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EarthWalk – Fairbanks Museum at Matsinger Forest

Teen Land Stewards for ages 13-16
June 17-21

Adventurers Camp for ages 9-12
July 8-12

Explorers Camp for ages 6-8
July 29-Aug 2

Coming this fall

Adult Classes & Educator Workshops

Coming this fall

Weekly Forest School (Thursdays for ages 8-14)

EarthWalk – Fairbanks

at Matsinger Forest

EarthWalk learning is a fully immersive experience with the land (ALL outdoors!) and with a small community group of learners — all of us learning with, exploring, and supporting one another and the land. EarthWalk has been inspiring and growing caring communities rooted in nature since 2005.

Summer Camps

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

All camps take place on the Fairbanks Museum Nature Preserve at Matisnger Forest in Danville, VT. Each session is limited to 12 campers.

  • $300/child: members
  • $350/child: non-members
  • $20/child sibling discount

Matsinger Forest Location: Thaddeus Stevens Road at Danville-Peacham Town-line.
EarthWalk-Fairbanks Site: a short walk into the forest with a rustic shelter & amenities.

Adventurers Camp (ages 9-12)
July 8 – 12

Adventurers can learn new skills, including tracking, shelter-building, fire-making, wildcrafting, playing stealth forest games, camouflage, and have other epic adventures on the land!

Explorers Camp (ages 6-8)
July 29 – Aug 2

Explorers tap into their innate curiosity and wonder. We’ll play lots of nature games, learn about plants and animals, make a shelter, cook over a fire, make crafts, share stories, sing songs, explore the land and make new friends!

How to register for camps

  • Click through the link below and fill out the form online.
  • Make a non-refundable deposit of $100 or pay the camp fee in full to complete your registration.
  • Submit your completed and signed Liability Waiver and Emergency Contact forms in hard-copy to EarthWalk-Fairbanks (1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury VT 05819) or by email to
  • Questions? Contact Angella Gibbons for more information or to be placed on a waiting list (if the session you’d like is currently full).

Teen Land Stewards (ages 13-16)

June 17-21, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at Matsinger Forest in Danville, VT

$200 stipend for qualified teens

This program is fully enrolled. Please fill out the application to be placed on a waiting list.

Motivated teens are needed to help create an outdoor programming site in the Fairbanks Museum Nature Preserve at Matsinger Forest. Join us for this exciting opportunity to build your naturalist and outdoor skills in service to the community, while learning to be stewards of the land. Skills learned will include: mapping natural communities and wildlife experiences; trailside first aid; safety and tool-use; shelter-design and building; trail-work; fire-building and outdoor cooking; natural crafting; teamwork; and exploring, playing games and having lots of fun!

This program is suited for 13-16 year-olds who are self-motivated, love to be outside, curious to learn more about nature, helpful, work well with others as well as independently, and excited to learn new things. Successfull applicants will offer time, experience and skills to create a new EarthWalk-Fairbanks programming site in the forest!

EarthWalk – Fairbanks

at Matsinger Forest

With Nature as the primary teacher, and with the support of skillful and caring mentors and elders, children can learn to feel comfortable, joyful and at home in the forest, meadows, and along the waterways. EarthWalk mentors honor each child as a unique learner and valued community member, meeting each individual where they are, so they feel excited to learn and make strong connections with each other and the land.

For more than 15 years, from the Plainfield location adjacent to Goddard College, EarthWalk Vermont, offered transformative education programs, annually serving over 300 families in Central Vermont. Since EarthWalk Vermont ended their programs in 2021, founder, Angella Gibbons, has continued EarthWalk’s vision of mentoring all ages, to care for one another and the earth, building strong resilient nature-connected communities in Central Vermont.

Angella Gibbons

Angella Gibbons

EarthWalk-Fairbanks Director

Angella (Ange) Gibbons, Nature Educator and EarthWalk Founder, has been mentoring, guiding and teaching children, teens and adults to reconnect with and care for one another and the earth for over 35 years. Ange is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. She just loves kids (and big people too) and loves this Earth, and is so excited to be out on the land learning with your children at Matsinger Forest. Ange lives with her husband Dennis, on a small sun-powered homestead in Marshfield, where they tend vegetable and herb gardens; chickens and bees, and grow and eat really nourishing food.