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January 2017

January 1, 2017, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter. Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; brin snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at www.vtstateparks.com  and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.  http://vtstateparks.blogspot.com/2016/12/join-vermont-state-parks-for-free.html

January 1, 2017, Resolve To Revolve- Fatbike Demo Day
This year, resolve to revolve… on a fatbike!!! If you’ve always wondered about those Fat Bikes, now’s your chance to try one out! Or maybe you’re in the market for a new one… kick the year off right! Bikes that will be available for 45 minute demo rides are the following in multiples of each size- even 24inch wheeled kids bikes. Cost is $15 for a non-Kingdom Trails Member $5 for a KTA Member. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/01/resolve-to-revolve-fatbike-demo-day/

January 1, Run Vermont’s Annual First Run 5k and Youth Fun Run.
Through downtown Burlington.. Presented by UVM Medical Center. Prizes awarded in several costume categories. (802) 863-8412. www.runvermont.org/events/first-run.

January 1, Christmas at Billings Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Admission: adults $14, 62 & up $13, ages 5-15 $8, 3-4 $4, under 3 free. 10 am – 4 pm. Billings Farm & Museum, Rt. 12 & River Rd. (802) 457-2355. info@billingsfarm.org  , www.billingsfarm.org 

January 5, 2017, The Bolton Traverse on the Catamount Trail
Friday, January 5, 7:30am-5:30pm, $45, includes shuttle and Bolton Nordic pass. Join NorthWoods as we set out on a tour on the Catamount Trail, starting at the Bolton Nordic Center and ending at the Trapp Family Lodge. The Catamount Trail guidebook describes this tour as a "rugged, back-country tour climbing 1300 feet and descending 2300 feet, featuring a narrow trail in the spruce forest, a long descent through open forest and marvelous views in many directions." The NorthWoods guides will explore off-piste sections along the route. Suited for intermediate and advanced skiers accustomed to travelling by telemark or AT. Skins required. www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/backcountry-ski-series-the-bolton-traverse-on-the-catamount-trail/

January 7, 2017, Überwintern - Fat Bike Festival 2017
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST), Stowe, VT. - The Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Mountain Bike Vermont are at it again in 2017, bringing you Vermont's best antidote to the winter blues—Uberwintern! What is Uberwintern you ask? It's a day of fatbike revelry on powder-packed single track for those souls brave enough to keep charging on two wheels through the depths of winter! Now in its fifth year, Uberwintern 2017 will be staged out of Sushi Yoshi, situated on the Stowe rec path and in close proximity to the Cady Hill Forest trailhead. Registration, group ride departures, demos, and lunch will be all take place at Sushi Yoshi, aka Uberwintern HQ. www.eventbrite.com/e/uberwintern-fat-bike-festival-2017-registration-29647564664

JAN 7 - JAN 8, 2017, 24Hours of Stratton
Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders. Friends and Family. Colleagues. All Ages and Abilities Invited. Sign up as an individual, start or join a team of up to 12 and get ready to enjoy the non-stop fun that will energize your spirit and create memories to cherish for a lifetime! The fifth annual 24Hours of Stratton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride around the clock (choose a “shift” or go all-out). This family-friendly, ski and ride party puts the fun in fund-raising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times. www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/24-hours-of-stratton

January 12, Full Moon Snowshoe: Dashney Trail Nordic Center in Burke
Thursday, January 12, 7pm - 9pm, $10 includes snowshoes and s'mores. Join us under the moon light at the Burke Mountain Nordic Center for a guided snowshoe tour, followed by a campfire and s'mores. This is open to snowshoers of all ability levels and people of all ages! New this year, NorthWoods Stewardship Center is going to be operating the Dashney Trails that are located just outside the doors of the Burke Mountain Nordic Center. www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/full-moon-snowshoe-dashney-trail-nordic-center-in-burke

January 12 - March 2 - Introduction To Fly Tying
Trout Unlimited MadDog Chapter and Vt Fish & Wildlife's Let’s Go Fishing Program are partnering to conduct two instructional fly tying courses. Each course will emphasize stream ecology, habitat management, angler ethics and the natural history of trout while teaching participants the art of fly tying. Introduction To Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. Intermediate Fly Tying: Thurs nights, 2/9, 2/16, and 3/2, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Berlin, VT. The cost is $30 to cover materials. To register, call 802-265-2279 or email letsgofishing@vermont.gov.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

January 13th, Bunkhouse Grand Opening & Winter Trails Open House
12pm-7pm. This new addition to the NorthWoods campus features bunks for up to 16 people, a wood stove, shower/bath facility, and radiant floor heating. With the addition of the bunkhouse, more groups can access NorthWoods education and outreach programs, or plan their own Kingdom experience, with the bunkhouse as home base. Come celebrate this new community resource at the Grand Opening – with an open house on the winter trails, free rentals, and good food and music by Geoffery Goodhue and Nick Vandenberg to follow. www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/

January 14, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/01/torchlight-ski-snowshoe/

January 20 - 22, 2017, 25th Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic
Exibitors, Seminars, Speakers and more. http://yankeeclassic.net/

January 20-22, 2017, Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash
Kick-off party | Drytooling Competition | Clinics | Slideshows & Speaker Presentation | Raffle | Camaraderie! Free gear demos from the industries leading brands, clinics for the beginner to advanced climbers, multimedia slideshows by sponsored athletes, dry tooling competition and kick-off party, huge raffles and immense camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smuggler’s Notch! The goal of the Smuggs Ice Bash is to promote the sport of ice climbing, to educate climbers, to exhibit and demo new gear, and to share a weekend of fun, challenge, and inspiration with other winter enthusiasts in one of Vermont’s most amazing places, Smuggler’s Notch. The Smuggs Ice Bash is managed by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School 105 Briggs Street Burlington, VT 05401 802.657.3872 www.petracliffs.com  http://www.smuggsicebash.com

January 21 - 22, UVTA's Skate-a-thon 2017
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, www.eventbrite.com/e/the-upper-valley-trails-alliances-2017-skate-a-thon-at-lake-morey-tickets-29827251111

January 28, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register with museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

January 28, Free Ice Fishing Day and Festival
Saturday, January 28, 2017 is Vermont's free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license. A free Ice Fishing Festival will be held that day at Hoyts Landing in Springfield, Vermont. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing. www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish/fishing_opportunities/ice_fishing/free_ice_fishing_day_festival

January 28 2017 - Ice Fishing Festival
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Hoyts Landing, 1263 Charlestown Road, Springfield, VT 05156. Fish & Wildlife staff and Let's Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing. Plus, enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can!)! All ages and genders are welcome! Bring your own gear, or borrow from us to learn. Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get on the "fast pass" lane for ice fishing! www.register-ed.com/events/view/92451

January 29, 2017, Tracking Winter Wildlife
10:00am - 4:00pm, Huntington, Vermont.  Join field naturalist Sophie Mazowita for a full-day immersion in tracking and trailing wildlife in winter. We'll start with an indoor presentation on the basics of track and sign ID, interpreting gaits and behavior, and understanding winter wildlife ecology and habitat. From there we'll head out to explore the forests, brook and beaver pond to find out who, why, when, and where wildlife is on the landscape. We will look to get on the trail of a fisher, fox, coyote, or bobcat and become intimately acquainted with its story as we walk in its footsteps. http://vt.audubon.org/events/tracking-winter-wildlife?mc_cid=d69c48ff12&mc_eid=5e467c524c

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February 2017

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, Nordic Rendezvous and Back to the Barn Tour
Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton is hosting the Nordic Rendezvous. The event begins with the BACK TO THE BARN TOUR: x-c ski / FatBike / showshoe on scenic trails filled with woodland magic. You will wax poetic when the trail leads you to the cabin where Robert Frost wrote, tucked on a hillside at the edge of a snowy wood. Along the way you will be refreshed and energized by stops offering hot trailside treats. Then, as dusk settles, follow the luminaries and gather around the bonfire with some mulled cider. Make your way to the Bread Loaf Inn for a buffet of hot soups and chili, breads, salads and dessert. Local wine, beer and hard cider will be available at a cash bar. The festivities conclude with a rollicking old fashioned BARN DANCE in the historic Bread Loaf Barn where the great stone fireplace will be ablaze, keeping us toasty while we kick up our heels to the lively fiddle music. www.rikertnordic.com/event/nordic-rendezvous-and-back-to-the-barn-tour

February 4, 2017, Penguin Plunge
Burlington Waterfront Park - In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. Today, the Penguin Plunge is Special Olympics Vermont's largest annual fundraising effort with events in North Bennington and Burlington. In 2016, 1,200 brave souls jumped into Vermont's icy lakes raising a record breaking $474,000 to support sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses. Do you have 32 degrees of courage? https://penguinplunge.org/

February 4, 5th Annual Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge
7:30 AM - 3:50 PM EST. Race at Shale Hill in Benson, Vermont completing as many laps as you can in 8 hours on our 10K obstacle course! PRO/ELITE with Cash Payout, Open, Youth, Masters and Journeyman Divisions offered. Contact us at (802)537-3561 for more details or register via www.shalehilladventure.com

February 04, 2017, Family Trek at the Green Mountain Audubon Center
10:00am - 12:00pm, Huntington, Vermont.  We’ll explore the best spots of Audubon and stop for a snack and hot cocoa along the way (provided). Bring your adventurous spirit as we look for animal tracks, animal homes, and end our trek by working together to build a camp fire.
Dress in snow gear and bring extra warm layers. If you need help deciding how to dress yourself and children, please feel free to email our Education Manager for advice jmontague@audubon.org.    http://vt.audubon.org/events/family-trek-green-mountain-audubon-center?mc_cid=d69c48ff12&mc_eid=5e467c524c

Feb. 4 - 5, 2017, Barre Fish & Game Club Gun Show
www.barrefishandgameclub.com

February 4 & 5, 2017 , 8th Annual Vermont Pond Hockey Championship
Teams will be placed in division conferences with three other teams. On Saturday, teams will play three games against the other teams within their conference. Based on the standing from those games (wins, goals & goal differentials), the top eight teams in each division will be placed into the “Golden Sap Bucket” single elimination playoff. The remaining teams will be placed in the “Dented Can” single elimination playoff. Both playoffs will be held on Sunday and teams will be bracketed based on their team record, with tie-breakers being goals scored and goal differentials. Each team will have at least one, but up to three games on Sunday. The finale of the tournament will be the Golden Sap Bucket championship games to be played on Sunday afternoon. www.vtpondhockey.com

February 10 - 12, 2017, Pond Hockey Classic
The Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic is returning for this winter. Located on Malletts Bay in Colchester, VT, the LCPHC provides it's participants with an unparalleled tournament experience. Presented by Labatt Blue this event is specifically tailored for the participants. When the days competition is over, participants head to Church Street in downtown Burlington to take in the nightlife and reminisce about the day on the "Pond." Don't miss out on this unique pond hockey experience, register your team today! www.pondhockeyclassic.com/lakechamplain

Feb 11, 2017,  FATSCUTNEY
Brownsville, VT, A FAT BIKE RACE ON THE AMAZING ASCUTNEY TRAILS MTB NETWORK WITH 100% OF THE NET PROCEEDS BENEFITING MOUNT ASCUTNEY OUTDOORS! www.bikereg.com/fatscutney

