MANCHESTER - The Equinox Preservation Trust is again hosting a winter series of workshops and hikes focusing on the natural history of the Equinox Highlands and southwestern Vermont. This year an eclectic schedule will be offered featuring programs of interest to families with kids, winter hiking enthusiasts and explorers, birders, and natural history buffs in general.

The first Winter Naturalist program of 2014 is: "Canine Search and Rescue." This indoor and outdoor program will take place from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Equinox Resort Rockwell A conference room.

Each year thousands of hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts head to the forests and mountains of southern Vermont. What happens when accidents, rapidly changing weather and/or poor planning create a search and rescue situation? This pre sen tation by New England K-9 Search and Rescue will outline the steps in initiating and conducting a search with trained dogs.

Learn about the many hours of training and practice necessary to field a qualified canine search and rescue team as well as what can be done to prepare for a trip into the mountains.

At the conclusion of the indoor program,there will be a short search demo with the dogs that people are welcome to attend. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Rick LaDue, Equinox Preserve Forest and Trails Steward, at 366-1400 or via e-mail at rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.


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org. Look for additional nature programs throughout the winter season.