Sometimes it pays to be an insomniac. One frigid winter night, I climbed out of my restless bed and slipped outside to stand under a sky littered with stars and take in the complete silence of darkness.

During the summer, I often spy common garter snakes sunning themselves in my garden. As the snow piles up through winter, covering the landscape in cold white, I wonder where these warmth-seeking creatures have gone.

Pride Hikes have occurred monthly since June 2018 and are welcoming to everyone – creating a safe, affirming space for LGBTQIA+ community members.

On a picture-perfect winter morning last year, 20 St. Michael’s College students and I visited Vermont Fish and Wildlife scientists to go ice fishing at Knight’s Point on Lake Champlain.

On a walk one winter afternoon, I spotted two white objects darting across a snow-covered field. White on white, they were difficult to identify at first. It was a short-tailed weasel chasing a snowshoe hare.

I have always admired nature’s mutineers: animals and plants that thwart the recognized system and do their own thing. As a child I was the sole member of my own duck-billed platypus club, endeared to this creature with the bird-like bill, be…

Whenever I spy a pileated woodpecker traversing the sky, I pause to watch its weird undulating flight. The jerky rise-and-drop movement of this large woodpecker is endearingly gawky – like a mini pterodactyl visiting from the Cretaceous perio…

Late one January afternoon, my husband and I stood on the shore of a frozen pond below the summit of Camel’s Hump, admiring the view.

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After nearly a decade of work, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has completed a long-range management and stewardship plan for Mt. Philo State Park’s natural resources and human use.

Snow day: The announcement draws squeals of joy from students throughout the school district and groans from parents who must scramble to provide care for their kids and face a treacherous commute. But fourth graders with overdue homework and…

Two chipmunks vie for seeds on our front lawn. One lives directly underneath the bird feeder. Another hails from the far side of the house, address unknown.

I’ve always found slender, sharp, yellow-ochre beech leaves alluring, and it’s endearing how they cling onto saplings late into the fall. However, Fagus grandifolia, the American beech, tends to get a lot of flak from foresters. The trees are…

A couple of decades ago, I spent winters living in Crested Butte, Colorado, where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route 135 and the East River on the rare occasion when I needed to travel south to the closest “big” town. T…

Get Your Summer Camp In Our 2020 Guide

This program and recreation guide gives parents a chance to peruse seasonal offerings well in advance of summer; and for camp directors, it’s a great place to advertise fun opportunities for kids.

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