Working Woodlands Workshops

2023 Working Woodlands Workshops

 
animal tracks in the snow
Snowshoe Hare tracks

NPS Photo / Ed Sharron

Uncovering Animal Mysteries: Wildlife Tracking Presentation (Online Zoom)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
12pm-1pm

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This virtual presentation will be hosted by Science Communication Specialist and Park Ranger Ed Sharron who will provide us with an introduction into the art of wildlife tracking. We will learn the basics of identifying common Vermont mammal tracks, scats and other signs. Knowing how to read these clues is a wonderful way to gain insight into the lives of the creatures who share the park with us.
 
Park Ranger stands outdoors in winter and points at animal tracks surrounded by six people
Winter tracking workshop

NPS Photo / Ed Sharron

Winter Tracking: Uncovering Animal Mysteries Snowshoe Hike (In-person)

Saturday, January 28th, 2023
9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Forest Center

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Bundle up and join us for a guided snowshoe hike exploring the park’s forest! This outdoor workshop is a follow up to the virtual tracking presentation and will be led by Ed Sharron. To-gether we will examine animal tracks left in the snow and the other signs of activity to get an idea of who else is exploring the woods. This workshop will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately. Attendance is limited to 50 people.

Parking for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located at Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT 05091. After parking, walk towards the Billings Farm & Museum and take the concrete path to the right of the Visitor Center. Walk up the path, cross Elm St using the cross walk, and take the right fork in the road to walk up a short, steep hill towards the Forest Center. Limited accessible parking is available directly outside the Forest Center.
 
bat flies toward camera with black background
Little Brown Bat

Michael Durham

Bats in the Winter (Online Zoom)

Wednesday, Februrary 15th, 2023
12pm-1pm

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Ever wonder where bats go during the winter? Join us for two half hour presentations to learn about the fascinating winter habits of our local bat species. Adam Kozlowski and Eran Amichai, will each share with us their knowledge on bat hibernacula and the importance of overwintering. Eran Amichai is a biologist from Dartmouth University who has researched bats and Adam Kozlowski is a Science Data Manager who has monitored bats in the past.
 
close up of brown and white owl looking at camera
Barred owl

NPS Photo / Ed Sharron

Owl Prowl (In-Person)

Saturday, Februrary 18th 2023
5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Forest Center

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This workshop will be split into a presentation on owls followed by a nighttime owl watching hike. A presentation from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science will start off this event. You will be introduced to live owls and learn about their amazing adaptations for surviving in Vermont’s wilderness. This will be followed by an owl-watching hike where our new knowledge of owl calls and habits can be applied. Part of this workshop will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately.

Parking for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located at Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT 05091. After parking, walk towards the Billings Farm & Museum and take the concrete path to the right of the Visitor Center. Walk up the path, cross Elm St using the cross walk, and take the right fork in the road to walk up a short, steep hill towards the Forest Center. Limited accessible parking is available directly outside the Forest Center.
 
hilly landscape from aerial view of trees in peak fall foliage
Vermont fall foliage

NPS Photo / Ed Sharron

How Will Climate Change Impact Our Forests? (Online Zoom)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
12pm-1pm

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The forests of Vermont are one of our most important and beloved assets but today a changing climate is causing these forests to change as well. Join us for two half hour presentations on this topic from researchers and expert foresters Anthony D’Amato and Ali Kosiba. Ali Kosiba will discuss how trees respond to environmental changes and stressors. Anthony D’Amato will discuss his research on the ways in which Vermont’s forest composition is predicted to change under different climate scenarios.
 
tree branches seen from below covered in ice in front of blue sky
Oak tree in winter

NPS Photo / Gillian Audier

Winter Tree ID Hike (In-Person)

Saturday, March 25th 2023
9:30am-12pm
Location: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Blow-Me-Down Farm

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Once the leaves fall off, all trees can start to look the same to the untrained eye. However, with a little knowledge on the different clues trees provide through their three B’s (buds, bark, branches) you’ll be able to identify any tree even in the winter! Come take a hike lead by our Natural Resources team through the fields of Blow-me-Down Farms at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park to learn the basics of Winter tree identification. This workshop will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately. Attendance is limited to 50 people.

This event is hosted by Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, NH. Blow-Me-Down Farm is located on Route 12A in the town of Cornish, NH. To locate the farm, please use the following address in your GPS: 364 NH-12A, Cornish, NH 03745.
 

About Working Woodlands Workshops

 
Sustainable Forestry discussion
Workshop with Forester (NPS Photo)
Working Woodlands workshops are designed to connect nature enthusiasts and land-owners with natural resource professionals, to provide them with the skills and knowledge to promote land stewardship. These workshops are held both virtually and in-person throughout the year. Explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to wildlife tracking, tree identification, creating wildlife habitat, invasive plant management, sustainable forestry, and much more. After attending a workshop, you can expect to come away with knowledge about land stewardship and the skills to take it home and practice in your own backyard. Workshops are co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife, and Billings Farm and Museum.

View workshops on the park's YouTube Channel. Subjects include: Common Tree Pests, Bat Conservation, Successional Forests, Climate Change, Women Land Stewardship, Forest Birds, Vernal Pools, Wildlife Tracking, Composting.


►Check back for future workshop offerings. For general questions about the program - email: Steven_Mortillo@nps.gov.

 

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