Human History of Centennial Woods

•December 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While the current use for Centennial Woods is mostly recreation and academic study, this is not it has always been used for.  Pre-European settlement, this land was probable inhabited by the Abenaki people who were living around the Winooski River.  Back in the early to mid 1800’s, this land was most likely used for agricultural purposes.  Some indicators of this are the barbed wire and stonewalls that you can find in some places in Centennial Woods.  Most of the trees in the forest most likely did not begin to grow until after the 1860’s when many farms in Vermont were abandoned.

Second Blog Site

•November 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment


I trudged up the seemingly endless trail of boulders and ice, wondering when I would finally reach my final destination.  I want to take a break, I want to sit and have a chance to breathe, but I know the beauty of the summit will be worth the pain that I am enduring.

I spot what I think is the end, but as I reach the end of the steep rock wall, I see that I have very far to go.  I walk through a small valley of evergreen trees that almost look like they are dead, thankful that I have a break from the steep climbing.  Ice cascades from the trees and rocks to the ground beneath me, and it is nearly impossible not to slip and fall.

I reach what I know is my final climb.  There are no trees left at this high elevation, only smooth, slate colored rocks and unforgiving patches of ice.  The immensely strong winds help carry me up the mountain.  I finally reach the highest point, and sit down to gaze at the rolling hills in the distance.  The green landscape goes on for miles, and at the horizon it is met with nothing but blue sky.  The rock that will soon be covered in snow is ice cold beneath me, and I decide to get up and begin my journey down.



Mount Monadnock has very similar ecological and phenological features to Centennial Woods, which makes sense because they are only about 170 miles from each other.  Jaffrey, New Hampshire, where Mount Monadnock is located, is experiencing the same changes to the weather as Burlington.  Most trees have shed their leaves, animals are preparing for the long winter ahead, and the air is cold and crisp.  Snow has already fallen in both locations, only to be melted the next day from the hot sun and temperatures that are unseasonably warm.  The two locations have many of the same types of trees, such as Eastern White Pine and Paper Birch.  One thing that Mount Monadnock has that Centennial Woods currently does not is ice.  The higher elevations of Mount Monadnock are covered in large patches of ice, while in Centennial Woods it has not been quite cold enough for much ice to form.  Pretty soon, both locations will most likely be covered in a layer of heavy snow, as they are every winter in New England.

Event Map/Photo Gallery

•November 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

There have been a few changes to my place since the last time I have been there.  The leaves are gone from most of the trees, and some trees have fallen down from all the wind we have gotten lately.  In addition, the water level of the creek looks like it has risen a little bit from the rain.

Birds-Eye View

•October 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have not noticed many changes to my spot since the last time I visited, other than the leaves changing and falling.  Some of the wildlife I have seen while at my spot include many bees, a toad, and many small birds that I have not been able to identify.  I have also heard some woodpeckers in the woods.

My Spot: Centennial Woods

•October 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My place is in Centennial Woods right off the main path, about a 10 minute walk from the main entrance on Carrigan Drive.  I chose this as my place because it is very easy to get to and is a very peaceful place to sit and listen to the creek running, the trees rustling, and the birds chirping.  This part of Centennial Woods is fairly open and gets a lot of light.  The most common plant species are Aster, Goldenrod, Burdock, Buckthorn, and Red Maple.°28’37.9%22N+73°11’12.4%22W/@44.477204,-73.1878705,316m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d44.4772043!4d-73.186779

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•October 4, 2017 • 1 Comment

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