Forest Festival

Wagon Ride with horses in front of Mansion
Photo credit:  © John Gilbert Fox

September 22, 2018 10am - 4pm

► Join horse-drawn wagon rides
► Enjoy hands on craft activities
► Learn about forest history
► Watch woodworking demos

Explore your park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, ecology and art. Horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking and portable sawmill demonstrations, hikes with foresters, wood crafts for kids, and more! (Park admission and activities free.)

 
Road through the Forest
NPS Photo Credit: R. Diamant

Coffee with the Windsor County Forester
Tiime: 10am-10:30am
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

What does a county forester do? Meet AJ Follensbee, the Windsor County Forester, and chat in the Carriage Barn Visitor Center about your forest management over coffee. Then take a hike with AJ (see below).

Hike with the Windsor County Forester
Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join AJ Follensbee on a short hike through the historic Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller forest, the birthplace of George Perkins Marsh and considered to be the oldest continuously managed forest in North America. Learn how active forest management can create beautiful landscapes and produce timber at the same time.
 
Two people with walking sticks
NPS Photo

Forest Walk
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Start at Carriage Barn Visitor Center

 
Horse Drawn Wagon Ride Credit John Gilbert Fox
Photo Credit: © John Gilbert Fox Horse drawn wagon rides at the park

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: Pickup/depart Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Ride in a horse-drawn wagon with a park ranger to explore areas of the forest and visit the Pony Pasture activity hub.
 
Trees Collage
NPS Photos

Understanding the Forested Landscape
Time: 1pm-4pm

Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Wander the woods with Walter Poleman, Field Naturalist. Discover the Park's diverse forest communities and history etched in the land. A 1-hour indoor program followed by 2-hour walk. Reservations are recommended.

 
Garden in June
NPS Photo

Gardens through the Generations
Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: Start at Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Explore the gardens - formal and "secret" - tucked into the hills behind the Mansion, that underscore the site's story of nature appreciation and enjoyment. Learn about the people who conceived and cultivated these beautiful spaces.
 
sawmill demonstrations
Portable sawmill demonstration NPS Photo

Woodcraft Demonstration
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Portable Sawmill Demonstration
Location: Pony Pasture

See logs transformed into lumber at a portable sawmill. These small mills are able to travel to locations with relatively few logs and saw them into lumber that can be used onsite.

Vermont Woodworkers create unique wooden products and discuss the art and value of this sustainable craft. Bowls, and other woodenware will be made for all to see.
 
Family wood crafting activity
Photo Credit: © John Gilbert Fox

Wood Crafting and Family Activities
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Pony Pasture

Make a walking stick, decorate wood medallions, and play with wooden games.
 
kids with horse logger
Photo Credit: © John Gilbert Fox

Horse-Powered Logging
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Mountain Road

Meet some Vermont draft horses at work in the woods. Visit with horse loggers Ben Canonica and John Hanley (with horses Ros and Jo) and learn about low impact forestry.
 
 
Ranger Led Tours at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
NPS Photo

Mansion Tours (Fee charged)
Times: 10am-11am; 3pm-4pm; 4pm-4:30pm
Location: Start at Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a tour of the Mansion.

Mansion Open House (Free)
Time:11am-12pm

Last updated: September 14, 2018

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