Directory of Organizations
Use the directory below to locate organizations available to assist you in caring for Vermont's woods. Don't forget to checkout the Directory of Resources for a listing of topic-specific programs.
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Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions
In Vermont, conservation commissions are advisory bodies that exist in many towns across the state. Broadly, they are established to help communities protect and enhance their natural resources.
Audubon Vermont is a state program of the National Audubon Society. Through the Forest Bird Initiative, Audubon provides educational outreach and technical assistance to landowners and land managers on how to manage forests with birds in mind. Specific projects include "Foresters for the Birds" and "Bird-Friendly Maple".
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Community (BEEC)
The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) is a member-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 with the mission to develop a more ecologically informed citizenry through education and action in order to enhance and sustain the vitality of southern Vermont’s bioregion.
Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC)
CHC is a regional conservation partnership. Our vision is a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship, with permanent protection of core wildlife habitat and connectivity across the entire Northern Forest.
Duxbury Land Trust
The Duxbury Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization based in Duxbury, Vermont. Our mission is to preserve and protect the natural, historic and scenic resources that contribute to our town’s rural character. In particular, we are interested in conserving Duxbury’s wetlands and riparian corridors; upland and ridgeline forests, recreational areas and important wildlife habitat.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Equinox Preservation Trust
To encourage the responsible use of the land and protection of our natural and cultural history by providing the opportunity to interact with the environment through education, research and environmentally sensitive recreation.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
The Mission of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is to inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and to motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet.
Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative
The mission of the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative is to serve the northeast temperate forest region through improved understanding of long-term trends, annual conditions, and interdisciplinary relationships of the physical, chemical, and biological components of forested ecosystems.
Friends of the Mad River
The Friends of the Mad River is a private, non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Mad River and its watershed.
Friends of the Winooski River
The Friends of the Winooski River is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Winooski River. Our goals are to reduce pollution, improve habitat, increase river stability and encourage passive and sustainable enjoyment of the river.
Green Mountain Club
The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.
Hogback Mountain Conservation Association
The Hogback Mountain Ski Area closed in 1984 and was subsequently purchased at auction by investors in 1993 with a eye toward development. The property was again offered for sale in 2005 prompting community members to dream of ways to maintain public access to these lands. This in turn led to the formation in 2006 of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association (HMCA), a group of local citizens who volunteered their time in a four-year effort to raise the funds to buy Hogback Mountain and protect it from development with a permanent conservation easement. HMCA's role continues today as a volunteer organization whose members work under the purview of the Town’s Hogback Preservation Commission. Open to anyone with an interest in the outdoors, HMCA’s goals are to help sustain Hogback Mountain both as a natural wildlife habitat and a low-impact recreation area. This magnificent mountain offers 100-mile views of mountain ranges in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, miles of trails, historic foundations, and a fertile, natural background for educational and environmental studies.
Keeping Track® is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Susan C. Morse, a nationally known naturalist, out of her concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health.
Lamoille County Conservation District
Linking Lands Alliance
Linking Lands Alliance is a grassroots, collaborative effort working in Vermont to address natural resource issues that transcend town borders.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The park interprets the historic home of the Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller families, their conservation work and stewardship of the forest landscape and the emergence of an American conservation ethic. The 550-acre woodlands continue to be managed for protection of natural resources, education, recreation, sustainable forestry, historic character, and scenic beauty.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission to teach and to demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland.
Middlebury Area Land Trust
The mission of Middlebury Area Land Trust is to conserve the working landscape, important natural areas, special open spaces, areas with key visual or aesthetic attributes, to link green spaces, where possible, and to protect water quality.
Montshire Museum of Science
Montshire Museum’s mission is to awaken and encourage a lifelong interest in science through exhibits and programming dedicated to hands-on discovery and education for people of all ages. Unique to this mission is Montshire’s 100-acre New England riverfront setting, which fosters deep and creative learning in both the physical and natural sciences.
The Moosalamoo Association is a nonprofit organization that brings together specialists in tourism and conservation to learn from each other and to develop a framework for cooperative activities for natural resource conservation, recreation experience enhancement, and educational and interpretive services for the visitors to the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area.
North Branch Nature Center
We're a small preserve with a big heart at a gentle bend in the North Branch of the Winooski River. For more than a decade North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Connecting people and place through science, education and action.
