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Outdoor Family Weekend

Stillwater State Park
Groton State Forest, Groton, Vt.

Due to COVID-19, Outdoor Family Weekend will not be held in its normal format this year as a whole weekend experience. We are currently exploring the possibility of a single day event this fall as we have more information regarding guidelines and safety measures. The safety of instructors, park staff, and families is of utmost importance. You can monitor this page for updates or our Facebook page . Please know that we are committed to providing a full OFW experience in 2021.

A variety of workshops and programing are offered throughout the weekend on topics like wildlife, forestry, orienteering and GPS, hiking, fitness, camping skills, kayaking, firearm safety, fishing, and much, much more. Expert instructors lead each workshop with the basics, providing hands-on experience and encouraging participants to ask questions.

UVM Extension 4-H and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Forests, Parks and Recreation collaborate on this annual event, designed to cultivate families’ connections with the outdoors, through camping and the acquisition of new skills.



Stillwater State Park, Groton, Vt.

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 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.  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 2019 Outdoor Family Weekend they should 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.

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