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  • Canine Manners - OUTSIDE

    Alana Stevenson, a professional dog and cat behaviorist and trainer, is the author of "The Right Way the First Time" (recommended by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and "Training Your Dog the Humane Way". Learn how to get your dog to come to you, quickly turn and change direction, hold the leash correctly, get your dog to be more attentive, curb jumping, and teach your dog to wait and stay. This class is for dogs 3 months of age and over. Dogs 6 months and older must have received a rabies vaccination. Puppies must have received their second distemper vaccination to participate. Dogs are not to be brought to the first class; it is for people only. Note: This is an outdoor class and the fee covers up to 2 handlers per dog. In the case of bad weather, class will be held on Thursday instead of Wednesday. This class will meet outside on the CVU grounds. Please checkin wearing a mask at the Welcome Desk at the CVU main entrance before the start of class.
  • Beekeeping Basics

    Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors have over 50 years of experience among them. The three sessions will enlighten, and maybe inspire, you to start a few hives of your own or learn more about your bee passion. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation. A course book valued at $10 is included in the price. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the main entrance before your first class.
  • Getting to Know Your Car Workshop

    Do you have any idea how to check if the oil is low, change a tire, add basic fluids when needed? Want to be informed about what to know when buying a used car? Join the techs from Girlington Garage, girlingtongarage.com, for a quick, down and dirty look at the basics of car care. Get to know the basic layout of your car under the hood, Vermont State Inspection requirements, how to avoid getting taken advantage of at the repair shop, or anything else concerning cars that you would like to know. This class will meet at CVU. Please wear a mask and check-in at the front entrance of CVU before the start of class.
  • Primitive Fire Building

    In this hands-on class, learn the fundamentals of building fire in nature! Learn two of the many methods possible in making a primitive fire. Using a steel striker, a quartz rock, and char cloth, all will accomplish starting a fire. Week 2 will be the carving of a bowdrill fire set and then creating a friction fire using materials you can find on a stroll through the woods. Participants should bring a camp chair if they have one. All tools and material included in fee (approx. $25). This class will meet outside CVU- please dress for the weather. Please wear a mask and check-in at the front entrance of CVU before the first class.
  • Home Repairs- Be your Own Handyman!

    Be your own handyman! During this 8 week course, you will learn the basics from what to look for before buying a house, signs that may mean significant cost and negotiating those into the sale, and how to fix just about everything from a doorknob hole to trouble shooting HVAC systems. Steve will also show you how to best use YouTube videos for instructional help before you need to call for help! We will also cover tool use and what tools to purchase to get the job done right. If you are looking to prepare your home for sale or just want to check off your fix-it-to-do list, this class will help you prioritize projects and teach you how to properly repair, fix, and restore all those small DIY projects! Requirement: Safety glasses, well fitting work gloves, close toed shoes, and a mask. Pick and choose which session is right for you, or register for 6 or more and receive a 10% discount automatically at registration! Course Outline Session 1 9/30 - We’ll discuss how to maintain a property; What you can do yourself and when to call a professional; What inspectors look for and you’ll learn where your utilities are, how they work and how to shut them off. Session 2 10/7 - We'll discuss home safety and fire prevention; Building your toolbox; Residential construction and we’ll play with different wall anchors. We’ll also hang stuff with levels and lasers! Session 3 10/14 - We'll discuss electrical systems and power distribution; Smart home technology and appliance efficiency upgrades; Troubleshooting and repairs you can do; We’ll replace a switch, an outlet, recessed light, and a ceiling fixture. Session 4 10/21- We’ll discuss plumbing and HVAC systems; What’s in your home? Troubleshooting, maintenance and repairs you can do yourself; We’ll install a kitchen and bath faucet, replace the guts of a toilet tank and install a new bath tub/shower fixture. Session 5 10/28 - We’ll discuss carpentry and building materials; Interior and exterior care; We’ll replace door knobs and cabinet handles; Get to use a circular saw and miter saw, cut trim, use a nail gun and screw gun/drill; use different products to repair, join, and seal various materials, and winterizing. Session 6 11/4 - We’ll discuss walls and how to repair them; We’ll play with different products on various textured ceiling and wall repairs; We’ll fix little holes and big holes and tape joints. Session 7 11/11 - We’re going to finish walls with fast set joint compound, sand and paint with a variety of paints, brushes and rollers and caulk to finish; We’ll sand and paint exterior trim and compare products. Session 8 11/18 - ROI… Basements, bathrooms and decks, OH, MY! What expenses are involved in renovations and how to manage your project to avoid “creep”; We’ll discuss pros and cons of being a landlord and how to flip a property. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the main entrance before your first class.
  • Pollinator Friendly Fall Garden Prep

    Learn how to prepare your garden for winter with our native pollinators in mind. We will discuss the life cycle needs of butterflies, moths, and bees and what type of habitat they need for winter survival and how to create a robust habitat of any size in your gardens. Hattie White, a specialist in native pollinators, will highlight different management techniques, and cover some new tricks to save time and money. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the main entrance before your first class.
  • Let’s Visit OUR National Wildlife Refuges! - ONLINE

    There are over 500 NWRs nationwide, with over 150 million acres of wetlands, forests, prairies and sheer beauty. Join Maeve for an virtual visit to several very special refuges, including the two here in Vermont. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Winter Tree Identification

    Many people rely on leaves to identify a tree, but after the brilliant display of fall colors, "stick season" can make tree identification a daunting task. Join Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper for a two-week course in learning to identify Vermont’s most common trees and shrubs by looking at their bark, buds, and other clues. This course will combine both outdoor and classroom instruction to teach participants to identify most common trees in our Vermont forests. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check-in at the front entrance of CVU before the start of your first class.
  • Edible/Medicinal and Useful Fall Plants