February 11, 2017, Salomon Snowcross Relays
Skiers are invited to try winter trail running and runners are invited to try cross country skiing in a fun relay-style format. Racers can participate as individuals or teams in beginner, advanced, and kids categories. The event will begin with 1 ski leg, then enter a transition zone where you will either tag a teammate or swap from skis to running shoes, continuing on to 1 trail run leg and the finish. www.skireg.com/salomon-snowcross-relays

February 11 - 12, 2017, 13th Annual Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon
Sponsored by the Manchester Rod & Gun Club will be held on February 11th & 12th, 2017 at The Skinner Hollow Farm in Manchester, Vermont. This year we will be giving away three muzzle loading rifles in our grand prize raffle drawing. Tickets are available now through the event. Contact any Manchester Rod & Gun Club member to get yours before they sell out. You do not have to be present to win. We will also be giving away many fine door prizes at the event. www.svtpb.org

February 17 -18, Great Ice Festival
The festivities kickoff Friday, February 17 th at 5:30pm with a Christmas tree bonfire on the ice in City Bay. Light food and beverage will be available at the North Hero House Pier, and a full Italian Dinner will be served starting at 6:30, call 802 372 4732 for dinner reservations. Saturday the 18 th starts the first full day of Great Ice! festivities, with free public skating all day, a snow building contest from 10a-1p, The Lake Champlain Islands Business Expo from 10:30a-3:30p, and pickup hockey on our large rink from 2-4pm. All Saturday events are free to the public.Start Sunday the 19 th off with the hearty FlapJack Breakfast from 8:30a-11:30a then put those calories to work with free public skating on our groomed rink in City Bay. When the hunger returns, head back to the village for the Chili Cook-Off from 12:30p-1:30p and fortify yourself for Sled Dog demonstration starting at 2pm. After the demonstration, strap in and enjoy a ride around our village pulled by an enthusiastic team of dogs and guided by an expert musher. Rides are $6 for children $10 for adults, the smiles are free. www.greaticevt.org

February 17 - 20, 2017, Audubon Vermont's Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature. Participation is free and easy. Bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at birdcount.org. All the data contributes to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years. Bird watchers from over 100 countries participated in last year’s count, documenting over 5,000 species-- nearly half the possible bird species in the world-- on more than 147,000 bird checklists. http://vt.audubon.org/get-involved/great-backyard-bird-count?mc_cid=1b375c0868&mc_eid=5e467c524c

Feb 18, 2017, Harris Hill Ski Jump Pepsi Challenge
Come celebrate a proud, 95-year winter tradition in beautiful Brattleboro, Vermont. The Pepsi Challenge promises breathtaking, heart-stopping ski jumping. Witness athletes as they soar from a 90-meter jump, reaching heights of 300 feet at 60 mph...Harris Hill Ski Jump, Brattleboro, VT. www.harrishillskijump.com

February 18 - 19, Green Mountain Gun and Knife Show
Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-2pm. CT Valley Auto Auction Bld. 1567 Route 14, White River Jct, VT. http://www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com/schedule

February 18 & 19, 2017 Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition
Brattleboro, Vermont. Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Feb. 18 and 19 during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, VT. The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from North America and Europe leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country. Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.
This year’s competition will feature the annual Pepsi Challenge on Saturday and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament on Sunday. Harris Hill boasts a snowmaking system, so the program will take place regardless of ground cover in surrounding areas. Gates will open Feb. 18 and 19 at 10 a.m., with trial rounds at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon and competition at 12:45 p.m. The family event offers food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, music, tailgating and appearances by Jumper the cow mascot. www.harrishillskijump.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-Press-Release.pdf

February 18 – 20, 2017 – Fourth Annual Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival
1, 5, 21, and 42 km races on a 1 km oval plus a supported Adventure Skate on a cleared trail north up the lake as far as weather and ice conditions permit (Bring your passport, just in case.) The Festival is hosted by Kingdom Games with the friendship and support of Marathon Skating International, The Memphremagog Ice Skating Club, The Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT and Newport Inn & Suites. In 2017, we will offer three days of ice skating on Lake Memphremagog. The 1 and 5 km races on Saturday morning are free and open to the public. The charge will be $35 for each day’s activity, i.e, the 21 km race on Saturday, the 42 km race on Sunday, and the Adventure Skate on Monday. $90 for all three days. http://kingdomgames.co/

February 19, 2017, 30th Annual Camel's Hump Challenge
Are you ready to ski 'round the Hump? Registration is open for the 30th Annual Camel's Hump Challenge! The Camel’s Hump Challenge offers a rigorous wilderness ski touring experience where spirited backcountry Nordic skiers traverse around the perimeter of Camels Hump - the third highest peak (4083’) in Vermont’s Green Mountains - to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Originally founded by the late Dr. Warren Beeken, the Camels Hump Challenge operates as a fundraiser to support the educational programs and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter.
www.camelshumpchallenge.com

February 19, Backcountry Ski Series: Tour de Hor
9am-1pm, $15. The Northeast Kingdom Backcountry Coalition (NEKBC), a chapter of the Catamount Trail Association, has worked closely with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to create a new backcountry ski destination on Mount Hor, above magnificent Willoughby Lake. While many have enjoyed the groomed cross-country trails in this section of the Willoughby State Forest, the NEKBC has helped to make the steeper terrain more accessible to backcountry skiers. Bring a bag lunch, hot thermos, and plenty of warm layers, as well as alpine touring gear. www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/backcountry-ski-series-tour-de-hor/

February 25, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/01/torchlight-ski-snowshoe/

Feb 25, Moving Up on Ice Workshops
Take your range of mountain skills to a new level. Integrating ice climbing skills into your climbing kit opens up a host of interesting alpine objectives both in the Northeast and beyond. Whether you've had your eye on a technical ascent of Mt. Washington's Huntington Ravine, considered Mount Baker's North Ridge in the North Cascades, or been tantalized by Peruvian gems like Alpamayo, this workshop will be a valuable tool in moving forward—and upward! www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops-new-hampshire

February 25, Bird Monitoring Walk
8:00am-9:00am, All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register with museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

February 25 - Ice Climbing with Petra Cliffs
at 9 AM - 12 PM. Learn the exhilarating sport of ice climbing! Join the Green Mountain Club and Petra Cliffs for a full day of climbing in beautiful Smuggler’s Notch. With the guidance of a professional instructor, you will learn how to move over easy to moderate terrain while ascending frozen waterfalls. No climbing experience is necessary. Cost includes an AMGA certified ice guide and all technical climbing equipment. Group will meet in the morning for a boot fitting, harness sizing and introduction at the Green Mountain Club Headquarters in Waterbury Center. www.facebook.com/events/206359963165855

February 25 & 26, The 45th Annual Great Benson Ice Fishing Derby
Sponsored by the Fair Haven Rotary Club. All Vermont Waters & Lake Champlain. Headquarters at Crystal Beach Lake Bomoseen, 3727 Rte 30 N, Castleton, VT. Over $10,000 in Cash Prizes, Paying 3 places in 5 Categories: Lake Trout, Other Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass. Plus a $300 prize for "Biggest Other". Kid's division pays 5 places for heaviest string of 3 Perch. $25 Adult Entry, $5 for Kids (under 12) For ticket information; fairhavenrotary@gmail.com . Contact; Jeff Larson 802-558-2561 or follow on facebook; www.facebook.com/fairhavenrotary 

February 26, 2017, TorchLight Ski & Snowshoe
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2059 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT 05828. Check in at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Ctr. and then head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- free for members. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/01/torchlight-ski-snowshoe/

 

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March 2017

March 3 - 5, 2017, Third Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
Lake Memphremagog, The Eastside Restaurant & Pub, Newport, Vermont. In previous yearst, water temperatures were 30 to 31Degrees Fahrenheit and air temperatures ranged from 10 Degrees to 25 Degrees Fahrenheit. The swim is hosted by The Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society, a volunteer group of feisty winter swimmers operating in collaboration with and under the umbrella of Kingdom Games. The mission of the Society is to assure that winter swimming continues on Lake Memphremagog for years to come and establish friendships with other winter swimmers around North America and around the world. Space will be limited. On line registration is now open. Deadline for registrations is February 15, 2017 at noon. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-winter-swimming-society/

March 3 - 5, 2017, Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. Fairlee, VT - Announcing a Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women! Vermont Outdoors Woman will soon begin registration for its Annual Winter Doe Camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. Participants can camp out or stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey! Classes such as archery, fire making, traditional winter camping, survival, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more will be offered. Don't miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment. The minimum age is 15 and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the all inclusive weekend program is $370. Gift certificates and day fee's are also available. Visit the website for more information: http://www.voga.org/winter_doe_camp.htm

March 4, 2017, Winterbike
On March 4, 2017, we celebrate the burgeoning fatbike culture by hosting an event and demo day. Group rides, vendors, bon fire, fun games, races and beverages. Kingdom Trails and MTBVT are scheming for some of the best Winterbike shenanigans yet!!! Technically, Winterbike is still a 1 day event on Saturday- but we have added a couple of extra activities around that one day of fatbike debauchery. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/03/winterbike-2/

March 4, Green Mountain Club’s 21st Annual Winter Trails Day
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, At Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. Try out winter hiking with experienced GMC leaders and join our great community for a fun-filled day at Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater Corners. There will be guided group hikes, winter skills workshops, snowshoe demos, kids’ activities, and a bonfire all day. Then stay for the après party with food and drinks provided by Long Trail Brewing, and a big raffle! $10 suggested donation per person. Kids under 12 free. www.greenmountainclub.org/winter-trails-day

March 4, 2017, The Frigid Infliction
The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th 2017 near Bolton Valley, VT. We’re taking a slightly different approach for 2017 to reduce the scope of planning efforts but still offer a challenging, navigation-laden event in the snow. This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is the perfect one to start with. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all! www.gmara.org/races/frigid

March 10 - 11, 2017, Peak Snowshoe Marathon & Ultra with 6 miles distance too
Ultra Snowshoe Race – 100 miles and Snowshoe Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10k Option. The course will be a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Each loop has 1200 vertical. http://peak.com/snowshoe-races/world-snowshoe-championships/

Mar. 11-12 Green Mountain Gun and Knife Show
Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-2pm. Franklin Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT. www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com/schedule

March 11 - April 28, Special Snow Goose Harvest Opportunity
http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=6720108

March 25, 2017, Penguin Plunge
Welcome to the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge at Stratton Mountain. On behalf of the 1,500 Special Olympics Vermont athletes, Unified partners and their families, thank you for braving the icy waters. Your fundraising efforts help break down barriers for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and provide life changing sports training and competition opportunities. To learn more about all of the programs and opportunities that Special Olympics offers visit www.SpecialOlympicsVermont.org. https://penguinplunge.org/

March 25-26 - Craftsbury Spring Fling and Club Relay Championship
This festive weekend of racing will kick off with the first annual New England Club Relay Championship followed by the Craftsbury Spring Fling the following day. All relay participants will receive a $10 discount for the Spring Fling. The NE Club Relay Championship, hosted by Mansfield Nordic Club, will attract skiers of all ages and abilities and is perfect way to involve all club members in a fun and exciting event. The race format will be four legs of 5km (2 CL and 2 FS). The four person relay teams will be placed in two age group categories. Combined age of 200 years and over and combined age 199 years and under. Each official team must be from the same NENSA Club/team. Unofficial teams (unofficial:not from the same club/team) may enter as well, but will not score for the official club championship award. Team awards will also be presented to the top Male team, Female team, and mixed team (made up of at least two women) for the two age groups. www.skireg.com/new-england-club-relay-championship

March 25 - 26, 2017, Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
Maple Open House Weekend is a statewide event celebrating sugaring season. Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Whether it’s the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses! http://vermontmaple.org/openhouse

March 29 -- Clean Water Day @ the Statehouse
Drop in to the Statehouse in Montpelier on 3/29 for Clean Water Day. Come show your support for clean water and clean water funding. There will be speeches, a press conference and opportunities for you to meet with legislators. The Friends' Executive Director, Ann Smith, will be speaking during the press conference portion that begins at 10:30. The event is organized by Watersheds United Vermont, Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Network, and Vermont League of Conservation Voters. The day kicks off at 9:00 AM in the Pavilion Building.

