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Get Ready For The Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge 2017

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The 2017 score sheet was posted on April 1st 

Just in time for spring, outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate the approaching good weather with the kickoff of Venture Vermont. The challenge is a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, and anyone can participate.
Activities this year will include riding bikes, hiking, skipping stones, fishing, bird watching, and going on a day-long outdoor adventure.
The rules are pretty simple. Here's how it works: Download a score sheet (online PDF) Do fun outdoor activities listed on the score sheet between April 01, 2017 - October 15, 2017 Take photos of your activities When you reach 250 points, submit your score sheet and photos to us Receive a VIP gold coin, good for free state park entry for rest of this year and all of next! Have a blast! If you are doing the challenge as a family, you can take group photos, but each family member needs their own score sheet.
Also remember that special bonus activities will be posted on our Facebook page w…

Our Most Adventurous State Park

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Recently, the Travel Channel asked us to name our most adventurous state park. We had a hard time because there is plenty of adventure to be found in Vermont's 55+ state parks.

Should we pick Mt. Ascutney for it's hang gliding? Jamacia for its whitewater paddling? Or Green River Reservoir or Woods Island for its remote paddle-in camping?

The Appalachian Trail runs through Gifford Woods State Park, there is gold panning at Camp Plymouth State Park. Branbury has rockclimbing cliffs,  And the list goes on.

We were only allowed to choose one, so we settled on Smugglers' Notch State Park.

Named after an infamous route used to smuggle illegal goods across the US-Canada border, Smugglers Notch State Park has an adventurous past and present. Located at the base of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, the park is part of the much larger Mt. Mansfield State Forest.
The Long Trail, a trail that runs the length of Vermont is located within the park, making Smugglers’ Notch popul…

Spotted: Eastern Screech Owl

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Recently spotted in Poultney, a nicely matched pair of Eastern Screech Owls. When hatched, these owls are covered in white down, but the adults come in several different color morphs: red, grey and brown. We always enjoy when nature provides such a convenient visual/ educational aid! Eastern screech owls are common east of the Rockies. The red color morph is common in the eastern part of its range, but becomes much less common as you travel west into the great plains and towards the Rocky Mountains. In south Texas, the red color morph is almost unknown.
Eastern screech owls can be found anywhere where there is ample tree cover, allowing them to shelter in tree cavities since they do not build their own nest. Their sounds are distinctive- often a monotone trill or whinny. Screech owls are masters of disguise, and is us usually easier to hear than to see them  Listen to some of their calls here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-Owl/id
This is the time of year when ow…

Sugaring Season: Camp Recipes With Maple

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Despite the up and down weather, there’s a sweet smell in the air, which means it must be maple season! In honor of our official state tree and state flavor, here are some suggestions on how to incorporate maple into your camp recipes.
Oatmeal Deluxe
Oatmeal has a well-deserved reputation as a healthy breakfast, but after too many mornings of gooey goodness, let’s face it, it can get a bit monotonous! Luckily, fresh maple syrup is the perfect accompaniment. Bonus: it’s simple to prepare over the campfire- just boil some water and let your oats sit for 5 minutes. To jazz up your basic bowl, there are many options to try. Nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, coconut flakes or even chocolate chips are all easy to pack, store and carry in camp. You could even create a DIY Oatmeal Bar that allows everyone to customize their own breakfast!
http://thefirstmess.com/2012/08/30/diy-healthy-instant-oatmeal-recipe/ http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/oatmeal-with-works
Fabulous Flapjacks 
Pancakes with m…