Events and Videos

Events are free and open to the public.


“Where the wild things are”

On the Trail of Fox and Fisher in Burlington
When: Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Contois Auditorium, City Hall
Presented by:
Alicia Daniel, Field Naturalist, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Sophie Mazowita, Founder, Burlington VT Mammal Tracking Project
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Alicia Daniel and Sophie Mazowita share the latest news and whereabouts of our animal neighbors. Join us for stories about the past, present, and future of Burlington's wildlife.
Tracking Field Trip
When: Sunday, March 26th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Schmanska Park (Grove Street, Burlington) Map of Location
Presented by:Alicia Daniel and Sophie Mazowita


Thanks to the generous efforts contributed by RETN, we are happy to offer videos of each of the six public presentations.

“Burlington Underfoot”

Bedrock, soil, ravines, and how the ancient origins of our physical landscape influenced centuries of city planning
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Contois Auditorium
Presented by:
Walter Poleman, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM
Jeff Marshall, Director of Bailey/Howe Library Special Collections, UVM
Walter Poleman travels across a billion years of history as we watch powerful glaciers and enormous tectonic collisions sculpt our landscape into the Burlington we recognize today. Jeff Marshall shows us a hidden ravine that once defined our interaction with Burlington’s physical landscape.

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“Urban Wilds of the Queen City”

What the stories hidden in our forests and trees reveal about our city and ourselves
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Burlington High School
Presented by:
Sean Beckett, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM
Elise Schadler, VT Urban & Community Forestry Program
Sean Beckett brings us into Burlington’s lesser-known natural areas to unearth stories of Burlington’s history, ecology, community, and evolving relationship with open space. Elise Schadler shows us what our beautiful street trees have to say about our identity as Burlington residents.

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“Burlington Flowing”

Water’s complex journey from tap to sewer to lake and beyond
When: Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Main Street Landing (in Film House)
Presented by:
Megan Moir, Assistant Director of Burlington Department of Public Works
Douglas Brooks, Douglas Brooks Boatbuilding
Megan Moir takes us through sewers, faucets, ponds and pipes to demystify Burlington’s water systems. Boat builder and maritime historian Douglas Brooks explores Burlington’s long relationship with recreation on Lake Champlain.

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“Burlington’s Edible History”

The intersection of Burlington’s food landscape and ethnic heritage through time
When: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Main Street Landing (in Film House)
Presented by:
Elise Guyette and Gail Rosenberg, Co-founders of Burlington Edible History Tours
Alisha Laramee, Program Specialist, New Farms for New Americans
Pablo Bose, Associate Professor of Geography, UVM
Elise Guyette and Gail Rosenberg share captivating stories of centuries of local foods and the Native Americans and immigrant communities who prepared them. Alisha Laramee and Pablo Bose paint a picture of our city's ethnic diversity today, and introduce a small farm redefining the future of Burlington’s food landscape.

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“Burlington Illuminated”

Keeping Burlington’s lights on with energy systems of the past and future
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Main Street Landing (in Film House)
Presented by:
Dan Fredman and Roger Donegan, Burlington Electric Department
Dan Fredman and Roger Donegan tell stories of smokestacks and solar panels, oil tanks, and wind turbines. This evening is a reflection on Burlington’s energy heritage and an inside look at Burlington’s role in the emerging future of electricity.

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“Pathways and Pavement”

The transportation corridors and machines connecting us together through time and space
When: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Main Street Landing (in Film House)
Presented by:
Brennan Gauthier, VTrans Archaeologist
Kyle Obenauer, VTrans Historic Preservation Specialist
Luis Vivanco, Professor and co-director, Dept. of Anthropology, UVM
Brennan Gauthier and Kyle Obenauer take us on a tour of Burlington’s transportation heritage via railroad, streetcar, and even horse-powered paddleboat. Luis Vivanco explains Burlington’s long love of bicycling and turns our attention to the future of transportation planning.

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