 

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April 2017

April 8, Vermont Trout Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

New Haven Ledges Whitewater Race on April 8, 2017
www.facebook.com/NewHavenRace

April 8, The Drench Trench - Pond Skimming for Good
Smuggler's Notch - Presented by Sierra Nevada — BIG foot, Elvis, a gorilla, guys in bikinis — you'll see it all in the Zone Terrain Park during The Drench Trench pond skimming event! Registration for this free event starts at 10:00 am at the Smuggs tent located in Parking Lot 1. Drench The Trench – Pond Skimming For Good kicks off at high noon on Saturday! Skiers and Snowboarders compete for BIG prizes; best skimm style, best costume, and best digger(fall). The best part is that all this fun is not for naught—some of our lovely partners are sponsoring skimmers with donations that benefit the Chill Foundation, an awesome organization dedicated to inspiring youth to overcome challenges through board sports. Our guest DJ will entertain from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, don't miss the party, brought to you by Sierra Nevada and Smugglers' Notch Resort. Receive a free goodie bag! (must be age 21 & older) RSVP here or donate directly to the Chill Foundation. http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php#April

Apr 9, Sugarbush Pond Skimming
Time: 12:00 PM, Location: Lincoln Peak Village, Admission: $20. Pond Skimming has been moved to Sunday! Take the plunge across a 120 foot pond at the base of Lincoln Peak. Whether you get wet or spectate from the crowd, be sure to participate in this Annual Rite of Spring. Registration at the Castlerock Pub beginning at 9:00 AM, first 110 people in line receive entry. No bibs handed out after 110. Awards for costume, style and splash. $20 cash only. Event begins at Noon. http://www.sugarbush.com/event/pondskimming-040216/

Apr 11, ShoeFly Trail Running Series
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. ShoeFly dirt nestles on some of the best trails in Northern VT/NH. Series traverses Parker Mtn Trails, Littleton, NH & Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT. Choose 1M, 5K or 10K distance at event table check-in. Walkers welcome. Children under 10 roam for FREE! Courses will vary at each location, and all distances are approximate. Post-run meals provided for sale by ShoeFly management or its supporting vendors, or bring your own. https://runsignup.com/Race/VT/EastBurke/ShoeFlyTrailRunning

Apr 15, 2017 - Jay Peak Pond Skimming
A classic season-ender. Think you’re brave enough to take the plunge? Come get wet and wild at this year’s pond skimming. Costumes are encouraged. http://jaypeakresort.com/things-to-do/events/pond-skimming-1#.WOfy42e1vct

April 15, 2017, Bird Monitoring Walk
This month's Bird Monitoring Walk will be on Saturday April 15, 2017 on the Black/Maquam Creek Trail. Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot on Rte 78, about 2.5 miles west of Swanton village. If you have any questions, email me at copenhvr@gmail.com . The monthly walks will gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. The information we gather will be entered into the Vermont e-Bird database where data is stored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. These walks are appropriate for all levels of birders and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about birds throughout the seasons. Led by Ken Copenhaver and Julie Filiberti, Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge board members. After 84 months of walks we have observed 145 species. Hope to see you there!

April 22, 2017, Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race
Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The Rasputitsa is a psychotic 40 mile, insane, drop to your knees and cry sufferfest with an absurdly section so difficult that people won’t believe your stories called Cyberia. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2017/04/rasputitsa-gravel-road-race-2/

April 22, 2017, Rollin Irish Half Marathon
Certified half marathon (13.11 miles) through rural and scenic and rolling on mostly dirt roads. http://www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=ri2017

April 22, Elite and Ten Point Crossbow Day
Happening Saturday April 22nd from 10am to 2:30pm at Rack 'N Reel · New Haven, VT. www.facebook.com/racknreelvt

April 29th, 2017, Muddy Onion Spring Classic Dirt Road Ride
Celebrate early spring in true Vermont style and come explore New England’s most beautiful, scenic and iconic dirt roads at this 34-mile fully-supported gravel ride. Then stick around afterwards for our famous post-ride barbecue—complimentary with registration! As for the ride itself, expect no less than chocolate-covered bacon, maple syrup shots, early season burning legs, and a little gravel magic along the way…see you all Saturday, April 29th! Start/Finish: The ride will start at 9:30am in the Onion River Sports’ parking lot. Finish and post-ride meal will be in the shop parking lot, and Langdon Street will be open to foot traffic only (closed to all vehicles except bikes!). www.onionriver.com/muddy-onion

April 29, 2017, DisasTour Race
Rochester, VT. - The Bike-Paddle-Run sprint triathlon is a great family and team event with proceeds supporting RASTA’s Valley Trail Project and the local food shelf. Don’t miss the post-race Pizza Party sponsored by Green Mountain Bikes and Lawson’s Finest Liquids with wicked good pizza from the outdoor wood-fired oven! A fun, multi-sport event that tours through Rochester, Hancock and Granville, Vermont. First staged in 2011 just weeks after Tropical Storm Irene, the Disas-Tour was created as a way to boost community morale, celebrate the resilience of the towns, and raise money for flood relief. Organization of the race was transferred to the Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA) four years ago. Proceeds from DisasTour VI will benefit the White River Valley communities through the RASTA Valley Trail Project and the local food shelf. www.rastavt.org/disastour-2

April 29, Burlington Vermont Bike Swap
We are accepting bikes now until Friday the 28th of April at 6pm. Bikes must be in full working order, and please no department store bikes. Bring them in now and we will help to appraise your bike and store them for the swap. Our Burlington Vermont bike swap will kick off at 10am sharp in the Pine St parking lot across from our store. Get there early as the best bikes go fast! Our friendly staff will be on hand throughout the day to help you find the bike of your dreams. This is the first Swap of the season, lets kick start Summer and all get riding! Swap Bikes are subjected to 80% cash or 100% store credit determined by the owner of bike. www.northstarsportsvt.com/bike-swap

April 28-30, Vermont Maple Festival
Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans is the is the heart of it all. Now in its 51st year, this festival draws over 30,000 people to this fun and free event. From pancake breakfasts to carousels to parades, you’ll quickly see why this festival was listed in the book 1000 Places in the U.S. and Canada to See Before You Die. This year’s festival is on April 28, 29 & 30th and the streets will come alive with live music, free maple syrup samples and much more. Let’s take a look at some of the many things you’ll find, and we’ll also include links for schedules and other events. Are you ready?! http://vtmaplefestival.org/

April 29-30, Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Apr 30, Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This race is part of the USATF NE Mtn Running Series. It’s a challenging 10km mtn/trail race on a combination of wide trails and single track. Fun prizes, great atmosphere and burrito bar. https://sleepyhollowmtnrace.com/race-information/

 

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May 2017

May 1-31, Spring Turkey Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

May 1 – October 31, 30th Anniversary Year Opening Day at Birds of Vermont Museum
10am – 4pm daily - Discover new exhibits and reacquaint yourself with old favorites. It’s been 30 years—share your ideas, plans, and hopes for birds, art, and conservation science in the next 30. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT www.birdsofvermont.org

May 6, Green Up Day
http://www.greenupvermont.org/ 

May 6, Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

May 6, 11-4, The Shimano Experience: Fishing Pros & BBQ
There's no better way to kick off the summer season than with two of our favorite summer activities: fishing and BBQ. Erin Divelbiss and Roy Leyva from the Shimano Experience Team are bringing the Shimano Experience truck to R&L Archery in Barre on Saturday May 6, 11-4. They will have an array of freshwater rods and reels you can flip and pitch, lessons on baitcasting, and lots of professional fishing methods and tips to share. Joining them will be Shimano pro bass fisherman and local chef, Jimmy Kennedy. He'll not only be sharing his bass fishing expertise, but will take us back to his River Run Restaurant days and cook up lunch! His Southern BBQ pulled pork sandwich, with sides, will be available for purchase. Bring the family to learn how the pros do it and get in the spirit of fishing with Shimano. And don't forget to sign up for door prizes and a chance to win a ½-day bass fishing trip with Jimmy Kennedy. www.rlarchery.com

May 6, 2017, The 25th Annual Vermont Sports Medicine Center’s (VSMC) 5K Run/Walk
All proceeds from the event will benefit Kids on the Move and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The annual event has become a staple among the “first 5Ks of the season,” where all ages and abilities are welcome to walk or run for two local causes. The 5K course starts and finishes at VSMC located at 5 Albert Cree Drive, across from Rutland Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is suggested. The first 100 to pre-register will receive an event T-shirt. The pre-registration entry fee is $20 for adults ages 18 and older and $15 for kids ages 10-17. The day of registration entry fee is $25 for adults ages 18 and older and $20 for kids ages 10-17. Kids under 10 are $5 and adaptive athletes participate for free. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.vermontsportsmedicinecenter.com  (link is external) or call 802.775.1300

May 7, 2017, The Middlebury Maple Run
This is one of New England’s “must-do” road races. The Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half has earned a reputation as being well-organized and friendly. Plus, we can’t resist mentioning the beautiful, scenic course that features vistas of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. http://middleburymaplerun.com/

May 7, Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the eighteenth annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Rockingham, Vermont. Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year’s event. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, coyotes, wolves, fish, turtles, and snakes. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host several exhibits at the event, including animal mounts, interactive demonstrations, hands-on fishing activities hosted by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program, information on bears and bats, a 4-H shooting event as well as fun games for kids. Other presenters include Jim Andrews on turtles, the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, The Nature Museum at Grafton, and TransCanada Corporation. www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival

MAY 7, All Ages Fire Making Workshop
Sun 10 AM · Roots School · Bradford, VT. Making fire by friction can be a life changing experience for how exciting it can be to do something we as people have done for thousands of years. Bring your son, daughter, mother, father, grandparents, and friends out to Roots for a day of learning one of the oldest techniques for making fire. In this course students will learn the basics of fire that can save as well as enhance your life. We will learn how to build secure structures, how to carve and use a bow drill kit in order to make fire from scratch, and talk about ways fire can be used for heat, light, and cooking delicious food. With a focus on bow drill, students will get to carve their own kits and learn all the points of form and technique that allow this ancient tool to work. As well as bow dril we will look at a few other fire by friction techinques.This course is open to students ages 7 and up *** children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult who also wants to learn these skills. The course will run from 10 AM- 4 PM. www.facebook.com/events/1274979075949806

