Northern Woodlands Conference

Northern Woodlands Conference

October 12-14, 2018

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!

Sponsored by The Bailey Charitable Foundation, this event celebrates the natural history of our region and the interactions of people and place. Check out these photos from previous years to get a feel for the event.

Professional development hours will be awarded upon request. Enrollment limited. Questions? Contact conference coordinator Emily Rowe at emily(at)

Visit the Participant Information page for everything you need to know as you plan for this fun weekend.

Weekend Schedule At-a-Glance
Complete Weekend Schedule with Descriptions
Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker:

Bryan Pfeiffer, writer, photographer, field naturalist, faculty in public communications at University of Vermont, consulting entomologist, tour guide, co-author Birdwatching in Vermont, co-founder Vermont Butterfly Survey and Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Ben Cosgrove, musician (albums include Salt and Field Studies), essayist, former fellow or artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, Harvard University, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, White Mountain National Forest, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
  • Erica Heilman, creator & host of Rumble Strip podcast, featured on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictionaland major public radio affiliates, former documentary television producer for WNET, HBO and ABC News.
  • Jerry Jenkins, botanist & ecologist, Director, Northern Forest Atlas, author of Woody Plants of the Northern Forest,The Adirondack Atlas, Acid Rain in the Adirondacks, Protecting Biodiversity on Conservation Easements, and Climate Change in the Adirondacks.


On-Campus Lodging: - Reaching Capacity - Enroll NOW if you want to stay overnight! Comfortable accommodations in rustic, shared cabins right on the Hulbert Outdoor Center main campus. Each cabin has four rooms and two shared baths. Rooms have two sets of bunk beds and can be reserved as doubles or quads (we cannot offer single rooms, unfortunately). Linens provided, bring own toiletries. 

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 12 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.

See the Participant Information Page for more details!

Registration Refund Policy: in the event of a cancelation, a full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be issued until September 10, 2018. A half-refund will be issued until October 1, 2018, after which time refunds will no longer be available.

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What are people saying about the Northern Woodlands Conference?

This conference inspires me to think creatively about scientific story-telling.  I came away with new ideas and approaches for making science interesting and accessible. -Anon.

Exceptional event that engages science and the humanities in discussing forest conservation.  - M Raynes

I loved the friendly, intimate setting and the chance to interact with writers and folks who care about natural history and stewardship.   - KD

It would be hard to find and spend a more educational and enjoyable two days. - Rich Swank

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 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