Northern Woodlands Conference

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Join Us! October 20 - 22, 2017

The Hulbert Outdoor Center
Fairlee, Vermont

Enjoy a fun, informal weekend with the Northern Woodlands crew at the Hulbert Outdoor Center on Lake Morey, while engaging with writers, scientists, artists and educators. Writing workshops, natural history presentations, woods walks and more!

New to the Northern Woodlands Conference? Check out these photos from last year to get a feel for the event, and this Editor's Blog about our 2015 conference.

Sponsored by The Bailey Charitable Foundation and The Trust for Public Land, this event celebrates the natural history of our region and the interactions of people and place. Professional development hours will be awarded. Enrollment limited. Questions? Contact conference coordinator Emily Rowe at emily(at)

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*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Use special offer code "EarlyBird" to receive 10% off your registration until August 31, 2017. You must use the code at check-out to receive the discount!

About the 2017 Northern Woodlands Conference

Plenary Speakers Include:

  • David George Haskell, professor at the University of the South and author of The Songs of Trees (2017) and The Forest Unseen (2012), winner of multiple book awards and finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction
  • Thomas D. Seeley, Horace White Professor of Biology, Cornell University and author of Honeybee Democracy and Following the Wild Bees
  • Julie Zickefoose, artist, writer and naturalist, author of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest

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Presenter Biographies - coming soon!

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On-Campus Lodging: - Comfortable accommodations are available in rustic, shared cabins right on the Hulbert Outdoor Center main campus. Each cabin has four rooms and two shared baths. Each room has two sets of bunk beds and can be reserved as doubles or quads (we cannot offer single rooms, unfortunately).

Off-Campus Lodging: - Rooms are available at a discount by special arrangement at Lake Morey Resort (802-333-4311), just minutes down the road from the event. The reservation must by made by September 20 and you must mention our event to secure this discount. Lodging may also be available at Silver Maple Lodge, The Lyme Inn or The Pastures Campground.

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2017. To register after the deadline, please call our office for availability.

Registration Refund Policy: Full refund can be given until October 2, 2017. Cancellations until October 18 will recieve a 50% refund. Cancellations after the 18th cannot be refunded.

What are people saying about the Northern Woodlands Conference?

If you are a chronicler, an observer, a lover of natural history, culture and recreation in our northern forest, there is no better event to attend if you desire to be in like-minded company. The diversity of interests and approaches to supporting, preserving, enhancing, exploring and celebrating our woodlands was astounding and I came away from the event invigorated and renewed in my desire to do all I can to support activities that promote the northern forest community. - L. van Handel

This is a conference that I look forward to each year. The participants and presenters are wonderful. There is sharing amongst everyone which is great. -Anon.

An oasis of practical teaching and inspiration! Worth the drive (4.5 hours). -Jill Allen, writer/teacher from NYS

There is no dollar value I could place on the experiences I have at the Northern Woodlands Conference because they're priceless. The connections that are forged, friendships made, and information shared, without a doubt, have made me a more effective nature writer. I've attended all three years and look forward to next year. - Tanya Sousa, author of "The Starling God"