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.
 
Eastern Phoebe with moss in beak
Photo Credit © Kent McFarland

Vermont eBird Weekly Spring Bird Monitoring Walks
Working Woodlands Workshop
Weekly: Thursdays, April 19-May 31, 2018 7:30-10:30am

Over 150 bird species have been observed and reported to Vermont eBird from Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Beginning Thursday, April 19th, join Vermont Center for Ecostudies biologist Kent McFarland on a weekly ~2 mile walk from Prosper Road trailhead parking lot to the Pogue and back. We’ll report all the birds we identify by sight and sound to Vermont eBird. Learn more about birds, birding, and eBird with Kent and others each Thursday morning departing promptly at 7:30 AM. Please dress appropriately for early-morning outdoor activity, and bring binoculars if possible.

►Location: Meet at the Prosper Road Trailhead Parking Lot. From Woodstock, take Route 12 north 2.7 miles from the Billings Farm & Museum Parking Area to Prosper Road on the left (look for a “West Woodstock” sign on the right). Turn left and continue another 0.7 miles to the unmarked Prosper Trailhead Parking Area on the left. Coordinates: 43.638788, -72.553574

 
Yellow Spring Flower

Step Into Spring

Working Woodlands Workshop

Saturday, April 28, 2018 10am-Noon

The winter is over, and spring is here to stay! Come celebrate the warmer season on a hike through the park with NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron. Learn about the many changes spring brings to our backyard and the corresponding monitoring activities undertaken by NETN scientists. All ages are welcome!

Please come dressed appropriately for outdoor activity. Event continues rain or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

► Location – Meet at Prosper Road Trailhead Parking Lot, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
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 call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us

 
Old stone wall in the woods
NPS Photo

Precontact Native American Archaeology Talk
Working Woodlands Workshop
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Ever wonder how Native Americans used Vermont’s flora and fauna before European contact? Join State Archaeologist Jess Robinson for this evening presentation to find out! During the one-hour presentation, Jess will discuss how he and his colleagues analyze the remains of firewood and foods from archaeological sites across Vermont. He will then use this data as a springboard to discuss changes to the environment and Native American Lifeways over the past 13,000 years. All ages welcome! 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

 
Migratory bird on branch
Photo: © KP McFarland (Used by permission)

Meet the Migrants

Working Woodlands Workshop

Saturday, May 19, 2018
8-10am --
Bird Walk
10-11am --
Mini eBird Workshop

►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.

The birds are back in town! Flock to the National Park and join NPS Ecologist Kyle Jones and Vermont Center for Ecostudies Conservation Biologist Kent McFarland to take a gander at Vermont’s spring birds. Participants will learn bird identification by sight and sound on an easy, 2-hour walk through the Park, then will return to the Forest Center to learn the basics of eBird, a citizen science tool used to record birding observations. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just a fledgling, this workshop is for you!
►We will meet at the Forest Center to begin our bird walk. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle, snack, and binoculars if possible. Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.
Contact: To register or learn more call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at e-mail us

 
Close up ofnewly opened fern frond
Photo © Lisa Lacasse Fern unfurling (used by permission)

Nature Photography
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 9am - 12 pm

Want to cultivate your nature photography skills? Join Lisa Lacasse of the Quechee Area Camera Club for this three-hour workshop aimed to do just that. The 40-minute indoor portion will begin with a slideshow of Lisa’s images, followed by a focus on the “Art of Seeing” -- practical tips to improve the composition and creativity of your photography. Then, put your new skills to use out on the trails of the park!

Lisa Lacasse grew up in Hanover, NH and now resides in Quechee, VT. She is primarily a landscape and nature photography whose images evoke emotion and celebrate the beauty of Vermont and neighboring states. In addition to wandering the trails of New England, Lisa also spends time in Florida photographing birds and landscapes. She founded and runs the Quechee Area Camera Club, and has co-led and assisted with several photography workshops in Vermont and Maine. Her work may be found at www.lisalacassephotography.com.

This workshop is $20 per person, and registration is required as space is limited to 10 participants. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring your favorite photo-taking device, be it your cell phone, a point-and-shoot camera, or an advanced DSLR camera. 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 – $20; make checks payable to Vermont Woodlands Association, PO Box 6004, Rutland, VT 05702; or, pay online here or over the phone at (802) 747-7900.
ReservationsRegistration is required as space is limited to 10 participants. Contact the Vermont Woodlands Association to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.
Contact – To register or learn more visit http://www.vermontwoodlands.org/workshops.asp, call (802) 747-7900, or e-mail info@vermontwoodlands.org
 
Small holes in a tree bark made by Emerald Ash Borer Insect
Photo Wikimedia Commons Credit Daniel Herms The Ohio State University Bugwood.org

Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, 9am - 12pm

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a nonnative invasive forest pest first discovered in the United State in 2002. As of April 2018, EAB has been confirmed in four Vermont towns - Orange, Barre, Groton, and Plainfield. Join state forester Jim Esden and Windsor County forester AJ Follensbee for this 3-hour workshop to learn about the biology and identification of EAB, how to report a suspected infestation, and what EAB means for woodlot management. The workshop will begin with indoor presentations and discussion, and then head outdoors to take a look at the park’s ash trees. All ages welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle if possible. Event will continue rain 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
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 kyle_jones@nps.govhttps://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

Last updated: April 13, 2018

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