Get up close to agriculture and nature at the VYCC campus.

VYCC land is open for public use including hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing.

We welcome you to come explore our trails

Enjoy food from our farm stand

Rent the West Monitor Barn

Approximately 400 acres of land make up the Thomas L. Hark Leadership Campus.

VYCC owns and maintains the property while Richmond Land Trust, Vermont Land Trust, Preservation Trust of Vermont, and Vermont Housing Conservation Board hold conservation easements on the land.

VYCC is a member of the Chittenden County Uplands Conservation Project – a collaborative effort that has conserved 8,000 acres between Mount Mansfield State Forest and Camels Hump State Park. This land is a critical part of Vermont’s core wildlife habitat and the essential wildlife corridors linking the Green Mountains to the Champlain Valley. Protecting this pristine area is an important strategy to improving and maintaining the health of the Lake Champlain watershed.


Rent the West Monitor Barn

The West Monitor Barn’s magnificent post and beam interior is full of rustic charm and hosts weddings, milestone celebrations, meetings, and conferences. Enjoy a green event at the West Monitor Barn: a solar orchard generates more power than the campus uses. Guests can source vegetables, poultry, and flowers from the property. Caterers enjoy a large commercial kitchen. Proceeds support youth development and conservation programming.

Find photos, details, and rental info at the West Monitor Barn website.


Active Farming

The Food and Farm Program raises a variety of livestock including pastured poultry, laying hens, and cows. Electric fencing is present on the property and visitors are advised to use caution when walking near fencing.

Please visit the VYCC farm stand, stocked with our fresh harvests May through October!


Motorized Vehicles

In partnership with the easement holders of the property, VYCC denies land access to motorized vehicle use with two exceptions:

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers trails cross the northern part of the property. VYCC allows VAST trail users to cross the property on the developed and marked VAST trails. VYCC asks that VAST trail users limit their use to the developed trails and appreciates VAST members’ cooperation in this matter.

VYCC utilizes motorized vehicles to operate its Farm program and maintain its trail network.


Hunting

Hunters may only use the property with written permission from VYCC.

One “safety zone” designated as a no shooting area encircles eight lean-tos associated with the VYCC’s youth and education activities. This zone is posted with white “safety zone” signs.

For the safety of youth and staff, and to ensure the enjoyment of hunters, hunting and shooting are not allowed when VYCC programming is taking place on the land. We therefore require all visitors interested in these activities contact VYCC in advance to obtain permission. To obtain permission, please contact Rand at (802) 434.3969 ext. 157.