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Summer Naturalist Program

Summer Naturalists—Getting things done for Stowe!

The Summer Naturalist Program provides learning opportunities which inspire local citizens to engage with the natural world. Focused primarily on youth education, our Summer Naturalist works to foster a life-long love and appreciation for the land in the next generation.


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 and locals alike learn about Stowe's ecology, wildlife, and history through our open house programming at the Mill Trail cabin, and through partnerships with local school and camp groups. Stowe Land Trust also offers a variety of events and outings year-round to encourage people to connect with our landscape. All our programs are free and open to the public. Click here to see our upcoming events.

The Summer Naturalist partners with school and summer camp groups to connect children with our natural world. Our Summer Naturalist brings expert knowledge of the outdoors and strives to instill passion and excitement for the land in program participants. Our program partners also help us with trail maintenance tasks, invasive species removal, and countless other fun projects that teach children how to care for and give back to the places they love.

Contact us today for more information on how to partner with our Summer Naturalist!


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. Through the EpicPromise Grant Program, Vail Resorts has supported the funding of our Summer Naturalist Program in 2019 and 2020.

Since its founding, our Summer Naturalists have led numerous educational programs and brought our mission of community based conservation to over 3,000 participants! 

Read the latest from our Naturalist’s Journal

Stumbling across Hobblebush

These shrubs were seen as a nuisance in the past for any who enjoyed time outdoors, which is how they go their name "Hobblebush".


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