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Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

 

 

Vermont State Parks
2014 Calendar of Events

All events are FREE with paid park entry unless otherwise noted

 

Fort Dummer Summer Beer Release


Available Now

 

Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery

Vermont State Parks and Whetstone Station have teamed up to create two new beers named for Fort Dummer and Molly Stark State Parks! The beers, Fort Dummer Summer and Molly Stark Dark, are both brewed with water sourced directly from the parks.

Try a pint of Fort Dummer Summer available now at Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro.

Mango Jam


July 22, 2014


6:30pm-8:30pm

Part of the Music in the Park Series at Knight Point State Park. Picnics welcome after 5pm and there will be food vendors on site. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.
Amphibian Movie


July 23, 2014


10:00am-11:00am

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Come watch and learn everything you can about frogs and salamanders!
Become a
Junior Ranger



July 23, 2014


11:30am-12:30pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Complete the booklet & become a Vermont Junior Ranger!
Scavenger Hunt


July 23, 2014


1:30pm-2:30pm
Look around the park and see how many objects you can find.
CCC Program


July 23, 2014


6:30pm

Ren and Helen Davis will give a presentation on the impact of the CCC nationwide, as well in Vermont, including Mt. Ascutney and Wilgus State Parks. Ren and Helen are authors of the book Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America's Parks. The book profiles the work of the New Deal era CCC in more than 350 state and national parks across the country.

Movie Night


July 23, 2014


7:00pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

A showing of the flm Yogi Bear.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



July 23, 2014


An evening with Lynn Levine, author and animal tracker.

Please contact the park for more information

Art in the Park - Journaling from Nature


July 24, 2014



9:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Venture into the park with Ranger Lisa Liotta and experience nature in a whole new way by keeping a nature journal! A nature journal can be anything you want it to be – a place to sketch or write, describe plants, animals, trees, landscapes, or anything else found in nature. Observing the wonders of nature will be our focus – no art or writing experience is required! Paper and basic art supplies to try out nature journaling provided.

Optional supplies: Your nature journal (or a blank writing or art book in which to begin), any personal writing or art supplies you may wish to use, insect repellant, a small cushion upon which to sit, a snack and/or beverage. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Space is limited. Please contact the park at 802.893.5210 or email niquette.bay.park@state.vt.us with your name, number of participants and contact information to to learn more or to sign up.

ADA 24th Anniversary


July 24, 2014


11:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event is sponsored by the Vermont Center for Independent Living. Contact Sue Booth for more information.

Read VCIL's ADA Anniversary Press Release
Nature Woodcraft


July 24, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Sunset Paddle Tour on Ricker Pond


July 24, 2014


7:00pm

Join the forest interpreter for a leisurely paddle on Ricker Pond to view local wildlife and imagine the pond as it once was. This program is free, but canoes and kayaks are limited. You must call ahead at (802)584-3821 or stop in at the contact station to register. We will meet at the boat launch at Ricker Pond State Park. There is a day use fee of $3 if you are not camping in the forest.

Build a Pond


July 25, 2014


10:00am-11:00am
Explore what it takes to build a successful pond!
Be Nice to Snakes


July 25, 2014


10:30am

Bring your little ones (ages 3-8) to the pavilion to relax with a book reading and some arts and crafts. We will be learning about snakes- what they look like, what they eat, and how we should treat them. Please attend this program with your children.

Worm Composting


July 25, 2014


11:30am-12:30pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Check out how worms turn food into compost!
Be Nice to Snakes


July 25, 2014


1:30pm

Bring your little ones (ages 3-8) to the pavilion to relax with a book reading and some arts and crafts. We will be learning about snakes- what they look like, what they eat, and how we should treat them. Please attend this program with your children.

Butterfly Puzzles


July 25, 2014


2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Put together a big puzzle and learn all about butterflies!
Nature Woodcraft


July 25, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Family Sing Along


July 25, 2014


7:00pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Join Sophie and her accordion for a great evening of music.

Family Movie Night

July 25, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.
Let's Get Outside


July 26, 2014

 

Quechee
State Park

Join us in the park as we get outside to play. What will we be doing? You will have to come to find out…Activities could include;  but are not limited to, bird watching, tipi building, campfire cooking, tree Identification, making forts in the woods, hunting for toads and frogs, fairy houses… the possibilities are endless! It will depend on the day, the weather, and the mood everyone is in.

