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Hunter Education Schedule (Statewide)

NRA Trap Shooting Camp - Every Sunday during May – September
North Country Sportsman’s Club, Gun Club Road, Williston, VT, Off Old Creamery Road.  from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Agenda: Each session will be limited to 10 people: Cost: $20 per individual and pre-registration is recommended since each session will be limited to 10 people. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Cost includes loaner shotgun, ammunition, clay birds, and eye and ear protection. Contact: Tom Blair, (802) 872-8329 (please, no calls after 8:00 p.m.) or via email at tblairvt@comcast.net . A registration form is also available at www.shootncsc.com.

 

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January 5-7, Homestead Planning and Permaculture Design
This course will introduce permaculture design through exploring how to plan and implement an efficient, abundant, and ecologically sound homestead. Participants will survey a diversity of principles, strategies, and techniques to help them design or retrofit a high-performance homestead or small-farm to be not only productive and beautiful, but also integrated with the wild landscape. Roots School, Bradford, VT. https://rootsvt.com/adult/homestead-planning-permaculture-design

January 6, 2018, Winter Tree Identification - Working Woodlands Workshop
The leaves have fallen, and identifying the trees in your backyard can be challenging. Join us for this two-hour workshop to learn how to identify common Vermont trees and shrubs during the winter months, focusing on their twig, bud, needle, and bark characteristics. Jon Bouton, who has more than 40 years of experience helping landowners see the forest and the trees, will lead an indoor discussion followed by a trek through the park to gain hands-on learning experience. Bring a bagged lunch and join us for an open lunch discussion after the workshop from 12:00 - 1:00pm; hot cocoa and coffee provided! Free; Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. www.nps.gov/mabi/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=853F9056-155D-451F-67FB33462FB8AA82

January 6-8, 2018, WFR Recertification/Challenge
For folks who need to keep their WFR certification up to date. This course is an intensive review and retesting of the WFR curriculum with a CPR update and other updates where protocols or treatment options may have changed. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-483 www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 8-9, 2018, Lake Champlain Research Conference
Focusing on the past, present, and particularly the future of the Lake, the conference will include interdisciplinary sessions on climate change, cyanobacteria, native fish restoration, contaminants and toxins, stormwater management technology, cultural and heritage resources, flood resilience, education and outreach, and more. The conference will bring together Lake and watershed stakeholders, including researchers, management practitioners, and the public, to learn the state of research on Lake Champlain and will provide an opportunity for discussion, networking, and potential collaboration. The conference will be multi-jurisdictional, featuring representation and research from New York, Vermont, Québec, and beyond. Online registration will be available until 5 PM on Friday, January 5th. Registration costs $25 for most participants; student registration is free, thanks to the Lake Champlain Research Consortium, and student registrants will be asked to show a student ID at conference check-in. www.lcbp.org/water-environment/data-monitoring/lake-champlain-research-conference

January 10-16, 2018, Wilderness First Responder
As an outdoor person you may find yourself in a situation where help is more than a phone call away. Typical first aid courses train students to provide care before an ambulance arrives. This course is designed for people who often travel where dialing 911 is not an option. It is experiential and tough, with emphasis on practical sessions and video taped simulations using mock victims. Lodging Specials - Call our office to take advantage of this special, 800-532-7483. www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

January 16 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Lake Carmi
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

January 20-21, Winter Tracking Intensive
The Winter Tracking Intensive is open to all skill levels and students. The weekend will be predominantly experience based, offering guided ‘dirt time’ in which students can push their skills in real tracking situations. Trailing and interpretation will be a major theme for the weekend as we take in depth looks into the lives of the animals living in Vermont’s forests. Roots School, Bradford, VT. https://rootsvt.com/adults/winter-tracking-intensive

Jan 21, Moving Up On Ice Workshop
Ice climbing is an excellent goal in and of itself and it also allows you to 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! Offered in Vermont and a strong value at $135/per climber. www.adventurespiritguides.com/alpine/moving-up-on-ice-workshops

February 1 -- 10:00 a.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Shelburne Pond
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 3 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Chittenden Reservoir
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 8 -- 2:00 p.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Lake Bomoseen
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 8, 2018, A Wildlife Program for the Whole Family: “The Martens Come Back to Vermont”
With Chris Bernier and The Nature Museum. 7 PM, NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. Large, rounded ears, a sleek body with silky fur, and a bushy tail: could you identify a pine marten in the wild? The Nature Museum invites you to “The Martens Come Back to Vermont” with Chris Bernier, VT wildlife biologist, on Thursday, February 8, at 7 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vermont. The American pine marten is a carnivorous, slender-bodied weasel which is rarely spotted in the wild. By the early 1900s, the species was deemed extinct in Vermont- but there have been recent sightings across the state. Tickets: $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call 802-843-2111.