May 7, 2017, 27th Annual Champlain Classic
Shelburne, Vermont. Join in for a fun run and choose the 5k at 9:10am or 10k option at 9:00am. There is also a Kids’ Race (1K), which starts at 8:30am. www.champlainclassic.com

May 13, 2017, 14th Star Third Annual Run for Beer
The 2017 Run for Beer 5k will begin at 10:00 am in the 14th Star parking lot. Please come early, as all runners must check in prior to the run. The runners will head out on a designated 5k course through St. Albans that loops back to the 14th Star Brewery. We will be hosting a Race After-party at 14th Star Taproom for Run for Beer race participants.
http://events.14thstarbrewing.com/runforbeer/

May 13, 2017, Lewis Creek Covered Bridges 5K/10K & Half Marathon
Charlotte, VT. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join in for the classic Covered Bridges Half Marathon. This race began many years ago, and after a brief hiatus while the covered bridges were being repaired, was brought back last year. The beautiful course meanders through the Charlotte’s countryside along Lewis Creek, taking you through two historic covered bridges. This race is not for the faint of heart as there are challenging hills along this course. http://www.active.com/charlotte-vt/running/distance-running-races/lewis-creek-covered-bridges-5k-10k-and-half-marathon-2017

May 13-14 and May 20-21, Green Mountain Conservation Camp Workcation Weekends
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to help at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp annual fun-filled weekends to get everything ready for the 2017 season. This year, the GMCC Kehoe “workcation” weekend will be May 13-14 and the GMCC Buck Lake workcation weekend will be May 20-21. Volunteers can participate for as long as they are able to – one hour, one day, or both days. They are welcome to stay overnight in onsite cabins or they can bring their own tents. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The Buck Lake camp is located in Woodbury and the Kehoe camp is on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. This is an excellent community service opportunity for boy scouts and girl scouts as well as for high school and college clubs. The Conservation Camps are looking for help with general repairs, construction, landscaping, painting, plumbing, cooking, firewood, electrical work and gardening. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, but the camps will have some available. For more information and to register as a volunteer for one of these weekends, please email Caroline.Blake@vermont.gov , or call 802-461-6487.

May 14, Lund 9th annual Mother's Day Ride and Walk for Children
Participants in this fun and challenging event that will help to raise money for Vermont's most vulnerable women, children and families. All routes start and end Rice Memorial high school- 99 Proctor Ave. in South Burlington. Options are a 3 mile family walk, 4 mile family bike ride or for our more serious bikers we offer 16 miles, 30 miles & 55 miles rides. Bagels, fruit and coffee greet riders and walkers during registration and after the ride there is live music, kids activities, ice cream, snacks, sandwiches and salads! https://lundvt.org/mothers-day-ride-and-walk-for-children-5142017/

May 19-20, Tour De Battenkill
On May 19-20, some 3,000 cyclists are expected to take part in what’s billed as the largest pro/am race/ride in America: the Tour of the Battenkill. The Tour starts May 20 in Greenwich, NY, 20 miles northwest of Bennington. It sends 250 pro racers (and seeded amateurs) out on a mass start on a 75-mile loop on back roads, through covered bridges and across hilly farmland. There are sections on dirt roads and 39/25 gearing is recommended. Once the pros head out, a mass start sends everyone else on a gran fondo tour, with aid stations along the way and an option for a 26-mile loop. The weekend also features a giant bike Expo at the Washington Valley Fairgrounds. On June 3, pros return for the UCI America’s Pro Invitational on a similar, 100K course. www.tourofthebattenkill.com

May 20, Craft Brew Races
Stowe, VT. - Join us for the fourth annual Craft Brew Race Stowe, a fun 5k followed by a craft beer festival. Nestled in the cradle of craft beer nirvana, come sample local craft beer (last year featured 40+ VT breweries!) plus food and live music, all in a gorgeous setting. It’s a day you don’t want to miss! Beer-festival only and designated driver tickets are also available. http://craftbrewraces.com/stowe/

May 20, 2017, Dandelion Run – Just for the Fun of It!
In Memory and in Honor of Terri Weed, Half Marathon, 10K and 4 Mile Run, Bike. or Hike. 9:00 am, Derby Beach House, 220 4 H Road, Derby, VT. The Dandelion Run is a competitive and recreational half marathon on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Don’t let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with millions and millions of dandelions. The “Kingdom” is one of the first geotourism areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic. And there is no more beautiful time of year than the height of dandelion season. It’s Spring! It’s time to run!! Just for the fun of it!!! The run also offers less hilly 10 k, 4 mile and 2 mile options for runners, bikers, and “hikers.” Pricing varies depending on the course. http://kingdomgames.co/dandelion-run/

May 20-21 , 2nd Annual Tribal Archery Spring Fling 3D Shoot
At whistling arrow archery club in East Montpelier VT. New this year is a K50 class and More novelty shoots! Night time coon shoot with teams of 2 using flashlights trying to hit 12s and 14s that are relected on the targets!. And much much more!!! So come and enjoy a great weekend of archery with us! Any Questions call Dave at 802-522-5332. https://www.facebook.com/Tribalarchery/

May 21, Spring Wildflower Walk
1 - 3 pm. Huntington, Vermont, Welcome spring back to the Audubon Center as we learn to identify what's in bloom. Discover the edible and medicinal uses of these plants and hear the stories about the mythology related to the names of our favorite wildflowers. Audubon’s Plants for Birds resources will be available so participants can discover the many local, native, bird-friendly plants that you can grow to attract and protect birds while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. http://vt.audubon.org/events/spring-wildflower-walk?mc_cid=c8ec911db5&mc_eid=5e467c524c

May 21, 2017, Lincoln Mountain Magic 5K, 10K & Tot Trot
7:45 am – 12:00 pm. The Lincoln Mountain Magic Run is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Lincoln Cooperative Preschool. The race course takes you through the beautiful hills of Lincoln with incredible mountain views. Everyone is welcome to this fun and healthy community event! www.lincolnpreschool.org

May 21, 2017, Shires of Vermont Marathon
The Shires of Vermont Marathon was the first marathon I had ever run. I worked hard all winter to embrace crossing the finish line on that 90-something degree day. The shires has a place in my heart and as we go into the 6th year hosting just the marathon, I hope many who have run this race in prior years and those who have it on your running bucket list to participate will get the chance in 2017. Although the day will only consist of the marathon, it will be a day to remember of beautiful scenery, great support, and celebration finishing the Shires of Vermont Marathon. Join us Sunday, May 21, 2017 as many volunteers come together to share their communities' beautiful course. www.bkvr.net/shires-of-vermont-marathon

May 26 - 27, 2017, Vermont City Marathon Sport & Fitness Expo
The Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403. http://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/resources/expo/
 
May 28, Vermont City Marathon and Relay
http://www.vermontcitymarathon.org/


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June 2017

June 2-3-4-, 2017, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
JUNE 3, Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party! JUNE 4:, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment! JUNE 5, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro. www.strollingoftheheifers.com/

June 2-4, 2017, Becoming an Outdoor Family
20th Annual Weekend, Stillwater State Park, Groton State Forest, Groton, VT. 20th year offering outdoor educational experiences for the whole family! Expert instructors begin each class with the basics, providing hands-on experience and encouraging participants to ask questions. The variety of classes includes wildlife, forestry, orienteering and GPS, hiking, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more. This program is a joint effort by UVM Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation to promote, address, and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the out-of-doors. www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily

June 3, National Trails Day
http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/

June 4, Wild Flower Walk
10:00am. Join Eva Dannenberg Alexander Sunday, June 4th to explore the newly lush late-spring woods. On this wildflower walk, we'll explore the different forest types around and behind the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's Activity Center. The walk meets on the back porch of Craftsbury's Activity Center at 10:00am, rain or shine. http://www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1839/

June 4th -- Onion River Race and Ramble!
Advance registration for the fourth annual Onion River Race and Ramble on the Winooski River is now open!! The Race and Ramble has grown to be the largest downriver race in Vermont. The 10.5 mile race spans a beautiful stretch of the river from Bolton to Richmond. We have a paddling class for everyone! Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! http://winooskiriver.org/onion-river-race-form.php

Jun 4, 2017 , Tour de Heifer
15-30-60 mile Vermont Dirt Road Rides in Brattleboro, VT, "This isn't a race, it's a course upon which you challenge yourself. The challenge? Climbing! Huge climbs, relentless climbs, stupid steep inclines. Up Up and Away! ... Longer than The Rasputitsa at 62 miles, the Tour de Heifer proved to be, when all was said and done, harder ... A challenging ride! Not one you want to undertake if you're not pretty fit already. The relentless climbing was to my advantage and to my liking. It's amazing to feel light on the bike and not get thrashed by the hills. https://www.bikereg.com/tourdeheifer

June 4, 2017, Race to the Top of Bradford
Bradford, Vermont. 8:30am On-Site Registration • 9:00am Event Begins. 3.5 MILE RUN: Make a challenging 850 foot ascent to the top of Wrights Mountain on beautiful trails of Bradford’s town-owned forestland. Enjoy a quick view from Bradford’s highest point before you loop back to the starting area. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers as well as various age group winners. 1.5 MILE FUN RUN/WALK: This event is open to ages 13 and under. Enjoy a picturesque tour through the lower Wrights Mountain Forest. Small children must be accompanied by an adult. All children will receive a prize for completing this course. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Wrights MT Fund, which is used to maintain the Wrights MT/Devil's Den Town Forest. http://www.bradfordconservation.org/race/index.html

June 9-11, 2017, Vermont Bike & Brew
Beer Loving Mountain Bikers’ Dream Event set for June 9-11, 2017. Killington, VT– Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com) and Killington Resort, home of the largest downhill mountain bike park in eastern North America, are thrilled to announce the first annual Vermont Bike & Brew Festival to be held June 9th-11th, 2017 at Killington Bike Park. Vendor registration information and tickets for adults and youth are available now at www.killington.com/bikeandbrew.  This weekend-long event will include a stacked lineup of entertainment for the entire family including three days of organized mountain biking for all skill levels, Vermont’s first ever downhill critical mass ride, onsite camping, vendor garden, bike swap, craft beer garden, whip-off competition, skinny bridge pond-cross challenge, kids race and live music from The CopOuts, the self-proclaimed “house band of mountain biking.” http://www.mtbvt.com/archives/24966

June 10, is Free Fishing Day in Vermont

June 10, Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival
9:00am to 3:00pm, Location: Ed Weed Fish Culture Station, 14 Bell Hill Rd, Grand Isle, VT. The Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival is designed for young anglers and families offering basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. The festival is free, open to the public and no fishing experience or equipment is needed. For more information contact the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 802-372-3171 http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish/fishing_events_and_programs/fishing_events_and_clinics/grand_isle_family_fishing_festival/

Jun 10, 2017, 40th Annual Capital City Stampede
9:00 am – 11:00 am, This out-and-back, USATF-certified course is flat and fast, half pavement, half dirt. Water stops are at approximately 2 and 4 miles. Please no headsets or baby joggers. Race day registration at the Onion River Sports parking lot off Landgon St on race day, 7:45 – 8:45 am. Prizes to top 3 male and female finishers overall and in age groups. http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=272

June 10, 2017, Tour de Kingdom – The Moose
We gather at Mike’s Tiki Bar in East Burke at 8 am with a start at 8:30 am. We head north up Route 114 through Island Pond to Norton and Canaan and then down Route 102, one of the most beautiful and serene stretches of the Connecticut River, before returning to Island Pond and then back to East Burke. Here’s a link to Saturday’s Century Course Map. For those looking to ride a shorter distance, we start at Island Pond and just do the Norton, Canaan, Bloomfield loop. THE MOOSE, is a “timed event,” with some great prizes and wonderful spirit. These roads are smooth, wide, mostly repaved in recent years. Racers must obey all of the rules of the road. That means you have to stop at all stop signs. But, hey, there are only two in the entire 107 miles. http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

June 10, 2017, 27th Annual Youth Fishing Derby
The Manchester Ranger District of the Green Mountain National Forest, in partnership with Trout Unlimited, is hosting its 27th Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Hapgood Pond Campground in Peru on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Last year, 64 kids and their families braved the rainy weather and caught an astounding 183 fish. Let’s try to top those numbers this year! Registration will begin at 8:30 AM, with fishing from 9:00 to 11:00. The festivities will continue until about noon. The Derby is being held in conjunction with National Fishing Week, and that Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Vermont. Area youth, ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded to the boys and girls who catch the longest fish and we are also hoping to have a small gift for each participant. A visit from Smokey Bear is anticipated. Should you wish to donate or if you have any questions, please contact Brett Hillman at the the Manchester Ranger Station at 802-362-2307 ext. 2717.

