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May 27, 2010

“Becoming an Outdoor Family” Weekend Still Has Openings

WATERBURY, VT -- If you would like to learn about the out-of-doors and have fun doing it with your family, here's your opportunity. Vermont's popular “Becoming an Outdoor Family” Weekend being held June 4-6, 2010 offers outdoor educational experiences for the whole family at Stillwater State Park in Groton State Forest, and there are still openings for families to sign up.

Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend is a joint effort by the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks and Recreation to introduce Vermont families to conservation, safety and fun in the out-of-doors. Expert instructors begin each class with the basics, providing hands-on experience and encouraging participants to ask questions. Sessions include wildlife, forestry, orienteering skills, hiking, wildlife photography, fitness, camping, kayaking, canoeing, firearm safety, fishing, and much more.

Stillwater State Park is located on Lake Groton in 28,000-acre Groton State Forest. It has 17 lean-to sites, and 62 tent or trailer sites. There are some excellent sites and lean-tos on the shores of the lake where you can boat right up to your campsite. Stillwater also has a boat launch and a beach, and just down the road is the Forest Nature Center. Hiking trails that start close to the campground meander through Groton State Forest.

"This is a great opportunity for any Vermont family to meet some of Vermont’s finest outdoor professionals and learn first-hand about Vermont's outdoor traditions," said Thomas Decker, Fish and Wildlife’s Operations Chief. “And it’s affordable at $165 per family, which covers your camp site for the weekend, instruction, class materials and equipment.”

Registration information is available on UVM's website ( – follow the link for Becoming an Outdoor Family. Or, call 802-773-3349 or 1-800-281-6977 (within VT) for more information.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: May 27, 2010 08:18:54