Working Woodlands Workshops

Sustainable Forestry discussion
Workshop with Forester (NPS Photo)
Informative, and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands Workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park. Learn from forestry professionals, scientists, landowners and inspiring community members. Explore diverse topics ranging from tree identification, low-impact harvesting, sawmilling, Timber Stand Improvement, animal tracking, trail maintenance, invasive plant control and so much more. Learn techniques and knowledge to help you understand, manage, conserve and experience woodlands. Our workshops are co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

During COVID-19, Working Woodlands Workshops are being offered digitally. Here are some pre-recorded, captioned presentations, premiered through the park’s Facebook page. Workshops can continue to be viewed on Facebook and YouTube: Rich Soil Indicators | Managing the Land for Bobolinks | Wildflowers | iNaturalist Tutorial |

To register for any of these upcoming workshops, please use the following link to take you to the registration form. If you have any trouble accessing the form or registering, please contact Joey Sullivan, Natural Resources Management Intern, at joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov.
 
Dandelion seedhead with lady beetle in the center

Community Science using iNaturalist with VT Center for Ecostudies

Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 12-1pm

Contact: joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov or call (845)-325-7563

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist as a side gig? We’ve got just the program for you!

Join the National Park Service and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and learn how you can become a community scientist and collect data for real world research projects! Julia Pupko, the Community Science Outreach Naturalist from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will be give a presentation on how you can be involved in a various research needs in Vermont, specifically the Lady Beetle Atlas project.

The presentation will start with an overview of why lady beetles are important to the ecosystem, and why native populations have been in decline, both nation-wide and in Vermont. She will then go into a brief description of the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas project and why we are utilizing community science to look for these beetles. From here, she will demonstrate how to use the platform community scientist partners use to upload observations of lady beetles, then discuss some of the findings we have had thus far. She will wrap up by talking about a few native lady beetle species we have in Vermont. These species exemplify the wide range of appearances, habitat use, and general importance of our native species. After this workshop, you can consider yourself trained as a community scientist! To learn more about the project ahead of time, go to: https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/lady-beetle-atlas/.

 
Otter near green grass
Otter
(Public Domain Photo)

Mink, Otter, Skunk, or Fisher? The Weasels
Date: March 15, 2021
Time: 12-1pm
Contact:
e-mail us

Join the National Park Service (NPS) in the second installment of our Wildlife tracking series, on March 15th from 12:00-1:00pm, focusing on the weasel family! NPS Ranger and Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will introduce the members of the weasel family, the differences between minks, otters, skunks and fishers, and the tracks and signs of each species. Family friendly event. Co-hosted with Billings Farm and Museum on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association. Live closed captioning available. We recommend watching the recording of the Wildlife Track and Sign investigation if you did not attend the program for more background on the basics of wildlife tracking. The recording is viewable at: https://youtu.be/iCcwa_b1NV4

If you have any questions, or need help registering, please contact Joey Sullivan, Natural Resources Management Intern, at e-mail us

 
Barred Owl in tree
Barred Owl
(NPS Photo Credit L Shahi)

Certify your Backyard as Wildlife Habitat with VINS

Date: March 23, 2021
Time: 12-1pm

Contact: joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov or call (845)-325-7563
 
Vole emerges from snow tunnel into falling snow
Vole emerges from snow tunnel into falling snow
(NPS Photo Credit L Shahi)

The Rodents: Squirrels, Beavers, Mice and More
Date: March 29, 2021
Time: 12-1 pm
Contact:
e-mail us

Join the National Park Service (NPS) in the final installment of our Wildlife Tracking series, tracking the rodents! In this one-hour zoom on March 29th, from 12:00-1:00 PM, NPS Ranger and Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will give us an overview of the different members of the rodent family, including squirrels, beavers and mice, and walk us through how to track each of these species. . Family friendly event. Co-hosted with Billings Farm and Museum on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association. Live closed captioning available. We recommend watching the recording of the Wildlife Track and Sign investigation if you did not attend the program for more background on the basics of wildlife tracking. The recording is viewable at: https://youtu.be/iCcwa_b1NV4.


If you have any questions, or need help registering, please contact Joey Sullivan, Natural Resources Management Intern, at e-mail us

 
Ranger leads a group of people on a hike
Ranger leading group hike
(NPS Photo)

Climate Change Hike at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park*

Date: April 3, 2021
Time: 9am-12pm

Contact: joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov or call (845)-325-7563

*Tentatively offered in person, in conjunction with Shelburne Farms's GLOBE workshop series. Space is limited, please email to express interest. A virtual program will be offered in the event conditions do not allow for a socially-distant hike.
 
SCA staff and volunteers
SCA staff and volunteers (NPS Photo)

Get Started Composting with ECO Americorps

Date: April 8, 2021
Time:12-1pm

Contact: joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov or call (845)-325-7563

Last updated: March 1, 2021

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