Forest Festival Weekend

Find Your Park Forest Festival Weekend
Photos: Jon Gilbert Fox
September 24 & 25, 2016
Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For information or reservations call 802-457-3368 x222
Programs and activities at the National Park are free.
Admission fee to Woodworking Show at Billings Farm & Museum

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.)

Visit the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival with furniture makers and wood artisans at the Billings Farm & Museum (entrance fee).
Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival.

A new twist on Forest Festival - We are excited to collaborate with the Billings Farm & Museum on this year's Forest Festival. Enjoy and shop for fine Vermont wood products at the Billings Farm & Museum exhibit hall and grounds then cross the road to the national park for more fun!

BOTH SATURDAY & SUNDAY September 24 & 25
Wooden spoons
Credit: John Gilbert Fox
Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon Workshop
Time: 10:30am AND 2:30pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join Andre Souligny of for this 90 minute workshop on wooden spoon carving. Classes at10:30am and 2:30pmboth days. Limit 8 participants per class, ages 14 and up, fee of $25 per student. Register through the Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association.
Ranger Led Tours at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
NPS Photo
Ranger-Guided Nature Programs
Time: Every hour on the hour 11am till 4pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a 30-45 program about a special nature topic, from bird nests to squirrels.
Forestry Discussion Credit J Lynam
NPS Photo Credit: J Lynam
Coffee With Your New Windsor County Forester
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Mansion Porch

What does a county forester do? Meet AJ Follensbee, chat on the porch about your forest management questions, then go for a stroll through the woods.10am-12pm.
sawmill demonstrations
Portable sawmill demonstration NPS Photo
Woodcraft Demonstration
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Vermont Woodworkers create unique wooden products and discuss the art and value of this sustainable craft. Bowls, baskets, furniture, and other woodenware will be made for all to see.

Portable Sawmill Demonstration
Time: 10am-5pm
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 to them into lumber that can be used onsite.

Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer - Invasive Species
Invasives at Your Doorstep
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Not all green is good. Some plants and insects threaten the health of the forests. Learn how to identify these invaders and what you can to to protect our woodlands, yards, and parks. Sponsored by VT Invasive First Detectors.
Jr Rangers program
Junior Ranger program NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Program: Habitat is Where it's At!
Time: 2pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Young Rangers are invited to learn about forest critters, habitats, and the life in a log and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Forest Quest (Self-guided)
Location: Request at Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Seek out treasures hidden in the Mount Tom Forest. Activities and riddles will reveal clues to help you unravel the forest's mysteries. Appropriate for all ages.
Creating a wooden bird house
Creating a wooden birdhouse Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox
Woodworking is for the Birds
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Pony Pasture Area

Assemble, decorate, and take home a birdhouse using lumber harvested and cut here in the park and milled at last year's Forest Festival. Supplies are limited. One per family.
Horse Drawn Wagon Ride Credit John Gilbert Fox
Horse drawn wagon rides at the park Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Time: Noon to 5pm
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.
Family wood crafting activity
Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox
Wood Crafting and Family Activities
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Pony Pasture

Make a walking stick, decorate wood medallions, and play with wooden games. Jump into animal Olympics, watch a puppet show or embark on a forest scavenger hunt.
kids with horse logger
Photo credit: John Gilbert Fox
Horse-Powered Logging
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Mountain Road

Meet some Vermont draft horses at work in the woods. Visit with horse loggers Ben Canonica (with horses Ros and Jo) and John Hanley (with horses Harley and Luke) and learn about low impact forestry.
SATURDAY, September 25 ONLY
Deep Roots to Unknown Outcomes: The Past, Present and Future of Northeastern Forests
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Through long-term monitoring, inventorying, and geological analysis, the NPS Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) helps to tell the story of the health, history, and possible future of national park forests in the eastern US. Join NETN staff for this this talk and walk as we delve into the deep history of the park’s forest lands and explore how climate change could impact its future.
SUNDAY, September 25 ONLY
Trees Collage

Understanding the Forested Landscape
Time: 10am-1pm
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.

Lost Big Trees
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Americans are fascinated by the big trees of the west. But here in the east we have our own big trees: white pine, elm, hemlock, and American chestnut. This 1 1/2-hour program explores the history, ecology, and future of the big eastern trees.

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