    You’ve probably nibbled on raspberries and blackberries in the wild but may not be sure about the edibility of some other visually-enticing Fall berries. Did you know that groundnut vines yield small but nutty-tasting tubers? Serviceberries and Nannyberries also offer snacks…if you find and eat them before the birds do. In this show-and-tell program, Naturalist Laurie DiCesare will share some precautions, a bit of botany, folklore and Native American uses for some of our local wild edibles with some preparation and storage options. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the front entrance of CVU before the start of the first class.
  • Growing Mushrooms in your Yard

    Learn how to cultivate this delicious super-food in your yard, basement or garage. Mike will cover the basic techniques for growing shiitake, oyster and lion's mane mushrooms and an opportunity for hands-on learning of inoculation techniques. Easy, fun, delicious and not expensive to do at home! This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the main entrance before your first class.
  • Dog Body-Language: It's Not What You Think - ONLINE

    In this presentation, Alana Stevenson goes over how dogs communicate through body-language with each other and with people. Learn to predict conflict at the dog park and understand when a dog might bite or shy away. Find out how your own body-language and movement can affect dog behavior both on and off-leash. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Bird Watching in the Winter?? – Yes, There’s Still a Lot to See! - ONLINE

    The cold weather’s coming, and many Vermonters are ready to hole up in their cozy homes until spring. But winter is a great time to get out and enjoy birds. There are thousands of diving ducks on Lake Champlain, hundreds of small flitting birds in agricultural fields, and big, big beauties like eagles and hawks. This class will get you ready for winter 2021! This class will meet online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Gardens of England - ONLINE

    Garden designer Charlotte Albers shares some of her favorite scenes from England including formal rose gardens, kitchen gardens with topiary, pergolas, broad walks and intimate courtyards, and stunning borders including the Great Broad Walk Borders at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew photographed in the height of summer bloom. In addition to Kew we'll have a look around the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea Physic Garden in London, and see fabled country estates in the Cotswolds including the National Trust's Hidcote Manor. This class will meet online using the Zoom platform. You will receive an invite prior to the start date.
  • Managing Invasive Plants in Your Forest - ONLINE

    Whether you own a large woodlot or just a small yard, you have probably struggled with invasive exotic plants. On a small scale, these resilient plants are a nuisance. On a larger scale, they are a major threat to ecosystems and biodiversity across Vermont’s landscape, and across the globe. In Vermont invasive plants are an existential threat to the health of our forests and other ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. They also diminish the capacity of forests to perform many other important functions, cleaning our air and our water, sequestering carbon and providing habitat for our pollinators, in addition to many more. If you have ever faced-off with invasive exotic plants, you know that they spread like wildlife and are extremely difficult to control. Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, how to identify them, and options for treatment. Please bring your thoughts and questions about invasive exotic plants and how to deal with them. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Cat Behavior: What is Your Cat Saying? - ONLINE

    Alana Stevenson shows you how to recognize feline body-language and signaling so you can have a better understanding of what your cat is saying to you. By knowing how to read cat body-language, behaviors that were seemingly complex become much less of a mystery. Alana will present photos and video clips of cat-cat dynamics and behavior so you can learn the various subtleties in feline communication. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • The Radical Forest Manager - ONLINE

    Forests in Vermont frame and enrich our lives, making our state a beautiful place to live while also providing many critical services: cleaning our air and water, providing habitat for birds and other wildlife, sequestering and storing carbon and much more. In a changing climate, forests are both an asset – helping slow and mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing the carbon we emit – and under threat. At the same time, climate change, resource extraction and environmental degradation threatens peoples, species and environments worldwide. While some of these problems may seem remote, is it possible that Vermont’s forests have a broader role to play in crafting a just and sustainable world? This presentation will focus on the role that forests and forest management play in our past, present and future with an eye on social and environmental justice in Vermont and across the globe. Tapper will discuss how responsible, ecological forest management can help support justice, equity, heathy communities and healthy ecosystems here in Vermont and world-wide. This class will meet online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Beekeeping Basics - ONLINE

    Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors have over 50 years of experience among them. The three sessions will enlighten, and maybe inspire, you to start a few hives of your own or learn more about your bee passion. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation. A course book valued at $10 will be available for pickup at CVU. If you would like to have the book mailed to you, please select that option during checkout (includes shipping and handling fee) and make sure that your Eleyo registration profile includes your current address. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Four Season Garden Design

    Back again and more in depth, Hattie, an expert in native pollinators, will go into the details of properly planning a garden for year round interest. Have a garden you want to update, or an area of lawn you want to convert? In this class you will be designing a garden using the strategies we will discuss in detail. Bring measurements, pictures, and site details for a desired project and over the course of the class you will create a detailed plan for a new and exciting garden unique to your property. Learn the importance of soil type, light levels, and site constraints in choosing plants for a project. This class is sized so that everyone will benefit from Hattie's personalized attention and expertise, and will have their own personalized plan at the end of the 3 sessions. This class will meet inside CVU. Please wear a mask and check in at the main entrance before your first class.
  • Humane Feline Handling - ONLINE

    Poor handling can increase aggression and fear in animals. By taking time to learn gentle handling techniques, we can make handling and interacting with cats less stressful for them and safer for us. In this presentation, Alana Stevenson discusses how our approach affects cats and why our attitude matters. You will learn how to recognize the differences between relaxed and fearful cats, how to use towels to prevent stress, and why you should avoid scruffing cats. Alana will demonstrate how to pick up and carry cats as well as how to safely move them into and out of carriers. This class will meet online via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.