BTV Conservation News – Fall 2022

Reposted from Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront

BTV Conservation
Fall 2022 / Issue No. 23

Fall Happenings

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Identifying Trees by the Color of Their Fall Leaves

Photo by Cassidy Motahari

Every fall throughout the Northeast, trees turn a signature color or colors based on the species of tree. Join BPRW Field Naturalist Alicia Daniel as she takes you on an virtual tour of the different colors of fall leaves at Ethan Allen Homestead. Learn to recognize maples, oaks, ashes and more by noticing which colors they turn in the fall.

Watch the Video

Bringing Habitat Home

Photo by Michael SundueFree

Braden DeForge who has newly joined the conservation efforts in Burlington, explores a variety of efforts underway to use Nature Based Solutions to address climate change. Through his fresh eyes, Braden interviewed some of the many humans who are working in a web of intention and care to bring more connection into our natural and built environments

Read the article by Braden DeForge

Grow Wild volunteers Jen Herzer, Diane Hannigan, Avery Gilgallon give out native plants at DecaturFest.

Free trees for Burlington residents!

Braden DeForge at the ONE Farmers Market helping residents sign up for trees.

Burlington residents are eligible for free trees to plant in their yard through Community Canopy, an Arbor Day Foundation program. Residents can register for up to two free trees. The online sign-up process guides participants to the best locations to plant trees to help cool their homes, reduce energy usage, and save money. Residents can also sign-up by phone by calling the Arbor Day Foundation at 855-234-3801. 

The trees must be reserved in advance and will be available for pick-up on Saturday, September 24 from 10am-12pm at Kieslich Park, 311 North Ave. Park.

The tree giveaway is being coordinated by the City of Burlington and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, a partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and University of Vermont Extension.

Sign Up For Free Trees

Celebrating 50 Years of Community Gardening

Poster art by Bonnie Acker

Please consider sharing your abundant harvests with others in our community! At the Harvest Festival, we will be accepting produce donations and be bringing them to Feeding Chittenden in an effort to help feed our neighbors in need. Non-perishable items will also be accepted!

Golden Jubilee

Celebrating 50 years of community gardening in Burlington

The Harvest Festival is upon us! Join us this Sunday, September 11 from 4-7pm. Food, friends, music, and all at the beautiful setting of the Ethan Allen Homestead.

Please join us, your presence will make it even more special!

Volunteers needed at the Harvest Festival

We are in need of a few more hands to help pull off the event. Click the button below to review the volunteer opportunities that are still available

Sign Up to Volunteer

‌Late Season Gardening Workshops

Seed Saving & Sharing Workshop

Thursday, September 15th, 5pm – 6:30pmTommy Thompson Community Garden Free!

Extending the Growing Season & Putting the Garden to Rest Workshop

Saturday, October 1st, 10am – 11:30am Tommy Thompson Community Garden Free!

More About the Workshops and Registration

Conservation Partners

Making Sumac Lemonade

Sumac can be harvested from late July-September, the best time being August. The fruit can be taste tested before harvest to ensure flavor. Avoid harvesting after a rain event as the flavor will be diminished. This plant’s fruits are traditionally used by indigenous peoples to make a sumac tea by infusing the berries. We have a take on this use of the plant and hope you’ll enjoy this sumac lemonade recipe!

Read more about Sumac

Burlington Wildways Bingo Card

Burlington Wildways outdoor bingo board serves as a monthly scavenger hunt for experts and amateurs alike! To play, use the board below as your guide to species found in Burlington and Winooski right now. Take a photo or record a sound of these species and post your observations to If you find the most species in a month, you just may be rewarded… Track your progress on the iNaturalist project page. If you aren’t on iNaturalist, just check off the species you find and see if you can get five in a row before the species reset next month!

City Of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

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Burlington, VT 05401

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