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Wild About Wildflowers at Butternut Hill!

Bring your camera as we look for spring blossoms at one of the best wildflower viewing sites in the Champlain Valley.  We’ll follow an easy two-mile-long loop trail to the shores of Lake Champlain.

What: Wildflower Hike
Where: Butternut Hill Natural Area (North Hero, VT) – Click here for driving directions.

Click here for information about The Lake Champlain Land Trust’s role in the conservation of Butternut Hill Natural Area.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What to bring/wear Waterproof boots, long pants, water bottle, and camera.

Free but registration is required.
Please RSVP to , or call 802-862-4150 x3.


Plant a Tree (or Ten) for Lake Champlain!

Join us on Saturday, November 19th at 10 am for a Tree Planting Workday! We’ll plant native trees along the La Platte River and celebrate this important water quality project with delicious coffee and baked goods from August First Bakery.

What: Upper La Platte River Natural Area Tree Planting
When: Saturday, November 19 (Rain or Shine, Snacks Provided)
10 am to 1 pm
Where: Upper La Platte River Natural Area, 480 Thomas Road, Shelburne, VT
What to Bring: Work gloves, water bottle, shovel (if you have one)
What to Wear: Long pants, sturdy boots, hat

Please RSVP to: , or call 802-862-4150.


Celebrating Five Years of Restoring the
Upper La Platte River Natural Area
!

Please bring your friends and family and join us for a Fall Hike and Annual Celebration at our Upper La Platte River Natural Area in Shelburne on Sunday, October 23rd.

We’ll be talking about our tremendous progress in restoring the important riverbanks of the La Platte River, walking the new connector trail linking the scenic Upper Field Trail to the Hemlock Trail, and offering both an easy and moderate naturalist-guided tour of the trail system.

AGENDA

Water Quality Update: Come see the diverse array of new trees and shrubs (over 1,200 planted and counting!) and learn why restoring our floodplain forests is so important for both protecting our communities and the Lake.

Restored Wildlife Habitats: Find out what animals are now living in and around the La Platte River and view exciting wildlife photos taken this fall at the Natural Area!

Annual Meeting / Celebration: We’ll provide updates on our ongoing and new projects, and we’ll celebrate with apple cider and donuts!

Hike the Trails: We’ll offer two separate naturalist-guided tours—an easy half-mile loop and a moderate two-mile loop.

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Rain or Shine)
What: Project updates, annual meeting, naturalist-guided hikes, and refreshments
What to bring/wear: Hiking boots
Where: Upper La Platte River Natural Area, Shelburne, VT (directions)

Free but space is limited. Preregistration is required.
Please RSVP to  or (802) 862-4150 x3


Plant a Tree (or Ten) for Lake Champlain!

We will be hosting a Tree Planting Workday this November (Date and Time TBD).  We’ll be planting native trees along the La Platte River and learn why restoring our floodplain forests is so important for both protecting our communities and the water quality of Lake Champlain.

Subscribers to our E-news will be the first to be informed about the tree planting date and time….sign up today!


Birds and Bagels at Split Rock Mountain!

Bring your binoculars and your appetite as we look for bald eagles and enjoy a tasty trail snack of fresh local bagels (from Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams, NY) during a moderate three-mile-hike to a gorgeous Lake Champlain overlook.

What: Hike and Birdwatching
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Rain or Shine),
9 am to 12 noon
Where: Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest
What to Bring: Water bottle, binoculars, snack

NOTE: Due to limited parking, space is limited. RSVP required: , or call 802-862-4150.


Round Pond State Park

Round Pond Restoration Workday!

Join us on Join us as we continue restoring the beautiful woodlands of Round Pond and go for a short hike. If this 2001 conservation success story has been on your list for a while, this is a great excuse to visit!

What: Round Pond Restoration Workday
When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Rain or Shine),
9 am to 12 noon
Where: Round Pond State Park, South Hero, VT
(Park at the intersection of East Shore Rd and Landon Rd.)
What to Wear: Long sleeves and pants, sturdy boots, hat
What to Bring: Work gloves, water bottle, shovel (if you have one)

P.S. Registration required. Please register today by email to:  or call 802-862-4150.


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Plant a Tree (or Ten) for Lake Champlain!

Join us on Monday, May 16th at 10 am for a Tree Planting Workday! We’ll plant native trees along the La Platte River and learn why restoring our floodplain forests is so important for both protecting our communities and the water quality of Lake Champlain. We need your help to restore an entire forest on the conserved Upper La Platte River Natural Area.

