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March 14, 2008

Sign Up Now for “Becoming an Outdoor Family”

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 May 30, 31 & June 1, 2008 offers outdoor educational experiences for the whole family at Stillwater State Park in Groton State Forest.

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 Mark Scott, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “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 ( Or, call 802-257-7967 or 1-800-278-5480 (within VT) for more information.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 14, 2008 10:13:51