The Agency of Natural Resources and our three departments rely on the assistance of Citizen Scientists to enhance our mission of effective, well informed, environmental stewardship. We need your help! Read more about Citizen Scientist volunteer and participation opportunities, and educational opportunities.
Department of Environmental Conservation
- Project WET - Vermont Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water education program for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of Vermont's water resources.
- Wetlands Education - Abundant training and educational opportunities for private landowners, municipalities and volunteers raise awareness about the importance of wetland protection.
- Drinking Water Week Fair - The Agency of Natural Resources is one of the sponsors for the Vermont Drinking Water Week, a fair for teachers and students in Vermont.
- Earth Science Week - The Vermont Geological Survey highlights the Earth's connected systems through Earth Science Week.
Department of Fish & Wildlife
The department offers a variety of educational resources for children, formal and non-formal educators, and the general public.
- Green Mountain Conservation Camp - A residential camp offering week-long sessions during the summer for boys and girls ages 12-14. Kids will learn about wildlife and fisheries management, hunter education and firearms training, archery, fishing techniques, aquatic ecology, camping, hiking, and outdoor survival and safety skills.
- Natural Resources Management Academy - A special weekend at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp for high-school students (grades 9-12) ready to explore Vermont’s natural resources in depth.
- Wildlife Management & Outdoor Education Techniques for Educators - A one-week course held in July for educators interested in integrating environmental topics into their curriculum. Three graduate credits available.
- Let’s Go Fishing - Hands-on curriculum that features fishing techniques, tackle craft, ethics, ecology, and fisheries management. This is an excellent curriculum for physical education teachers. Teachers receive materials free by attending an instructor training workshop.
- Project WILD Workshops - Training workshops are available for four different curriculum guides – Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD and Flying WILD.
- Education Center at Kehoe GMCC - The Education Center at Kehoe provides opportunities for natural resource education, outdoor recreation, and a meeting space for the Green Mountain Conservation Camp program, Fish & Wildlife Department, and the local community.
- Vermont Critters - Explore the facts behind thousands of diverse critters that call Vermont home.
- Fish & Wildlife Library - Examine the comprehensive collection of the department’s publications, including fact sheets, management reports and documents, and newsletters.
- Furbearer Kits - Teachers can borrow hands-on kits that educate students about Vermont’s furbearing animals such as mink, beaver, fisher, and red fox. Each kit includes pelts, skulls, track sets, scat sets, track field guides, and a book of activities for use in the classroom. Reserve a kit by calling 802-828-1000 or emailing the department.
- Annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day - Dead Creek Wildlife Day offers something for everyone from wildlife demonstrations to guided nature walks. Come for an hour or stay for the day! At the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison, VT. Sponsored by Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and by Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
- Hunter Education Courses - From a traditional classroom to an online instruction, our Hunter Education Program has a class to fit your learning style.
- Up-coming Seminars - Attend a seminar to further your knowledge of hunting, trapping and angling, or learn more about getting outside.
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Educational Opportunities in Forestry
- Project Learning Tree - The Vermont branch of Project Learning Tree trains educators to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for children that enable them to think critically and act responsibly on behalf of our natural resources.
- Arbor Day - The Vermont Urban and Community Forest program sponsors opportunities and resources for your community, school, and students to get involved in celebrating Arbor Day.
- Annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day - Dead Creek Wildlife Day offers something for everyone from wildlife demonstrations to guided nature walks. Come for an hour or stay for the day! Visit the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison, VT. Sponsored by Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and by Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
- Logger Eduction - Professional loggers keep Vermont’s working forest landscape vibrant! Forests, Parks and Recreation is actively engaged in supporting logger education efforts.
Educational Opportunities at Vermont State Parks
- School Group Programs - Interested in a field trip to a Vermont State Park? Visit these beautiful outdoor classrooms and join a park interpreter for guided activities within our parks.
- Junior Ranger Program - Learn how to become a ranger with the Salamanders (ages 4-8) and Beavers (ages 9 and over).
- Park Interpreter Program - Check out the Vermont State Parks Calendar of Events to find an educational program near you.
- Venture Vermont - Join the yearly Outdoor Challenges to earn points for any outdoor activity ranging from hiking or boating to fishing or stargazing.
Donating to ANR
If you're unable to volunteer, but still want to help the mission of the ANR and its departments, learn more about making a donation to the agency.