Forest Festival Weekend

Forest Festival Collage 2014

Photos Jon Gilbert Fox

September 26 & 27 2015
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 Video Clip Below


BOTH DAYS - Sat & Sun, Sept 26 & 27, 2015

Forest Festival weekend

woodcrafting                handmade products                                portable sawmill demo

Photos credits: John Gilbert Fox

Woodcraft Demonstration

9:30 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

Come see logs transformed into lumber before your eyes. Portable sawmills are able to travel to a location with relatively few logs to make lumber that can be used on-site. Sawyers can saw to custom dimensions and generally produce more boards per log than with a conventional sawmill.


NPS Photos

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: Happy Birthday Man & Nature
1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center

You are invited to a book's birthday. Come learn the wonderful story of George Perkins Marsh and his famous book which turned 150 years old this year. His book helped us change the way we think about treating the lands, the animals and the forest.

Join a Park Ranger for 1 1/2 hours full of activities and games to learn Marsh's very special message while earning a Junior Ranger badge.

Forest Quest (Self-guided)
Location: 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.

Woodworking is for the Birds
10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Pony Pasture Area

Assemble and take home a birdhouse using lumber harvested and cut here in the park.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 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. Return trips will also be available.

Hands on Wood Crafting
9:30am to 4:00pm

Location: 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.
GPM Collage

SATURDAY September 26 ONLY

In the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh- Prophet of Conservation

Location: Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center

More than 150 years ago, a man born and raised on this property warned us about the dangers of inappropriate land use and urged us to take action before it was too late. In this free one hour ranger-guided walk, you will get to know something about George Perkins Marsh, explore quotations from his writing , and discuss the relevance of his vision to ours.

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.

Trees Collage

SUNDAY September 27 ONLY
Lost Big Trees
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Americans are fascinated by the big trees of the west. But here is 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.

Birds and Future of the Forest
1:00 - 2:00pm

Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Audubon Vermont Conservation Biologist Steve Hagenbuch 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.
bird collage
12th Annual Vermont Fine Woodworking & Forest Festival

Held at the Union Arena in Woodstock, September 26 & 27 2015 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

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