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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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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 28-April 1, Backcountry Ski Course
RMI's Backcountry Ski Course takes place on the slopes of Mt. Rainier and takes full advantage of the abundant snow fall and terrain.. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced skiers seeking to safely access the backcountry and lead their own ski tours. No previous ski touring experience is required, but participants need to posses solid intermediate to advanced skiing skills – the ability to ski moderate ungroomed terrain in ski areas comfortably – in order to participate in the program. The course is designed to be both fun and safe. We won't be skiing any slopes that have anyone trembling in their ski boots, but you can count on getting plenty of skiing matched to your comfort level. Our Backcountry Skiing Course functions as pre-requisite to our Ski Mountaineering Course or as a stand-alone program. www.rmiguides.com/mt-rainier/ski-touring

April 1 + 2, Turkey Hunting Seminars
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 1, the other on Sunday, April 2. "Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said Hunter Education Training Coordinator John Pellegrini. “We will provide A-Z hunting information, including safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls, site setup, and other strategies for harvesting turkeys.”  Both seminars will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The April 1 seminar will be at the Barre Fish and Game Club on Gun Club Road in Barre. The April 2 Seminar will be at the Hartland Fire Department in Hartland. Certified Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors Jeff Blanchard and Brett Ladue will be leading the seminars, with Jeff teaching on April 1 and Brett instructing on April 2. www.vtfishandwildlife.com/hunt/hunter_education

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 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 12 – May 22, 2017, Become a Maine White Water Raft Guide
North Country Rivers, Becoming a "Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide" is a challenging, rewarding, and time-honored profession! Imagine running some of the most challenging whitewater in America, meeting new people, and experiencing the unmatched beauty of Maine! When you become a Registered Maine Rafting Guide all this will be yours - and North Country Rivers can get you there! www.northcountryrivers.com/maine-rafting-guide-training-course.htm

May 14, Youth Hunter Education Challenge
WOODBURY, Vt. – Youth hunters hoping to hone their skills are encouraged to attend the 2017 NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Woodbury, VT on Sunday, May 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spaces are still available in this annual event being held at Buck Lake. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge provides young hunters additional skills in firearm handling, archery, tree stand safety, hunting bear with hounds, and land navigation in simulated hunting conditions. The event is free and is open to all youth under 19 years of age who have completed hunter education. Mentors, parents and guardians are also welcome to attend. Preregistration is required by calling Butch Spear at 802-866-5990 by May 7. 

May 27-28, 2017, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 27-28, 2017, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 27-29, 2017, 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) https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

May 30 - June 1, 2017, 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. www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

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 - 9, 2017, 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. www.kayaklesson.com/wilderness_first_responder.htm

June 4, Wildlife Photography Workshop
9:00am - 12:00pm, Huntington, Vermont. Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department photographer Tom Rogers for a workshop on wildlife and nature photography. The event is co-hosted by Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Woodlands Association. “Wildlife and nature photography can present some of the most challenging conditions for a photographer, between difficult weather conditions and wildlife that never holds still” said Rogers. “But with an understanding of a few basic techniques, along with some patience and luck, the results can be stunning.” http://vt.audubon.org/events/wildlife-photography-workshop?mc_cid=c8ec911db5&mc_eid=5e467c524c

June 8 - 12, ACA Level 3/4 Whitewater Instructor Certification Workshop
Public · Hosted by Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center. The ACA L3/4 River/Whitewater Kayak ICW is a combined training and certification designed to prepare paddlers to teach and instruct in whitewater venues. The first four days of the course will focus on refining individual skills, session planning, content delivery, observation and assessment, learning through gaming, risk assessment, managing sessions and groups, making learning happen, and having fun. The final day will be an instructor assessment where candidates will deliver a variety of instructional sessions in either the Level 3 or Level 4 instructional venue. Our goal is to develop competent instructors, who are able to meet the needs of diverse groups of paddlers, through fun, engaging, and intentional sessions. If you have questions, or would like to register, please contact Todd Johnstone-Wright at twright@smcvt.edu.

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 16 – June 26, 2017, Become a Maine White Water Raft Guide
North Country Rivers, Becoming a "Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide" is a challenging, rewarding, and time-honored profession! Imagine running some of the most challenging whitewater in America, meeting new people, and experiencing the unmatched beauty of Maine! When you become a Registered Maine Rafting Guide all this will be yours - and North Country Rivers can get you there! www.northcountryrivers.com/maine-rafting-guide-training-course.htm

June 19 - 20, British Canoeing Whitewater Safety and Rescue Training
Public · Hosted by Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center. This course is for recreational or professional whitewater kayakers interested in expanding their knowledge and ability of swiftwater/river rescue. Course Fee: $175.00 This includes equipment, but does not include accommodation or membership in PNA. For additional information or to register please contact Todd Johnstone-Wright at twright@smcvt.edu.

June 21, British Canoeing Whitewater Kayak Leader Training
Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center, The British Canoeing Whitewater Leader training is designed for whitewater paddlers who find themselves leading others in environments up to Class III. The course fee is $250.00 This does not inlcude equipment, accommodations, or membership to Paddlesports North America. For additional information or to register please contact Todd Johnstone-Wright at twright@smcvt.edu.

