Becoming an Outdoor Family 2013 - Family Registration
Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM (EDT)
BECOMING AN OUTDOOR FAMILY
May 31 - June 2, 2013
Hands-on basic outdoor skills and experiences for the entire family.
Stillwater State Park in Groton Forest
Cost is $175.00 per family (up to 8)
Registration opens March 15
Registration deadline is May 17
After you complete Family Registration, you will receive a link for Class Registrations
Come join us on May 31 - June 2 for our 16th year offering outdoor education experiences for the whole family.
This program is a joint effort by the University of Vermont Extension, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks & Recreation to promote, address and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the outdoors.
Expert instructors begin each class with the basics, providing hands-on experience and encouraging participants to ask questions. The variety of classes includes wildlife, forestry, orienteering and GPS, hiking, nature photography, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, canoeing, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more.
Class descriptions and full program information is available to view or print in the program booklet (pdf) on our webpage at
NEW in 2013: Refer-A-Family Prize Drawing
Refer a new family to this year’s Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend and be entered in a drawing for a free weekend stay for a family at any Vermont State Park, courtesy of Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Find families that have never been to Becoming an Outdoor Family and encourage them to register.
2. Tell the new family that when they register for 2013 Becoming an Outdoor Family to enter your name in the “referred by” field on their registration page. They must enter your name in their registration form for you to be eligible for the drawing for a free weekend at any Vermont State Park.
2013 DAILY SCHEDULE
|Friday, May 31|
|3:00 - 8:00 pm||Check-in and camp site registration under the Tent.|
|6:00 pm||Dinner on your own.|
|7:30 pm||Meet and greet. Ice cream will be served. Come meet the instructors - a chance to get your last minute questions answered.|
|Saturday, June 2|
|7:00 - 8:30 am||Late check-in, Breakfast on your own|
|8:30 - 11:00 am||Class Session I|
|11:00 am - 1:00 pm||Lunch/Leisure Time on your own|
|1:00 - 3:30 pm||Class Session II|
|4:00 - 5:00 pm||Bottle Rocket Making|
|3:30 - 6:00 pm||Leisure Time|
|6:00 pm||Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a dish to share, plus your own plates & utensils.
|Moose Burgers (if available), Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided.|
|Saturday Night||Bottle Rocket launch|
|Bonfire by the lake and Leisure time|
|Sunday, June 3|
|9:00 - 11:30 am
||Class Session III|
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm||Camp Clean Up/Check out|
|12:30 - 4:00 pm||Enjoy the park on your own and safe trip home!
After you complete Family Registration, you will receive a link for your Class Registrations
Cost is $175.00 per family (up to 8). The fee covers your campsite for the weekend, instruction, class materials and equipment, and all costs associated with organizing and putting this program together.
How to Register
- Fill out the Family Registration information and payment on this page. Enter the same email address for all family members.
- Select your classes from the Program Book at www.uvm.edu/extension/outdoorfamily
- After completing the Family Registration, you will receive a link and password for Class Registration.
Registration Deadline is May 17, 2013.
Campsites and classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each class has a limited number of spaces.
A confirmation package will be sent to you after April 1st. This will contain the class registrations for your entire family, your campsite assignment, and any last minute changes that may have occurred. Please read the contents of your confirmation package as soon as it arrives and contact us with any questions.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gail Makuch at 802-257-7967 x 301 or 1-800-278-5480 (toll-free in VT) by April 29, 2013 so we may assist you.
CHILDREN UNDER 12
Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire weekend.
Participants 12 years of age and older may participate in classes without an accompanying adult, unless otherwise indicated in the class description.
If you cancel on or before May 1, you will receive a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00. Cancellations made after May 1 will not receive a refund, although you may substitute another family in your place.
You must provide the substitute family information at the time of your cancellation. The substituting family will replace your family in the classes you signed up for, although some changes may be possible depending on class space availability.
One family of up to eight (8) people will be assigned to each campsite. If you have more than eight family members attending, you must register and pay for an additional, separate family campsite. You may request adjoining campsites on your registration form.
We will do our best to accommodate your request, but can make no guarantee about your campsite request. Sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, as are all class assignments.
Equipment will be provided for all classes unless otherwise noted in the class description or Class Equipment Notes section.
ABOUT THE PARK AND CAMPSITES
Stillwater State Park located in Groton State Forest in Groton, VT (between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury). Visit the website at www.vtstateparks.com/htm/stillwater.htm for more information.
Stillwater State Park is a developed campground with flush toilets and hot showers available. You will need quarters for the showers. Cell phone service is very spotty to nonexistent throughout Groton State Forest. A pay phone which uses only phone cards is available at the Ranger Station.
Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table, but no water, sewer, or electrical hookups for RVs. There is a dump station near the park entrance.
Although a few lean-to sites are available, always assume you will be given a tent site and plan accordingly. RV campers: please be sure to indicate the length of your RV on your registration so we can best match your campsite to your RV size. We do the best we can in advance, but please understand that some adjustments may be necessary at registration to better meet your family’s needs.
Please leave your dogs at home (except service dogs) in order for all family members to fully participate in the workshops.
Anyone age 15 or older planning to fish during leisure time must hold a current Vermont Fishing License. You will not need a fishing license for the Let’s Go Fishing classes. We encourage you to purchase your license in advance, or you may purchase one at the Stillwater Ranger Station. Trout, bass, perch and sunfish are plentiful in the Park, so bring a fishing rod, tackle and/or bait.
WHAT TO BRING
Classes are held outside, rain or shine, so come prepared for each class with items to make you the most comfortable.
- Potluck dish for Saturday’s group dinner
- Camping gear and food supplies sufficient for 3 days
- Clothes for both warm and cool weather - nighttime temperatures can get cool in the park.
- Hiking boots or walking/tennis shoes
- Waders/sneakers that can get wet
- Water bottle
- Sun and/or baseball hat
- Insect repellent
- Rain gear, extra towels
- Quarters for showers
- Phone cards for the pay phone at Ranger Station (cell phone service is spotty to nonexistent in the park)
- Bicycles are encouraged to limit driving within and around the park.
- Leisure time gear (optional): Field glasses, binoculars, swim wear, cameras, fishing gear, canoes or kayaks, musical instruments.
Camping Information & Checklists
(especially for families new to camping)
Family Camping Tips & Resources
Family Camping Menu Ideas
Camping Gear Checklist
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.
When & Where
Becoming an Outdoor Family
This event is organized in cooperation with University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.
University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.