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A group of people standing in front of a lake on a sunny day.

Youth Programming

The District creates, shares, and cross-posts resources and educational opportunities for Franklin County youth to learn about natural resources initiatives, projects, opportunities, and courses. We seek to share natural resources information that is relevant and specific to Franklin County and Vermont.


Lake Lessons Curriculum

The District is partnering with local teachers and the St. Albans Museum to create and curate curriculum to teach students about the importance of protecting natural resources for lake water quality. Lake Lessons is currently developing virtual-based lessons with resources for both teachers and students. Click to find out more about Lake Lessons on their website.

Nature Walks & Guides

In past summers the Franklin County Conservation District created nature guides with help from Richford and St. Albans day campers. Campers contributed their observations of the natural world on nature walks led at the camps by the Conservation District. Each guide features drawings of over 30 species of local plants and animals observed by the campers, with descriptions from both the District and the kids. The guides help kids and their families explore the natural areas in their communities, and they showcase these local kids’ knowledge and sharp observational skills. The nature walks and creation of the guides were sponsored by grants from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program and the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers grant program. Copies of the guides are available from the St. Albans, Richford, and Berkshire town and school libraries, and are available for free download and reproduction below. 

Locals’ Nature Guide to the Richford Playground  (2nd edition)

32 pgs (9.2 MB)

Locals’ Nature Guide to the Richford Playground  (1st edition)

16 pgs (2.2 MB)

Locals’ Nature Guide to St. Albans

16 pgs (2.2 MB)

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A person joyfully holding up their arms in a farm field where Signs of Conservation are displayed.

We use simple roadside signs and social media to raise awareness and appreciation for all the ways that farmers in Vermont build soil health, improve water quality, and create other benefits besides the food they grow. Our campaign was founded in Franklin County, but signs are available statewide. Click to find an explanation of each sign or to find information on how to get signs for yourself or your organization!

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