Burton Island Nature Center Programs


July 26, 2014


9:00am-3:00pm

 

 

Burton Island State Park

From 9-10, take part in A Story and a Craft. This week's story: Yertle the Turtle. Meet under the Bistro tent.

Face Painting from 10-11; meet under the Bistro tent. The Nature Center will be pen from 11-12: check out the teeth in the pike skull!

The Lake We Love from 12:30-1:30: ride on the ranger boat with Captain Lucas and Nature Nate as we explore Lake Champlain and investigate factors affecting its water quality. Limit 7, reserve your spot at the ranger station and meet there too.

From 2-3, Canoe and Kayak Tour. Meet at the Ranger Station and reserve a boat there.

Let's Go Geocaching


July 26, 2014


10:00am

Join Ricker Pond host Jack Barnes to learn about geocaching- everything you need to know to join in on this world wide treasure hunt. Where can you find geocaches in Groton State Forest? Come find out and start a geocaching adventure of your own! Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Paint a Rock


July 26, 2014


10:00am-11:00am

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Use your painting skills to paint a rock from the beach.

Wild Edibles Walk


July 26, 2014


11:00am

 

Groton
Nature Center

Take a taste on the wild side! Join the forest interpreter for a short hike through the forest, where we will be discovering wild edible plants and discussing their uses through the years. Don't forget to come back to the nature center after the hike to test your new ID knowledge.

Bingo


July 26, 2014


11:30am-12:30pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

Who can get BINGO first??

Milton Community Band


July 26, 2014

1:00pm

 

Sand Bar
State Park

The Milton Community Bandbrings an outdoor concert-in-the-park to Sand Bar on beautiful Lake Champlain. With something for everyone, the program will include popular music, show themes, dance tunes parade marches, folk ballads and more. Pull up a lawn chair to watch, enjoy the concert from the beach, or relax and listen from your picnic site – it’s sure to enhance your day at the park!

Visit the Milton Community Band's website for more information about the band.

Steven Schlussel

July 26, 2014

10:30am-12:30pm

Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Emerald Lake State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, ediblies, medicinal, and poisonous. No experience necessary – bring a camera.

Salmon Hole
5k Run

July 26, 2014

More information to follow.

Morgan Haynes

July 26, 2014

11:00am

Morgan Haynes has had a passion for origami since she was a child. She will be leading programs throughout the summer on the art and technique of origami. Join Morgan for this family-friendly program.

Piper in the Park


July 26, 2014


1:00pm

Join bagpiper Peter Sargent for a concert in the park. Stick around after the concert to hear about Peter's recent trip to Scotland.

Rain date: July 27, 2014

Tracks and Traces


July 26, 2014


1:00pm

Have you ever seen a footprint in the woods and wondered what animal it belonged to? Come to this program to discover the world of tracking and to learn how to identify footprints and other animal traces. The kids can make their own track casts to bring home, too!

Jeopardy


July 26, 2014


1:30pm-2:30pm

 

Grand Isle
State Park

See how many nature questions you can answer correctly!
Nature Woodcraft


July 26, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Saturday Night Music

July 26, 2014

7:00pm

 

Townshend State Park

Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.

Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp

July 26 - July 30, 2014

 

Seyon Lodge State Park

Session #3 of the camp. This 5-day/4-night camp is for children 11-15 years of age with a focus on promoting a greater understanding of the outdoors and our aquatic resources. The camp is led by fly-fishing guides and instructors. For more information, click here.
Jamaica Old Home Day


July 26, 2014

 

Jamaica
State Park

Learn about the history of the town of Jamaica. Events include the first annual 5K Salmon Hole Dash run/walk and the Old Home Day Parade, with an appearance by Smokey Bear. Learn more.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



July 26, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Anusara Yoga


July 27, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Burton Island Nature Center Programs


July 27, 2014


9:00am-3:00pm

 

Button Bay
State Park

From 9-10, take part in a Let's Catch Turtles, Snakes, and Frogs Interpretive Walk. A Wildflower Scavenger Hunt on the Island Farm Nature Trail from 10-11. Bean Mosaic Art from 11-12, and Fishing with Nate from 1-3.

Scavenger Hunt & Junior Ranger
Open House



July 27, 2014


10:00am-4:00pm

 

Groton
Nature Center

Come over to the Nature Center with the family for a fun nature scavenger hunt, or bring the kids to finish their junior ranger books (available at your campground’s contact station) and complete their service project. The scavenger hunt counts as a nature program towards the junior ranger badge, too!

