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Catamount Explorations

Catamount Explorations


Our half day exploration programs for youth are designed to incorporate outdoor recreation with nature based art and science, while enjoying the Catamount Community Forest.  Our goal is to be a resource for our community by offering a safe, quality program throughout the school year where youth can thrive and find enjoyment through participation.  


Group size will allow for personalized attention and will meet all requirements of the CDC and VT Department of Health.  Daily activities will vary with season and registration is for 1 month at a time.  All programs are weather dependent and on occasion we may need to cancel due to heavy rain, thunderstorms or extreme cold. 


Registration: $150/month 


Time: 8:30AM – 12:30PM  (all programs)


Dates: (depending on which Day you select for the month)


Monday (Grades 1-3)    9/14, 9/21, 9/28

Tuesday (Grades 4-6)    9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29

Thursday (Grades 1-3)   9/10, 9/17, 9/24  

Friday (Grades 4-6)      9/11, 9/18, 9/25

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*All instructors are trained in 1st Aid & CPR certified.  



Instructor Bios:


Sofie Pedemonti

Sofie hails from southern Vermont, but has spent the past year living in Burlington, studying Art Education at the University of Vermont and getting outside as much as possible.  Before finding herself up north, Sofie deepened her connection with nature by doing trail work with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, attending a three month backpacking program with the High Mountain Institute and interning at Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus.  After spending the summer at Catamount as a mountain bike coach, Sofie says “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to teach at Catamount.  I find the relationships between art, nature and education to be fascinating and I’m so excited to delve deeper into these topics with the students.” When she isn’t at Catamount, Sofie can be found in her pottery studio, at a local swimming hole or cooking up a new vegetarian dish in her kitchen.


Charlie Saulnier For many years, Charlie has been an Environmental Educator, both in the classroom and outdoors.  He has worked as a High School Environmental Science Teacher and Department Head in a Vocational Technical High School for over twenty years, where most of the work was hands-on and outdoors.  For several summers, Charlie worked as an Outward Bound Instructor with inner-city, elementary school children in a program called the Island School in the Boston Harbor.  The goal was to excite children about art, science and recreation by utilizing the natural history of the island, the ropes course and the pulling boats.  Charlie says, “Come and join us for our Catamount Explorations, and learn about the natural wonders of this magnificent land, nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains.  Let us find out together what it has to teach us about the natural beauty of the World, ourselves, and our communities.  I look forward to welcoming all of you to Catamount.”  When not at Catamount Charlie can be found cycling, skiing, swimming, taking photographs, or canoeing and exploring somewhere in the Arctic.