This May 19 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Common Ground Center is hosting a Family Fun Volunteer Day! Volunteers of all ages will help out with trail maintenance, plant our vegetable garden, and play on our 700 acres of protected wilderness. We'll also be giving tours, so this is a great opportunity for new families to explore all that our site has to offer.

Common Ground Center's Kiesha Richardson is an avid Jack Jumper. We think the winter sport has great potential to become a favorite CGC pastime!

The Women’s Weekend is scheduled for Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th. This year's retreat will feature more Fun, Chocolate and Rummikub! This program began at the behest of several of our community members, all at separate times and from other programs. Our founding mothers include

When my daughter MollyRose was three or four, a group of moms from her preschool decided to go on a hiking trip to the Adirondacks. Over the past 16 years, this fall outing has become an annual event.

Common Ground Center has always been a place that honors people’s creativity and cultivates community involvement, and that culture is largely rooted in Jim’s vision for CGC to be cooperatively run. In fact, I met Jim at the Vermont Cooperative Summit and we bonded over having been members of student-owned housing cooperatives.

I have been working in the summer camp business for a couple of years now and most people seem to have an appreciation of how hectic the summer can be, but they tend to think my winter months are spent lounging around or perfecting my fantasy hockey picks.

Today's blog post comes to us from our very own resident green guru, Peg Kamens. She offers up some great suggestions on how to be green this holiday season: 

I've always looked forward to winter and find myself getting gleeful, unlike most of my friends, at the first snowfall or brisk day. Perhaps it's because I grew up in rural Vermont or because I was born in January. Whatever the reason, I know winter is coming whether I like it or not, and so I choose to embrace it rather than “survive” it. If not, I’d have a miserable eight months!

Barefoot running is all the rage, especially around our camp community. Peg and Sequana introduced Common Ground to the toe shoes two summers ago, and since then we’ve started to read about the benefits of wearing them (and running in them) everywhere (check out Jason Robillards’ blog).