Driftwood


July 27, 2014


1:00pm

Come join Driftwood for classic and original folk, rock, and blues music. The harmonies, mix of acoustic guitar, harmonica, bongos, and conga rhythms make it a fun time for all!

Art in the Park: Make a Flag


July 27, 2014


1:00pm

Come create your very own flag to proudly display for all to see.

Ferns


July 28, 2014


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Niquette Bay SP boasts over a dozen species of ferns, including the rare American Walking Fern. We won't become fern experts, but we will explore this ubiquitous feathery foliage. Create a pressed fern poster to take home.  Session includes discussion, a doable hike, and a craft to take home. Appropriate for all ages! 

Art in the Park: Finger Painting


July 28, 2014


1:00pm

Come and get your fingers dirty as we finger paint a banner for the park and fun pictures too.

Gentle Yoga in Nature


July 29, 2014


8:30am - 9:30am

Feel summer’s breeze, breathe the sweet smell of pines and listen to birdsong in the park with Majken Tranby of Moodra Yoga in South Hero for Gentle Yoga in Nature. Gentle Yoga welcomes everyone regardless of experience, age, flexibility or fitness level and it is ideal for first-time Yoga practitioners. Come join us for an encouraging, slower-paced, calming session in the park while stretching and relaxing outdoors!

This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event. Class subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Items to bring: Yoga mat, water. Optional items: Insect repellant.

Sandcastle Contest


July 29, 2014


Judging at 2:00pm

Come build your best or most creative sand castle. We will be judging for both categories.

Jenni Johnson &
The Junketeers



July 29, 2014


6:30pm-8:30pm

Part of the Music in the Park Series at Knight Point State Park. Picnics welcome after 5pm and there will be food vendors on site. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



July 30, 2014


A program on owls presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

Please contact the park for more information.
Nature Woodcraft


July 31, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nature Woodcraft


August 1, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

Family Movie Night

August 1, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.
Nocturnal Creatures of Button Bay


August 1, 2014


8:00pm

What goes bump in the night at Button Bay State Park? Learn about the creatures you might see or hear while visiting Button Bay and take a guided walk out to Button Point without using a flashlight as we let our eyes adjust to the dark!

Meet in the day-use area by the picnic shelter & bring a flashlight for your walk back. Ages 4 and up; 10 Venture Vermont points.

Anusara Yoga


August 2, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.

Robin Hood Weekend "Sherwood Faire"

August 2, 2014

10:00am

Said Robin to his Merry men “Me doth thinks we shall retire”
Said the Merry Men to Robin Hood, “Let’s goeth afore we expire.”
Said Robin to the Merry Men, “Who shall keep the Forest free?”
Said the merry men to Robin Hood, “A contest is what thee needs.”
Said the Merry Men to Robin Hood, “We shall each provide a task
And winner of the contest, shall replace us be it Lad or Lass. “
“Me doth think it tis a splendid Plan.” Robin merrily cried
“Now who will replace me, what thinkest thou my lovely bride?”
Maid Marion spoke up quickly, “I thinketh, I knoweth a plan.
The one who scoreth most highest in all, shall be the leader of this band. Robin doth clap his hands in delight, “There we hath plannest most well! The only thing left for us to do, tis the time and date to tell

So August the Second at 10 in the morn, Let the Sherwood faire begin!

Wilst thou try thy hand with Robin and friends? The prize tis great to be won!

Magic Weekend


August 2 & 3, 2014


1:00pm

 

Waterbury Center
State Park

Activities start at 1pm on both days. Join us for a weekend of Wand Making, Fairy Dust gathering, Magic Tricks, and Making Wings. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite magical creature or character.

Nature Woodcraft


August 2, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nocturnal Creatures of Button Bay


August 2, 2014


2:00pm

Meet in the day-use area by the playground and make an animal mask of a raccoon, red fox, rabbit, or design your own animal mask to wear home. All ages welcome.

Saturday Night Music

August 2, 2014


7:00pm
Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.

Pike's Falls Chamber Music

August 2, 2014

7:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Silver Lake State Park

This program will feature performances from the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival. PFCM is a small chamber music festival based in Jamaica, VT. The ten musicians come from New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and San Francisco. They will perform works from their Grammy-nominated CD, as well as other standard classical music selections. The chamber music concert will last approximately one hour.

