BECOMING AN OUTDOOR FAMILY
May 30 - June 1, 2014
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 14, 2014 at 8:00 am
Registration deadline is May 15
After you complete this page's Family Registration, you will receive a link for Class Registrations
Come join us on May 30 - June 1 for our 17th 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 are available in the Program Book on our webpage at
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 Department of 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 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.
2014 DAILY SCHEDULE
|Friday, May 30|
|3:00 - 8:00 pm||Check-in at Registration Tent
|Dinner on your own.|
|7:30 pm||Meet & Greet, especially for first time attendees
|Arriving after 8:00 pm
||Pick up your camping car-tag at the Ranger Station on Friday night, then on Saturday morning check-in at the Registration Tent
|Saturday, June 1|
|7:00 - 8:30 am||Check-in at Registration Tent, Breakfast on your own|
|8:30 - 11:00 am||Class Session 1
|11:00 am - 1:00 pm||Lunch on your own & Leisure Time
|1:00 - 3:00 pm||Class Session 2
|3:30 - 4:30 pm||NEW! Vermont Raptors. Meet the birds of prey - live hawks, owls and falcons!
|3:00 - 6:00 pm||Leisure Time|
|6:00 pm||Potluck Dinner. Bring a dish to share with a serving utensil, plus your own plates, utensils and beverage.
|Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.|
|Saturday Night||Bottle Rocket launch at the beach. Leisure time to enjoy with new and old friends. Bring your musical instruments!
|Sunday, June 2|
|9:00 - 11:30 am
||Class Session 3|
|11:30 am - Sunset
||Enjoy the park on your own and safe trip home!
|NEW! Sunday Night Add-on
|New this year you can choose to add on a Sunday night stay at your campsite at no additional charge! This must be reserved separately from your Family Registration - see below for details.|
2014 SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Bottle Rocket Making Station - Friday 3:00 pm - Saturday 4:30 pm
Make your own bottle rockets! Bring 2 empty 2-liter soda bottles and a parent to the Registration Tent. Instructions and decoration supplies will be provided so you can make your rockets anytime! Rockets will be launched after dinner at the beach.
Vermont Raptors - Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Come meet the birds of prey! Southern Vermont Natural History Museum staff will bring their live raptors to introduce us all to the fascinating adaptations, history and role of these majestic predators. Touchable artifacts, interactive demonstrations and plenty of time for questions and discussion will serve to supplement the live birds that will be our focus.
Potluck Dinner - Saturday 6:00 pm
Bring a dish to share (with serving utensil) and your own plates, utensils and beverage. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided.
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.
Registration Deadline is May 15, 2014.
How to Register
- Family Registration: At the top of this page, select "1" Family Contact Person plus enough "Additional Family Member" for the rest of your family. Click green "Register" button.
- On the next page fill out the Registration Information and Payment details. Fill in the name of each Additional Family Member. Please 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.
For a paper/mail-in registration form, please contact us at (802) 257-7967 or 1-800-278-5480 (toll-free in VT).
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 emailed to you after April 1 (or we'll mail you the packet if you select that option on registration form) with your family's class registrations, 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 30, 2014 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 is 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. Although a few lean-to sites are available, assume you will be given a tent site and plan accordingly.
RVs: Be sure to fill out your RV length during 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 check-in. There are no water, sewer, or electrical hookups for RVs. There is a dump station near the park entrance.
NEW! CHOICE OF SUNDAY NIGHT STAY
You can add on a Sunday night stay at your campsite at no additional charge for Becoming an Outdoor Family participants! To stay Sunday night, visit the Ranger Station when you check in for the weekend to let them know you will be extending your stay (this is separate from your regular Family Registration).
CANOES & KAYAKS
Canoe & kayak rental equipment at the park is available at no charge to Becoming an Outdoor Family participants. Visit the Ranger Station to sign up for use of the equipment.
While we understand that dogs are also part of the family, please leave your dogs at home (except service dogs) in order to fully participate in the classes.
If you choose to bring your dog, please see the Pet Guidelines at http://vtstateparks.com/htm/pets.htm
Anyone age 15 or older must hold a current Vermont Fishing License to attend fishing classes or to fish during leisure time, except for Let’s Go Fishing classes which do not require a license. No license is required for ages 14 or younger.
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 & serving utensil 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.