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.

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Trillium
Trillium

Spring Wildflowers
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9am–11pm


Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required
Contact: Christine_Frohloff@partner.nps.gov or call 802-457-3368 x222
Experience the beauty of Vermont's spring wildflowers.
This walking tour will introduce you to trilliums, trout lilies, spring beauties and other forest flowers that bloom for just a short time in spring. Moderate 1.5 mile hike. This workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association.
 
 
View of Manhattan through Central Park trees
View of Manhattan through Central Park trees

Photo Credit © L Shahi

Urban Forests
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10am–1pm

Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required
Contact: Christine_Frohloff@partner.nps.gov or call 802-457-3368 x222
Author Jill Jonnes will offer a 40 minute presentation on her research into urban forests, followed by a walking tour of the historic Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller forest. Books will be on sale and available for signing after the presentation. Meet at the Forest Center.
 
Forest with rocks and bird

Bedrock to Birds
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Prosper Trailhead. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required
Contact: Christine_Frohloff@partner.nps.gov or call 802-457-3368 x222
Find out how the rock beneath your feet affects the forest ecosystem you see. The bedrock of Vermont was formed by an ancient shallow sea hundreds of millions of years ago. Explore how this impossibly long ago past still influences the plants, trees, and birds we see around us today. Meet at the Prosper Trailhead.
 
pictures of birds

Status of Vermont Forest Birds - 25 Years of Monitoring and Songbird Management
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:30am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: Reservations Required.
Contact: Kyle_Jones@nps.gov or call 802-457-3368 x222
Join the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Audubon Vermont for this forest landowner’s workshop highlighting 25 years of forest bird monitoring and how to manage forests for species of conservation concern. Reservations required, please call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or email e-mail us. Meet at the Forest Center. Easy, 1.5 mile hike.
 
Invasive plants knotweed
Japanese Knotweed

Trees and Trespassers
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at Prosper Trailhead. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Take the pulse on forest health and bar the door to invasive plants. Forests are complex ecosystems that need a variety of natural features and processes to keep them healthily humming along. Learn how the Northeast Temperate Network monitors forest health, how invasive species compromise biodiversity, and how you can help the park identify invasive species before they become a problem.

 
Old maple tree near the red pine plantation
Mature Maple tree near Red Pine plantation grove

NPS Photo (Credit C Marts)

The Future of the Forest
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, July 22, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at Prosper Trailhead. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Join us for a hike exploring the history and stewardship of the oldest professionally managed forest in the United States. The National Park Service continues the tradition of forest management on these diverse 550 acres of historic plantations and hardwood stands.

Visit forest stands to be thinned in 2017 and see how the trees are selected and marked. Visit forest stands that have been recently thinned using techniques that will help the forest adapt to climate change. Meet at the Prosper Trailhead.


 
Billings Farm & Museum Caretakers House and Yard

Caring For Your Yard Trees: Basic Maintenance Practices
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, August 12, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Join Elise Schadler, Technical Assistance Coordinator from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program for this workshop covering basic tree biology, how and where to plant trees in your yard, and how to care for trees as they grow. Maintenance practices such as mulching, irrigation, pruning, and tree protection will be covered. Participants will leave empowered with the skills and knowledge to grow healthy, long-lived trees on their property. Meet at the Forest Center.



 
Turtle & Salamander
Snapping Turtle & Salamander NPS Photos (Credit K Jones)

Reptiles and Amphibians in the Woodstock Area
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:30am–2pm

Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
We are thrilled to be able to bring Jim Andrews, adjunct professor of herpetology at the University of Vermont and coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, to the park. Learn conservation, identification, and search techniques in the classroom, then take your skills outside with Jim to explore an under-surveyed location on the Appalachian Trail. This is a rain or shine event—hardy participants will be getting wet regardless as we search streams and wetlands. Bring a lunch and meet at the Forest Center



 
Little green leaf hopper on Day Lily
NPS Photo

Monitoring Mashup
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Prosper Trailhead. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Critter tracks, frog calls, bird songs, and so much more. The Northeast Temperate Network monitors a wide variety of natural resources and ecosystems with the park’s borders. Learn about and try your hand at some of the basics of bird, forest health, water quality, and other monitoring programs in the park. Meet at the Prosper Trailhead.



 
Horse logging
NPS Photo

Horse Logging
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 10am and throughout the day.

Location: Staff at the Forest Festival welcome table will direct you to the location.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Visit horse-logging in action and learn about the 150-year legacy of forestry on Mount Tom. Watch the local loggers felling trees and pulling them to the trailside using draft horses. Learn how trees are marked and harvested and the various ways wood is used in our daily lives. Staff at the Forest Festival welcome table will direct you to the location.



 
Emerald Ash Borer - Invasive

Emerald Ash Borer (Invasive Species)
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Forest Center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Join Meredith Whitney, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program for this workshop. Emerald ash borer has spread rapidly in the United States, killing millions of ash trees, and it will be in Vermont soon if it isn't here already. This workshop will help you better understand the emerald ash borer as an insect, get to know the signs and symptoms, and learn what you can do to prepare for their arrival. Meet at the Forest Center



 
Phenology and climate
NPS Photo

Phenology and Climate
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10am–12pm

Location: Meet at the Prosper Trailhead. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,Woodstock, VT. Parking is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.
Fee: Free
Reservations: None required.
Contact: 802-457-3368 x222
Phenology, or “nature’s calendar”, is one of the easiest ways to see how climate change is affecting the natural systems of the planet. Learn about the long history of climatic changes in the park, and how they could impact the park’s forests, plants, and wildlife. Meet at the Prosper Trailhead.




Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

54 Elm Street
Woodstock , VT 05091

Phone:

(802) 457-3368 x222

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