June 10: Annual MRBA River Clean-Up
Join us at 9:30am; we’ll meet in East Highgate, where Route 78 makes it’s 90-degree turn (Machia Rd). We’ll put in nearby, paddle to the falls, and then back. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately for the activity (pulling trash from the river) and the weather. Thanks in advance for your help! Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers, Wild and Scenic Committee, 2839 VT Route 105, East Berkshire, VT 05447 (802)393-0076 info@vtwsr.org  http://www.vtwsr.org/

June 10 - 11, The Vermont Paddlers Club Annual Novice Clinic
The Vermont Paddlers Club will be offering it's annual novice clinic on June 10 and 11 in Waterbury, Vermont. This clinic will offer beginning paddlers an introduction to whitewater boating gear, techniques and safety with real on-water experience. This is an enjoyable and economical opportunity to learn the fundamentals, freshen your own skills or introduce a spouse, friend or relative to the sport! The clinic will be taught by our own instructors with combined decades of experience teaching whitewater paddling, and we can generally offer a roughly 3:1 instructor:student ratio for optimum learning. The $90 covers gear rental, instruction and riverside lunch both days. Sign up here: http://vtpaddlers.net/?id=51

June 11, 2017, 41st Annual Crowley Brothers Memorial 10K
Proctor to Rutland, Vermont. The Crowley is the best 10K championship in New England. Why? This year marks the 41st Annual consecutive running of the Crowley with a total of 89 years since that famous first challenge run between Olympian, Crowley, and Clarence DeMar. This year, with your support and the support of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, we guarantee an exciting weekend designed for athletes and to attract spectators and visitors. Sunday's main event of the 10K race also includes the Half Marathon, the 10th Annual 5K race and 5K Walk, the 5K Corporate Challenge Walk and the 20th Annual Kids' Downtown Mile Run. http://www.crowleyroadrace.com/

June 11, 2017, 23rd Annual Walk for the Animals & 5K Doggie Fun Run
Benefiting HUMANE SOCIETY OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY. Enjoy a morning out with families, friends and dogs while helping to support the work of the Humane Society of Chittenden County! Vermont’s largest dog friendly event will feature a one mile walk through Veteran's Memorial Park, a 5K Doggie Fun Run, music, snacks, contests and more! There is a Pre-Registration at Hotel Vermont on Friday, June 9th from 4:30-7:00PM. www.firstgiving.com/hscc/walk2017

June 16 - 18, 2017, 38th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the festival and additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities Euro Bungee, a Rock Climbing wall, bounce house and more. And of course there will be festival food with local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site! www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 16-18, 2017, NEMBAfest
It’s a celebration of summer and ALL THINGS mountain biking! Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! www.nembafest.com/#home

June 17, 18, 19 2017, 36th LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby presented by Yamaha
Fish Lake Champlain from boat or shore for 7 major prize categories that put 11 species into play in one of the best, multi-tiered fisheries in the country! Nearly 150 awards including 70 places in the species categories, plus another 30 junior places, and over 35 raffles with hundreds of drawings! https://mychamplain.net/fathers-day-derby

June 17th, 2017, 17th annual LCI Little Anglers Derby
Windemere Way State Boat Launch, Colchester, VT, Cost: Free! Taking a kid fishing can be one of the most important things you can do. It teaches them life skills such as patience, independence, critical thinking, and respect for their environment. Conservation starts with instilling stewardship in youth at a young age; kids that grow up with an appreciation and personal connection with the their surroundings are more likely to take care of them and bring those values into their adult life. https://mychamplain.net/node/69

June 17, 2017 Switchback Bike for the Lake
Hosted by Friends of the Northern Lake Champlain. For more information, visit: http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=38174

June 18th-24th, 2017, Women’s Wellness  Week
This six-day itinerary is designed to be a guide to your week’s stay at Basin Harbor, picking and choosing which activities and programs you’d like to participate in, or doing them all! Women’s Wellness Week will feature daily morning meditation, guided tai chi, yoga, handmade journal making, mindful eating workshop, and a day devoted to Women on The Water, with stand up paddle boarding, paddle yoga, guided kayaks, wakeboarding and more! Learn from local experts and meet new friends, or grab your gal pals and sign up all together for a girlfriends getaway! www.basinharbor.com/bh-calendar-events/project-womens-wellness-week/

June 22, Forestry Talk, Natural Disturbances
At 7PM, Jared Nunery (VT Orleans County Forester) will present on natural disturbance. Whether it is wind, ice, snow, or defoliation from forest tent caterpillar, natural disturbance is one of the most significant drivers of change within the Northern Forest. These events in time have long-lasting impacts on our forests, and help shape and form the natural communities we have come to love. Come learn more about the legacy these events leave in the forest, and their lasting impact that we see in the woods today. More info about this talk and the series at the website.
www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1839

June 23 - 25, 2017, DemoFest 2017
Our DemoFest is always one of our biggest events for the summer. This is a great opportunity for novice and experienced paddlers to take advantage of free boat demos and free teasers for our instruction clinics. (This event is not aimed towards brand new paddlers though, they will get the most out of this event by taking paddling lessons beforehand) There are also opportunities to meet and paddle with professional paddlers. This year we are again combining two great events, our DemoFest and the American Whitewater Deerfield River Festival. We’re again very excited with all the new energy this change is bringing into the event. Friday we will offer free mini clinics and boat demos and will also have a Friday night speaker hosted at Zoar Outdoor. Saturday will be focused on demoing boats and celebrating AW’s work at the festival in the evening. Sunday we’ll return to free mini-clinics, boat demos, and a downriver race on the Dryway Section of the Deerfield River. If you can only make one of our events this year, don't miss out, this one is a hoot! www.zoaroutdoor.com/whatsnew.htm?_ga=1.188482144.974174648.1490393951

June 24, The Third Annual Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal
Richford, Vermont, will take place Saturday, June 24th. This fun event combines 6.5 miles of paddling on the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. This community event is for all ages and abilities. You can sign up for a non-competitive recreational class or enter to race solo, pair, relay, or as a community team. $10 boat rentals are available for advanced reservation, thanks to Montgomery Adventures. Lunch will be for sale as part of the coinciding Richford River Fest in Davis Park from 11 am-2 pm hosted by the Richford Conservation Commission. The family-oriented celebration of the Missisquoi River includes educational activities for kids and adults alike, nature walks, music, a barbeque and a bake sale. Registration will be available soon on the NFCT website and on the day of the event. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org

June 24, Wildlife Walk in Wells
Join Vt Fish & Wildlife on a field tour showcasing wildlife-friendly habitat management practices on private land! Habitat biologists will be taking visitors around the property to demonstrate what has been done to enhance the land for wildlife. We'll look at some young forest that was created through cutting, an area where invasive plants have been removed, and a patch of woods that has been improved for forest birds. This tour will be an excellent chance to see before and after examples of management activities that can be done to enhance wildlife habitat on your property through a federally funded cost-share program from the USDA. Please contact Andrea Shortsleeve, VT Fish and Wildlife Habitat Biologist, at 479-4439 or andrea.shortsleeve@vermont.gov  to reserve a spot or for any questions.

June 24, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167  www.birdsofvermont.org

June 24, 2017, Relay For Life of Windsor County
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. Join us at these events to bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=80939&pg=informational&sid=209328

June 24 - 25, 2017 Ditch Pickle Classic
"Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain! The 2017 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 24th-25th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels.You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team. Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com  and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up! http://www.dpcvt.com/ 

June 25 - June 29, Seventh Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens
Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year seven of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16. Teens interested in either learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level along side some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers are invited to apply. The 2017 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 25th through Thursday June 29th at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan, Vermont. www.vermonttroutcamp.com/about/

July 29, 2017 The Old North End Ramble
Join us for the 2017 Ramble. A Celebration of The Old North End Burlington Vermont. Live or work in the Old North End? Join the Ramble fun! Participate by hosting, performing, playing music, barbecuing, showing off your artwork or garden, having a yard sale, leading games, doing workshops, vending, or doing whatever your little heart desires! http://theramble.org/

June 29: Bluegrass Against Blue-Green Algae
Join the MRBA from 6-9pm at a FREE concert at the Montgomery Rec Center featuring The Green Mountain Boys. Enjoy good music and learn about local water quality issues! For more information about the band,visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thegreenmountainboys/

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July 2017


July 1, 2017, Vermont Gran Fondo
Start/finish: Woodchuck Hard Cider, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across four of gaps with total climbing in excess of 11,000 feet. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Three ride options: Gran Fondo: 108 miles, 11,000 feet of climbing, Medio Difficile: 78 miles, 6,300 feet of climbing, Medio Facile: 67 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing, Piccolo Fondo: 39 miles, 2,900 feet of climbing. Website: www.vermontgranfondo.com

July 4, Freedom Run
Celebrate our freedom from British Tyranny, freedom from asphalt and freedom to choose your distance - 10 Mile, 10 K, 5 K and 1 Mile. On the Newport-Derby Bike Path AND Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation trails. 25% of all registration fees go to support MSTF and 25% go to support Gardner Park Restoration. Registration on-line is open at www.kingdomgames.co

July 7-9, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake! Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free) www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

July 14 - 16, 2017, Eastern States Cup Sugarbush Showdown
Sugarbush Resort · Warren, VT. - The Eastern States Cup East Coast Showdown returns to Sugarbush for 2017, featuring enduro and downhill mountain bike races with a combined cash purse of $3,200. It’s not just about cash purses with the Eastern States Cup, there will be loads of product prizes. Amateur enduro race winners receive custom ESC seats provided by Selle Italia. Fly Racing is sponsoring the Fly Racing Speed Zone, with great Fly Racing gear for the fastest amateur men and women. Finally,KMC chains and Pro Gold lubricants is providing podium prizes five racers deep in every ESC race class. www.easternstatescup.com/venues/sugarbush-vt

