Training May 12 for Woodchuck Lodge guides

Roxbury — Are you a fan of John Burroughs? Interested in nature? A local and regional history buff? Do you enjoy meeting new people?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, consider becoming a docent (tour guide) at Woodchuck Lodge, the former summer home of naturalist John Burroughs in Roxbury.
Docent training will be held this Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, two miles off Route 30 just north of the Hamlet of Roxbury. Call Dr. Birns, 254-6025 for more information and to sign up for the training.
Docents will be asked to lead tours at the lodge one or two Saturdays, Sundays or holiday Mondays, between May and October.

Bill Birns, education chair on the Board of Trustees of Woodchuck Lodge, Inc., will provide an overview of Burroughs’ fascinating life, which began in 1837 on a farm just up the road.

Participants will learn about the writer’s return to his hometown to spend the last 10 summers of his life in this 1862 house; the stories behind some of the furnishings and articles in the house, and Burroughs’ relationship with several famous men who visited him here.
Celebrate the 175th birthday of Roxbury’s famous son by learning more about him and sharing it with people who come from all over the nation and the world to visit Woodchuck Lodge and Burroughs’ burial site nearby.

Summer events at the lodge this year include the Annual John Burroughs Community Day June 9, a day packed with outdoor activities for the whole family; a nature journaling workshop for youngsters led by Minekill Educator Ashley Drum on June 16; and a moss walk, also led by Drum, on July 8.

For more information, call 586-4973 or find JohnBurroughsofWoodchuckLodge on Facebook!