S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 2, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Anusara Yoga


August 3, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Molly Stark Dark Beer Release


August 3, 2014

 

Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery

Vermont State Parks and Whetstone Station have teamed up to create two new beers named for Fort Dummer and Molly Stark State Parks! The beers, Fort Dummer Summer and Molly Stark Dark, are both brewed with water sourced directly from the parks.

Molly Stark Dark will be available at Whetstone Station on August 3!

Horns, Thorns, and Other Threats!


August 3, 2014


11:00am

 

Button Bay
State Park

Over time plants and animals have developed defenses to protect themselves against predators and survive another day in the wild. Learn about some of these pointy, scratchy, smelly, and poisonous defenses at the Nature Center and join in a fun activity. Ages 4 and up; 10 Venture Vermont points!

Birds


August 4, 2014


12:00pm - 2:00pm

We often hear them more than see them. What makes them fly? We'll explore wings, beaks, feathers, and bones. Create a flight of fancy, a fantasy bird of your own.  Session includes discussion, a doable hike, and a craft to take home. Appropriate for all ages! 

Jimmy "T"


August 5, 2014


6:30pm-8:30pm

Part of the Music in the Park Series at Knight Point State Park. Picnics welcome after 5pm and there will be food vendors on site. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



August 6, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Art in the Park - Journaling from Nature



August 7, 2014



9:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Venture into the park with Ranger Lisa Liotta and experience nature in a whole new way by keeping a nature journal! A nature journal can be anything you want it to be – a place to sketch or write, describe plants, animals, trees, landscapes, or anything else found in nature. Observing the wonders of nature will be our focus – no art or writing experience is required! Paper and basic art supplies to try out nature journaling provided.

Optional supplies: Your nature journal (or a blank writing or art book in which to begin), any personal writing or art supplies you may wish to use, insect repellant, a small cushion upon which to sit, a snack and/or beverage. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Space is limited. Please contact the park at 802.893.5210 or email niquette.bay.park@state.vt.us with your name, number of participants and contact information to to learn more or to sign up.

Nature Woodcraft


August 7, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nature Arts & Crafts


August 8, 2014


11:00am

 

Button Bay
State Park

Button Bay has an exciting geologic past with major earth moving events, ancient oceans, glaciers and whales. Yes, whalebones were discovered in Vermont! Learn about Vermont’s dynamic geologic history and make your very own fossil to take home (all ages; 10 pts. Venture Vermont)!

Nature Woodcraft


August 8, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

Family Movie Night

August 8, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.

Anusara Yoga


August 9, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.

Nature Photography, Beginner to Intermediate


August 9, 2014



9:00am - noon

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Join us for a beginning to intermediate level nature photography workshop with local photographer Robert Chaperon, Jr. Wear comfortable walking shoes for venturing into the park, and bring your camera (also a tripod if you have one) as we learn about exposures, depth of focus, white balance, focusing and composition. Robert’s interest in photography started in 2003, when he started hiking the many trails in Vermont and New York. Being awakened to the natural beauty that nature presents us, he felt a sensation within that he wanted to share with others through photography. Robert believes that the most important part of being an artist of photography is expressing his inner feelings while having fun!Robert believes fine art photography should touch and draw from our emotions.

This is a free workshop for season’s pass holders, Green Mountain Passport holders, and with paid admission the day of the workshop. Space however is limited, please call the park to sign up at 802-893-5210. Optional items to bring: insect repellant. Please leave pets at home if participating in this workshop.

Let's Get Outside Exploring Hikes


August 9, 2014


10:00am-12:00pm

Come and join us as we explore nature in Quechee Gorge! We are going to put on our Explorer packs and hike down into the Gorge. With magnifying glasses and bug boxes, paper, pencils and crayons we are going to explore and record what we find on our travels and see, listen, and smell the wonderful world of Quechee Gorge and its inhabitants, from the smallest bug to the biggest tree. This exploratory hike will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. We will leave from the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center at 10 AM.

Bring water and snacks, wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to dig, delve, splash, and explore. Bring a lunch and enjoy one of our picnic areas or grab something from one of the local stores, restaurants, or snack bar. 

