn how maple syrup is made and taste a variety of sugary goodness from the Kearsarge Mountain sugar bush! Maps available around town.

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