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Smugglers' Notch Resort presents the Gateway to Nature

A program promoting experiential learning about the natural world.

Gateway to Nature is a non-profit educational program that will introduce guests to the natural resources surrounding the Resort. Participants will enjoy programs about conserving and understanding northern Vermont’s flora and fauna, presented by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides using teaching methods appropriate for children as well as adults. The program’s activities will be housed in a pavilion, tree house and Vermont-style farmhouse to be built on Smugglers’ land in the woods near the Resort’s Nordic Center using environmentally friendly construction and maintenance practices.

Peter Ingvoldstad, director emeritus of Smugglers’ Snow Sport and Summer Fun Universities, is charged with developing the Gateway to Nature program. Those who have seen Peter in action on the slopes will know that his enthusiasm is contagious. He says about Gateway to Nature, “It is a program that, I believe, goes to the core of what has brought many people to Vermont, including me. It is the desire to be part of a community where the expectation is to work hard and still experience life at a pace that allows for the enrichment that can only happen when one is close to nature.”

Guests and homeowners at the Resort as well as members of the local community are invited to join Peter in bringing the Gateway to Nature program to fruition. To learn a bit more about the program and how you can participate, please read Peter’s
letter of invitation, details about the Gateway to Nature mission and a description of a typical day for participants in the program. You can also view photos of participants who have enjoyed their personal involvement in the effort over the last year. And last but not least, we hope you and your family members will get involved, and we offer some suggestions as to how you can do just that.

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