Morgan Haynes

August 9, 2014

11:00am

Morgan Haynes has had a passion for origami since she was a child. She will be leading programs throughout the summer on the art and technique of origami. Join Morgan for this family-friendly program.
Smokey Bear's Birthday


August 9, 2014


2:00pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Come celebrate Smokey's 70th birthday at the Jamaica State Park Nature Center! The guest of honor is scheduled to make an appearance.
Nature Woodcraft


August 9, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Ghost Stories
and S'mores



August 9 2014


8:00pm

Join us for a evening of campfires with s’mores and ghost stories. Stories will depend on age and comfort level of people in attendance.

Saturday Night Music

August 9, 2014

7:00pm
Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 9, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Vermont Shakespeare Company

August 9 & 10, 2014

6:00pm

Vermont Shakespeare Company will present its seventh season of Shakespeare in the Park this August at Knight Point State Park. Join this exciting and locally beloved company for an unforgettable evening as they present A Midsummer Nights Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

A primary goal of the company is to expose more people to Shakespeare by making it accessible, highly physical, and immediate for today's audience. Vermont Shakespeare Company’s signature fast-paced physical style is sure to give the audience a thrilling new appreciation of Shakespeare.

Anusara Yoga


August 10, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Habitat Hunt
Nature Walk!



August 10, 2014


11:00am

What types of animals and plants call Button Wood home? Hunt high and low for habitats on a guided nature walk along the Champlain Trail and learn about the unique habitat of Button Wood. Discover how Button Wood has changed over time and uncover proof of the ancient organisms that lived here a long time ago. Walk begins and ends at the Nature Center. All ages welcome. 10 Venture Vermont points. 

Switchback Sunday


August 10, 2014


12:00pm-4:00pm

 

Mt. Philo
State Park

Come on by Mt. Philo for a fun afternoon at the park! Try some fresh Switchback beer, sample some tasty treats from Dakin Farm, and enjoy the music of Vermont bluegrass band, Gold Town!

Moonlight
in Vermont
Full Moon Hike

 

August 10, 2014

 

7:15pm - 9:15pm

Everything changes in the park after dark! Watch the moon rise behind the Green Mountains over lake Champlain from Cedar Point. Listen for owls and explore Niquette Bay State Park on a guided 2-mile hike over moderate terrain in a magical mix of shadows and moonlight.

Optional items to bring: insect repellant, headlamp or flashlight (recommended), a small seat cushion, beverages and/or snacks. We’ll meet at the trailhead in the park to start this hike.

Space is limited, please call the park to RSVP at 802.893.5210 or stop in at the park office to reserve space! This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event.

Hike subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Please leave pets at home for this event.

Moss


August 11, 2014


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Moss covered rocks are common here. Cool and velvety, they speak of fairy carpets and gnome rugs. Create a tiny forest house and take a picture home.  Session includes discussion, a doable hike, and a craft to take home. Appropriate for all ages! 

Jukebox Hop with Larry Brett

August 12, 2014


6:30pm-8:30pm

Part of the Music in the Park Series at Knight Point State Park. Picnics welcome after 5pm and there will be food vendors on site. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



August 13, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.
Nature Woodcraft


August 14, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nature Woodcraft


August 15, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Tree Cookies!


August 15, 2014


2:15pm

 

Button Bay
State Park

Are not for eating but are for answering important questions like how does a tree grow, what are the different parts of a tree and what do they do? Take a walk out to the Nature Center, learn the answers to your burning tree questions, and join in a fun activity (ages 6 & up; 10 pts. Venture VT)!

Family Movie Night

August 15, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.

Anusara Yoga


August 16, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Walk Up
Mt. Philo with
Vermont Coverts



August 16, 2014


9:30am

 

 

Mt. Philo
State Park

Join Vermont Coverts on Saturday, August 16, at 9:30 a.m. for a walk through the history of Mount Philo, Vermont's oldest state park and one of the Champlain Valley's best vistas. We'll start at the park entrance and walk to the summit. Along the walk up the mountain we'll hear about the natural and human history of the park and how it reflects many of the forces that have shaped Vermont over the centuries. Our guides will be Kate Lampton, a land use, planner, local historian and longtime neighbor of the park and Professor Lawrence S. Hamilton Senior Advisor IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Editor Mountain Protected Areas. We'll be walking on the paved park road to the summit, a moderate walk of about one half hour.

Bring a lunch and something to drink.