What: Upper La Platte River Natural Area Tree Planting
When: Monday, May 16 (Rain or Shine, Snacks Provided)
10 am to 12 noon
Where: Upper La Platte River Natural Area, 480 Thomas Road, Shelburne, VT
What to Bring: Work gloves, water bottle, shovel (if you have one)
What to Wear: Long pants, sturdy boots, hat

Please RSVP to: , or call 802-862-4150.

Round Pond State Park

Join Us for Green Up Day in South Hero!

We are excited to start our volunteer season with a fun Green Up Day event at Round Pond State Park on Saturday, May 7th (details below). Our friends at the South Hero Land Trust coordinate all of the town’s Green Up Day activities. This is our second year leading the Round Pond restoration work. The project will involve removing invasive species such as wild parsnip and honeysuckle.

Note: Space is limited. Registration required. Please let us know if you will be attending as soon as possible, as it will help us plan the day. 

If you can’t make Green Up Day, we have another spring volunteer day planned for mid/late May. We’ll be planting trees at our Upper La Platte River Natural Area in Shelburne. (The date and time for this event will be forthcoming.)

As always, if you have any question feel free to e-mail our Outreach Coordinator Jeff at  or call 802-862-4150.

What: Green Up Day Restoration Project
When: Saturday, May 7th
9 am to 11 am
Where: Round Pond State Park, South Hero, VT
(Park at the intersection of East Shore Rd and Landon Rd.)
What to Wear: Long sleeves and pants, sturdy boots, hat
What to Bring: Work gloves, water bottle, shovel (if you have one)

P.S. Registration required. Please register today by email to:  or call 802-862-4150.


Get outside this spring with the Lake Champlain Land Trust!  We have several fun events planned this spring, including a tree planting workday at our Upper La Platte River Natural Area in Shelburne. Check back for more information, or sign up for our E-newsletter to stay up-to-date on Lake Champlain Land Trust news and events.


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Experience the Forest at Night and Call Owls!

Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled, naturalist-led, evening hike in the deep forest as we learn about owls and explore Niquette Bay State Park. Unplug and enjoy a quiet walk in the woods—we may even hear an owl!

What: Evening Owl Hoot Hike
Where: Niquette Bay State Park (Colchester, VT)

Click here for information about The Lake Champlain Land Trust’s role in the conservation of Niquette Bay State Park.

When: Friday, February 26th
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
What to bring/wear: Traction devices for boots or snowshoes are a must on the well-used winter trails of Niquette. We suggest bringing a headlamp or flashlight.

Please bring weather appropriate clothing as the temperature will drop after dark.
Free but registration is required. This is a very popular event and space is limited. Please RSVP to , or call 802-862-4150 x3.


Eagle Mountain Winter

Get outside this winter with the Lake Champlain Land Trust!  We have several events planned, including a snowshoe hike at Eagle Mountain and the always-popular annual Owl Hoot at Niquette Bay State Park.  We’re also teaming up with the organizers of North Hero’s Great Ice! to help put on this exciting multi-day festival featuring ice skating, dog-sled rides, pickup hockey, and treks across the frozen Lake (February 3rd UPDATE: Great Ice! has been cancelled due to indequate ice and snow — See http://greaticevt.org/ for details).

Check back for more information, or sign up for our E-newsletter to stay up-to-date on Lake Champlain Land Trust news and events.


 

Tree Planting


 

Paddling Presentation and Annual Meeting!
Wednesday, October 28th at 7 p.m.

Join the authors of the new book A Paddler’s Guide to the Champlain Valley—former trustee Cathy Frank and friend Margy Holden—as they share a slide show of their epic journey through the Champlain Valley’s beautiful waterways!  They will share their behind-the-scenes stories, humorous adventures, and stunning pictures.

The book expands on their regional bestseller A Kayaker’s Guide to Lake Champlain, and includes popular river trips, as well as lesser-known paddles through wetlands, creeks, and secluded streams. A brief annual meeting and book signing (with cake!) will follow the presentation.

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Sponsored by Main Street Landing
Time: 7 p.m.
What: Paddling presentation, brief annual meeting, and cake
Where: One Main Street, Train Station Lobby, Burlington, VT (detailed directions below)

Note: Ample free parking in Main Street Landing Lot

Detailed Directions: The talk and celebration will be held in the Train Station Lobby (lower level) at One Main Street in Burlington. One Main Street is the large beige brick building with the gargoyles on top and new green awnings. It once housed the train station. Simply drive down Main Street, cross Battery Street at the light, and follow the street down to the large open surface parking lot on the left (just north of the One Main Street building).

