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Out & About: National Park Holds Outdoor Workshops

  • Participants examine animal tracks during a workshop at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. (Courtesy of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park)

  • Participants examine animal tracks during a workshop at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. (Courtesy of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park)

  • Participants examine animal tracks during a workshop at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. (Courtesy of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Woodstock — While Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park is quite the sight to see in the summer, there’s plenty to observe there during winter.

A series of free workshops called “Working Woodlands” aims to introduce park visitors to just how spectacular the national park can be covered in snow and ice as it is in flowers and other foliage in the spring.

“We have a lot of great help from student conservation commission interns this year so we’ve been able to schedule more than ever,” said Kyle Jones, an ecologist at the park. The workshop series has been taking place for more than 10 years. “The tracking ones are usually pretty popular and it does depend on a great extent to the weather.”

Animal tracking workshops are a hit among people of all ages. The next one is Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is required and snowshoes for are available to borrow.

“It just depends on the snow conditions, but usually there’s squirrels and fisher (cat) and sometimes fox,” Jones said. If the snow is fresh, the tracks can be easier to see.

“The walks are pretty gentle,” Jones said.

There will be a “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring” workshop on Feb. 24 and one about climate change on March 3.

Editor’s note: For more information about the workshops and to register, visit https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm or call 802-457-3368, ext. 222. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.