Mobile Workshops

NACDEP/ANREP Mobile Workshops
[Note: Some of the tours have limited participation. Signups will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Where participation is not specified the maximum size of the group will be determined by the bus (usually 50). Most of these larger tours are set up so groups will be divided into smaller clusters for the actual tours.]

1.      A Guided Paddle on the Winooski River - SOLD OUT
Join us for a guided paddle down one of Vermont's most significant rivers. This gentle and slow-moving river is perfect for any level of paddler, including beginners. Enjoy a 4-mile paddle, as you float slowly through Vermont farmland, awed by views of Camel's Hump Mountain. You may see otters, deer or even an occasional moose as they come to drink from the river. Along the way, we'll learn about the rich natural and human history of the river, from its original name the Onion River, to modern day stream restoration and monitoring efforts. Limited to 20 participants. A $45 charge covers boat/pfd rental.

2.      Following the Flow; A Water Quality Walking Tour of Burlington
We’ll follow the flow of water from UVM campus on the hill to the shores of Lake Champlain. This tour will take you on a 2-mile walk highlighting the successes and the failures of Burlington’s innovative green infrastructure program.  We will visit at least 7 sites, including pervious concrete, rain garden and pervious paver projects, as well as a Silva Cell installation and Storm Crete installation.  The tour will highlight the practical elements of green stormwater infrastructure, such as design, installation and maintenance approaches. We’ll also share lessons learned from Burlington’s experiences- showcasing successes as well as some of our more challenging projects. Then, we'll step inside Burlington’s premiere science center and aquarium, ECHO, for a behind the scenes tour and some free time to explore the exhibits. Limited to 20 participants
 3.      Seeing the Forest for the Trees;  A Walking Tour of Burlington's Urban Forest
Spend an afternoon getting to know the trees of Burlington's urban forest and the ways in which they benefit the community and its residents.  We'll start on UVM's campus to learn how trees help define the character of Vermont's land grant institution and how students have become increasingly involved in tree stewardship in recent years.  Then we will walk downtown along Burlington's tree-lined streets to meet with the city's Trees & Greenways Team.  Burlington's City Arborist has had a 35-year tenure managing 8,500 street trees, 3,100 park trees, and 150 acres of forested parkland.  The 2-mile walking tour will highlight specific trees and projects, meandering from downtown to Waterfront Park.  Topics will include how Burlington is utilizing trees as it renovates its aging infrastructure, how the city recovered from losing 11,000 elms to Dutch elm disease, and how volunteers are involved in growing the trees that line the city's streets. Limited to 25 participants.

Keynote & Speakers 

Keynote: Philip Ackerman-Leist

Monday, June 27
8:10 am - 8:50 am

altThe Green Space Between: Resource Conservation & Community Development
A resilient world is one in which natural resource conservation and community development cross-pollinate and hybridized visions blaze the path forward. The stories of this innovative thinking are unfolding all around us, some quietly and some with drama. The heroes are the collaborators; the only real villains are complacency and a lack of imagination. We’ll begin the day with some inspiring stories of communities that have created common ground between community development and environmental stewardship.

Bio:  Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College, Philip Ackerman-Leist is the author of Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader (2010) and Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (2013). He is currently working on a collaborative book project with multimedia artist and co-founder of the Lexicon of Sustainability, Douglas Gayeton about the first municipality in the world to pass a binding referendum banning all pesticides. He and his family raise grassfed American Milking Devon cattle on their off-grid homestead and farm in Pawlet, Vermont. In addition to establishing Green Mountain College’s 25 acre organic farm, he also founded the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems. At home and as a professor, he tries to combine a farmer’s pragmatism with a teacher’s collaborative quest for the future. Sometimes it works.


Conference Hotel

Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center

altSheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located less than five
minutes from the downtown Burlington Church Street entertainment district, and provides
convenient access to Interstate-89. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to Burlington International Airport and downtown Burlington. We look forward to welcoming you.

NACDEP and ANREP have negotiated a special conference room rate at the Sheraton Burlington of only $144 per night. This rate is available until June 3 or the block is full, whichever happens first.

Click Here to book your room online or call 800-325-3535 and reference the ANREP/NACDEP Joint Conference.


UVM Housing is available 1/2 mile from the Sheraton. Please see the website or call 802-656-5665 x 2 for rates, and booking. Full prepayment is due at time of booking.  Please be sure to read the cancellation policy thoroughly.  There is a cancellation fee.

The following additional hotels are within 1/4 mile of the Sheraton and may have rooms available.  The Conference does not have discounted room rates at these hotels.

Comfort Inn Burlington

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels Burlington

Holiday Inn Burlington

Homewood Suites by Hilton 


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