Look_Unto_The EastThe Vermont Center for Photography and BEEC present:

Jesse Burke: Wild & Precious
A walk for photographers and kids

Sunday, April 30, noon to 2

Wild & Precious, the April exhibit at the Vermont Center for Photography (Don’t miss the Opening, Friday, April 7 Gallery Walk), brings together treasures from a series of road trips traveled over 5 years by photographer Jesse Burke and his daughter Clover. As part of the exhibition, Jesse invites you to “unplug from the digital matrix, to get dirty and seek adventure,” and to do it with him at BEEC.

On this April afternoon, we join Jesse for a talk in the cozy BEEC camp classroom, and will then head out to the woods and fields. Jesse will talk about how to get great photographs of kids and nature, and kids in nature, and why it is important to bring the two together. Jesse is an impassioned advocate for getting kids and parents into wild places together. Burke writes, “I want my children to genuinely understand how magical the world we inhabit is and how we, as humans, are an integral part of the system. I want them to feel a deep connection to every aspect of their surroundings.”
Bring your cameras and your kids. The cameras don’t have to be fancy (check Jesse’s Instagram page—he took these photos with his phone). A BEEC naturalist will keep your kids engaged while Jesse shares his tips for great pictures and great parenting.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetJesse Burke divides his time between personal art projects and commissioned work. A New England native, he currently lives in Rhode Island with his wife and their three daughters, Clover Lee, Poppy Dee, & Honey Bee. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, where he is a faculty member. Time Magazine recently named Jesse one top 50 US photographers to follow on Instagram. He is a member of Childhood Unplugged, a cooperative group of photographers who are making a conscious effort to encourage our children to get back to the art of play.

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Local courses from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources:

Mapping Your Community’sBioFinder
Conservation Resources

Monday, May 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Landmark College, Putney, VT

Email Monica.przyperhart@vermont.gov to sign up or learn more.
Everyone is welcome, but since space is limited, pre-registration is required.

BioFinder is an online mapping tool used to find the places in Vermont most important for maintaining biodiversity, even as the climate changes. It includes maps of Vermont’s connected forests and waterways, locations of important ecological resources, and other information used for conservation planning.
Find the website at BioFinder.vermont.gov.

Vermont’s Ecology and Environment (NR1)
A Two-Part SeriesAVCC logo 2013

 May 15 & 22  from 7-9 pm
At the Learning Collaborative in Dummerston
Cost: $25

To register, contact Monica.Przyperhart@vermont.gov.

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources are joining forces to bring two courses to our area! These courses were created by the Agency of Natural Resources for those involved in natural resources planning.
In this course, participants learn important context and scientific concepts involved in planning for natural resources. This course will expose participants to the full suite of issues at play for natural resources planning, from forests and wildlife to floodplains and climate change. Presentations on Context, Scale, and Whole Communities are interspersed with interactive hands-on activities that make this an intensive and exciting training.

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Plant a Garden for Pollinators!

Saturday, May 27, 10 – noon
Retreat Farm
Cost: $15/adult/$10 child

Pre-registration required, space is limited.
For information or to register call BEEC at (802)257-5785 or e-mail patti@beec.org

bee picture 2Do you want to help our native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? Plant them a garden of native flowers! Landscape designer Tom Sullivan will lead this kid-friendly family workshop. While the kids make seed balls, paint signs, and play pollination-themed games, adults will learn the essentials of creating an attractive garden that native pollinators will love.

The workshop will culminate in a garden party in the Retreat Farm’s new Children’s Farm and Forest! Tom will help the group design and plant the garden, and we will celebrate with refreshments. All participants will receive a species list, starter seed package for their home garden, and a complimentary day pass to the Children’s Farm and Forest.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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On the Trail with Burdock

A journey into the Society of Porcupines
Friday, June 9 at 6 pm
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

BEEC naturalist Patti Smith has spent many hours in the company of porcupines, including, Burdock, an orphaned youngster found near the grounds of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. When she released him in December 2015, she was able to track his movements, and was introduced to a community of six porcupines sharing a winter den area. During this presentation she will share the surprising relationships she observed, and developed, with these curious creatures, illustrated with slides and video footage.

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glacierGlacial Lake Hitchcock Walk

Monday, June 19 at 6 pm
Meet at the Dummerston covered bridge, Rte 30

Join Roger Haydock for a walk along the lower slopes of Black Mountain to imagine the West River Valley of yore —12,000 years ago. Roger will point out the features that geologists use to reconstruct the landscape’s ancient history, in this case the lake bottom and shoreline deposits of Lake Hitchock.

Rogers walks are always interesting and entertaining. He recommends packing a wet suit, just in case there is an opportunity for time travel, but our guess is that won’t be necessary.
Co-sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon

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squiggyan introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation

Saturday June 24, 2 pm at BEEC

Yes, wildlife rehabilitators get to raise orphaned wild animals, but becoming a rehabilitator takes much more than an interest in wildlife—it takes time, money, training, equipment, and a license from the Department of Fish & Wildlife. Did I mention time? If you think your passion runs deep enough, join local rehabilitators Fred Homer and Patti Smith to learn more.

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dragonflyDiscover Dragonflies with Bob Engel

Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm
Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford

Dragonflies were among the pioneers of flight on planet Earth, and once stalked their prey on wings that were a foot long. Though smaller in size, modern dragonflies still inspire imaginative names: spreadwings, dancers, bluets, forktails, sprites, darners, snaketails, emeralds, skimmers, meadowhawks. . . Bob Engel will lead a walk to introduce these primitive, yet sophisticated, insects. Bob will teach participants to recognize the different groups and species of dragonflies.
Many good resources exist for those interested in learning to identify dragonflies, so after Bob’s introduction, anyone who catches the dragonfly “bug” can continue to learn.
Bob Engel is a Professor Emeritus from Marlboro College where he taught biology and environmental science for over 30 years.