Sterling School receives $200Ok VOREC grant to make out of doors recreation extra accessible in Craftsbury

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Sterling College receives $200,000 VOREC grant to make outdoor recreation in Craftsbury more accessible

CRAFTSBURY COMMON, VT (April 7, 2022) – Sterling College has received a $200,000 community grant from the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to fund the establishment of a publicly accessible outdoor recreation center as part of its vision for the Peter Alfond Wellness support center on its campus in Craftsbury.

The VOREC award essentially complements Sterling’s fundraising efforts for the project, which will include exercise space, outdoor recreation programs and workshops, an indoor climbing wall, and tiered-scale equipment and bicycle repair services and rentals.

“VOREC’s support of this project is meaningful to both Sterling students and the region as a whole,” said Christina Goodwin, Sterling vice president of scholarship. “The new outdoor recreation center will provide our Outdoor Education students with deeper learning opportunities while encouraging more users to access private and public lands by providing the equipment, information and education that make the difference between an accessible, safe and enjoyable experience able and a privileged, dangerous or intimidating.”

Located at the confluence of three trail systems in Craftsbury Village, the outdoor recreation center will feature new wayfinding and signage to connect existing local trail systems, promote local recreational opportunities, and provide public toilets and access to potable water.

By offering services in a region where rental and repair is rife, the project is helping to meet the City of Craftsbury’s desire for more outdoor recreation opportunities for existing and potential participants, while alleviating some of the financial burden that comes with the equipment. based recreation.

“Our program of work gear repair specialists can provide low-cost or free basic bike and gear repairs that help our community enjoy the great outdoors in safer, more affordable and more enjoyable ways,” noted Josh Bossin, Faculty of Outdoor Education. “As a work college, Sterling students—our future outdoor educators—will be able to practice their skills as providers and operators of outdoor education programs.” Sterling has been awarding degrees in outdoor education since 2000.

In announcing the grant, Governor Phil Scott reiterated his support for outdoor recreation as an important vehicle for economic recovery and development. “Vermont’s natural beauty combined with outdoor recreational opportunities are economic engines for our state and a driving force behind why people visit and live in Vermont,” said Governor Scott. “These grants will help continue to connect hiking trails to inner cities, develop new recreational facilities and promote everything we have to offer.”

Construction of the new center is scheduled to begin once the permitting process has been completed.

For more information about the project please contact Christina Goodwin of Sterling College, [email protected]

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ABOUT STERLING COLLEGE:
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances green thinking and action through affordable experiential learning and prepares knowledgeable, qualified and responsible leaders to meet the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threaten the future of the planet . Sterling College is home to the School of the New American Farmstead, the Wendell Berry Farming Program and EcoGather; is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education; and is one of only nine colleges and universities recognized by the US Department of Education as a work college. Sterling recognizes that the land on which it congregates is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki on its Vermont campus and the Shawnee, Osage and Eastern Cherokee gang on its Kentucky campus. For more information, visit: www.sterlingcollege.edu

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christina Goodwin ’02
Vice President of Promotion
Sterling College
(802) 793-7443 (cell)
[email protected]

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