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 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 - 25, 2017, 2 - Day Open Water Swim Clinic
Burlington, VT, Former Navy SEAL Bill Atkinson presents an Open Water Swim Clinic with Master Swimmers: Charlotte Brynn & Don Walsh. Achieve and learn a new level of excellence in your open water abilities. We've created both a 1-day and 2-day program to take your open water swimming skills from the basics to the advanced. The first day will take place at UVM's swimming pool facility, and the second day we'll be in the open water on Lake Champlain. www.eventbrite.com/e/open-water-swim-clinic-2-day-sat-624-sun-625-tickets-34608440778

July 16-21, Vermont Wildlife Course for Educators
Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 16-21, 2017. The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury. Now in its 32nd year, “Wildlife Management for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff through Castleton University. A course description and schedule of activities are available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com . You can also contact them by calling (802) 371-9975 or emailing Alison.Thomas@Vermont.Gov

October 5, Hunter Access Seminar for Vermont Landowners
Hunting can be a valuable tool for private land conservation but managing hunters can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or experienced problems with hunters in the past. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar this summer for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access. Co-hosted by the nonprofit Vermont Coverts, department staff will: introduce you to who hunters are and what hunting is and is not; review landowner rights and the laws and regulations that govern hunting; and provide a forum to discuss concerns about hunters or hunting on your property. The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Ilsely Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Chris Saunders at chris.saunders@vermont.gov  or (802)343-5487.

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/VRPA-Annual-Conference 

October 14, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI)
Courses: Oct 14-16th , October 27-29th, Exam: Nov 11-12th
The 3-day SPI Course and 2-day SPI Exam are both excellent training options for those aspiring in rock leadership and they are valuable professional credentials in the field--AMGA SPI Certification is now the baseline standard for work in rock environments. Additionally, the training will improve your efficiency and safety during personal climbing. These courses and the exam, based in the Smugglers Notch/Bolton areas will draw on the excellent single pitch venues that Northern Vermont offers. There are many wonderful camping opportunities in the area and autumn is an ideal time to enjoy all that Northern Vermont offers. More information about the Course and Exam format, pre-requisites, and goals can be found HERE. Our SPI Course costs only $515 and the Exam is only $325. Contact us for information on enrollment. https://amga.com/single-pitch-instructor/  www.adventurespiritguides.com

November 11-12, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification
9:00-5:00, GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Sign up early—this course fills fast! This sixteen-hour, hands-on course will prepare you for backcountry medical emergencies. Its focus is on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of injuries and illnesses. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification is provided upon completion. Instructors: Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities staff. Limit: 30. Fee: $190 for non-members, $170 for members. Please email GMC if you need WFR recertification or CPR training. An additional fee of $15 for WFR recert and $35 for CPR can be paid at the time of the workshop. Register at least two weeks in advance. Rain or Shine. This workshop spends a large portion of time outside regardless of weather. Come prepared for the conditions. https://store.greenmountainclub.org/collections/programs-workshops/products/workshop-solo-wilderness-first-aid-nov-11-12

November 18-19, 2017, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

November 18-19, 2017, 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. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 3, 2017, Scuba Refresher Course
So you want to go diving again but it has been a while since your last dive and you are feeling a bit rusty? Take our refresher course and regain your confidence. This course will include an academic review covering such topics as dive planning, the marine environment, the use of decompression tables and more. The in-water portion will cover such topics as equipment set up, buoyancy control, mask clearing, shared air procedures, and any other skills that the group would like to practice. The cost of the class is $95.00 and includes the use of all equipment. Students must present at least a Basic certification card. Call us at (802) 865-2771 to sign up. Waterfront Diving Center, 214 Battery St, Burlington, Vermont 05401  www.waterfrontdiving.com

December 9, Map and Compass I: Land Navigation Basics
12 PM – 4 PM, GMC Visitor Center, Waterbury Center. Develop your navigation skills in the woods with a map and compass. Build your confidence in using these essential outdoor tools as we practice “getting lost” and finding ourselves in indoor and outdoor exercises. Learn what to do when you run into a cliff or river, how to interpret terrain, and estimate distances. No experience necessary. Compasses provided, but bring your own if you have one so we can compare compass styles. Be prepared to spend most of the time outdoors. Hike rating: easy to moderate. Instructor: David Hathaway, GMC Burlington Section Member. Limit: 15, Fee: $30 and members receive 20% off. Age Limit: 14 and up Register at least two weeks in advance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1638952522803726/

December 10-19, 2017, Wilderness First Responder
Join the staff of SOLO, nationally recognized leaders in the field of wilderness medicine and rescue, for a 80-hour intensive wilderness emergency care course. Learn skills needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings, with a focus on the extended care often required in wilderness medical emergencies. Practical simulations and lectures. Includes CPR. Excellent course for outdoor enthusiasts or outdoor trip leaders. The resident participant fee $925 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $740 includes lunch, course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 16, 2017, 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) https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

December 16-20, 2017, Wilderness Module – December 16-20, 2017
This course is designed to upgrade current First Responders to the WFR level and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. The focus of the course is on emergency care needed when you are separated by time/distance from definitive medical care and do not have the luxury of an ambulance at your disposal. Practical simulations provide hands on rescue skills. Certification for the course is dependent upon passing both the written and practical exams. For National Registry EMT’s this course is typically counted as 40 hours of continuing education. The resident participant fee $635 includes meals, lodging and course. Day participant fee of $520 includes lunch, course. https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/skills-certification/

 

 

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