From Migrating songbirds and an Interpretive Forest Walk to Abenaki speakers and performers. Read more here.
As nature beckons and Pinnacle lands – the Holden Trail in particular – become a more popular destination for schools and other large groups, we ask hikers to follow the guidelines below. By trying to control the number of people on the trail at the same time, we hope to enable all users to experience the beauty and serenity of our natural world.
Visit Trails & Maps to direct you to other choices of trails to investigate within Pinnacle’s 20-mile trails system.
The days of daily mysteries and awakenings are here! Every hour of daylight seems to bring new wonders and appreciation for this beautiful time of year. We need to make the most of each opportunity to be outside and seek new ways to interact with nature.
As your eyes spot emerging details on even the most familiar trail, please remember that conditions may be slippery. Always avoid staying out too long or relying on cell phones, which may not always work.
Our helpful maps and free programs make great introductions to someone new, an old friend, or a young relative or neighbor. Your personal touch can make all the difference in opening up a new world of wonder and delight to nature lovers from near and far.
As always, this website is the best place to check for news, upcoming events, or other information. And we encourage you to send your seasonal trail photos and hiking tidbits or trail challenges to email@example.com so we can know what’s happening on Pinnacle lands, who is enjoying them, or where we need to make improvements.
May you enjoy every lovely moment on our trails!
April 30, Sunday, 1:30-3:30 PM. Interpretive Walk at the Dunn Nature Trail. The traditional hike before the WHPA Annual Meeting will feature the Dunn Nature Trail, a 1.1-mile loop trail located in the mixed upland forest of the Stephen Martin Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary on Bemis Hill Road in Westminster, VT. WHPA Board members field biologist Paul Wilson, naturalist Andy Toepfer, and forester Silos Roberts will focus on migrating songbirds, vernal pools, and forest ecology. Due to limited parking available at the Dunn Nature Trail, participants should meet in Saxtons River (near Main Street Arts at 35 Main) promptly at 1:30 to carpool to the site. For further information and required registration, please contact Paul Wilson at 802-869-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more here.
April 30, Sunday, 4-6 PM. Pinnacle Annual Meeting and Program: We Are Still Here – Abenaki Culture and Contemporary Issues. Rich Holschuh, who serves on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, and Roger Longtoe Sheehan – Abenaki artist, native musician, and educator, as well as Chief of the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe – will speak on the Abenaki Heritage in Vermont, their relation to the land, and their efforts to reclaim their culture. At Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street in Saxtons River. Members and the public are encouraged to attend to learn about Vermont’s Native Americans and about plans the Pinnacle Association has for the coming year. Refreshments will be served, and maps will be on display before the program. Read more here.
May 6, Saturday, 9:30 AM-noon. Spring Wildflower Walk. Libby Mills and Carol Westing will lead this favorite stroll to discover delicate ephemeral flowers of the hardwood forest. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool to the mystery site. Wear waterproof shoes. Bring camera and water. For questions and requested registration, contact email@example.com. Rain date: Sunday May 7 at 10 AM.
May 10, Wednesday, 8-9:30 PM. Moonlight Hike at Bald Hill. (Note the date change.) Nocturnal adventure with Vanessa Stern, member of the Bald Hill Conservation Committee and WHPA Board. Everything looks different by moonlight. Wear waterproof shoes. Meet at Bald Hill kiosk on Covered Bridge Road in Westminster. Contact Vanessa Stern at 802-463-4948 to register, get information, or check on the weather.
May 20, Saturday, 9:30 AM-noon. Hike to Champion White Ash. Forester Arthur Westing and wife, Carol, will lead a walk to the largest White Ash in Vermont and discuss the factors that make its record-breaking success possible. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool. Register with Arthur Westing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date: Sunday May 21 at 10 AM.
June 17, Saturday, 2 PM. Cabin Celebration! Rain or shine. Revel with friends, food, and live music at our renovated cabin at the amazing Pinnacle overlook. Meet those who made the improvements possible. Carpooling is essential. Check the website for information and register so we know how much food to provide.
Email email@example.com or call 802-463-9226.
June 24, Saturday, 9:30 AM-1 PM. Over the Hill Hike! Enjoy a 4-mile hike on the Jamie Latham Trail, past an old beaver pond and stone walls, through beautiful hardwood stands, with a stop to enjoy the view from the newly renovated Pinnacle Cabin. Bring water, lunch, snack, insect repellent, sunscreen. Meet at Westminster West Church to split cars and carpools between the start at Latham and finish at Holden. Register with Tony Coven at 802-387-6650.
SAVE THE DATE: September 14, 7 PM. Wet Sneakers and Muddy Clothes: The Importance of Nature-Based Play and Education. Presentation by well-known author, teacher, and nature activist David Sobel at Compass School.
April 22, Saturday, 10 AM-noon. Vernal Pool Walk on Earth Day. Becky Chalmers, Wetland Ecologist for VT Agency of Natural Resources, will discuss the life cycles of animals found in vernal pools and Vermont’s rules to protect those special places and their inhabitants. All ages are welcome. Wear waterproof boots. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool. No bug repellant allowed on your hands if you wish to handle creatures we find. Register at 802-869-1166 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 29, Wednesday, 6:30 PM
Saxtons River Valley Trails Initiative Meeting
This is your opportunity to help figure out where a trail should go to extend the Bellows Falls Historic Riverfront Park through the Bald Hill Reserve and on to Saxtons River. Maps will be available for discussion, and there will be a brief presentation at 7 PM. The program will be on the third floor of the Rockingham Public Library and is co-sponsored by WHPA, the Bald Hill Preserve Committee, and the Rockingham Conservation Commission. Read more here.
April 7, Friday, 7 PM. Into the Woods with Our Children –
Presentation by Lynn Levine
Renowned naturalist Lynn Levine of Dummerston will reveal her hands-on approach to awakening in youngsters an enduring love of the natural world. A focus of her talk will be how to break down barriers so children will want to go into the woods, rather than play with their electronic devices, and how we can help them develop a need to return to the woods again and again. A consulting forester, environmental educator, and author of nature-based books for adults and children, Lynn has created and taught nature-based curricula for the Vermont Institute of Natural Resources and local elementary schools. Her talk should be particularly pertinent for parents and environmental and science teachers. This free program is open to the public, hosted by Windham Regional Woodlands Association, and co-sponsored by WHPA, the Vermont Learning Collaborative, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society, Dummerston Conservation Commission, and Putney Mountain Association. The presentation will take place at Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5, Dummerston, VT. Click here for more information and directions.