July 15, Goshen Gallop 2017
Runners looking for an exceptional backcountry course find it here… in the Moosalmoo National Recreation Area. From a natural obstacle course with log-strewn trails to a stunning surprise view from the south end of Hogback Mountain, the Gallop’s elevation profile and rugged terrain have earned the race the nickname “the toughest 10k in New England.” Bragging rights for any serious runner that complete the satisfying and breathtaking experience. But you don’t need to be a hardcore runner to participate… the 5K is equally exhilarating, and you can still brag (just half as much). https://www.facebook.com/events/942881102478368/ 

July 16, 2017, Vintage MTB Rally and Klunker Jam
RIPM Trails Vermont. Bring an old mountain bike for a fun time. Free event! But T-shirts will be available for sale. BYO cookout; beers, grillables, singletrack ride (as weather allows), skid competition, and gum wall tire staring.... etc. Meet at 5 pm on Jluy 16th 2017 at 362 Taylor Farm Rd in Plainfield, VT. Rides and shenanigans to follow. https://www.facebook.com/events/286088728530660/

July 21-23, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sugarbush, Mount Ellen, The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. Not only is a full weekend of riding and camping only $99, but it's organic and developed through the local VMBA chapter. It's professionally done, but not so polished that you miss the authentic local riding feel. VMBA and Mad River Riders are personally welcoming you to the Valley....taking you on our favorite routes, inviting awesome food and vendors, sharing some local music, clinics, shred films and games. Full weekend registrations include the Saturday Night BBQ, T-shirt, guided rides, over 60 vendors and DH discounts. https://vmba.org/2017-mtb-festival

July 22, 2017, 25th Anniversary Komen Vermont Race for the Cure
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester Center, VT. Registration 7:00 AM; Races 8:30 AM, 8:35 AM and 8:40 AM; Obstacle Course 9:45 AM. Family-oriented fundraiser for Susan G. Komen New England. Two distance runs and a walk offered. Kids Obstacle Course. Food. Silent Auction. 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk; also Kids Obstacle Course (12 yrs & Under) Children's activities. http://southernnewengland.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=6884&pg=entry

July 23rd, Winooski Pedal and Paddle
Save the date for our inaugural Pedal and Paddle event in the lower Winooski watershed! The Friends is partnering with the Winooski Valley Park District to create this new event in 2017. Participants will drop their boats off in Winooski and then head down to the Ethan Allen Homestead with their bikes. The approximately 4 mile pedal is predominantly on dirt paths and roads along the river and through the Intervale Center to Winooski. In Winooski, you will hop in your canoe or kayak and paddle back to the Homestead through the beautiful Winooski Valley. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful grounds at the Homestead. There will be music and fun educational programs by the Friends and WVPD staff. This laid back event will appeal to families and adults alike! www.winooskiriver.org/winooski-pedal-and-paddle.php

July 29, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30 – 9:00am. All birders welcome on the monthly monitoring walk outdoors on the Museum's trails in forest and meadow. We often have coffee afterwards, indoors at our viewing window. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167 www.birdsofvermont.org

July 29, Aquafest 2017
10 to 3 on the lawns at the Emory Hebard State Building in Newport., VT. http://www.vtnorthcountry.org/aquafest-2017-july-29th/

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August 2017

August 6, 2017 Tour de Farms
Bristol, VT. - TWO routes: the flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. The 2016 Tour features a 30-mile route with 9 farm stops and a 14-mile route with 4 farm stops. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample everything from organic fruit smoothies to grass-fed beef to Vermont's famous cheddar cheese! A Farm Bus is available for those who choose not to ride a bike. Share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscape from the comfort of the bus. A concierge Farm Van will deliver purchased farm products to the Bristol Rec Field so riders don't need to carry extra weight with them. Please bring extra cash to purchase items direct on the farm to take home! A tasty Farm Stop on the 2015 tour de farms. it was a gorgeous day! Tour de Farms After Party- We'll have live music from The Doughboys, a food truck, FREE Farmhouse ice cream for ALL RIDERS, and drinks for sale by Shacksbury Cider, Hogback Mountain Brewery and Savouré Soda. Bring cash so you can enjoy these awesome food and drink vendors! http://www.acornvt.org/tourdefarms/

August 11-13, 2017 - VT3 MTB Stage Race
Mountain bike stage racing comes to Craftsbury! We'll be hosting a weekend of mountain bike races, with a Friday night time trial, and cross country races on Saturday and Sunday. The VT3 is a mountain bike stage race by riders, for riders. Modeled after famous races like the BC Bike Race, the VT3 brings mountain bike stage racing to hallowed grounds of New England mountain biking, Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The VT3 will showcase some of the most fun riding that the NEK has to offer. You've likely been to East Burke, you've probably ridden the Kingdom Trails. Now you can experience the rest of what the region has to offer. From the rocky, granite slopes of Hardwick to the sculpted enduro tracks of Victory, the VT3 promises fun courses, fast racing, and the camaraderie that only the mountain bike community can bring. http://thevt3.com/

August 12, 2017, Harpoon Point to Point Bike Ride
Join the Vermont Foodbank in their fight against hunger by riding the Harpoon Point to Point! Since its inception in 2002, the Harpoon Point to Point has become the Vermont Foodbank’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising over $1.3M to date. Come ride 100, 50 or 25 miles on the road, or ride the 20-mile mountain bike trial at Mt. Ascutney. This well-supported ride will take you along rivers, over covered bridges and through Vermont’s incomparable landscape with its infinite shades of green. A festive post-ride party awaits you when you cross the finish line at the Harpoon Brewery, complete with hot showers, delicious BBQ, live music and fresh beer, straight from the source! Sign up to ride or volunteer at: www.harpoonpointtopoint.com 

August 12, 10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival
The 10th annual AMFF Fly Fishing Festival returns to beautiful Manchester, VT on August 12th this year from 10 am until 4 pm. This is our signature event of the summer- a growing event that showcases the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. Come enjoy fly tying and casting demonstrations, food vendors and lessons. Try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with likeminded people as you share the taste and joy of the great outdoors. Keep checking our event page for updates on vendors, guest fly fishing and fly tying instructors, performers, and much more. www.amff.org/2017-fly-fishing-festival

August 18, Bow Fishing Tournament
Fri 6 PM · Rack 'N Reel · New Haven, VT. bow fishing tournament for the year will be starting at 6pm Friday August 18 and ending 20th at 12PM. Weigh in will be at Rack 'N Reel at 1PM August 20 $80 entry fee for up to a four-man team. Each team will be allowed 1 boat. Unless you doing it in kayak canoes each teammate can have. Weigh ins will be based on the best weight 3 gar, 3 carp, and 3 bowfin. There will be an individual big fish pot with a $20 entry fee and a small fish pot with a $5 entry fee. Sign ups for the tournament will be at Rack 'N Reel until August 18 at 6pm. Payouts will be based on how many participants we have sign up i.e.: 10 teams first place payout is $500, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100. We hope to see you there and as always please contact us with any questions!! Anglers will be responsible to take the fish after weigh in. www.facebook.com/events/1382615948487184

August 19 - 20, 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series
Athletes from near and far will converge on Killington Resort, the largest four-season destination resort in eastern North America, for the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series. Created for trail running novices and professionals alike, this North American trail running series provides unmatched racing experiences in beautiful mountain environments of three of the most iconic resort destinations in the United States, including Killington Resort. Race course locations offer diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations, and terrain built to push athletes to find the edges of their potential. http://vermontbiz.com/news/may/killington-resort-host-new-premier-mountain-running-series

August 20, 2017, Tour De Force Charity Run
The 3rd Annual Tour De Force Charity Run Half Marathon, 10k,5k and one mile walk will take place on 08/20/17 at Mooney Bay Marina in Plattsburgh, N.Y 12901. The Marina is located at 15 Mooney Bay Drive four miles north of Plattsburgh N.Y.on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. Come out with the 264 runners we had in 2016 and help support the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide. Visit the Tourdeforceny.com website to learn our charities goals and mission.All runners and walkers will receive a Tech Shirt,Finishers Medal,food and beverages after the run concludes. Register Today At www.Adirondackcoastevents.com 

August 26, 2017, , GMT Gnarly Adventure or the 6HOUR Challenge
Put simply we’ve come up with two ways for you to challenge yourself and experience the Green Mountain Trails. If you choose the 6Hour challenge you will be challenged to see how many times you can complete a marked loop within a 6 hour time limit. If you choose the Gnarly Adventure you will have to ride to a series of points on the Green Mountain Trails, but the order you ride to them is up to you and plays a crucial role in winning the race. That’s what makes it an adventure!  http://peak.com/bike-races/mtb6/

August 27, 2017 Del's Ride and Trail Run
At Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington VT. This mountain bike ride and trail run raises money to benefit Cure AHC: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Del's Ride 2016 will have two loops for riders from about 7 miles to 20 miles, a new 5-6 mile strenuous trail run, as well as an expanded kids ride and activities. Registration is from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. BBQ follows run and ride. $75 minimum fundraising goal for ride and run. http://www.delsride.org/event-info/2016/1/19/2016-dels-ride

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September 2017


September 1-25, Vermont Statewide Canada Geese Hunting Season
The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. www.vtfishandwildlife.com 

September 1 - 30, Vermont River Cleanup Month
Many of Vermont's watershed groups and other community organizations organize events to clean up Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes.  Learn about your local watershed group.  Your participation will help make VT River Cleanup Month a success! Watersheds United Vermont helps to coordinate this effort by providing resources to organizers and outreach about VT River Cleanup Month. Together we can make 2016 VT River Cleanup a success! www.watershedsunitedvt.org/vtrivercleanup

September 3, 2017, 18th LCI Bass Open
Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT. $3000 guaranteed first-place prize! Cash prizes through 10th place* plus cash for the Lunkers. Save $50 by pre-registering. Register online by phone at 802-879-3466, http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 9 – 11, 3nd Annual VT Fly Fishing Show
The Fly Rod Shop, 2703 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT. - Join us Friday for a Free Casting Clinic, Fly Tying Demos and Discounted Guided Trips. Don't miss Saturday, we'll have Reps, and Owners of some of the leading companies in the Fly Fishing World including Simms, Hardy, Sage, Winston, 3-Tand, Finn Utility, Regal Engineering and many more!! https://whitebirchcottage.com/event/3rd-annual-vermont-fly-fishing-show/

September 10, 2017, 11th Annual Tour de Taste
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, 9:00 AM (EDT), Fairlee, VT. - A Pedaling Picnic. Like to eat? Like to ride? Join us for our very popular, scenic, progressive pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace. Along the way you will meet local food producers and community members as you stop at local farms and restaurants to taste their delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles), the Classic Loop (20 miles), or the River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles). Please see below for a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-35214451372

Sept 15 - 17, Fall Doe Camp
Vermont Outdoors Woman is planning a sports weekend retreat for women of all ages. Instruction in hunting, shooting, fishing, survival, crafts  and more classes are under development. We are pleased to announce the location will be at Jackson Lodge and Cabins, Canaan, VT, located in the heart of Vermont's backcountry. www.voga.org/fall_doe_camp.htm 