February 10, 2018, “The Art and Science of Animal Tracking”: An Interactive Workshop on Snowshoes
9 AM Saturday, Presented by The Nature Museum and Chris Bernier, VT Wildlife Biologist. Andover, VT. Join The Nature Museum and VT Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier, a wildlife expert with over 25 years of experience, for this intensive animal tracking workshop on a remote private property in Andover, VT. The group will trek through the snowy landscape, discussing habitat types, animal tracking tips and tricks, forest management, and land conservation. Ages 13+, experienced hikers preferred, snowshoes and winter gear required. Tickets are $25 until February 1 and $30 after. For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org , or call (802) 843-2111.

Feb 10 - 11, 2018, Winter Survival
Sat, 02/10/2018 - 9:00am to Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:00pm. Age: 18 and up. This class is overnight and includes food and camping. This is an introductory weekend to the winter in Vermont. We do not expect you to be a survival expert, winter living is challenging, that is why we are excited to be running this course! With several feet of snow on the ground, freezing temperatures, and scarce food, survival in the winter can be demanding. This course will serve as a thorough introduction to some of the skills needed such as: winter shelter building, winter hunting and trapping, survival snow shoes, winter fire making techniques, bark foods, and much more. This course will offer wisdom into the forested landscape in winter and all of the resources still available from it. The winter months are profound teachers of efficiency and effectiveness, bringing home the reality of survival skills in a winter environment such as Vermont. https://rootsvt.com/adults/winter-survival

February 15 -- 4:00 p.m. Introduction to Smelting at Waterbury Reservoir
Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at LetsGoFishing@vermont.gov  or 802-265-2279.

February 17, Winter Wild Edible Workshop
Sat 10 AM · North Branch Nature Center · Montpelier, VT. For those willing to get a little frosty, bundle up and join teacher naturalist Ken Benton as we learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of wild foods from the surrounding landscape. We’ll bake with spruce, fir, and pine needles and sip on an assortment of wild winter teas as we cook a wild harvested winter stew over an open fire. www.facebook.com/events/166474140626128

Feb 17, Felt Hat Making
10:00am to 4:00pm. Age: 16 an up. This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. In this one day course students will make thier own felted hat. Felt is amazingly warm both wet or dry, naturally water repellent, and durable. The felting process allows us to take carted and dyed wool and build hats with several different designs and patterns. This means you can choose to make several styles of hat, such as a fedora, a boonie, or a simple beanie style hat. You can also choose to design your colors based on purely style and aestetics, or use it to craft a very effective camouflage pattern, something felt is incredibly well suited for creating. From what you learn in this course you can then go and create all manner of hats for yourself, your friends and family. https://rootsvt.com/adults/felt-hat-making

Feb 24 -March 1, Bow and Arrow Making
Age: 18 and up. This class is overnight and includes food and camping. Join us for Bow Building and Arrow Making. These courses can be taken separately or together. Spend 6 days out at Roots and leave with a set of primitive hunting gear. Offering these classes together provides the opportunity for students to fully submerge themselves in the skills for 6 days straight. Check out the class descriptions of these three courses for more information. https://rootsvt.com/adults/bows-arrows-and-flint-knapping

March 2-4, 2018 - Winter Doe Camp
A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women at the Hulbert Outdoor Center. 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, open fire cooking, firearms safety and target practice, traditional winter camping, survival, tracking, orienteering, dog sledding, snowshoeing, 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 $390. Gift certificates and day fees are also available. Details coming soon.   www.outdoorswoman.org/winter-doe-camp.htm l

March 10 - 11, 2018, Survival Weekend for Women
Monkton, VT. - Classes will be taught by Instructor Jessie Krebs, a former U.S. Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.) Training Instructor from the old school days when instructors were simply called “Survival Instructors”. In addition to being the Founder & Head Instructor of SERE Training School's SERE-oriented survival training programs for both civilians and outdoor professionals, Jessie is highly sought-after as a technical consultant and on-screen survival expert for a number of international survival shows including Science Channel's Hacking The Wild, Fox's Kicking & Screaming, and National Geographic's Mygrations where Jessie became one of only a handful of modern human beings ever to complete a primitive crossing of hundreds of miles of Tanzanian Serengeti on foot.

