Aspiring Naturalist Teen Program

The Aspiring Naturalist Teen Program (ANT) is long-term mentoring program that builds community and supports teens in healthy transitions toward adulthood. The program's learning environment and unique leadership model emphasize curiosity and the art of questioning. Participants steer their own unique learning journey and share their individual gifts, interests, and skills with their peers.

Come deepen your naturalist skills through observation and exploration of seasonal changes around the farm. You might track predators, forage wild edibles, build friction fires, learn bird songs, engage in the market garden, carve spoons, and participate in farm chores. 


The ANT program meets one evening each month during the school year and for three seasonal overnights. Open to youth ages 13 – 17.   


Margaret Burke &  Christie Nold, Shelburne Farms Educators

For more information or to register:

contact Christie Nold at or 802-985-0319.


  • May

    Aspiring Naturalist Teens Monthly Program

    Thursday, 4:30 - 7:00pmYouth Program

    Join the Aspiring Naturalist Teens for of our monthly exploration. Each month we practice primitive skills — fire by friction, carving, foraging for wild edibles, tracking animals, and more;...

  • May
    10 to 11

    Aspiring Naturalist Teens Overnight

    Saturday to Sunday, 4:30 - 7:00pmYouth Program

    Join the Aspiring Naturalist Teens (ANT) for an overnight. In addition to monthly sessions, three overnights a year allow teens to practice primitive skills; observe changes on the landscape; and...