News and Updates from the Land

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Come join us on Wednesday, December 21 for the annual celebration of Winter Solstice at the Watershed Center! Potluck snacks, Music. 6:15 Bringing in the Light. 6:45 Community Song. 7:00 PM Luminaria Exit 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.

Benefit Dinner at The Bobcat Cafe & Brewery

Wednesday, July 20th Please join us at The Bobcat Cafe & Brewery on July 20th for a benefit dinner supporting The Watershed Center. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a great meal while supporting The Watershed Center at the same time! 20% of all food sales will be donated to The Watershed Center. We hope to see you there! The Bobcat Cafe & Brewery is open for dinner from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm For reservations, call the …

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Annual Meeting July 18th

Please join us for the Annual Meeting of The Watershed Center on July 18th. Come and hear updates on the lands and events happening out at The Watershed Center. It’s also a great opportunity to come and learn more about the organization and find out how you can become more involved. We hope to see you there! Light refreshments at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7:00 pm. Feel free to bring a snack to share! Meeting will be held at the …

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Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Note: Please note that the Solstice Celebration will take place on Monday the 21st. While Winter Solstice may be listed on Tuesday on some calendars, in Vermont it ‘strikes’ at 11:48 PM on Monday, December 21st this year. We’ll see you then! The year’s long night has fallen and the forests and fields of the world’s far northern climes lay waiting for the sun’s return to warm the land and deliver summer’s bounty. Its journey paints a long story across …

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“Outdoor Naturalist” Explores the Watershed Center Trails

On Saturday, October 24th, the New Haven Conservation Commission in partnership with the University of Vermont’s PLACE program is sponsoring an “Outdoor Naturalist” walk of the Watershed Center trails with Naturalist Craig Zondag near the New Haven/ Bristol town line from 8:30-11:00AM. The Watershed Center has access to three parcels of healthy, beautiful, productive land – the 664-acre Waterworks Property, the 94-acre Lost Pond Forest, the 194-acre Middle Forest, and the four-acre Norton Property in Bristol Village. Explore mushrooms, birds, …

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UVM Students present on opportunities for Lost Pond Forest open area

UVM students Jessie Griffen and Emma Stuhl presented to The Watershed Center board of directors at the 4/27 meeting on “Wildlife Inventory and Management Options for the Open Parcel” that looked at the open area of the Lost Pond Forest. Their presentation can be seen here: UVM Student Presentation on Lost Pond Forest

Warbler Warm-Up

Ron Payne and Warren King will lead a search for newly arrived spring migrants. Hone your birding identification skills before leaf-out. Co-sponsored with the Watershed Center. Meet at the Bristol Waterworks, Plank Road, east of North Street, Bristol. Call Warren at 388-4082 if in doubt about the weather.

April Stool’s Day

Saturday, April 25th 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee and The Watershed Center Yes, dog doo is gross! What’s worse is that pet poop left behind on trails and in our parks enters streams and Lake Champlain from which 200,000 people get their drinking water. Take action on April Stools’ Day to clean up parks and protect waterways. Meet for “doo-ty” at The Lands of the Watershed Center 4783 Plank Road in Bristol Contact: Matthew …

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Annual Meeting 2015

“Conserving Our Water Commons in the Little Otter Creek Catchment” with Kristen Underwood Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00 – 5:00 pm Holley Hall, Bristol The Watershed Center lands including the Waterworks Property are located in the Little Otter Creek catchment.  We invite you to join us at our annual meeting this year to learn more about this catchment and some of the challenges it faces. We’d also like your input in a discussion about how The Watershed Center can best …

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January 2015 Newsletter

We’ve recently mailed out our January 2015 Newsletter.  If you aren’t on our mailing list feel free to read our newsletter online.  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 2015 Newsletter