The Naturalist's Journal


Today we installed an educational pollinator garden next to the Stowe Land Trust office! More...

We had a wonderful visit hiking Alex's Trail at DuMont Meadow this past Friday! More...

The school year is coming to a close, and I am finishing up my last few programs with Stowe Elementary School until the fall.  More...

The 2nd graders at Stowe Elementary School came to visit the Mill Trail Cabin for a program on backyard habitats! More...

Last week I visited Stowe Elementary School Kindergarten classes and had a wonderful ornithology lesson! More...

The sun is out and spring time is here! With the warm weather come spring time ephemerals. More...

This past month, I had the opportunity to visit Mountain River School Forest class and the kindergartners at Stowe Elementary School!  More...

Join SLT's Naturalist, Grace, for some Open House days at the Mill Trail Property! All Open House events are free, open to the public, and family friendly!  More...

Spring is in the air and it's time to get back outside! Last week, I visited the beautiful Adam's Camp, Long Winter (Kaiser) Farm, and Page Forest. More...

The beginning of April showed us so many signs of spring over here in Stowe! From Red-winged Blackbirds singing to buds emerging, we are getting ready for the warm months ahead! More...

Yesterday, I took a quick trip to DuMont Meadow to explore the area and make some observations. DuMont Meadow is still underneath a lot of snow, if you are planning to visit I would highly recommend snow shoes! More...

Welcome to the SLT Summer Naturalist Blog!

My name is Grace, and I am the VHCB AmeriCorps member serving with Stowe Land Trust. I have already completed my first week of service, and I am delighted to be in Stowe! More...

Summer may feel like it's still in full swing outside, but for Stowe Land Trust the Summer Naturalist Program is winding down.  More...

Art installation guides hikers along local trail.  More...

To all the spiders at Wiessner Woods: I’m sorry I ruined your day.

I came back to the office drenched in sweat with mud up to my calves, stinging scrapes on my shins, hemlock needles embedded in my hair, and spider webs plastered to my neck and shirt. I even found a transplant crawling on me as I began to write this. Today I monitored the boundary at Wiessner Woods, a Stowe Land Trust fee-owned property and popular destination for dog walking and cross country skiing depending on the season. More...

Green has exploded on the Mill Trail. Bright from rain's kisses and the sun’s embrace, leaves have burst from their buds, scattering husks along the path like forgotten shotgun shells. Ferns have unrolled their fiddleheads into fronds with open arms for blades. The early spring ephemeral flowers have been crowded over in the blitz for space and sunlight. Few trillium flowers cling desperately to their tripod, but they too will fall. Trout lilies have been drowned in shadow by the newly closed canopy. In this new greenwashed world, are there any flowers left? More...

Spring is drenching the Mill Trail. A telltale squish follows me wherever I go, but the cold drizzle that patters my raincoat sounds as delicate as clinking champagne flutes. Although the weather feels like early April, May signs are everywhere. More...

I walked down to the water, stopping every 5 feet to take a picture of a new piece of green breaching up through the leaf litter like a child putting on a turtleneck sweater.  More...

The warring of the seasons continues. A blanket of three inches of snow hugs the Mill Trail. The blanket’s threads frayed right down the middle of the path where one person had walked this morning, like a seam ripper through white cotton. More...

The air is warm and wet. The snowdrops are sticking their necks out for the spring. Although they stand with bowed heads, these first flowers only bring joy: winter is over.  More...