Students in Silviculture course

The University of Vermont (UVM) Research Forests within the Rubenstein School provide forested sites for teaching, research, and outreach activities by faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and local community members. The mission of these four forests is to further our understanding of the ecology and stewardship of Vermont's forests and to support hands-on, experiential learning in the Rubenstein School and across campus.

Learn More About Each Forest

Jericho Research Forest sign

The UVM Forests encompass four landholdings: two in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, one in the central part of the state, and one in northern Vermont.

Research at the Forests

Cleared area planted with seedlings and surrounded by forest.

The UVM Forests have a long legacy of research, beginning with studies of farmland restoration and exotic conifer growth and survival in the 1940s to current projects focused on climate change adaptation and old forest restoration strategies.

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Teaching at the Forests

A class of students hold sheets of paper in the woods.

Many students visit the Research Forests while at UVM. Nearly 20 courses from the Rubenstein School and across UVM use the Forests for instruction on topics as diverse as dendrology, forest management, silviculture, wildlife management, snow hydrology, and historic preservation.

The Research Forests are an important component of these course curricula. As many as 200–300 students learn at the Forests each semester as they complete coursework and often gather data for class projects. About 20–30 students per semester participate in activities at the Forests as part of internships, clubs, and student-planned events.

Public Use Guidelines

People walk in forest.

The Research Forests are open to the public for non-motorized recreation, including hunting (with the exception of Talcott Woods where hunting is not permitted). Please contact us with any questions about use, and view our hunting guidelines.

Forest Locations

Vermont map showing UVM Forest locations



Forest Manager Jess Wikle