• July 2018

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    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #3 Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    Chanterelle season is in full bloom! Chef Ian leads the group into Merck Forest to unfold this summer’s golden chanterelle treasures. Come join the fun as we learn proper foraging techniques, safety precautions, field guide knowledge, wild mushroom identification and culinary applications.

  • August 2018

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    Walk in the Woods: Forests for the Birds Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018 Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am Location: Old Gray Barn, Rupert Fee: $15

    This walk in the woods with local Forester Alan Calfee will tour a recent logging operation in East Rupert. The focus will be to explore how forest management practices can be executed with neotropical songbird habitat elements in mind. We will explore forest management activities to reduce invasive plant populations and harvesting approaches to create structural enhancements for neotropical songbird habitat. This logging job was planned according to Audubon Vermont's Forests for the Birds silvicultural strategies. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to bushwack a little bit, and hike some moderate slopes. Pre-registration is required space is limited.

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    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #4 Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    Wild mushroom season is in full swing! Join us for another workshop through the beautiful fungal adventures of Merck Forest. At the height of the foraging season, Chef Ian is confident that our greatest mushroom identification and diversity will unfold during this hunt.

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    Exploring the Arctic: Its Current Status, Canada and Russia Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. In this talk we’ll introduce the Arctic nations and the numerous indigenous peoples that live there. We’ll describe the many changes underway. Then we will explore Canada and join an expedition through Sverdrup Pass on Canada’s northernmost land -- Ellesmere Island. Our next stop will be Russia. From Moscow we will take a virtual journey to the decaying port city of Pevek in the Russian Far East and then join an expedition to Russia’s most highly protected nature preserve – Wrangel Island. Art and artifacts of the Arctic will be displayed.