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the Greater Burlington Area
Spring 2022

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Foraging

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Time: 5:30 PM  to 7:00 PM

Location: Intervale Center 180 Intervale Road Burlington, VT

Led by: Duncan Murdoch, Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator and John Gonter, Naturalist and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Volunteer.

 

Come join us to learn about sustainable foraging practices on the land managed by the Intervale Center.  Find out where foraging is permitted in the greater Intervale landscape, what plants are in season, which are edible and how to be an ethical harvester by taking the Ethical Harvester’s Pledge.

Walk of Wheeler Nature Park

Date: April 9, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Wheeler Nature Park, South Burlington

Led by: Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester

 

Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, for a walk-through of Wheeler Nature Park in South Burlington.  As County Forester, Ethan advises landowners, municipalities, and conservation organizations on how to care for and responsibly manage their forests for wood, water, air, wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage, climate change resilience and more.  He will discuss the ecology of Wheeler and what management might be appropriate to create great wildlife habitat, control non-native invasive species and support our biodiversity.

Sustainable Foraging of Wild Edibles
Climate Action Stewardship

Date: April 20, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road Burlington, VT

Participate in One Tree Planted's Earth Month! 

Come plant trees with us!  The Intervale Center has been working with VT Audbon and one of our farms, Diggers Mirth to transition a field that they no longer grow vegetables on (due to increased flooding).  This will be phase two of creating bird and pollinator habitat to increase diversity and provide an essential ecosystem service.  It's a win, win, win, win!

https://onetreeplanted.org/pages/community-events

 

Earth Day Invasive Removal

Date: April 22, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, South Burlington

Led by:  Tim Larned, Winooski Valley Park District

 

Join Winooski Valley Park District Staff and other volunteers celebrating Earth Day by helping to improve important shrubland habitat. Parking at trailhead off Van Sicklen Rd. South Burlington. There is limited parking so please reach out to timlarned@wvpd.org if you are planning to attend. Mud Boots recommended! We will plan to get in a couple hours of Invasive ID and removal and then save some time (12-1) for a hike out to a recent shrubland habitat restoration project the Winooski Valley Park District worked with the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership (CVCP), the City of South Burlington, Audubon VT and US Fish and Wildlife Services to complete. The hike will be dependent on the ground drying out enough for a group to use.

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Opportunities for Educators

Educators and learners of all ages are invited to participate in City Nature Celebration. Whether you are a high school student, a college professor, an elementary school teacher, or a home-school educator, there are many opportunities to deepen your connection through nature study.  

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The Educator Toolkit from City Nature Challenge

The original organizers of the City Nature Challenge have created easy-to-use toolkits for teachers and parents. Check out their educator basecamp resources for age-appropriate lessons and activities!

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Step 1:
Get Ready to
Bring Kids Outside

Read the educator guide for tips for facilitating, managing, and supporting student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby park, or other green space.

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Step 2:
Take Pictures of What you Find

Take a tour through iNaturalist, the website we will use in the U.S. to document observations. Learn how to best use this technology with students. This can be used in any formal or informal education setting.

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Step 3:
Integrate into your  Education Program

View CNC's “Educator Basecamp,” recommended progressions for short classroom and field activities for formal and informal settings. See how they help to meet science standards and educational goals.