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For Immediate Release

Contact Jeannie Bartlett, District Manager, Franklin County Conservation District

This week the Franklin County Conservation District released nature guides created 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 lead naturalist Jeannie Bartlett and the kids.

“We thought this was an exceptional project,” said Lianne Trombley, Director of the Richford NOTCH Day Camp. “The children had an incredible summer learning with Jeannie and we love the book.”

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 supported 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 from


The Franklin County Conservation District’s mission is to promote land use that supports human livelihoods and sustains ecological function in Franklin County, VT. We empower and convene landowners and land-users to prioritize and address natural resource concerns through USDA and locally-developed programs. We recognize water quality and the continuance of our land-based economy as key concerns for Franklin County today.

Visit or call 802-528-4176 for more information.


VACD is the statewide association of Vermont’s 14 Natural Resources Conservation Districts. Conservation Districts were created throughout the United States after the Dust Bowl era of the 1930’s and 40’s to help landowners and communities enhance soil health, protect water quality, and support the viability of the working landscape. Vermont’s Conservation Districts promote clean water through education and agriculture, forestry, watershed protection, and urban conservation programs. Conservation Districts utilize technical staff, organizational partnerships, community support, and landowner contributions creating a unified effort to conserve and protect natural resources for Vermonters. Find out more online at