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Outdoor Education

NorthWoods provides an ideal setting for both group-challenge and recreation programs as well as environmental education.

Our 1500-acre campus rises gently away from the upper Clyde River valley, into a generation-old experimental red-pine plantation, through a mixture of softwood and hardwood forests to the edge of Echo Lake. Both groomed and backcountry hiking and skiing trails, an interpretive nature trail, a newly renovated challenge course, and a small pond are all filled with clues as to how both humans and wildlife have lived in this habitat over the course of hundreds of years.

Discover the wonder of local geology at a nearby glacial erratic, and then ponder the human and animal force that pulled glacial remnants into an astounding turn-of-the-century round barn foundation. As facilitators, we encourage students and teachers to open their senses to the lessons of this land.

We hope you will use NorthWoods as a resource to broaden the scope and depth of your classroom activities.

Contact Maria at for all inquiries or call 802.723.6551 *303

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a proud member of Vermont SWEEP (Statewide Environmental Education Programs). Learn more about VTSWEEP here!

The Latest News

  • Help Protect Our Trails

    NorthWoods needs your help to steward the trails in our 1,500 acre forest. Our Hopkins Hill Trail has become rutted from unauthorized ATVs and off-road vehicle use. While we recognize that off-roading is one way [...]

  • 2017 Youth Lake Tour

    Smiling faces of the youngest sailors (preK from St. Paul's Catholic School) in the wheelhouse of the Northern Star. by Valerie Dillon, Memphremagog Watershed Association​ This was the third year an “educational twist” [...]

  • This Week in the Woods: Who’s been chewing this tree?

    Hey, who did that?! While walking in the woods this week, we noticed freshly scraped-off bark at the base of this yellow birch tree. It looks a little bit like abstract wildlife artwork, but in [...]

Oberon the Owl

Oberon the Barred Owl is one of our most esteemed and longest-serving NorthWoods employees. Early in his life as a wild bird, Oberon suffered a head trauma, resulting in a loss of balance and damage to his eyesight. He was nursed back to health by the wildlife rehabilitators at the Vermont Institute for Natural Science (VINS), but due to his injury was unable to be released back into the wild, and instead came to live with us. Today, Oberon travels to schools and programs throughout northern Vermont, serving as an ambassador to his species, and teaching the public about the wonders of our northern wildlife.

Our Outdoor Ed Staff

Maria Young
Maria YoungEducation & Outreach Director
Madeline Zukowski
Madeline ZukowskiAmeriCorps Environmental Educator
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Interested in working with kids at NorthWoods?

We hire periodically for full time and half-time AmeriCorps positions, as well as seasonally as-needed for camps. If we don't have a position open now, we may in a couple months, so check back, or email us your resumé. Check out our Employment page to look for open positions and to learn more.
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