Burlington Geographic explores the unfolding story of the landscape and community of Burlington, Vermont. As part of the PLACE Program (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement)—a collaborative initiative of the University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms—Burlington Geographic brings together community members, educators, students, city departments, businesses, and non-profit organizations to explore the natural and cultural history of Vermont's largest city.

This fall of 2016, we are hosting a six-part series of evening presentations featuring speakers whose work and passions are rooted in the physical, cultural, and environmental landscape of our city. These talks are free and open to the public. (See event schedule).


Landscape Lenses

Landscapes are inherently complex systems, so we begin our exploration of Burlington by using three different lenses: the physical landscape, the cultural landscape, and the ecological landscape. Within each of these, we dig deeper into the stories of people, geology, plants, animals, and more.

Focal Places

Another way to explore the landscape of Burlington is to focus on the interconnected nature of a particular place with its own distinct ecological, geological, and cultural stories.

Stories & Galleries

The unfolding story of any place has countless facets. This growing collection of stories and images of Burlington gives us glimpses of our city as seen by its residents over time.


Explore interactive, contemporary, and historical maps of greater Burlington.

Place-based Educational Resources

Place-based learning means venturing out into the community and the natural world and allowing students to drive their own inquiry process.