MARLBORO >> The Vermont Wildlife Festival was first held in 2010 on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro.
It was originally intended as an opportunity for locals and visitors to the region to share their passion for the outdoors in all its facets. Representatives from the hunting and conservation communities, wildlife rescues, state agencies and nature centers all came out for a fun day of learning and fun in the beautiful Vermont outdoors.
The event has continued to grow and this year moves to Mount Snow. With the help of Mount Snow, the Southern Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Zoocademy, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is keeping that spirit of inclusiveness. The event is admission by a donation of your choice and will again have a wide variety of attractions to engage anyone with an interest in the outdoors, including live birds of prey, reptile rescues and a live wolf demonstration.
The Deerfield Valley Sportsmans' Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will present discussions on the hunting and fishing traditions of Vermont and the state is sending interactive exhibits and experts from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife and Forest Parks and Recreation.
In all, there will be at least 28 groups who will be on hand to entertain and educate, including a number of new additions like an influx of survival schools.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18; bring the whole family for a fun fall outing.
Contact the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum for more information at 802-464-0048 or visit www.vermontmuseum.org.