For those willing to get a little frosty, there is no need to pack up your foraging baskets during the cold winter months. 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 a warm mug…

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Learn every step of traditional black ash basketry in this forest-to-basket class! Abenaki basketmakers Kerry and Aaron Wood will teach each step of the basketmaking process beginning with a walk through an ash stand, assessing living trees for basket quality, processing ash splints, weaving a basket, and exploring indigenous cultural values of ash trees. Participants will go home with their own foraging basket and lid.

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A journey through the Fungi kingdom. In this class, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mushroom ID, toxicology & edibility, as well as the ecological significance of fungi found in Central Vermont.

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Become a better photographer by tuning into nature, and learn to harness your camera by becoming a better naturalist. In this morning workshop, we’ll blend photography techniques and naturalist skills to achieve a deeper connection with nature and capture great photographs.

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Join Rachel Larimor for this session exploring our current practices and how we can move away from learning in or about nature, and toward more learning with nature. We’ll consider the structure of our time, the physical environment, and our teacher-child interactions. We’ll also discuss how we integrate those experiences in the beyond into the indoor classroom.

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a hands-on opportunity to examine the biological diversity of these varied habitats. From meadows to wetlands to forests, learn how habitat diversity creates and contributes to an overarching ecosystem. Course instructed by Vermont ecologist and endangered plant specialist Aaron Marcus. This course is hosted in partnership with Native Plant Trust (Formerly the New England Wildflower Society).

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