Forest Festival

Forest Festival Collage
Photo credits: John Gilbert Fox

Events at the National Park are free (unless otherwise noted). Admission fee for the Billings Farm & Museum.

September 22, 2018 10am - 4pm

►Take a horse-drawn wagon ride
►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.)

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!

 
Ranger Led Tours at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
NPS Photo
Ranger-Guided Nature Programs
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a 30-45 minute program about a special nature topic, from bird nests to squirrels.
 
sawmill demonstrations
Portable sawmill demonstration NPS Photo
Woodcraft Demonstration
Location: Carriage Barn Visitor Center

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


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.

 
Two people with walking sticks
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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 - Create a Wooden Planter
Location: Pony Pasture Area

Assemble, decorate, and take home a wooden planter 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
Photo Credit: © John Gilbert Fox Horse drawn wagon rides at the park
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
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
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.
 
Road through the Forest
NPS Photo Credit: R. Diamant
Coffee with the Windsor County Forester
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
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.
 
Trees Collage
NPS Photos

Understanding the Forested Landscape
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.

 

Last updated: May 15, 2018

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