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Pride Hikes: Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve | Pride Center of VT

September 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve

Co-hosted by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, and the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust.

Saturday, September 12, 2020
12:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern Isle La Motte, Vermont

Celebrate Pride Week in the Champlain Islands. Make an Island day of it by joining us for Drag Queen Story Hour in the morning, followed by our Pride Hike and Picnic in the afternoon.

We’ll picnic and hike the trails at the Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve. This 85-acre preserve features access to 480 million year old fossils (the oldest reef fossils in the world) from the Chazy Fossil Reef. The easy, mile-long trail meanders through cedar forests, grassy meadows, and exposed rock outcrops where the fossils can be found. We have arranged access to the Visitor Center on the Goodsell Ridge Preserve, which is wheelchair accessible and houses fossil exhibits along with a short video telling the story of the ancient fossil reef on Isle La Motte. If time allows, we might also drop in at the nearby Fisk Quarry Preserve, just two miles down the road.

Pride Hikes are a collaboration between Audubon Vermont, the Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont.  Pride Hikes have been happening every month since June of 2018 and go beyond being “welcoming to everyone” to creating a safe, affirming space for LGBTQIA+ community members. All ages, allies, and families welcome! Youth under 18 years should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Your Pride Hikes co-hosts this month:

Justin Marsh (they/them) – Pride Center of Vermont, Director of Development & Communications. Justin is a life-long resident of Cambridge, VT and has served on Cambridge Conservation Commission since 2012, most recently as Chair. In 2018, they started work on a subcommittee to acquire land for the Peter A. Krusch Nature Preserve to create municipal-owned conserved space and public access to Cambridge State Forest. To help in this work, they enlisted the help of Vermont Land Trust. The project is planning to be completed in 2021.

Gwendolyn Causer (she/her) – Audubon Vermont, Teacher/Naturalist and Communications Manager. Gwendolyn’s first love in nature is botany and she does most of her birding by ear. She is passionate about creating equitable access to nature for communities not traditionally included in the environmental movement.

To sign up to be one of the ten lucky Pride Hikers this month, email Justin Marsh at Pride Center of Vermont to save your space: They will confirm your spot for the Pride Hike.

Trail/accessibility information: Our walk will be at a slow (birding) pace and will cover approximately 1.5 miles. The trail is unpaved with a grass surface. Picnic tables are available at the Preserve and bathroom facilities are located in the office. If you require accommodations or have questions about accessibility, please contact Audubon Vermont at

COVID-19 Safety: We are committed to our community’s health & safety.

  • Please do not attend if you are sick or symptomatic (with fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), if you have traveled outside of Vermont within the last 14 days, if you have received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 14 days, or if you have had contact with any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • We ask you to take your temperature on the morning before attending the Pride Hike.
  • Complete the Pride Center’s COVID-19 Questionnaire less than 24 hours before the Pride Hike.
  • NO carpooling with people whom you do not live with.
  • When attending the Pride Hike we ask everyone to please:
    • Wear a cloth mask or covering (if you do not have one, please reach out to staff and we will provide one for you).
    • Observe physical distancing of 6 feet or more with people who you do not live with.
    • Use frequent hand-washing or hand sanitizing.
    • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as handrails.
    • Do NOT share binoculars, field guides, food, water, or phones.
  • We will be collecting COVID-19 contact tracing information from everyone when you arrive at the Pride Hike. This information will be kept confidential and used only for COVID-19 tracing.
  • For more information on COVID-19 prevention, please go to:

Photo: Gastropod Fossil. Credit:James St. John/Flickr


Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve
69 Pine Street
Isle La Motte, VT 05463 United States
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