News and Updates from the Land

25th Anniversary Beltane Celebration & Annual Meeting

Come join us on Sunday, April 24th to help us celebrate spring Beltane and the 25th Anniversary of acquiring our beloved Waterworks property! Enjoy a short walk around the property as well as music, food, and celebration. We will be gathering at 2:00 pm at the main trailhead (kiosk) for a welcome and then embark on short walks of the property appropriate for all ages. Subsequently we will convene at the reservoir site to enjoy music, potluck food, and partake in traditional …

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Annual Meeting 2021

The Watershed Center invites all to join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held virtually on zoom on 3/16/21 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm To attend, simply send an email to and you will automatically receive a link to join the meeting. Come learn about The Watershed Center organization and Waterworks property. Members of the Board of The Watershed Center will give a “tour” of the property showing pictures of some favorite areas and …

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Commoner’s return trail work

With our main trail currently in middle of a beaver project to build some new dams and ponds, we had the chance to explore alternative paths out to the Anne Hoover Dam and Norton Brook Reservoir. After a few trail scouting trips we identified a path for an alternative path starting at the kiosk and ending at the eastern side of the trail across the dam. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of David Brynn, Callie Brynn, Cam Barrows, and John …

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2020 Message from the president

It has been an interesting year for The Watershed Center as it has been for many organizations. At the waterworks, sugaring on the Ridge trail started and finished up early. Soon after, the onset of the pandemic led to significantly increased use of the trail system which has held up well, but parking at the entrance on the Plank road was often filled to overflowing. Trail users remained respectful and friendly. As the fall approached, our resident beavers were very …

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2020 Annual Meeting

All our welcome to join us for the The Watershed Center’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Our featured talk this year is “Investing in Water Quality in Vermont:Connections and Implications for Watershed and Conservation Groups” with Neil Kamman. Neil is the director of the newly formed Watershed Investment Division of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Come also learn about The Watershed Center organization and Waterworks property. Light refreshments and feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share. Full …

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Winter Solstice Celebration 2018

The year’s longest night is nigh! Join us at the Ann Hoover Dam picnic area at the Watershed Center this Friday to mark the Winter Solstice and bring in the light for the year ahead with music, poetry and a little pageantry, too. Bring food and drink to share. And, if you like, some words or poetry that look toward the coming year for reading ’round the flames. Dress warmly, and gather at the fire at 4:00 pm. Carpool if …

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Watershed Center Survey

The Watershed Center invites you to share your thoughts with us by taking this survey: Click Here to Take Survey The Watershed Center would greatly appreciate hearing from all that enjoy the Waterworks property and all the lands of The Watershed Center by completing a short survey. With the help of two UVM undergraduate students working on a class project, The Watershed Center seeks to learn more about how people experience the property. We are interested in hearing both from …

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Bristol Best Night ’17-’18

Bristol Best Night 2017-2018 will be here shortly! We have a fantastic line-up of musicians and acts this year which can be viewed at We’ll also be featuring all our performers over the next month here, so stay tuned! Buttons for Bristol Best Night 2018 are now on sale! Come join this family-friendly and wildly entertaining community event on New Year’s Eve, right here in our own downtown! Children’s activities start at 3:30pm (earlier this year, to make time …

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Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Come join us on Thursday, December 21 for the annual celebration of Winter Solstice at the Watershed Center! Potluck snacks, Music. Help us bring in the light! Starting at approximately 4:30 Please carpool, dress for the weather, know that trails can be icy in winter, have head lamps and bring candles, food and drink to share — you know the drill! Please leave pets at homes.

Read our January 2017 Newsletter

Our January 2017 Newsletter is now ready!  You can read our newsletter by clicking on the link below.  If you would like to join our mailing list just email your name, address, and email to Or fill out the sign-up form on our website. January 2017 Newsletter