SB Families in Nature Program

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Thursday April 28, 2016

After photographing South Burlington’s natural areas each season, resident and community advocate Bernie Paquette asked himself, “What if parents, grandparents, and kids around South Burlington could meet with other families for guided walks along South Burlington’s natural areas. Could this become a new form of social/nature networking?” Such was the genesis of the new South Burlington Families in Nature (SBFiN) program.

The goal of the community outreach program is to introduce families to South Burlington natural areas through guided walks and nature observations, and aims to plan community meet-up walks two times per month from spring through fall. This spring, groups guided by Paquette and volunteers have already explored Underwood Park, Wheeler Nature Park, and the Awasiwi Trail. The next SBFiN walk is scheduled for Red Rocks Park, Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

SBFiN’s mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent walking along the city’s natural area trails, exploring, observing, discovering, and learning, outdoors. The South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department officially sanctioned the program in March.

For upcoming walk details, as well as photos and the ‘story’ of previous walks, visit, and select the SBFiN tab. Also available on the site are nature resource listings for families, park maps, and photo postings of natural areas in all seasons.

Watch for listings of upcoming scheduled family events, or consider volunteering to act as a guide on the walks. Contact Paquette at to learn more.