In Pictures: Bunkhouse Construction Under Way!   Recently updated !

Work began in mid July on excavation and site preparation for a new bunkhouse at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. The four-season 54 x 24 foot building will include bunks for 18 students and an annex with handicapped-accessible bathrooms and showers. The bunkhouse will expand the Center’s capacity and ability to offer its educational programming over multiple days to groups from a wider geographic area. For over 25 years NorthWoods has provided school […]

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This Week in the Woods: Exploring the CT River

This week in the woods, campers took to the water to explore a Northern section of the Connecticut River. They practiced their quick and whitewater paddling techniques and took advantage of the slower sections to observe the ample wildlife. Some exciting encounters included a flock of 50 Canada Geese, a Beaver, and Weasel, a Great Blue Heron, and a Bald Eagle! This camp runs in partnership […]


Elm Restoration Update: Tending to the Trees

American elm, once an iconic species common along Vermont’s riversides and in hardwood forests (particularly wetter, nutrient-rich ones), has declined dramatically due to Dutch elm disease over the past century. But with upcoming research about naturally disease resistant American elm varieties, we’re optimistic that these trees will be restored as a healthy component of of our Vermont forests. For the past two spring planting seasons NorthWoods has assisted The Nature […]

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Rick Wright – CT River Swim 2016 [Part 3]   Recently updated !

July 3, 2016 Holyoke Dam-Chicopee- Springfield-Thompsonville Happy 4 th of July. We are blessed to live where we can breathe free. On June 30, I swam from Springfield, MA to Thompsonville, CT (just above the breached dam near Enfield). For those interested in scull rowing, the entry point for this swim is a boathouse in Springfield about a mile or so above the Basketball Hall of Fame. Terrific […]


Rick Wright – CT River Swim 2016 [Part 2]

Periodically throughout the summer we will be featuring accounts from long distance swimmer, Rick Wright. Rick contacted us this spring to ask us about specifics concerning the northern stretches of the Connecticut River and to purchase a CT River Paddler’s Trail Map in preparation for swimming the full length of the river from the Quebec border to Long Island Sound. Rick, who is 72, started on his […]

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Rick Wright – CT River Swim 2016

Periodically throughout the summer we will be featuring accounts from long distance swimmer, Rick Wright. Rick contacted us this spring to ask us about specifics concerning the northern stretches of the Connecticut River and to purchase a CT River Paddler’s Trail Map in preparation for swimming the full length of the river from the Quebec border to Long Island Sound. Rick, who is 72, started on his […]


All Aboard:  Third Grade Students Explore Lake Memphremagog

How old is Lake Memphremagog? Where does all the water in the Lake come from? Who calls it home?  Nearly 300 third grade students from Orleans County searched for answers to these questions on the Discovery Cruise aboard the Northern Star boat this spring. In the search, students were invited to become lake detectives, provided with helpful tools – binoculars, discovery guides, watershed maps, identification books, and […]

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3,600 Trees Planted in Newport Center

Over the course of three weeks this May, the Corps has been busy planting 3,600 trees at the Marquis site along Mud Creek in Newport Center. The species planted included: Northern white cedar, tamarack, quaking aspen, shrub willows, boxelder, nannyberry, and winterberry. Across 12 acres, these young trees will make up a riparian forest buffer which will reduce nutrients/pollutants in surface runoff, lower water temperatures through […]


Wheeler Mountain Trail Work Underway

Changes are coming to Wheeler Mountain that will ensure continued public access for years to come. In an effort coordinated by NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Wheeler Mountain landowner John Krieble has agreed to a public access trail easement in a move that also relocates the lower portion of the Wheeler Mountain Trails onto nearby Willoughby State Forest. The new route will begin at a trailhead parking area, to be constructed this […]

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Teaming up with TNC to Save Elms

NorthWoods is once again teaming up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help save the elms! In the mid-20th century, the Dutch Elm Disease came through the U.S. and decimated the American Elm population, killing almost all of the iconic trees. Even now, many elm trees which succeed in establishing themselves are killed by the disease before they are able to achieve their mature height. While the majority of […]