Fall hikes 2017
Fabulous Fall Foliage
Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 – 10:30-ish, with optional 1/2 hr add-on to 300-year old oak tree.
TAM section on Middlebury College Golf Course periphery.
Ever wonder why the fall foliage in Vermont is so spectacular? This is your chance to learn the answers from Tim Parsons, an expert Vermont Certified Horticulturalist, who is also an Arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. This walk will highlight the trees and foliage of the Trail Around Middlebury as it passes through the College. We will walk past a phenology site, a grove of old-growth oak trees, and the College’s compost operation, learning as we go…including learning what phenology means. Meet at the Middlebury College Center for Fine Arts parking lot near the College track.
Summer hikes 2017
Let’s Go Birding! A beginner’s bird walk.
June 17, 9-11am
An Otter Creek Audubon Society – MALT combined event.
Meet at Wright Park, Seymour St Ext, Middlebury
Led by experienced birders!
A guided bird walk for all ages at Wright Park in Middlebury. Family friendly but strollers not recommended. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Snack provided! As this is a bird walk, please leave your dog at home.
Recharge with Nature: lose your troubles in the woods
July 8, 9-10:30am, Location: Battell Woods entrance to the TAM on the left (south) side of Seminary St Ext
Led by Michelle McCauley, MC Professor of Psychology
Description: During this hike, we’ll find out why spending time in nature is so important for our physical and emotional well-being. It’s becoming clearer that nature can help us deal with stressful situations and positively influence our health. Books like Last Child in the Woods link lack of exposure to nature to decreases in childhood well-being. Researchers in England demonstrated that people living near green space have less mental distress and Japanese researchers have shown that a 15-minute forest walk can reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate. The Stanford researcher Greg Bratman believes that being outside in a pleasant environment changes the extent to which you focus on negative emotions. Our hike leader, Michelle McCauley, is Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, where she teaches the courses Environmental Psychology, Environmental Problems & Behavior, and Awe, Happiness & Positive Psychology, among others.
Michelle McCauley is Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, where she teaches about the connection between psychological wellbeing and spending time in nature. Her research focuses on how psychological theory applies to social issues such as environmental engagement. She is part of a working group on contemplative environmental studies. For fun, she engages in Darwinian gardening, eats weeds, writes for Hurry Up Please It’s Time, a web comic about the environment, culture, and science, and hangs out with her partner Kevin Kite, two creative kids, a couple of cats, and a few thousand pollinators.
Spying on Nature: Mystery in our own Woods
Saturday, July 29th, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:30
Meet at Middlebury College Organic Garden
Led by Elana Feldman and Morgan Perlman, MC students
In this hike, we will take time to carefully observe the mystery and beauty of the natural world. It will be a great way to train your eyes to see and your ears to hear what’s hiding along the TAM. The hike will start with a short introduction to the College’s Organic Garden, and will continue onto the TAM, then we will retrace our steps back to the Garden. This hike is geared toward all ages, but is not stroller-accessible.
Elana Feldman: Elana is a Middlebury College student from Swampscott, Massachusetts. She loves spending the summer outdoors reading, hiking, and learning about trees.
Morgan Perlman: Morgan is a rising junior at Middlebury College, with a focus in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology. He hales from Bala Cynwyd, PA just outside of Philadelphia. But he lovse to call Vermont home! He is an avid birder. Nature writing is a passion.