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Environmental Education
at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

Education is a key component of reducing our environmental impact.

By building awareness of environmental issues in our guests and employees, we help create a larger group of people dedicated to improving our environment. Below is a list of activities and programs to help teach our guests and employees more about nature and how they can help improve our environment.

For Guests - A Program Sampler

Mother Nature (Winter)

You can explore the woodland environment, visit Mother Nature in her teepee, and learn about animals including their tracks and habitats. And, you'll get a taste of the art of maple sugaring and all its sweet rewards.

Village Garden Tour & Living Machine (Summer)
Bring your green thumb to The Gazebo and join a guided tour of many of the gardens in The Resort. A pleasant diversion and a great chance to pick up a few gardening tips and share your own! Round out your adventure with a visit to our Smugglers' Living Machine and explore flower power in action.

Family Nature Walks & Wikes (Summer & Fall)
Explore brooks and streams, learn about the surrounding woodland areas and the black bear habitat, identify and recognize the sounds of birds of the Smugglers' area as well as various wildflowers and trees of our woods and meadows.
Organic Garden at Morse Highlands (Summer & Fall)
Explore our visitor friendly organic vegetable garden at Morse Highlands. While there don't forget to check out our Agriculture Education Center. Learn about herbs, maple syrup production and say "hello" to our composting worms.

Notch Nature in the Evening (Summer)
Join our Naturalist at Sir Henry's Hill for a "Fireside Chat" exploring the natural world and history surrounding Smugglers' Notch.

For Employees
Smugglers' Notch is currently working to develop training programs to educate each of our employees about environmental issues and how each of us can work to help reduce our environmental impact.

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) work on environmental programs and projects. Please contact ECO www.eco.org) for more information.

Past internship projects have included:

  • Developing a composting management plan
  • Working on a water quality remediation plan

  • Establishing a baseline of Smugglers' energy use, solid waste, and water quality and use
  • Developing this environmental website
  • Writing an environmental management plan
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