Let's Get Outside

August 16, 2014

Join us in the park as we get outside to play. What will we be doing? You will have to come to find out…Activities could include;  but are not limited to, bird watching, tipi building, campfire cooking, tree Identification, making forts in the woods, hunting for toads and frogs, fairy houses… the possibilities are endless! It will depend on the day, the weather, and the mood everyone is in.

Steven Schlussel

August 16, 2014

10:30am-12:30pm

Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Camp Plymouth State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, ediblies, medicinal, and poisonous. No experience necessary – bring a camera.
Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk


August 16, 2014


11:00am

 

Button Bay
State Park

Take a walk along the Champlain Trail with beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks while you follow clues and use your eyes & ears to complete a nature scavenger hunt! Starts at the Nature Center. 10 Venture Vermont points!

Please note that the Champlain Trail is not suitable for strollers.

Playing with Nature:
Flower Crowns



August 16, 2014


12:00pm

Come make flower crowns to start off our Olympics in the park in true style.

Waterbury Center State Park Olympics


August 16 & 17, 2014


1:00pm

Activities start at 1pm on both days. Come join us for the first ever Waterbury Center State Park Olympics. Run, swim, bike and relay your way to victory! Please have teams of 4 to 7 and decide on a team name. We will run kid and adult divisions for each event. This will be fun for the whole family. Remember to bring your bike!

Nature Woodcraft


August 16, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

12 Strings

August 16, 2014

6:30pm

Enjoy the music of the Vermont band, 12 Strings. Acoustic guitar duo, Mike and Joe, entertain with the soothing sounds of classic folk music. This concert is easy listening and enjoyable for the whole family.

Saturday Night Music

August 16, 2014


7:00pm

Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 16, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Anusara Yoga


August 17, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Life at Button Bay!


August 17, 2014


2:00pm

Button Bay provides the perfect habitat for many different plants and animals. Become familiar with the types of plants and animals you may see or hear while visiting Button Bay and create a living food web to discover how they are all interconnected. Ages 6 and up; 10 Venture Vermont points!

Meet in the day-use area by the pool & playground.

Compass

August 18, 2014


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cardinal directions are intuitive at Niquette Bay, with landmarks of the ledges and the beach. We'll create compass necklaces with a real compass in the center.  Session includes discussion, a doable hike, and a craft to take home. Appropriate for all ages! 

Starline
Rhythm Boys


August 19, 2014


6:30pm-8:30pm

Part of the Music in the Park Series at Knight Point State Park. Picnics welcome after 5pm and there will be food vendors on site. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



August 20, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Art in the Park - Journaling from Nature



August 21, 2014



9:00am - 12:00pm

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Venture into the park with Ranger Lisa Liotta and experience nature in a whole new way by keeping a nature journal! A nature journal can be anything you want it to be – a place to sketch or write, describe plants, animals, trees, landscapes, or anything else found in nature. Observing the wonders of nature will be our focus – no art or writing experience is required! Paper and basic art supplies to try out nature journaling provided.

Optional supplies: Your nature journal (or a blank writing or art book in which to begin), any personal writing or art supplies you may wish to use, insect repellant, a small cushion upon which to sit, a snack and/or beverage. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Space is limited. Please contact the park at 802.893.5210 or email niquette.bay.park@state.vt.us with your name, number of participants and contact information to to learn more or to sign up.

Nature Woodcraft


August 21, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nature Woodcraft


August 22, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

Family Movie Night

August 22, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.

Anusara Yoga


August 23, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Quechee Scottish Festival

August 23, 2014
Bagpipers in the park. More information to follow.

Morgan Haynes


August 23, 2014


11:00am

Morgan Haynes has had a passion for origami since she was a child. She will be leading programs throughout the summer on the art and technique of origami. Join Morgan for this family-friendly program.
Tie-Dye


August 23, 2014


1:00pm

Join us for tie-dying in the park. We will take those old clothes and make them new and fun. Be ready for a messy good time.

Nature Woodcraft


August 23, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Saturday Night Music


August 23, 2014


7:00pm

 

Townshend State Park

Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 23, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Anusara Yoga


August 24, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Playing with Nature:
Fairy Houses



August 24, 2014


1:00pm

 

Waterbury Center
State Park

Join us as we build homes for our little fairy friends in the forest.

