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Get the Sled Out: Where to Go Sledding in Vermont State Parks

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For Vermonters, the winter landscape is like an outdoor playground! There are a lot of ways to play in the snow, but there is nothing quite like feeling the wind whipping and the snow flying as you careen down a hill on a sled. For your luging pleasure, we have put together a list of some great sledding hills in Vermont State Parks to try out this winter:   

Mt. Philo State Park:
You may have visited this popular park in the summer to take in the spectacular summit views, but have you ever had the chance to experience Mt. Philo in the winter? A short hike up the park road brings you to the top of a wide run with gentle turns that’s perfect for a fast-paced sled trip.


Waterbury Center State Park: In the winter, this park’s favored picnic spot transforms into an ideal sledding hill. The steep, treeless slope is located near the lower parking lot and overlooks the Waterbury Reservoir so you can enjoy an expansive view as you speed down the hill.

Elmore State Park:
For younger kids or beginnin…

Nature Craft: Giant Ice Marbles!

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Winter is a beautiful time of year here in the northeast. Everywhere you look there is snow sparkling in the sun, icicles in the windows, snow-capped mountains in the distance, and this week, breathtakingly cold weather!  In an effort to embrace the temperatures, we at Vermont State Parks decided to embark on a project that combines ice, art, balloons, and some freezing temperatures. What could it be? GIANT ICE MARBLES!


What you will need: -Balloons
-Food coloring
-Water
-Freezing air or a freezer
How to make them:

1. First, open the mouth of the balloon and place several drops of food coloring inside. You can use the standard colors or mix your own by combining two different colors.
2. Stretch the mouth of the balloon around the head of a faucet. Slowly fill it up with water until the balloon is slightly smaller than a bowling ball. NoteIf the balloon loses grip with the faucet, things can get messy. Keep a firm hold on the top of the balloon and hold the bottom to keep it steady. 
3. Tightly …