Your woodlot is a place to get out, explore, and have fun. Increase the knowledge, safety, and enjoyment you and your friends and family experience in the great outdoors.

 

Blaze My Trails

Nature centers often mark their trails to help hikers get around. You can do the same thing on your woodlot. Blazes give your trails a professional look and aid your travel around your land.

Blaze My Trails
Build a Responsible Backyard Fire

Campfires can be a lot of fun, but they can get out of control if not handled safely. Learn how to safely make, maintain, and put out a campfire.

Build a Responsible Backyard Fire
Call a Turkey

You don’t need to be a hunter to experience the excitement of calling back and forth with a turkey in the spring.

Call a Turkey
Do a Walking Meditation

Spending relaxing time in the woods, sometimes called shinrin yoku or forest bathing, is a proven way to reduce stress, improve mood, and lower blood pressure.

Do a Walking Meditation
Get a Tick Tested for Disease

Even if a tick bites you, that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get sick. For a fee, labs exist that will test a tick you send in to see if it carries any illnesses it could have transferred to you.

Get a Tick Tested for Disease
Go Snowshoeing

Don’t let winter stop you from exploring your woodlot. Strap on a pair of snowshoes to see your land in a new and healthy way.

Go Snowshoeing
Identify a Tick

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. If you find a tick on you, knowing what it is can help you know if you need to see a doctor.

Identify a Tick
Install a Trail Camera

Animals have better senses than we do, and they can be skittish when they know a human is nearby. A well-placed trail camera can take pictures of elusive wildlife without you needing to be there.

Install a Trail Camera
Install Tree ID Signs

Woodlots have lots of kinds of trees. Install low-cost tree ID signs along your trails to educate you and your family about the remarkable diversity on your land.

Install Tree ID Signs
Learn About ATV Safety

ATV's help you haul heavy loads and visit remote areas, but they can also be dangerous. Take time to learn about ATV safety before you head out for your next ride.

Learn About ATV Safety
Learn About Chainsaw Safety

A chainsaw is a useful tool, but they also send more than 30,000 people to the ER every year. Get the basics on chainsaw safety, and then attend a class for hands-on training.

Learn About Chainsaw Safety
Learn About Dangerous Plants

Many plants cause skin irritation. In most cases these irritations are mild, but a few can be severe. Be aware of these plants so you can avoid them or respond with appropriate treatment.

Learn About Dangerous Plants
Learn About Dangerous Weather Conditions

The U.S. has more than 70,000 wildfires and 100,000 thunderstorms every year. If you're caught in your woodlot when one of these disasters strikes, you're at risk for severe injury or death. Know how to avoid these conditions and survive them if you can't get away.

Learn About Dangerous Weather Conditions
Learn About Maple Syrup Production

Maple syrup is the classic woodland crop in the northeastern US, and there are a host of resources, organizations, and maple producers available to help you get started.

Learn About Maple Syrup Production
Learn How to Avoid Wildlife Encounters

Almost all wildlife encounters that end in human injury or death are caused by human actions. Protect yourself by knowing what to do when a wild animal gets too close.

Learn How to Avoid Wildlife Encounters
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