Roots


August 25, 2014


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Tree roots can be a hiking challenge as well as a vision of twisting beauty. We'll look at up-turned trees, cliff-hangers, and toe-trippers. Create your own string design to remember the day.  Session includes discussion, a doable hike, and a craft to take home. Appropriate for all ages! 

Gentle Yoga in Nature

August 26, 2014

8:30am - 9:30am

Feel summer’s breeze, breathe the sweet smell of pines and listen to birdsong in the park with Majken Tranby of Moodra Yoga in South Hero for Gentle Yoga in Nature. Gentle Yoga welcomes everyone regardless of experience, age, flexibility or fitness level and it is ideal for first-time Yoga practitioners. Come join us for an encouraging, slower-paced, calming session in the park while stretching and relaxing outdoors!

This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event. Class subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Items to bring: Yoga mat, water. Optional items: Insect repellant.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



August 27, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.
Nature Woodcraft


August 28, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 
Nature Woodcraft


August 29, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

Family Movie Night

August 29, 2014

7:30pm

 

Jamaica
State Park

Meets at the Nature Center pavilion.
Wee Bairns Highland Games


August 30, 2014


9:00am

Join us for the 2nd annual Wee Bairns Highland games. Join us as we pay tribute to the heritage of the area with our own mini Highland games as young people ages 16 and under compete for prizes. Adults may join in the fun, but there are no prizes for those over the age of 16. Events will include the Caber Toss, Putting the Stone, and other traditional Highland Game Events. Registration Begins at 9:00am and Opening Ceremonies will start at 10:00am. Bring your Clan to cheer you on, wearing a kilt is highly encouraged (if you do not have one we will help you out)!

Anusara Yoga


August 30, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Jewelry Making


August 30, 2014


1:00pm

Come make your own jewelry; friendship bracelets, survival bracelets, and necklaces here at Waterbury Center State Park.

Nature Woodcraft


August 30, 2014


2:00pm-4:00pm
 

Saturday Night Music

August 30, 2014


7:00pm

Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
S'more Night
with Your
Park Rangers



August 30, 2014


8:30pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy s'mores at the park with DAR rangers.

Anusara Yoga


August 31, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Playing with Nature:
Nature Walk



August 31, 2014


1:00pm

Join us as we walk our UA trail and tell you a fun story.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



September 3, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Anusara Yoga


September 6, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Quechee Gorge History Hikes


September 6, 2014


10:00am

Come join us as we explore the beauty and changing season of Quechee Gorge! A guided History hike through Quechee Gorge will leave from the visitor center at 10:00am. The hike will last approximately 1½ hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Learn the history of Quechee and the Gorge. Learn about the flood of 2011 and the woolen mill that was once here. Watch the changing foliage and explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.”

Anusara Yoga


September 7, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.

Moonlight
in Vermont
Full Moon Hike


September 8, 2014


6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Everything changes in the park after dark! Watch the moon rise behind the Green Mountains over lake Champlain from Cedar Point. Listen for owls and explore Niquette Bay State Park on a guided 2-mile hike over moderate terrain in a magical mix of shadows and moonlight.

Optional items to bring: insect repellant, headlamp or flashlight (recommended), a small seat cushion, beverages and/or snacks. We’ll meet at the trailhead in the park to start this hike.

Space is limited, please call the park to RSVP at 802.893.5210 or stop in at the park office to reserve space! This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event.

Hike subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Please leave pets at home for this event.

Gentle Yoga in Nature

September 9, 2014

8:30am - 9:30am

 

 

Niquette Bay State Park

Feel summer’s breeze, breathe the sweet smell of pines and listen to birdsong in the park with Majken Tranby of Moodra Yoga in South Hero for Gentle Yoga in Nature. Gentle Yoga welcomes everyone regardless of experience, age, flexibility or fitness level and it is ideal for first-time Yoga practitioners. Come join us for an encouraging, slower-paced, calming session in the park while stretching and relaxing outdoors!

This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event. Class subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Items to bring: Yoga mat, water. Optional items: Insect repellant.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



September 10, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Anusara Yoga


September 13, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.

Let's Get Outside


September 13, 2014

Join us in the park as we get outside to play. What will we be doing? You will have to come to find out…Activities could include;  but are not limited to, bird watching, tipi building, campfire cooking, tree Identification, making forts in the woods, hunting for toads and frogs, fairy houses… the possibilities are endless! It will depend on the day, the weather, and the mood everyone is in.

