Explore the village of Craftsbury and Craftsbury Commons. Relaxed walk back to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center along paved and dirt roads and woodland trails, approximately 2 1/2 miles. Explore 140 acre Big Hosmer Lake with expert instruction from the experienced course instructor.
Breakfast is a hearty offering of hot entrées, homemade bread and muffins, homemade granola, cereals, local yogurt and fresh fruits. Freshly-brewed coffee, herbal teas and juice are always available.
FIELD TRIP: We will hop aboard the Center's vans for a ride to Craftsbury Village for a chance to explore 2 general stores! A guided tour of Sterling College Farm, a mixed vegetable and grass fed meat initiative focusing on feeding and educating the students at this unique, environmentally based college. We will walk back to the Center along the King Farm Road and wooded trails exploring old mill sites and dams from the early 1800's that started the town and kept it going. The rich character of the area will come to light as we learn about the relationship of people to the land. Enjoy the beautiful Fall foliage of the woodlands, see meandering rivers, open fields and investigate wildlife habitats and plant life with our resident naturalist.
Lunch buffet with hot entree, homemade breads, soups, salad, fresh fruit and dessert.
PRESENTATION: Introduction to Northern Forest Ecology. Forests are in constant change - types of trees, growth, human and natural disturbances. We will investigate the many different types of forests in northern Vermont, the wildlife in these habitats and how people have influenced what we see today. All plants and animals have had to adapt to survive given environmental factors such as cold winters, soil types, population pressures, predators and herbivores, disease, pests and more. The interactions are fascinating and complex as we move from northern hardwoods and spruce/fir patches to cedar swamps and the Black River lowlands. CANOE PADDLING INSTRUCTION: Beginners will learn the basics from safety and paddle strokes to keeping a canoe in a straight line and balanced. Then we'll glide onto Big Hosmer Lake in canoes, surrounded by the breathtaking Fall colors, as you learn how and why the trees turn color and why some are red, others yellow or orange. WINE, CIDER & CHEESE SOCIAL: Relax with a glass of wine (or cider) on the porch overlooking Big Hosmer Lake and sample some exceptional, locally made cheeses.
Join us in our rustic dining hall for a buffet of home cooked local food. Each evening you will be treated to a hot main course with an vegetarian option, salad bar, homemade breads, fresh fruit and desserts.
SOCIAL TIME: Games and/or time on your own.