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Becoming an Outdoor Family

18th Annual Weekend

May 29 - 31, 2015

Stillwater State Park
Groton State Forest, Vermont

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Join us May 29-31 for our 18th year offering outdoor educational experiences for the whole family!

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, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more.

This program is a joint effort by UVM Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation to promote, address, and instill in the general public a basic understanding of environmental conservation, safety and fun in the out-of-doors.


Stillwater State Park, Groton State Forest
Groton, Vermont

Stillwater State Park is located on Groton Lake in 28,000-acre Groton State Forest. It has 17 lean-to sites, and 62 tent/trailer sites. There are some excellent sites and lean-tos on the shores of the lake where you can boat right up to your campsite. Stillwater also has a boat launch and a beach, and just down the road is the Forest Nature Center. Close to the campground is the beginning of many of the 22 miles of hiking trails that meander through Groton State Forest.

"Refer-A-Family" Prize Drawing

Past attendees can 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:

  • Find families that have never been to Becoming an Outdoor Family and encourage them to register.
  • Tell the new family that when they register for 2015 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 for you to be eligible for the drawing for a free weekend at any Vermont State Park.

Remember to refer a family! Good Luck!


Cost is $189.00 per family, for up to 8 family members. Campsites and classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and each class has a limited number of spaces.

See last year's registration »

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) or e-mail at by April 30, 2015 so we may assist you.


Program information: Contact Debbie Fajans at or by phone at 802-257-7967 ext. 306 or 1-800-278-5480 (toll-free within Vermont).

Registration questions: Contact Gail Makuch at or by phone at 802-257-7967 ext. 301 or 1-800-278-5480 (toll-free within Vermont).

Last modified March 16 2015 09:31 AM