Many thanks to Grace Jia, our 2019 Naturalist, and all those who participated in the program. We had another great season of learning about, enjoying, and caring for the Mill Trail and other Stowe Land Trust conserved lands in the area. Check out the SLT's upcoming events for information on fun family and friends events this winter.
See you in 2020!
Summer Naturalist Program
The purpose of our Summer Naturalist Program is to provide community outreach and education in support of our conservation mission at the Mill Trail Property off of Notchbrook Road. In particular, the Summer Naturalist Program provides learning opportunities – especially for children – that inspire local citizens to engage with their natural world and foster a life-long love and appreciation for the land.
Thanks to generous support from Bowie and Helen Duncan, our Summer Naturalist Program was launched in 2013. In 2016, we began partnering with the VHCB AmeriCorps Program to hire a Summer Naturalist who's primary job is to run the program. The program is based on the 31-acre Mill Trail Property that was purchased by us and conserved in 2003. With an historic cabin, old mill site along the West Branch River, and the remains of a hill farm long grown up to forest, it is an ideal site to explore and connect with Stowe’s rich natural and cultural history. We maintain a section of the Mill Trail which begins at the property’s trailhead on Notchbrook Road and continues 1 mile upstream to Bingham Falls. This short and easy walk is a great round-trip for hikers of all ages.
Summer Naturalist programming includes guided walks for all ages, and active programs for children and families on topics from trees to insects to streams – all with an emphasis on our connection to the land both past and present. Visitors learn about the Stowe area’s ecology, wildlife, history and other wonders. Programs are free and open to the public. School and summer camp groups can also sign up to visit the site and participate in a guided program during the week or to assist with stewardship projects from trail work to invasives control. Contact us today for more information.
The Naturalist's Journal
As summer is wrapping up, there is still so much to explore! Go out to Mill Trail, Kirchner, and Wiessner Woods for some amazing late summer/early fall adventures. More...
The following community organizations participated in our 2019 Summer Naturalist Program and/or stewardship programs:
- Stowe Parks and Recreation
- Stowe Elementary School
- Mountain River School
- Lamoille County Hikes 4 Tykes
- MudCity Adventures
- Stowe Bible Camp
- Helen Day Art Center
- Learning Ladder
- Apple Tree Learning Center
- Market Garden School
- Central VT Council on Aging
Are you on iNaturalist?
We are too! Follow the Summer Naturalist iNaturalist page here!
SLT Explorer's Adventure
Become a Stowe Land Trust Explorer!
The Stowe Land Trust Explorer’s Adventure is a great way for kids and families to experience some of Stowe’s beautiful conserved land.
Use this Explorer’s Map as a guide to four SLT owned properties: Mill Trail, Wiessner Woods, DuMont Meadow, and Kirchner Woods.
Answer questions, draw observations and check off the boxes on your Explorer’s Map as you visit each property.
Become an SLT Explorer when you complete your map and turn it in at the SLT office. Explorers will receive a free SLT family membership and an exciting prize!
SLT Explorers will be recognized at the SLT Annual Celebration in September each year.
One prize per participant, please.
Click here to download the SLT Explorer's Adventure Map today!