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Summer Naturalist Program at the Mill Trail Cabin

Time Travels through Nature:
A Guided Walk
Saturdays 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM
Mill Trail Cabin

All ages welcome - Free outdoor fun for the whole family!

Discover the farm, mill, and ski inn history at the Mill Trail property. Families with children are invited to meet back at the Mill Trail Cabin for a seasonal, nature-based activity and craft!

Directions to the Mill Trail Cabin: From Stowe Village, drive 5 miles north on Mountain Road. Turn right onto Notchbrook Road. Look for the Mill Trail Property trailhead sign 1/2 mile up on your left. Park along the road. The Mill Trail Cabin is an easy 1/4 mile walk from the trailhead. 

For information call 802-253-7221 or email naturalist@[remove this text]

Stowe Land Trust’s Naturalist Program Back at the Mill Trail

Kate Lepore

Stowe Land Trust is excited to introduce our Summer Naturalist for the 2015 summer season. Kate Lepore, a native Long Islander from Port Jefferson Station, New York, brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity, and experience to our Summer Naturalist Program. Having earned her BFA at Alfred University where she studied ceramics, printmaking, and education, she went on to receive her New York State Art Education certificate. Upon moving to Vermont three years ago, Kate began her graduate studies at the University of Vermont, where she completed her Master’s degree in Historic Preservation. Kate’s passion for outdoor adventuring and knowledge of natural and cultural resources make her the perfect fit for the program. 

The Summer Naturalist Program at the Mill Trail was founded in 2013 to provide learning opportunities – especially for children – that inspire local citizens to engage with our natural world, foster a love and appreciation for the land, and connect with Stowe Land Trust’s conservation mission. The Mill Trail property, with the help of an anonymous donor, was purchased by Stowe Land Trust in 2003 and, together with the protection of Bingham Falls in 2001, is part of more than 100 acres of permanently conserved forestland surrounding Notch Brook. 

The Mill Trail property is unique for its cultural and historical significance, not least of which is the Mill Trail Cabin, built as a seasonal camp in 1935 by Dr. Margaruite Lichtenthaeler and Helen Day Montenari. “Layers of human history and land use are concentrated in this place,” says Conservation Program Manager Kristen Sharpless. Stowe Land Trust’s purchase of the property and restoration of the cabin was recently featured in Saving Land magazine where it was highlighted as an example of the natural partnership between land conservation and historic preservation. Having been carefully restored in a historically accurate manner over the last several years, the cabin is now in its third season of hosting the Summer Naturalist program. 

Visit our Summer Naturalist page for more information or call Stowe Land Trust at (802) 253-7221.

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