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Forest Festival Weekend

September 27 & 28, 2014
at 9:30 AM - 5PM
Sun 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Explore the park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, science and art. Horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking and portable sawmill demonstrations, hikes with foresters, wood crafts for kids, and more! (Park admission and activities free.) Visit the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival with more than 50 furniture makers and wood artisans at the Woodstock Union Arena (entrance fee). Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival.

Shuttle - Experience both events by taking advantage of our free shuttle service - a 30-minute loop from Union Arena to the park, with stops in downtown Woodstock and at the Billings Farm & Museum.

VIEW short film clip below


BOTH DAYS - Sat & Sun, Sept 27 & 28, 2014

Forest Festival weekend

woodcrafting                handmade products                                portable sawmill demo

Photos credits: John Gilbert Fox

Woodcraft Demonstration

11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join a variety of Vermont woodworkers as they create unique wooden products and discuss the art and value of their sustainable craft. Bowls, baskets, furniture, and other woodenware will be made for all to see.

Portable Sawmill Demonstration
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pony Shed Pasture

A local sawyer will mill logs from the forest, to begin the process of making different wood products, building materials, and furniture. See logs transformed into lumber before your eyes.


NPS Photos

Lost Big Trees
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Americans are fascinated by the trees of the west. But here in the east we have our own big trees: white pine, elm, hemlock, and the American chestnut. This 1.5 hour program explores the history, ecology, and future of the big eastern trees.

Invasives at Your Doorstep
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Not all green is good. Some plants--and insects--can threaten the health of Vermont's forests. Learn how to spot these invaders and what you can do to protect your woodlands and community parks. Sponsored by the Ottauquechee Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (OCISMA) Partnership.

Junior Ranger Program: Become a Forester
1:00 pm
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Are you ready to become a forest steward? Join a ranger to learn how a forester cares for the land through games and activities. Make something special out of wood from the park to bring home. A self-guided Junior Ranger activity booklet is also available throughout the weekend.

Meet the Artist
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Pony Shed Studio

Meet Alastair Noble, this year's artist-in-residence, in his open studio. Alastair is an environmental/installation artist and printmaker from the UK who has lived and worked in New York City for over 30 years. His artistic practice is a response to architecture and the natural environment, and reflects on particular sites in the context of poetry and literature.

Forest Quest (Self-guided)
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Seek out treasures hidden in the Mount Tom Forest. Activities and riddles will reveal clues to help you unravel the forest's mysteries. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Hands on Wood Crafting
11:00am to 4:00pm
Pony Pasture Area

Children will be able to make their own walking stick, decorate wood medallions, and learn a wooden dice game. And, join a park ranger in a reading of Daniel and his Walking Stick by Wendy McCormick.
bird collage

SATURDAY September 27 ONLY

Birds and the Future of the Forest
1:00 pm
Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Audubon Vermont Conservation Biologist Katie Manaras and Windsor County Forester Jon Bouton join forces for a one-hour hike to explore why our forest provides such excellent bird habitat, and how we can protect and enhance it.

Horse-Powered Logging
10:00am to 4:00pm
Mountain Road

Meet Roz and Jo, a pair of draft horses, as they provide a small-scale alternative to using big forestry equipment. Horse logger Ben Canonica of Chelsea, Vermont will be on had to discuss low impact forestry, directional felling techniques, and answer questions about forestry and draft horses.

Understanding the Forested Landscape
Maximum of 15. Reservations recommended.
9:30am to 12:30pm
Meet at Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Wander the woods with Walter Poleman, Field Naturalist at the University of Vermont. Discover the Park's diverse forest communities as you learn to analyze soils, identify plants, and interpret history etched in the land. There will be a 1-hour program indoors followed by a 2-hour walk. Snacks provided.

Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox 
Horse-drawn wagon ride

Horse-drawn wagon ride

John Gilbert Fox

SUNDAY September 28 ONLY

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Ride in a horse-drawn wagon with a park ranger to explore areas of the forest. The wagon will leave from the Carriage Barn Visitor Center area and head to the Pony Shed Pasture, where you can see a sawmill in action and explore a unique tree trail. Return trips are also available.

Vermont Atlas of Life
Times & location:

8:00am Birds Forest Center
10:30am Trees Forest Center
1:30pm Bees Forest Center
4:00pm Monarch Butterflies Forest Center (no hike)

Learn about nature and how to contribute your own natural history sightings to the online database iNaturalist. Plan on a moderate hike with staff from Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Each program will focus on a particular nature topic.
iNaturalist collage

iNaturalist photos

11th Annual Vermont Fine Woodworking & Forest Festival

Held at the Union Arena in Woodstock, September 27-28, 2014 10:00am-5:00pm

  • Fine furniture and wood products demonstrations
  • Live music
  • Woodworking demonstrations
  • Local food
  • Hands-on activities for kids

For more information call 802-457-3368 x22 or visit www.vermontwoodfestival.org

Did You Know?

In this sepia-toned photo from 1927, nine men sit and kneel amongst the ruins of a Native American dwelling at Mesa Verde. NPS Photo.

As a teenager, Laurance S. Rockefeller toured Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde with Horace Albright. Later in life, Laurance would donate lands to create Virgin Islands NP and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. He was the first conservationist to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.