One World Conservation Center
We are a Nature Center in Bennington, Vermont. We bring nature education and experience to our community and its visitors. Our work is grounded in our local ecology and linked to global biodiversity.
Programs and activities serve adults, families and children. Go to our calendar for current and upcoming activities. Over the course of a year, we will offer lectures on our local history and ecology, natural science explorations for children and families, science lessons in area classrooms and school field trips to our Greenberg Reserve and much more. We contribute local data to the Vermont Atlas of Life project of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
Our mission is to provide educational experiences that prepare secondary and adult students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in careers that are high skilled, high demand, and that pay a livable wage and to continue their education.
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Our home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Society of American Foresters, Green Mountain Division
Our mission as foresters is to be responsible stewards of the earth's forests while meeting society's vital needs.
South Hero Land Trust
South Hero Land Trust has dedicated itself to working within the community to protect and nurture our most important assets: the land, and the people who live, play, love, and grow on it.
Stowe Land Trust
Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community.
The Nature Conservancy
Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends
Trout Unlimited (Mad Dog Chapter)
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
Upper Valley Land Trust
The Upper Valley Land Trust helps people conserve land in 45 New Hampshire and Vermont towns.
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
The U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station’s science is complex, but the need for the research is simple. Land managers, city planners, and policy-makers need sound science on all aspects of the natural world and its complex connections with people to achieve decisions resulting in a healthy and sustainable future for present and future generations of Americans. Science at our station follows five themes: forest disturbance processes, urban natural resource stewardship, sustaining forests, providing clean air and water, and natural resources inventory, monitoring and assessment.
Vermont Coverts: Woodlands For Wildlife
The mission of Vermont Coverts is to enlist Vermont landowners in a long term commitment to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems.
Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
The department's mission is "the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont." Other challenges include providing quality fish and wildlife-based recreation and reaching Vermonters with the best possible information about these resources.
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.
Vermont Land Trust
Vermont Land Trust protects farms, forests, water ways, and recreation areas that give Vermont its rural character and economy. Since 1977, VLT has permanently conserved more than 1,900 parcels of land covering more than 550,000 acres, or about nine percent of the private, undeveloped land in the state. This conserved land includes more than 900 working farms and farmland parcels, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland and wildlife habitat, and numerous community spaces. Protecting this land ensures it will be available for future generations to use and enjoy.
Vermont Natural Resources Council
VNRC is a statewide environmental organization that has been working for over 50 years to protect and restore Vermont's environment and communities. VNRC uses technical assistance to towns, research, education, and advocacy on state policy issues in order to promote Vermont's natural environments, productive working landscapes, intact wildlife habitat, clean water, clean energy, and vibrant downtowns and villages.
Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP)
SWEEP is the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, a nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations whose mission is to promote a sustainable future by fostering exceptional environmental literacy work through our state and regional networks.
Vermont Trappers Association
Conserving wildlife and preserving our outdoor heritage for future generations of outdoorsmen and women.Ensuring the controlled harvest of wild fur bearing animals to maintain healthy populations within the carrying capacity of the environment.
Vermont Wild and Scenic Rivers
In December 2014, Vermont joined the prestigious network of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System when a congressional action designated 46.1 miles of the Upper Missisquoi River and the Trout River as Wild & Scenic.
Vermont Woodlands Association
The Vermont Woodlands Association strives to educate, train, and support private forest landowners in sound management practices concerning wildlife, water, wood, and recreation.
White River Partnership
Since 1996, the White River Partnership has been bringing people and communities together to improve the long-term health of Vermont’s White River watershed.
Wildlife Society- Northeast
The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society represents the concerns of wildlife professionals in 11 northeastern states (CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV). We welcome your involvement in the Section and we are here to serve you, the wildlife professionals residing in the northeast.
The MISSION of the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education among wildlife professionals within the northeastern United States.
Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District
The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) helps landowners and users, agricultural producers, and communities throughout Windham County, Vermont conserve land and water by providing services such as: technical assistance, education and outreach, workshops and financial assistance.
Windham Regional Woodland Association
Windham Regional Woodlands Association is a group of people who care deeply about the wooded lands of southeastern Vermont.
Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
The District completes valuable conservation projects within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.