September 15-17, 2017, ShoeFly Trail Running Festival
East Burke, VT, This trail running festival might just be the best part of your 2017. Come run rugged. breathtaking. dirt. The ShoeFly Trail Running Festival is a 3-day trail running festival on Kingdom Trails in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Ultras, 50K, 25K, 10K Glow/Torch Run, 5Ks, 1M Kidz 'n Parents trail runs. Camping, live music, entertainment, real food. http://www.ShoeFlyTrailRun.org

Sept. 24, 2017, Vermont Wildlife Festival
from 10:00am to 4:00pm. at MOUNT SNOW RESORT, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT. The event is admission by a donation of your choice and we again have a wide variety of attractions to engage anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Live birds of prey, reptile rescues and a live wolf demonstration bring the flashy live animals into focus. The Deerfield Valley Sportsmans’ Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will keep us learning about the hunting and fishing traditions of Vermont. The State is sending interactive exhibits and experts from the DEC, Fish and Wildlife and Forest Parks and Recreation. In all, we have over 28 groups who will be on hand to entertain and educate, including a number of new additions like an influx of survival schools, a full sized tipi and a native culture exhibition from Healing Winds! The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm on September 24, bring the whole family for a fun fall outing! https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/7th-annual-vermont-wildlife-festival/

Sept 22 - 23, Atlati Championship
For this Vermont archaeology month event participate in or watch this annual event testing skills in accuracy
and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Children’s activities. Workshops and demonstrations on flintknapping, woodland pottery, and other crafts and skills. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 759-2412. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/taxonomy/term/648

Sept, 22 - 24 - Tour de Kingdom 2017
We offer a “full plate” of cycling in the Spring and the Fall on carefully selected back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Our offerings have grown over the years. Three days of fully supported rides in June and again in September. Do one day or do them all. New to the Tour these past couple of years is The Moose and The Moose Redux which offer a great opportunity for fine, fast riding on some of the smoothest, most beautiful, and most “car hungry” roads in Vermont. Wrapping up the season is our Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon. It’s a “vista riddled” 26-mile bike (and running) race on dirt roads through “the gut” of the Kingdom to Parker Pie in West Glover. All the pizza you can eat, a great band, and a cash bar with local beer on tap including Hill Farmstead.  http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

September 23 and 24, Vermont’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

September 23 - December 31, Vermont's Hunting Season for Ruffed Grouse
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept. 29 -Oct. 1, ROOTS School Rendezvous
A three day gathering of earth based traditional skills. A gathering of people. A huge variety of workshops and skills to choose from. Bring family and friends to come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world. Leave knowing more about the beautiful world we are a part of. This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world. These three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time celebration.  https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

Sept 30, East Burke Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Parade starts at 10 am. BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more! Rubber duck race. Kids area with a jump house, face painting and more. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Farm animal petting zoo. Cow plop bingo. Craft show opens at 9 am – 3 pm featuring 75 vendors! Silent auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items and antiques. Bird of Prey interactive show from Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Gazebo. Beer & wine tent open from 11 am – 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar. Live music from Tritium Well, 3 - 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki. On the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. http://www.burkevermont.com/fall-foliage-festival.php


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  October 2016

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct 1 - 28,  Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

October 11- 12, 2017, 74th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation
Each year, the Conference Committee strives to plan a schedule of educational programs of interest to the diverse group of professionals, board & commission members, volunteers, students & other interested citizens who come to gain new knowledge & skills. The Exhibit Hall has grown to host as many as forty vendors, providing a great chance to meet face-to-face with a variety of recreation product suppliers. The Vermont Conference is a great networking opportunity for students, volunteers, professionals and commercial vendors. The two day event includes 20+ educational sessions to choose from, often times a nationally recognized keynote speaker and a "Best of Vermont" Silent Auction that boasts 200+ items. .https://vrpa.wildapricot.org/page-18032

Oct. 1, 2016 - Craftsbury Women's Mountain Biking Weekend
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. This is a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. We want to improve your riding skills. All skill levels and abilities are welcome! We will be staying in Craftsbury’s new lodging, LED certified facility. What’s included: Locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wine and cheese, Campfire, Double occupancy lodging (please email
sabra@littlebellas.com  with rooming requests) Mountain bike instruction for all levels and abilities, Time to relax. http://littlebellas.com/events/craftsbury-womens-weekend/ 

Oct. 1, Dead Creek Wildlife Day
Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17 west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with bird banding demonstrations at 7:00 a.m. Two large tents at Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. One of the highlights of the festival this year will be a fun and friendly waterfowl calling contest with prizes in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Vermont Duck Stamp program. There will also be a presentation on the successes of the Duck Stamp program by waterfowl biologist David Sausville, who will highlight the nearly 12,000 acres of wetlands conserved in Vermont by funds raised from the sale of the stamp.
Nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more will be held until 4:00 p.m. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

October 1 - 2, 2016, VT Ski & Ride Expo
Burlington, VT - Winter's biggest party starts Oct. 1 with door prizes (including season passes), 4 bands, ski films, a beer tent and more. And these resorts will be there: Sugarbush Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Killington Resort, Bolton Valley, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Rikert Nordic Center, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers' Notch Resort plus all the latest winter gear from your favorite #Vermont shops and brands. http://vtskiandride.com/expo/

October 2, 2016, Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon
Run it – Bike it – But do it. Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles, 6 Miles. Registration is also now open for October 8, 2017. Hosted by Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover. Start: Newport Airport and Lakeview Aviation, 2628 Airport Rd, Newport, VT 05855. Finish: Parker Pie, 161 County Rd, West Glover, VT 05875, Party at Parker: All the pizza you can eat, Music by Beg, Steal or Borrow, Cash Bar with Hill Farmstead and other local beers on tap. Shuttle back to the Start provided by Jay Peak. Start Time: Runners: 9 am. Irasburg Walkers: 10 am. Bikers: 10:30 am. Sign-in opens at 8:00 am at Lakeview Aviation. http://kingdomgames.co/fly-to-pie-kingdom-marathon/

Oct. 2, Foliage 5 Miler
Union Village Dam Recreation Area, East Thetford, Vermont 05075. Join us for a fun, tree-lined course during peak foliage season. Billed as 'The Best Dam Race', you'll find lots of perks and all proceed will go towards a new scholarship fund for local graduating high school runners. Fun, modest rewards for overall male and female and top 2 in each age category, plus fun raffles throughout. Free fun run at 1:30 pm for kids and adults that don't want to tackle the main event. $10 registration through Sept 28th (afterwards, $15). There is an optional Tshirt available for an additional $10 while supplies last (register now to be sure you get yours) www.facebook.com/events/166365510434258

October 8, 2016, James Wakefield Rescue Row
On December 9th, 1876, the crew of the canal schooner General Butler was stranded atop the breakwater in Burlington, VT, after their boat sank during a terrible winter storm. They were rescued by James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out to save them. Every year, the Champlain Longboats program commemorates this heroic event with a youth rowing race on Lake Champlain, traditionally held in Burlington, VT; over one hundred participants! Races begin at 9:30am. Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022 x113 or nickp@lcmm.org  for details.

October 8, Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race
Join our friends the Missisquoi River Basin Association for Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race! This event will take place at Davis Park in Richford, VT from 11am - 3pm. Registration for the race opens at 11am and the race will start at noon. There will be games, activities, contest, great raffle items, and authentic Japanese ramen available in Davis Park during the event. Visit https://mrbavt.com/missisquoi-river-homemade-raft-race/  for more information.

October 8-9 - Oktoberfest 2016
Save the weekend! Craftsbury Oktoberfest will once again feature a selection of active celebrations of fall, anchored by Oktoberfest Dinner. Saturday: Morning- Black River Beatdown Trail Race: 10k run, 10/20mile bike Afternoon- Checkpoint Challenge: fun, team adventure race Evening- Oktoberfest Dinner: the Dining Hall celebrates the local harvest. Sunday: Morning- SingleTrack Shootout biathlon: run/shoot or bike/shoot. www.craftsbury.com

Oct 9, Mad Dash and Kids Fun Run
Sun 10 AM · Meadow Rd, Waitsfield, VT. 5K & 10K Road Race; 5K Fitness Walk, and Kids Fun Run. Event registration includes: a tee shirt, delicious food, raffle entry (pre-registered participants only); silent auction and music by the Phineas Gage Project. www.madriverpath.com

October 15, Trapp Mountain Marathon
A challenging half and full marathon distance trail run in the heart of the Green Mountains at beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. Fall is the best time to visit Vermont and we think that running through crisp, colorful, fall foliage on the Trapp Lodge trail system is just the way to do it. October is a particularly special time to be in Stowe, winter is just around the corner and Oktoberfest is in full swing in and around town. www.trappmountainmarathon.com

Oct. 29, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2016

November 1 - December 1, 2016 - 12th Annual Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction
The 12th Annual Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction will run 11/1/16–12/1/16. Top-brand paddlesport and camping gear, plus trailside lodging, dining and shuttle services, will be available. Proceeds will benefit the 740-mile water trail. The event is being hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and is sponsored in part by Paddling.net. The auction website is at www.biddingforgood.com/thecanoetrailauction.

November 3, 4th Annual VT Backcountry Forum
to Highlight New Huts Initiative, BC Zones, Conservation. Green Mountains, VT – On Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6pm, the doors will open at the Pierce Hall Community Center in Rochester, VT, for the 4th Annual Vermont Backcountry Forum & Celebration, co-hosted by the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), its Vermont Backcountry Alliance - VTBC, and RASTA - Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance, a chapter of the CTA. In its fourth year, the event is a fun opportunity for Vermont’s growing community of backcountry skiers and riders to connect and learn about backcountry projects and programs around the state, and celebrate the coming winter season. https://www.facebook.com/notes/vermont-backcountry-alliance-vtbc/4th-annual-vt-backcountry-forum-to-highlight-new-huts-initiative-bc-zones-conser/1770963753168112

Nov. 4, Wild About Vermont! Game Dinner
Hotel Vermont, Lake Champlain International, and the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife have partnered to bring you the second annual Wild About Vermont Game Dinner. Read more about last year's dinner here.
Traditionally a way for Vermonters to share the harvest before winter sets in, game dinners have been a Vermont ritual for centuries. The menu will be finalized based upon offerings from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, with Hotel Vermont Executive Chef Doug Paine offering a new spin on the classic menu. We hope to see deer, moose, pheasant, fish, and possibly bobcat and bear. Meats will be paired with local vegetables for the best of traditional cuisine. Proceeds from dinner will benefit the conservation efforts of Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Lake Champlain International, partners in protecting and restoring the Vermont landscape. www.flynntix.org/see-description/wild-about-vermont/Details?perfNo=14137&perfCodePrefix=OVF17W

November 5, 2016, Fallen Leaves 5k Race Series #1
The first in a low-key, three-race series on a flat and fast 5K race course that begins and finishes on the Montpelier High School track, and incorporates the Montpelier bike path. $5, race-day registration only. 

