Working Woodlands Workshops

Sustainable Forestry discussion
Informative, hands-on and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands Workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park. Come 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 winter workshops are co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.
 
tree and leaf drawings

Winter Tree Identification
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 10am - 12pm
followed by lunch discussion 12pm - 1pm

The leaves have fallen, and identifying the trees in your backyard can be challenging. Join us for this two-hour workshop to learn how to identify common Vermont trees and shrubs during the winter months, focusing on their twig, bud, needle, and bark characteristics. Jon Bouton, who has more than 40 years of experience helping landowners see the forest and the trees, will lead an indoor discussion followed by a trek through the park to gain hands-on learning experience. Bring a bagged lunch and join us for an open lunch discussion after the workshop from 12:00 - 1:00pm; hot cocoa and coffee provided!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT

Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.

 
Tracks in snow

Animal Tracking
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 9am - 1pm

Who’s walking in the woods? Join us for this 4-hour intensive workshop to learn the tracks and signs of many common Vermont mammals, including fisher, red fox, bobcat, and many more! NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion, and then head outdoors to put your new skills to the test on park trails. All ages are welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack, and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.
Fee – No cost
Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.
Contact – (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us

 
Tracking Wildlife Program Winter 2016
(NPS Photo)

Animal Tracking
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 10am - 12pm

Join us for an introductory lesson in animal tracking at the National Park! Learn how to identify the tracks and signs of many common Vermont mammals, including fisher, red fox, bobcat, and many more! Vermont Center for Ecostudies Nathaniel Sharp will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion, and then head outdoors to put your new skills to the test on park trails. All ages are welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack, and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.
Fee – No cost
Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.
Contact – To register or learn more visit https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm, call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us

 
Woman examining Hemlock branch for signs of Woolly Adelgid
(NPS Photo)

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 9am - 12pm

Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a destructive invasive insect that has already been detected in southern Vermont, including Windsor County. Join us for this 3-hour workshop to learn how to identify HWA-infested hemlocks and what landowners can do to detect and slow the spread of this insect pest. Jim Esden, forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, will begin the workshop with an indoor discussion and then head outdoors to use state-wide surveying protocol to monitor the park’s hemlocks. All ages are welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack, and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association. This event is eligible for CFE credits from the Society of American Foresters and has been assigned three (3.0) Category 1 credits.

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.
Fee – No cost
Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.
Contact – To register call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us

Last updated: December 12, 2018

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Mailing Address:

54 Elm Street
Woodstock , VT 05091

Phone:

(802) 457-3368 x222

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