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Field Trip Ratings

Nathan Klein, a veteran of many field trips in the woods with his dad, Vermont State Director Bob Klein.

Field trip rating descriptions help you choose the field trip that is most suitable for you and your family.

Easy – trips rated as easy are under a mile in length on a mostly  flat trail. If the walk is in a wooded or swampy setting there may be roots and bog bridges to navigate.

Easy canoe trips are suitable for beginners and are on quiet water.

Moderate – trips rated moderate may require walking between 1 to 2 miles, and can include some light elevation gain. Participants on this trip should be accustomed to walking regularly.

Moderate canoe trips are suitable for advanced beginners and up and are typically on rivers where obstacles like trees, channels and rocks will need to be navigated.

Strenuous – trips rated as strenuous will require either more than 2 miles, or moderate elevation gain and possibly both. Participants in this trip should be accustomed to regular hiking.

Strenuous canoe trips require the participant to have experience in a canoe and be comfortable dealing with moderate currents or windy situations in rivers and on lakes.

Very Strenuous – this is the field trip for those who regularly hike in the mountains. There will be significant elevation gain and the trip will cover more than 2 miles.

Field trips at the annual gathering run from 2hrs to 2 1/2 hours, so please factor this into your decision.

Other field trips independent of the annual meeting often run for 3-4 hours. Details are included in the event descriptions.

We are looking forward to meeting you on one of our field trips.

If you would like to visit other nature preserves on your own check here for details and directions.

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