Choose your classes, Minimum deposit is $50. Send in a deposit now to reserve your spot.

  • March 10, 9 am to 1 pm -- Survive and Thrive

    What are the basic needs of a person in a survival situation, and what are the most essential skills they should know? Come find out and learn them to ensure you and your loved ones make it out of an ‘excursion gone wrong’ safely. Not only will you learn and get a solid understanding of what to do when things go wrong in the back-country, we’ll also have a lot of fun. In this class we’ll cover things like knife sharpening, essential knots, making shelter, finding water, and making solid survival kits for every occasion. Bring a knife to sharpen if possible and any gear you have questions about or would like to practice with. Max # 10

    March 10, 2 pm to 6 pm -- Get Knotted: Knots for Life and Survival

    If you’d like to look like a wizard when a piece of rope finds its way into your hands, then this is the class for you. Come ready to learn a wide assortment of knots, hitches, and lashings for a variety of purposes. We’ll be practicing all kinds of skills that require knots: lashing poles to trees, moving safely up and down a climbing rope, making a tripod/quad-pod, building shelters, etc.… Knots are awesome and powerful tools to add to a repertoire of solid survival skills. Max # 10

    March 11, 9 am to 1 pm -- Advanced Navigation

    So you’ve got it, you can take and follow a bearing. You know how to read contour lines and are getting better at reading the landscape via your map. Now let’s take you up a notch, let’s get out there and practice the skills-then add a few more. We’ll practice triangulation to figure out exactly where you are, movement techniques so if you find yourself off trail you can stay safe, and a variety of natural ways to find direction and get from point A to B. Please have a good handle on the basics of map and compass use before taking this class to get the most out of it. Max # 10

    March 11, 2 pm to 6 pm --The Craft of Fire

    Come dive into the world of fire! We’ll explore things like: how different woods burn and why; how to find dry wood in various weather; what natural and man-made tinder is available and ways to ignite them; the stages of fire; the uses of fire; different fire lays for various purposes; and so much more. Max # 10

    All women's classes taught by Instructor Jessie Krebs in Monkton, VT, https://seretraining.us  18 years and up, $50 per class. Contact gray@voga.org for more information or to sign up. Send in a deposit now to reserve your spot.

March 17-18, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 26-27, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 26 - 27, 2018, Wilderness First Responder Re-Cert
This two-day review is designed to re-certify individuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be re-certified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 26-28, 2018, ACA Canoe Instructor
American Canoe Association Certificate program to become an ACA Tandem Canoe Instructor. Canoes, PFDs, paddles, and safety equipment provided. Paddlers must demonstrate basic boat control skills, teaching ability, safety awareness, and technical knowledge to obtain certifications.
Level 1, 2, and 3 ~ Cost (3 day training): $485 (meals, lodging); $390 commuter (lunch)
Level 1, and 2 ~ Cost (2 day training): $400 (meals, lodging); $320 commuter (lunch)
All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 15-16, 2018, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Join staff of SOLO for a two-day introductory course in wilderness medical emergencies. Course includes lectures and practical simulations. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders. AHA CPR available for $45. Recognized by American Camp Association and various guide licensing boards. The resident participant fee of $270 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $210 includes lunch and course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 22, 2018, EMT Wild Day
A one-day course to re-certify the wilderness component for a current EMT. Eight hours National Registry CEUs. Cost: $160 (includes meals, and training materials) To register online, please fill out the Skills Certification Registration form.
Or, print a Skills Certification Registration Form and mail with payment to: The Aloha Foundation, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 22-23, 2018, Wilderness First Responder Re-Cert
This two-day review is designed to re-certify individuals previously certified as Wilderness First Responders. Although open to any WFR graduate, SOLO currently has reciprocity with WMI/NOLS and WMA; graduates of these programs can be re-certified through SOLO providing their certification is current at the time of the course. CPR Recertification is available for an additional fee. Proof of eligible WFR and CPR training must be provided to SOLO before renewal cards will be issued. The resident participant fee $290 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $230 includes lunch, course. All course fees are due in full upon registration. A confirmation packet will be sent to you upon receipt of registration form and fee. To register by phone (using MC, VISA or Discover Card), or for more information, please call Lynn Daly at 802-333-3405. You can also fax to Lynn’s attention at 802-333-3404. Pre-registration is required. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

 

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