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    Stephen J. Young Marsh Hike

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    Wed., July 17, 6-7 p.m.

    Guided by a ranger, trekkers explore the trail and discover the animals that call the wildlife refuge home. BYO bug spray and water. Meet at the trailhead. at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton. Champlain Islands/Northwest (map). Free.

    Lake Champlain Live

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    Wed., July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tue., July 30, 9-11 a.m. and Mon., Aug. 12, 9-11 a.m.

    Citizen scientists board a University of Vermont research vessel, where they experience an interactive introduction to the geology and formation of Lake Champlain. at Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory in Burlington (map). $30.

    Plants That Hurt & Plants That Help

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    Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Continues through July 17

    On a botany walk, outdoors lovers get to know medicinal, poisonous and edible species growing in Vermont state parks. Nature Center. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm.

    Frogger!

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    Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through July 17

    Folks find slippery, bumpy amphibians by sight and sound. A-Side Beach. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm.

    Audubon West Rutland Marsh Walk

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    Thu., July 18, 7-10 a.m.

    New birders and members of the Rutland County Audubon Society flock together to seek feathered friends on a 3.7-mile loop. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble St. at West Rutland Marsh in West Rutland. Rutland/Killington (map). Free.

    Stories of the Lake

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    Thu., July 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wed., July 24, 9-11 a.m. and Thu., Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Seeking a cultural and historical view of Lake Champlain, folks board a University of Vermont research vessel for an introduction to the geology and formation of the lake, the history of area native tribes, and more. at Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory in Burlington (map). $30.

    Finding Birds by Ear

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    Thursdays, 11 a.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. Continues through July 20

    Outdoorsy types listen in on what species are singing and flying in the woods near the Little River. Meet at Camp Smith parking lot. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm.

    Stream Safari

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    Thursdays, 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 20

    Dip nets in hand, nature lovers survey shady waterways. Nature Trail. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; call to confirm.

    Mushrooms Demystified

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    Thursdays, 4 p.m. and Sat., July 20, 7 p.m. Continues through July 18

    Fungi fanatics learn about different varieties — fabulous and fearsome alike — found throughout the park. Nature Center. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids ages 3 and under; call to confirm.

    Sunset Aquadventure Paddle

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    Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through July 18

    Stunning scenery welcomes boaters, who explore the Waterbury Reservoir in search of local wildlife. Contact Station. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; limited space; call to confirm.

    Rockin' in the Green Mountains

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    Fridays, 11 a.m. Continues through July 19

    Hikers step back in geologic time on a walk at the base of some of Earth's oldest mountains. Waterbury Dam Crest. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm.

    Coexisting With Bears

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    Fridays, 7 p.m. Continues through July 19

    An interpretive ranger demystifies large furry mammals and other area wildlife. Nature Center. at Little River State Park in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm.

    Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk

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    Sat., July 20, 8-10 a.m.

    Break out the binoculars! Birders hit the trail in search of feathered fliers. Meet at the Route 78 parking lot. at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton. Champlain Islands/Northwest (map). Free.

    Summer Splendor: Botanical Burlesque Bike Ride

    Summer Splendor: Botanical Burlesque Bike Ride

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    Sat., July 20, 2-5 p.m.

    Dance, music, installation, culinary delights, herbal medicines and pop-up performance art enliven an afternoon bike ride. at 345 Pine St. (Burlington Farmers Market) in Burlington (map). $15-50.

    Cantilever Rock Hike

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    Sat., July 20

    Joining members of the Green Mountain Club Burlington section, outdoor adventurers keep a moderate pace on a 5.4-mile outing. Contact trip leader for details. $4; preregister.
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