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New Program - Outdoor S'more! for Licensed Child Care Providers

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You may have heard of the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge - a statewide, outside scavenger hunt. Similar to this program, but designed for licensed child care providers with younger children, Outdoor S'more! is a new program encouraging kids to explore the outdoors (and get rewarded for it).

Outdoor S'more! activities range from collecting seeds and sorting them by how they feel (10 points) to finding shapes in nature (5 points per shape). Once the group reaches 100 points, the group sends in photos of them completing activities, their scorecard (shown right), and any other supporting documents, such as artwork or writing, to Vermont State Parks. The reward is a FREE day use visit for the whole group to any of the 52 Vermont State Parks!

Score sheets are being mailed to all licensed day care providers in Vermont.

You can celebrate completing the challenge by having a picnic, playing games, or going for a hike in your favorite park.

For more information on how your day care group…

Creative Camp Cooking

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One of the challenges of the Venture Vermont Challenge under the INVENT category is to "Create your own outside food recipe (one you enjoy cooking and eating outside)". Many campers have made chicken & vegetable packets over a fire, but Jessica Rouse, Meg Baker, and Asa Rouse-Baker have perfected a few that are sure to please - (and you can earn 10 points towards the Venture Vermont Challenge by making this!) Visit our family camping menu ideas webpage for more.

Below are their family's favorite combinations:

• Cubed chicken, onions diced, apple chunks, sweet potato chunks, salt, and thyme
• 1 T soy sauce, powdered or fresh ginger, cubed chicken, red pepper chunks, diced onions
• Cubed chicken, diced onion, 2-3 T yogurt, apple chunks, chickpeas, and 1 t cumin

Add about a cup total of chicken & veggies, wrap in aluminum foil and put on coals of the fire for about 15 minutes.


Helpful Tip: You can use ketchup to mark the exterior of the foil packets with initials so that …

Creative

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One of the challenges of the Venture Vermont Challenge under the INVENT category is to "Create your own outside food recipe (one you enjoy cooking and eating outside)". Many campers have made chicken & vegetable packets over a fire, but Jessica Rouse, Meg Baker, and Asa Rouse-Baker have perfected a few that are sure to please - (and you can earn 10 points towards the Venture Vermont Challenge by making this!) Visit our family camping menu ideas webpage for more.

Below are their family's favorite combinations:

• Cubed chicken, onions diced, apple chunks, sweet potato chunks, salt, and thyme
• 1 T soy sauce, powdered or fresh ginger, cubed chicken, red pepper chunks, diced onions
• Cubed chicken, diced onion, 2-3 T yogurt, apple chunks, chickpeas, and 1 t cumin

Add about a cup total of chicken & veggies, wrap in aluminum foil and put on coals of the fire for about 15 minutes.


Helpful Tip: You can use ketchup to mark the exterior of the foil packets with initials so that …

"Luna"cy at Smugglers' Notch

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by Eric Bouchard, Assistant Ranger Smugglers' Notch

Ever so gracefully do these winged creatures of the night,
Flutter and soar in the pale moonlight,
With brilliant shade of green this creature doth glow,
And dance fancy free for the evening show.
~EWB

Smugglers' Notch has attracted some bizarre, yet stunning visitors to the park as of late. These visitors of whom I speak, are not our campers, but a species of moth that is unlike anything I, personally, have ever seen before. The species to which I am referring is the Luna Moth.

Seen left, the Luna Moth (a.k.a. the Giant Silkworm Moth) with its brilliant pale green wings, a white body, and pinkish legs, sports an impressive wingspan that can reach 4 ½ inches. Once common throughout the US, sightings of this beautiful creature have diminished due to spikes in pollution and habitat loss.


Females, who lay their eggs, roughly 200, on the underside of black walnut tree leaves, live long enough for that purpose only. In fact, the adult Lun…