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We center our work on four key initiatives: Loving our Forests and Farms; Expanding Recreation for All; Creating Healthy Habitats; and Creating Community Connections

To learn more about our priorities, read our 5-year strategic plan

Planning for Wildlife and Trails

Adams Camp has long been near the heart of Stowe's outdoor culture. It is home to a fast-growing trail netweok enjoyed by thousands every year for hiking, running, moutain bike riding, wildlife observation, skiing, and more. It's 513-acres of forests also provide essential habitat for wildlife, among many other ecological values. This year, Stowe Land Trust is partnering with the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program and Stowe Trails Partnership to assess Adams Camp's ecology and trails. This project is the first step in helping us develop a sustainable management plan for the forest's future.

With our partners, we are currently conducting a study of the property's wildlife habitat values and current state, essential information for long-term stewardship and recreation planning. While climate change and community growth pose challenges for conserved lands, we are committed to working closely with partners, landowners like Trapp Family Lodge, volunteers, and trail users to protect these spaces for future generations. 

Read our latest updates about the work at Adams Camp!

Making Every Kid an Outdoor Kid

Learning Landscapes is a national effort which aims to build more accessible outdoor classrooms within a 10-minute walk of schools and to support educators in utilizing those classrooms year-round for interdisciplinary instruction. These spaces and supports will allow teachers to bring their lessons outdoors – deepening the connections between their students and the place they live, and providing numerous benefits for student learning, behavior, and development. Local educators and schools are looking for ways to instill a sense of place in their students, and to help them get outside more often, but are faced with many competing needs and limited resources. As a trusted partner of local schools, summer camps, and afterschool programs, Stowe Land Trust is uniquely positioned to help meet their needs. Through the Learning Landscapes collaboration we are strengthening our commitment to the next generation. 

Learning Landscapes at Stowe Land Trust is continuously evolving and helping every kid be an outdoor kid.  

Learn more about the Learning Landscapes collaboration.

Read our full news story on Learning Landscapes updates.

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Expanding Recreation for All

Did you know 80% of the more than 7,100 acres of land and water we have protected is open for public access, including all five properties Stowe Land Trust owns and manages: Wiessner Woods, Kirchner Woods, DuMont Meadow, the Mill Trail, and Page Forest?

Our commitment to conserved land doesn't stop once a place is protected, we're out in the field year round making sure its trails are in great shape, and its conservation values are being protected. 

This summer, we're focusing some of our stewardship work on Wiessner Woods. Conserved more than 30 years ago, Wiessner Woods has become a favorite destination for Stowe locals and visitors alike. Over the next few months we'll be working with partners and volunteers to make improvements to the property which will maintain its quality trail network, and make WIessner Woods more accessible for more people. We'll be replacing bridges and boardwalk at the end of their life cycles, and beginning much-needed parking lot improvements. Interested in getting involved? Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about how you, your friends and family, and your workplace can help us keep Stowe special. 

Sign up for our Volunteer List today