• Winter Cross-Country Skiing in the Park

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont


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  • Animal Tracking Program

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Join Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) staff for this program that explores the tracks and sign of several animals that call the park home. More


fox tracks

squirrel tracks

Animal Tracking

Learn the tracks and sign of many common Vermont mammals. Explore the interesting winter adaptations of local critters.This workshop begins indoors with a discussion at the Forest Center, then heads outside to track animals through the park's trails and woods. Bring a snack, water and your snowshoes. Adult and child snowshoes will be available if needed.

Saturday January 31*
Saturday February 7** - A Working Woodlands Workshop
(Our Winter Working Woodlands Workshops are co-sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts; Woodlands for Wildlife, Inc)
Saturday February 21
Saturday March 14

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Forest Center, except *the January 31 program meets at the Carriage Barn.

**The February 7th (A Working Woodlands Workshop) will be an expanded workshop from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will travel farther, up to four miles.

Snowshoe Tour @ MABI

Snow Shoe Tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

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Family Snowshoe Adventure with a Ranger

Explore the winter wonderland of Vermont's only National Park on a two-mile long snowshoe tour with a park ranger. Discover the park's natural and historic features on the property that was home to three pioneering conservationists. Both adult and child snowshoes will be available to borrow if needed.Please call or email ahead to reserve snowshoes (802) 457-3368 x 22 e-mail us

Dates: Saturday, February 14
Saturday, February 28

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Meet at Prosper Rd. parking lot.

reading by fire

Winter Readings in Your National Park

Join a park ranger in sharing short stories and poetry about winter. Writings by Robert Frost and Robert Service will be featured. Bring your own stories and poetry to share or just listen to others readings while enjoying the warmth of the art studio woodstove. Hot chocolate will be provided. Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center for a short uphill walk to the cozy Pony Shed artist studio. Reservations recommended.

Dates: Sunday, February 15

Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Pony Shed Studio. *Meet at Carriage Barn Visitor Center.


Chillin' with the Chickadees - A Working Woodlands Workshop (Our Winter Working Woodlands Workshops are co-sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts; Woodlands for Wildlife, Inc)

Explore the winter forest with park Resource Manager Kyle Jones and hang with the chickadees. We will learn winter bird identification by sight and sound, and take a look at the forested habitats birds use for summer breeding. Snowshoes and binoculars will be available if needed. Bring appropriate outdoor clothing and a lunch or snack for this easy 1-2 mile snowshoe tour.

Date: Saturday, March 7

Time: 10 a.m. –1 p.m.

Location: Forest Center

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation - A Working Woodlands Workshop

An exciting, hands-on workshop, to teach how to grow shiitake mushrooms on hardwood logs. Bill Stack, a forester and experienced shiitake mushroom grower who helps operate Cobb Hill Mushrooms in Hartland, Vermont will explain and demonstrate shiitake log cultivation techniques. Participants will be provided with an information guide and have a chance to inoculate logs with mushroom spawn. Enjoy delicious food samples made with log grown shiitakes, and take your inoculated log home for future harvesting. Coffee and tea provided. This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts; Woodlands for Wildlife, Inc.

DATE: Saturday, April 4, 2015

TIME: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Please bring your own lunch, to accompany shiitake mushroom products

LOCATION: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm &Museum parking lot.

FEE: A $25 registration fee is required for each person. Checks should be made out to Vermont Coverts, PO Box 81, Middlebury, VT 05753

RESERVATIONS: Advance reservations are required (limited to 15 participants). Use this registration form.

TELEPHONE: For further information call: (802) 457-3368 x26

For more information about the Working Woodland Workshops contact Christine Frohloff at (802)457-3368 x26 or email christine_frohloff@partner.nps.gov

Native American drawing

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Conservation Chronicles

From Native Americans to early European settlers, to land trusts, national parks, and wilderness areas, conservation thought and practice has taken many forms in North America over the past four centuries.Using words, images, and films of the past, explore the attitudes and actions that have shaped our relationship with the land we call the United States in this multimedia presentation.

*Available by request for groups of 10 or more.

Man & Nature Book Cover

The Life and Times of George Perkins Marsh

Born in 1801 in Woodstock, Vermont, George Perkins Marsh is considered a pioneering conservationist who helped shape the future of land use on a global scale.His experience in the Vermont forests in his formative years, combined with his worldwide travel and multiple career choices culminated in his ground breaking book "Man & Nature" printed in 1864.This presentation will touch on the times he worked in and the milestones in his life that led him to be called the father of the American conservation movement.

*Available by request for groups of 10 or more.

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