What makes up the natural landscape of Shelburne?
The rocks, soil, and natural communities of Shelburne all interact to create the landscape with which people interact. Settlers seeking to harvest trees, plant crops, or extract resources from the ground needed to understand how these systems worked, and this knowledge continues to be important for modern land use practices. This page offers a brief look at the geology and ecology of Shelburne, past and present.
Geologic history of the Champlain Valley
From tropical oceans to massive mountains, there's more to these rocks than meets the eye. Investigate over 1 billion years of history!
Rocks of Shelburne
What are some of the primary geologic features in Shelburne? What do these rocks tell us about Shelburne's past?
Soils and sediments of Shelburne
What is Shelburne soil like, where does it come from, and how does it affect human activities?
Ecology of Shelburne
Explore some of the many diverse natural communities present in Shelburne. How do these plants and animals interact with people?
Rocks, soil, plants, and water all combine to form the Shelburne landscape. Image taken on the shore of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms.
Natural history