Events

  • Mon
    25
    Sep
    2017
    5:00PM-6:00PMSouthern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Dr, Bennington, Vermont 05201

    Members of the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) invite you to a Guided Trail Run and Walk on Monday, September 25th at 5pm meeting at the Trailhead Kiosk parking at the Upper Southern Vermont College parking lot. This is your chance to learn what BATS is all about and learn the trails!

    Join BATS Board of Directors member and exceptional athlete and advocate of health, wellness, and community, Tim Van Orden, on a short, guided walk. Or bring your running shoes and follow Silvia Cassano, a BATS Board of Directors Member and trail professional, and Jim Sullivan, Executive Director and Planning Program Coordinator for the Bennington County Regional Commission, on a 3-4 mile guided run. Come and discover this amazing local resource with us.

    RSVP encouraged and indicate if you are walking or running! RSVP on FB or email silcassano@gmail.com 

    Event Free to the Public. Kid friendly. Dogs welcome, but must be on a leash. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring your own water. We may/may not go to Harvest Brewing after. If you have your BATS membership, you get a special deal.

    ---Please note hunting season starts soon and trail use closer to SVC campus is advised. Hunting is allowed on private land the BATS trails have permission to go on. Wear orange. Dog on leash, orange bandana... be smart...be safe.-
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    BATS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit working with public and private landowners to plan, build, and maintain trails for sustainable, non-motorized use in and around the Bennington, Vermont area. BATS is a proud chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), which helps support our chapter with grants and other resources that are important to our current and future success.

    BATS Mission:
    Establish and promote a culture of cooperation between individuals, businesses, and institutions to support outdoor recreation, enhance the local economy, and to improve community health by getting people to be active outdoors.

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at the Camelot Village parking lot at 9:30 am. We will be working on a new section of trail off of Halloween Tree.

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Sun
    15
    Oct
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at SVC Fieldhouse at 9:30am. Since it is now Archery Season, we will work on trails on SVC Campus

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    6pm-8pm1West Mountain Inn, 44 W. Mountain Inn Rd, Arlington, VT 05250

    If you care about outdoor recreation in Southern Vermont we hope to see some BATS members/Bennington area outdoor recreation supporters in Arlington for this VT Outdoor Recreation Economy Collaborative Regional Summit.

    For those who cannot attend an in-person meeting, an online survey will go live on September 12th on the FPR webpage at www.fpr.vermont.gov/VOREC ,   where you can also learn more information about this initiative. If you have any questions or need special accommodations, contact Jessica Savage, Recreation Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, 802-249-1230, Jessica.savage@vermont.gov.


    Background about VOREC from our parent organization, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, who helps us be able to build, maintain, and support volunteer work on our multi-use trails:

    VOREC will be hosting seven regional summits to learn more about the public's perspectives on what the steering committee should recommend to the Governor as the next best steps for Vermont AND Vermonters. VMBA encourages you to attend as many summits as you can and to keep the following items in mind:

    All types of recreationists are welcome in this conversation (ATVers, anglers, birders, hunters, snowshoers, equestrians, etc.)

    Show up in force, be polite, patient, concise, and open to collaborating with new kinds of partners.

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    Full Regional Summit Schedule:

    Tuesday, September 12th: The Best Western, 45 Blush Hill Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, September 25th: Island Pond Town Hall, 49 Mill St, Island Pond, VT 05846. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 3rd: Community College of Vermont, 60 West St, Rutland, VT 05701. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 10th: City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, October 16th: The Evening Star Grange 1008 East-West Rd, East Dummerston, VT 05346. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, October 23rd: Hartford Town Hall 171 Bridge St White River Junction, VT 05001. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 24th: The West Mountain Inn, 144 W. Mountain Inn Rd, Arlington, VT 05250. 6-8 pm.

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    Quick backstory: The state led Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) was launched in June through an executive order by Governor Scott. A steering committee of 15 people appointed by the Governor, including VMBA's executive director, has been assembled.

    A primary charge of the group is to strengthen stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and the organizations that support them.

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    Talking Points to Consider - encourage VOREC to put forth recommendations that strengthen stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and the organizations that support them.

    For example:

    • Shift private land use regulations in a way that supports more access for local chapters to expand your trail networks
    • Develop state driven funding mechanisms that reflect Vermont's economic growth attributed to the trails.
    • Create state land, long-range trail expansion commitments to Vermonters to proactively absorb growing levels of mountain bike ridership.

    It is critical that we show up and share our thoughts. What gets logged at these meetings will get attention and change that better support trails will follow. Please share this with your members and neighbors so they can attend.

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at SVC Fieldhouse at 9:30am. Since it is Youth Hunting Weekend, we don't want to be out there, so we will work on trails on SVC Campus

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!