November 5, 2016 - Green Mountain Showdown
Vermont’s bike culture variety show. Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com) has announced its fifth annual Green Mountain Showdown event will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016, at the Rusty Nail in Stowe, Vermont. As in years past, the Green Mountain Showdown event showcases locally produced MTB video shorts, video slideshows, and spoken word pieces dedicated to all facets of mountain biking from bike fabricators to downhill competitors. http://kingdomtrails.org/events/2016/11/green-mountain-showdown/

November 5 -November 6, Youth Deer Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

November 12-27, 2016, November Deer Rifle Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

November 18 - Craftsbury Outdoor Center - Winter Lodging Opens
Reserve your spot to come stay and enjoy early season snow! Lodging opens Nov 18 including rooms in the new Hilltop Cabins, as well as in Cedar Lodge and the Lakeside Cottages. More info on lodging and early season deals at the website. Along with the expected manmade snow loop, Craftsbury is well situated for early dryland training as well with access to SkiErgs, the gym, prime running and biking trails and roads as well as roller skiing routes. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/ski-camps-and-group-sales/thanksgiving-week

November 19, 2016, Westford Turkey Trot
Join us to run or walk on the beautiful rolling hills of Westford. We offer a 10k run, 3k walk/run and a free 100 yd Tot Trot. We’ll have homemade treats, chili and cornbread for sale, prize drawings for all participants and handpainted medals for age groups and overall winners. Pay only $12 when you pre-register by November 17 or pay $15 the day of the race. Registration begins at 8:30am and the racing begins at 10am. All proceeds benefit Westford’s children and families. https://westfordturkeytrot.wordpress.com/

November 19, 2016, Fall Bird Monitoring
8:00am - 10:00am, Ready to take your birding to a whole other level? Join us for Fall Bird Monitoring. Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. Intended for those with experience using binoculars and listening to bird song. We will identify as many as possible of the late fall and early winter birds we see or hear, and record counts of their population numbers. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. http://vt.audubon.org/events/fall-bird-monitoring?mc_cid=239231c895&mc_eid=5e467c524c

November 19, 2016, The Big Kicker
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The Mad River Valley’s two ski areas start the winter season with a rail jam at American Flatbread along with food, drinks and giveaways. Kick off the 2016/17 winter season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush at American Flatbread in Waitsfield. The unmatched ski-mountain duo throws a freestyle party with rail jams, DJ, ski movies, bonfire, S'mores, local food and libations, appearances by The High Fives Foundation, the Flyin' Ryan Hawks Foundation, and more. www.sugarbush.com/event/big-kicker

November 24, 2016, Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Pre-Register: $35 (see below) Day of registration: $55. Check in: East Wing of the Main Base Lodge from 7:30-8:30am. First 200 Race participants receive a t-shirt. Awards are given for overall winners in the Courtyard directly following the race for best costume and youngest & oldest runners. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2016/11/gobble-wobble.aspx 

November 24, 2016, 15th Annual Turkey Trot
In memory of Melissa White. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Barton VT. The event is a 5k for runners as well as walkers. The proceeds of the race go to the UVM Medical Center/98-Miles Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis. This event was established in November 2002 to help with expenses for a young Barton woman, Melissa White, who was in need of a double lung transplant. The race has grown every year and is well supported and loved by both local and visiting runners and walkers. Everyone looks forward to a little exercise before their “big Thanksgiving dinner” and the feeling of giving and support for a cause. http://turkeytrot.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1167412

November 25, 2016, Turkey Hangover Hillclimb at Mount Snow Resort
Burn off some of those turkey day calories and get your legs in shape for a great winter of skiing by coming out for our annual fun run! Meet by the Grand Summit Express for a run, walk, or sprint up the mountain. This event is FREE!!! Beginners will climb to the bottom of Yard Sale. Intermediates will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition trail. Experts will climb to the top of Yard Sale using the Exhibition and Yard Sale trails. There will be prizes for top finishers as well as for the best costumes. Bragging rights for all! *Children under 18 must have a parent/guardian present. http://skivermont.com/mount-snow-resort-blog/2016/09/12/turkey-hill-hangover-climb/

November 26 - 27, 2016, Audi FIS Ski World Cup At Killington
Join us this Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-27, 2016, when Killington Resort proudly hosts the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world. Although the grandstands, VIP Area and preferred parking are now sold out, there will be plenty of free standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail with a jumbo screen for viewing the course. Free parking served by expanded shuttle service will also be available for the entire World Cup weekend. www.killington.com/site/to-do/World-Cup

November 27- Craftsbury Opener Race
9:00am, Whether you're here for Thanksgiving training week or just looking to hop in a race, make sure the Craftsbury Opener is on your calendar! Freestyle individual start, 10k men/women, 5k juniors, as well as a BKL race. Keep up to date at the Opener. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/ski-camps-and-group-sales/thanksgiving-week/craftsbury-opener
 

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December 2016

December 1, 2016 - Got Gulls?
THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL birds on Earth, living from polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. Getting Gulls, my new workshop, debuts Thursday, December 1 at 6:30PM in the Essex High School auditorium in Essex, Vermont. Brought to you by the good folks at Green Mountain Audubon, this program is free to students and open to everyone for a suggested donation of $5. Bring your binoculars and exuberance. And for those of you game enough, I’ll add an extra hour or so on intermediate and advanced gull identification starting at 7:30PM. http://bryanpfeiffer.com/2016/10/31/got-gulls/

December 3-11, 2016, Archery Deer Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=132349

Muzzleloader December 3-11, 2016 Muzzleloader Deer Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

December 8, 2016, Predator Prowl
9:00am - 10:30am, Huntington, Vermont. Can you crunch with your canines, catch with your talons, and munch with your mandibles? If so, you might be a predator! We’ll forage for food, sniff for a snack, and hone our hunting skills. Let’s howl, growl, and prowl! Ages: 3-5 with adult companion. Fee: Members $8 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Non-members $10 adult-child pair, $4/additional child. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068. email vermont@audubon.org

Dec 10, 2016, Okemo Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a nearly full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. Okemo Mountain Resort. Ludlow, VT www.okemo.com/activities/calendar/moonlight-hike

December 11 - 12, 2016, Test Fest
Test out the latest ski & snowboard gear at the 2-day on-snow demo event. It's going to be a party with on-snow demoing and an Outside TV and Monster Energy after party at the Wobbly Barn. The on-snow demo event will feature premiere snow sports brands showcasing the best gear for the 2017 season. Come test the latest and greatest equipment at The Beast! www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1562270322

December 15, 2016, Backcountry Film Festival
Mount Snow - ome join in on the fun! The Dover School Club has partnered with Winter Wildlands Alliance to bring you the Backcountry Film Festival at the Snow Barn on Dec 15th from 6-9. This 90 min program will show pilots from seven Backcountry films that will be released in 2017. Raffle prizes from Abler, Mountain Kakis, Mount Snow and more will be raffled away throughout the night. Half price pizza will be sold all night and the cash bar will be open for drinks. This is a family friendly event open to all ages. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online or at the door. All door proceeds will go to the Dover School Ski Club. www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/backcountry-film-festival

Dec 15, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017, Audubon Christmas Bird Count
This holiday season marks the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community. Birders in Vermont are encouraged to participate in the count, which is happening in Vermont from December 15 to January 2. Even novice birdwatchers can participate because every event is led by an experienced birder. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and many other groups. http://vt.audubon.org/audubon-christmas-bird-count-0

December 17, 2016, 6th Annual Mount Snow Film Festival
Come out and enjoy some of this year's best videos and get yourself stoked for the season! FREE ENTRY• FREE RAFFLE. http://skivermont.com/mount-snow-resort-blog/2016/09/12/5th-annual-mount-snow-film-festival/

December 17, Vertical Challenge
Location: Clock Tower Base Area, Bull Run, Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series. The free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run is open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8am. The Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11am. Race awards and victory party begins at 3pm. Visit www.skiverticalchallenge.com  to learn More. www.okemo.com/activities/calendar/vertical-challenge

December 17, 2016, Rock The Hills Snowmobile Hill Climb
Bolton Valley Resort - Join Rock The Hills for a snowmobile hill climb. This event will be held at Timberline. Look for more information and registration soon. www.rockthehillsvt.com

December 17, 2016, Rails 2 Riches
The East Coast's most premier rail jam is back! Competitors will drop in on an exclusive, custom built rail venue in an attempt to snag a piece of the $25,000 cash purse. Those who have what it takes to impress the judges will walk away with ultimate bragging rights for the season. Come watch the action unfold as top athletes battle it out under the lights. www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1562270358

December 17-18, 2016, 2016 NENSA Eastern Cup Openers at Craftsbury
For the opening Eastern Cup, Craftsbury is bringing back a classic race format, the two-day pursuit. Saturday will be a standard interval start classic race, while Sunday will be a pursuit start. On Sunday the top 80 racers in the men’s and women’s open classes (U18 and up), along with the top 30 racers in the boys’ and girls’ U16 classes, will be started based on their time back from the respective winners of Saturday’s classic individual start. After 80 racers are pursuit started, the rest of the field will be started in waves of 5 racers at 30 second intervals. Sunday’s winners will be the first racer across the line in each category. Sunday’s races will, however, be scored by USSA by time-on-day result (as if the race were an individual start skate) for the purposes of JNs qualifying. This is done in an effort to make sure JNs qualifiers get two individual start races on the weekend. Racers should plan on racing BOTH days, as this is a two-day pursuit style race. If you only want to race one day - pick Saturday. NO one-day only Sunday racers will be allowed, as the Sunday interval starts are based on your time back from Saturday races. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/races-and-events/eastern-cup/welcome

Dec 24, 2016, Christmas at the Farm
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments... Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, VT. http://billingsfarm.org/

Dec 26, 2016, VINS Raptor Encounter
- 7:00 pm, Killington Grand Hotel. Free interactive raptor encounter with Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1874043596

December 27, 2016, Grommet Jam #1
#1 of 3 Grommet Jam events for our 12 and under skiers and riders. This event series is a great way for kids to get out and learn a few things from our coaches and ski school instructors. Coaches and instructors from our Training Center and Ski & Snowboard School will help out our little jibbers in our Grommet park at Carinthia in the morning and after a lunch break (not included) we'll have a fun park competition with an awards ceremony to immediately follow. Prizes and raffle for participants immediately following the competition at the Carinthia Base Lodge. http://skivermont.com/mount-snow-resort-blog/2016/09/12/grommet-jam-1/

December 28, 2016, Photography Outback Tour
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Admission: Sugarbush Ski & Ride School: 888-651-4827. Experience and capture the beauty of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley with our guided photo hike. Our photography workshops are centered on the incredible landscapes that we hike through at our mountain. Enjoy our favorite trails equipped with a DSLR or an iPhone, while our experienced guides teach you the ins and outs of digital photography. www.sugarbush.com/event/photography-outback-snowshoe-tour-122816

Dec 30, 2016 - Jay Peak Demo Days
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Take a spin over to Alice’s Table Patio to check out, and try-out, current and future skis & snowboards from some of the industry’s top brands. Each Demo Day features a rotating line-up of some of our favorite companies; enough gear to appease even the pickiest of consumers. All demos go out at 9:00 AM and must be returned by 3:00 PM. Who knows, you might even be able to BUY the pair of skis or snowboard you loved the most; just ask the brand rep and maybe buy them a beer or two. http://jaypeakresort.com/things-to-do/events/never-summer-demo#.WDyyE31FTcs

December 31, 2016, BIRD MONITORING WALK
Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

 

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