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Spectacular Nature Celebration

Come have a spectacular day celebrating and connecting with nature! 

Saturday April 30th, 2022

Join fellow nature enthusiasts for a SPECTACULAR day celebrating the natural areas of the Burlington Intervale from 10am-3pm! ALL ARE WELCOME - whether you visit the City’s natural areas regularly, have always wanted to, or are just discovering these areas are here and ready to be explored. 

 

The Spectacular Nature Day is for EVERYONE to connect with the City’s natural areas and spaces. Part of the City Nature Celebration Spectacular Nature Day is an opportunity to participate in:

 

  • Self-guided iNaturalist bioblitz challenge collecting information on what the birds, animals, plants and insects are doing this time of year by using your smartphone app.  Naturalists will also be there to guide and teach you along the way as you (re)discover the wonders of nature. 

  • Riparian forest regeneration initiatives such as planting baby ostrich ferns and caring for newly planted trees along the Winooski. 

  • Sustainable foraging practices including the harvest of non-native invasive plants and utilizing them for paper making and eating!  Japanese Knotweed ice cream anyone?

  • Learning about nature and climate action initiatives from our tabling partners such as Burlington Wildways.

 

PLEASE NOTE: all dogs on-leash throughout the Intervale.

 

Location:

Burlington’s Intervale. Registration and walks will begin at the Intervale Center Barn (180 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401) 

 

 
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Event Partners:

Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, Burlington Wildways, Intervale Center, University of Vermont, City of Winooski, Winooski Valley Park District.

What to bring: 
  • Water and snacks for you and your group

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes - closed toed shoes recommended (specially if participating in the ostrich fern planting or invasive removal)

  • Insect repellent 

  • Sun protection - sunscreen, hat, sunglasses 

  • Bring your own work gloves if you have them (not required). 

  • Cell phone - if participating in the BioBlitz challenge. Downloading the iNaturalist app will be required. 

Last year volunteers harvested invasive garlic mustard. The garlic mustard was turned into pesto and eaten on crackers at the Spectacular Nature Day. Field naturalists were on site to answer questions and guide visitors as they explore the area.

 

Photos by Josh Brown