One of the greatest attractions to Vermont for locals as well as visitors is the abundance of wild places. The opportunity to view a wide diversity of wildlife, and explore an almost endless number of waterways is just minutes from anywhere in the state. And thanks to the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, Vermont now has 8 wilderness areas that will be protected for future generations in perpetuity. We visited several of the Wilderness Areas to get a brief overview from staff members of the U.S. Forest Service.
Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has long been known for its vast working forest and rugged remote mountains. Thanks to a partnership between landowners, the state and outdoor groups, it’s also becoming a destination for deep woods hiking. A group of young trail blazers with the Northwoods Stewardship Center are busy creating a new long distance hiking trail, which will stretch through one of the wildest corners of Vermont.
While many anglers practice catch and release fishing it's a Vermont tradition to keep some for the table. That's why there's a new effort underway hoping people take the bait on trying the fresh flavors of fish from Lake Champlain.
In this weeks edition of My Outdoor Journal A passionate hiker shares her love of the outdoors and hiking with her grandsons as they climb Camels Hump.
Vermont State Parks – Camels Hump - http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/camelshump.htm
For the seventh grade Mount Abraham Union Middle School students enrolled in Jocelyn Foran’s science class, learning goes far beyond the walls of their Bristol, Vermont classroom. Equipped with ipads and field guides these students are exploring several local ecosystems and sharing their findings with the public through the iNaturalist web site.
If you're in search of an exciting adventure and don't mind getting a little wet then white water rafting might be just the thing for you. We headed to the Berkshires in Massachusetts for a thrill ride on the Deerfield river with Zoar Outdoor.
Zoar Outdoor – www.zoaroutdoor.com
One of the hottest trends in fishing are special kayaks built from the keel up just for anglers. And there’s no better spot to do some kayak fishing than on the Connecticut River. Wilgus State Park Ranger Eric Hanson guides us as we test drive a couple of these fishing kayaks while fishing for small mouth bass.
Screening & discussion of The Homestretch. Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
Screening & discussion of POV: 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story. Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. This film follows Young's struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society's most dangerous criminals.
Screening & discussion of A Path Appears. A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.