The Vermont Master Naturalist-BTV Program connects Burlington citizens to the nature of their city through professional training and volunteer projects. The City of Burlington benefits long term from a community of naturalists acting as a brain trust for solving ecological issues facing our wild lands and serving as expert resources for conservation education in our schools and communities.
VMN chose Burlington for its first location because the city has a rich natural heritage with habitat ranging from floodplains and sandplains to calcareous outcrops. Diversity underfoot gives rise to over a dozen natural communities resulting in an abundance of rare plant species. Moose, bears, bobcats, coyotes, beavers, deer and foxes either pass through the City or live here year around. In the spring of 2016, birders recorded 135 species of birds in Burlington.