From the parking lot, you may enter One Main Street from the bike path, where there is a covered entrance with sliding doors. (From Main Street, you enter the upper lobby and walk down the central staircase to the Train Station Lobby below.)

This event is free, but RSVP required.  


 

Bring your friends and family and join us for a habitat restoration workday at our Eagle Mountain Natural Area in Milton!

Spend a few hours helping to improve the habitat and trails in the areas near the spring brush fire zone and learn why forest restoration work is so important for supporting native plant species, improving wildlife habitat, and protecting the Lake.  After our work is done, we’ll head to the Hoyt Overlook for a great view of the Lake!

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What to bring/wear: Work gloves, long pants, boots, plenty of water, and, if you have them, large pruners and/or a small hacksaw.
Location: Eagle Mountain Natural Area, Milton (directions)

Free.  Please RSVP to help us plan the day. 


 

RSVP to the workshop on Protecting Lake Champlain!

Screened Houses Malletts Bay What:  We’re teaming up with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain to host a hands-on lake protection workshop for property owners on Lake Champlain’s shores. The workshop will outline what shoreland owners need to know about the 2014 Shoreland Protection regulations and how they can go beyond these requirements to protect the Lake’s water quality and important wildlife habitat. Regional experts on land use and lake science, including a representative from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will be on hand to answer your questions.

When: Friday, July 17, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Camp Randolph Clubhouse, Highgate, VT (click here for directions)

Free. RSVP Required. Click here to RSVP.


 

Tree Planting in Shelburne Tuesday, May 19th!

Please bring your friends and family and join us for a Tree Planting Workday at our Upper La Platte River Natural Area in Shelburne.

Spend an hour or three planting native trees along the edges of the La Platte River and learn why restoring our floodplain forests is so important for both protecting our communities and the lake.  After planting, we’ll provide updates on our ongoing and new projects!

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
What: Tree restoration planting and updates on our programs.
What to bring/wear: A shovel, gloves, long pants, boots, and your enthusiasm
Where: Upper La Platte River Natural Area, Shelburne (directions)

Free.  Please RSVP to help us plan the day. 

A special thank you to our partners Mike Ingalls of the Intervale Conservation Nursery, Becky Tharp of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant, and the State of Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program.


Hike One of our Wildflower Trails!

White Trillium at Eagle Moutain

Celebrate Mother’s Day or a college graduation by hiking through our preserves dotted with spring wildflowers.

The recent “summer” weather has been perfect for native wildflowers. Bring your family and friends to one of our many conserved areas to see wildflowers peaking during this beautiful time of year.

Four Suggested Wildflower Hikes on Lake Champlain Land Trust Conserved Lands

  • Eagle Mountain (Milton). This beautiful short loop includes wildflowers (Mountaintop Trail) and a spectacular vista over the lake (Hoyt Lookout Trail).
  • Niquette Bay State Park (Colchester). This easy hike follows wildflower-rich areas down to a sandy beach.
  • Butternut Hill / Camp Ingalls (North Hero). A mile-long flat trail to Lake Champlain, but some of the thickest displays of wildflowers in the Champlain Valley are within 500 feet of the parking area.
  • Landon Community Trail (South Hero). A short and easy hike full of wildflowers and scenic vistas.

Click the links above for directions for these areas and others!

For more information about these hikes, call us at 802-862-4150 or e-mail .

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Join us for Green Up Day, Saturday May 2nd!

zencen posion parship shovelInvasive Plant Removal:  We’re teaming up with our friends at the South Hero Land Trust to help prevent the spread of invasive Wild Parsnip at Round Pond State Park.  Meet our staff naturalist at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of  Landon & East Shore Roads in South Hero.  Please bring your own shovel.  Afterwards, join us from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a Green Up Day BBQ at the Folsom School Playground featuring free burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream!

No RSVP necessary. For more information, call Jeff at 802-862-4150, ext. 2 or e-mail .


 

Owl Hoot

Our thanks to Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition (host Jane Lindholm and hiker/producer Ric Cengeri) who recently included our successful 2015 Owl Hoot on the March 25, 2015 episode of the Vermont Edition. (Listen to the Owl segment here.)

If you are interested in attending a future naturalist-led event on one of our conservation projects, send your postal address or email to chris@lclt.org and we will invite you to upcoming hikes.

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