Current Programs

Our programs are usually free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise. Many of our program sites are on private property or in remote locations, so please register in advance, if requested, and heed the dress or equipment requirements.

  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Course

    Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28 +++ Registration Opens March 1st

    Taught by Northeast Woodland Training, in partnership with the Windham County Conservation District and Windham Regional Woodlands Association


    Spring Sessions: Dummerston, VT
    Registration Opens March 1st 2019
    Level I: April 27
    Level II: April 28

    This program is designed for novice to advanced chain saw users. Novices develop safe and productive habits from the start, while experienced chain saw users improve their skills and “unlearn” bad habits and unsafe techniques. In this hands-on training, one instructor works with a group of up to ten participants to ensure that each participant has time to practice the techniques and receive personal feedback. Participants receive individualized coaching at a series of in-the-woods practice stations. By listening to explanations, watching demonstrations, and practicing techniques, participants come away with better work habits and greater confidence in their ability to safely fell trees and work in the woods.

    Level 1 focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength.

    Level 2 focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance through basic maintenance, carburetor setting, and filing techniques. Limbing and bucking techniques are introduced, spring pole cutting is covered and more felling is practiced.

    Each session runs from 8am-4pm. The cost per session is $175
    To SIGN UP contact the Windham County Conservation District:
    (802)689-3024 or email windhamcountynrcd@gmail.com

  • Making Essential Oils And Plant Walk With Heart Grown Wild

    Sunday, May 19   time tba

    Join herbalist Santalena Groves, Alchemist/Creator of Heart Grown Wild, LLC, an herbal skincare company based in Wardsboro, to take a deep dive into how essential oils are produced through live distillation of wild harvested plants. The purpose of the workshop is to educate attendees through a visual demonstration of the amount of plant material it takes to produce one drop of essential oil. Join us for a plant walk outside and learn first-hand how to make hydrosol and essential oil from start to finish. Space is limited to 20 participants. Contact Dan Healey to sign up and to get the full agenda and location details. Email or call 802-387-6128.

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