Muck It Up! Outdoor Challenge

September 13, 2014



8:00am

Niquette Bay State Park is proud to host the trail running portion of Colchester Parks and Recreation’s 2014 “Muck It Up!” Outdoor Challenge! Muck It Up is Colchester's version of an Adventure Race. Muck It Up! is suitable for the weekend warrior or triathlete looking to push their boundaries in a challenging and fun backwoods, off-road course, with mystery challenges along the way.

Challenges include: 7 mile TRAIL RUN at Niquette Bay State Park, 6 mile PADDLE across Malletts Bay, 7.5 mile MOUNTAIN BIKE, and Mystery Challenges along the way!

Visit Colchester’s website to find out more information or to register for this event.

 


Anusara Yoga


September 14, 2014


9:00am

Join Jamaica staff and visitors for a free Anusara Yoga class. Anusara yoga emphasizes alignment and focuses on flowing with grace and nature. Meet at the Jamaica Picnic Shelter and bring your own mat. Contact the park at 802-874-4600 with questions.
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



September 17, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.
Quechee Gorge History Hikes

September 20, 2014

10:00am
Come join us as we explore the beauty and changing season of Quechee Gorge! A guided History hike through Quechee Gorge will leave from the visitor center at 10:00am. The hike will last approximately 1½ hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Learn the history of Quechee and the Gorge. Learn about the flood of 2011 and the woolen mill that was once here. Watch the changing foliage and explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.”
Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



September 24, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.

Let's Get Outside Exploring Hikes


September 27, 2014


10:00am-12:00pm

 


Quechee
State Park

Come and join us as we explore nature in Quechee Gorge! We are going to put on our Explorer packs and hike down into the Gorge. With magnifying glasses and bug boxes, paper, pencils and crayons we are going to explore and record what we find on our travels and see, listen, and smell the wonderful world of Quechee Gorge and its inhabitants, from the smallest bug to the biggest tree. This exploratory hike will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. We will leave from the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center at 10 AM.

Bring water and snacks, wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to dig, delve, splash, and explore. Bring a lunch and enjoy one of our picnic areas or grab something from one of the local stores, restaurants, or snack bar. 

White Water Release

September 27, 2014

 

Jamaica
State Park

Jamaica State Park is the center of activity for the West River whitewater event each September as the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from its Ball Mountain Dam. The controlled water releases produce ideal rafting, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities on the West River in southern Vermont.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



October 1, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.
Quechee Gorge History Hikes

October 4, 2014

10:00am
Come join us as we explore the beauty and changing season of Quechee Gorge! A guided History hike through Quechee Gorge will leave from the visitor center at 10:00am. The hike will last approximately 1½ hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Learn the history of Quechee and the Gorge. Learn about the flood of 2011 and the woolen mill that was once here. Watch the changing foliage and explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.”
Moonlight
in Vermont
Full Moon Hike




October 8, 2014



6:00pm - 8:00pm


Everything changes in the park after dark! Watch the moon rise behind the Green Mountains over lake Champlain from Cedar Point. Listen for owls and explore Niquette Bay State Park on a guided 2-mile hike over moderate terrain in a magical mix of shadows and moonlight.

Optional items to bring: insect repellant, headlamp or flashlight (recommended), a small seat cushion, beverages and/or snacks. We’ll meet at the trailhead in the park to start this hike.

Space is limited, please call the park to RSVP at 802.893.5210 or stop in at the park office to reserve space! This event is free for season pass holders or with paid admission to the park the day of the event.

Hike subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Please leave pets at home for this event.

Wednesday Evenings at
Molly Stark



October 8, 2014


Please contact the park for more information.
Haunted Campground Festival

October 11, 2014
More details to follow.

Haunted Trail

October 18, 2014

Welcome to Wonderland and the crazy world of the Mad Hatter. As you all know Alice went back home with promises to return, but Hatter has lost hope and without his friend is slowly sinking deeper into madness. When Alice learned of this she returned to Wonderland, but was captured by the Bloody Red Queen! The Bloody Red Queen has hidden Alice in the Forest of Gloom and Doom. In his search for Alice, Hatter is becoming madder and madder and Madder and Wonderland is running amock!

   


Are you a performer or enjoy teaching others about something cool?
If so, contact us at jenny.montagne@state.vt.us

 



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