Forest Festival Weekend

Find Your Park Forest Festival Weekend

Photos Jon Gilbert Fox

September 26 & 27, 2015
Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For information or reservations call 802-457-3368 x22
Programs and activities at the National Park are free.
Admission fee to Woodworking Show at Billings Farm & Museum

Explore your park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, ecology 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 furniture makers and wood artisans at the Billings Farm & Museum (entrance fee). Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival.

A new twist on Forest Festival - We are excited to collaborate with the Billings Farm & Museum on this year's Forest Festival. Enjoy and shop for fine Vermont wood products at the Billings Farm & Museum exhibit hall and grounds then cross the road to the national park for more fun!

BOTH Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27
sawmill demonstrations

Forest Festival Weekend
Portable sawmill demonstration

NPS Photo

Woodcraft Demonstration
10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Vermont Woodworkers create unique wooden products and discuss the art and value of this sustainable craft. Bowls, baskets, furniture, and other woodenware will be made for all to see.

Portable Sawmill Demonstration
1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Pony Pasture
See logs transformed into lumber at a portable sawmill. These small mills are able to travel to locations with relatively few logs to them into lumber that can be used onsite.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer
Invasive Species

Invasives at Your Doorstep
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided Walk from 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Not all green is good. Some plants and insects threaten the health of the forests. Learn how to identify these invaders and what you can to to protect our woodlands, yards, and parks. Sponsored by the VT Dept of Forests, Parks and Recreation and VT Invasive First Detectors.
Jr Rangers program

Junior Ranger program

NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Program:
Habitat is Where it's At!
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Young Rangers are invited to learn about forest critters, habitats, and the life in a log and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Forest Quest (Self-guided)
Location: Request at 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. Appropriate for all ages.
Creating a wooden bird house

Creating a wooden birdhouse

Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox

Woodworking is for the Birds
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Pony Pasture Area
Assemble, decorate, and take home a birdhouse using lumber harvested and cut here in the park and milled at last year's Forest Festival. Supplies are limited. One per family.
Horse Drawn Wagon Ride Credit John Gilbert Fox

Horse drawn wagon rides at the park

Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
12 to 4 p.m.
Location: Pickup/depart Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Ride in a horse-drawn wagon with a park ranger to explore areas of the forest and visit the Pony Pasture activity hub.
Family wood crafting activity

Family wood crafting activity

Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox

Wood Crafting and Family Activities
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Pony Pasture
Make a walking stick, decorate wood medallions, and play with wooden games. Jump into animal Olympics, watch a puppet show or embark on a forest scavenger hunt.
kids with horse logger
Horse-Powered Logging
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Mountain Road
Meet some Vermont draft horses at work in the woods. Visit with horse loggers Ben Canonica (with horses Ros and Jo) and John Hanley (with horses Harley and Luke) and learn about low impact forestry.
Saturday, September 26 ONLY
Into the Wild - Critters of Mount Tom
1 to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

What wildlife calls the forests of the park home? What are some of their unique adaptations for survival? What habitats will you find them in? Meet some of the park's woodland inhabitants.

Future of the Forest
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Prosper Road Trailhead

Explore the history and stewardship of the oldest professionally managed forest in the United States. See some unique parts of the park and visit recent forestry projects.

Understanding the Forested Landscape

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Wander the woods with Walter Poleman, Field Naturalist. Discover the Park's diverse forest communities and history etched in the land. A 1-hour indoor program followed by 2-hour walk. Reservations are recommended.

Larry Kasden with the stream table

Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox

Stream Table
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Explore the workings of watersheds and rivers with the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District and their stream table.
Sunday, September 27 ONLY
Trees Collage

Lost Big Trees
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
Americans are fascinated by the big trees of the west. But here in the east we have our own big trees: white pine, elm, hemlock, and American chestnut. This 1 1/2-hour program explores the history, ecology, and future of the big eastern trees.

Trees to Boards
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center
This is the only National Park that sustainably manages timber. Learn how the park chooses trees to harvest and where they go. Join Forester Jon Bouton for a tour with stops at a horse logging operation and a sawmill.

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