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Rock Point Nature Celebration

Rock Point Commons invites you to join us on Saturday April 29 from 10 am-2 pm as we celebrate the arrival of spring.

Come explore our beautiful gardens and spectacular trails along the cliffs of Lake Champlain at your own pace, or register in advance to participate in a free guided activity. We’ll be offering free pizza from our outdoor wood-fire pizza ovens, and free chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Anyone not traveling 
by car will have free entry into a raffle for Rock Point Maple syrup!



Important Event Guidelines:

  • Parking at Rock Point is very limited - please walk, bike, or carpool whenever possible!

  • Anyone not traveling by car will have free entry into a raffle for Rock Point Maple syrup!

  • Those traveling by car will be asked to park at a designated shuttle lot on Institute Road.

  • No pets, no outside alcohol

  • Children must be supervised at all times

  • To protect Rock Point’s rare and fragile ecosystem, please stay on the trails

Rock Point's Nature Celebration is made possible by our generous sponsors!


Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk (free)

Saturday, April 29 at 10 am

Register to join the Lake Champlain Land Trust at Rock Point to celebrate the emergence of Vermont’s earliest wildflowers! Spring ephemerals are a group of wildflowers that bloom for a short period of time while the ground is moist and before leaves appear on trees.


We will help you spot and identify these beauties along Rock Point’s trails. The Lake Champlain Land Trust has been working with Rock Point Commons since 2017, including the multi-year project (in partnership with the City and the Parks Foundation of Burlington) to conserve the land and significantly improve the scenic trails. Learn more


Spaces for this walk are limited and registration is required.


Phenology Guilds for Kids and Grown-ups (free)

Saturday, April 29 at 11 am

Crow’s Path invites adults and kids to participate in a phenology adventure at Rock Point! Phenology is the study of the seasonal rhythms, cycles, and patterns of nature.


Led by Crow’s Path naturalists and mentors, the kid group (ages 6+) will play and explore among amphibians and birds while the adults take a deeper look at spring in all its wonder. Learn more about Crow’s Path. 


Spaces for these guilds are limited and registration is required.


Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plant Walk (free)

Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 pm

Spoonful co-directors Katherine Elmer and Kara Buchanan will share their expertise in local, wild, medicinal herbs and responsible foraging, including sharing techniques and recipes to turn the harvest into a tasty wild weeds pesto featuring the abundant, tasty, yet invasive, Garlic Mustard!

Participants are encouraged to bring a camera (phone) a notebook and garden or other gloves for protection. Their medicinal herb garden will also be open throughout the day for self-guided tours to learn more about what medicinal plants grow well in our region. Learn more about Spoonful Herbals.

Spaces for this walk are limited and registration is required.

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