MANCHESTER - On April 20, the Equinox Preservation Trust is hosting a free schedule of activities to celebrate Earth Day.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have a diverse selection of activities to participate in: Randy Schmidt of the Vermont Bird Place and Sky Watch will lead a birding walk through the forest to the Equinox Pond from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Anthony Cirelli of Burr and Burton Academy will offer tips on taking great outdoor photos from 9 to 10 a.m.

Kyle Leard, instructor at the Orvis Fly Fishing School, will teach an introductory course on casting and fly fishing basics at the Equinox Pond from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Equinox Preserve intern Jessica Baker will lead an interpretive hike testing people's knowledge of Vermont natural history called "Are You Smarter Than a Porcupine?" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

An on-going nature scavenger hunt from 9 to 11 a.m. will also be offered for visitors to participate in, according to their schedule.

Prizes will be awarded to those successfully completing the scavenger hunt. Those interested in the fly fishing workshop must pre-register with the Preserve Steward (see below). All activities meet at the Red Gate parking lot on West Union St. in Manchester.

Those planning to attend should dress for the weather.

For more information on Earth Day activities on the Preserve, check the EPT webpage or Facebook page at www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org, or contact Preserve Steward Rick LaDue at (802) 366-1400 or rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.org.


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