The beginning of fall, paddleboard launch, and a visit from Vermont legislators

Posted: September 29, 2017|

As I write the windows are wide open and a beautiful warm breeze passes through my office. It may be the Autumnal Equinox, but the bright sunshine and warm temperatures feel more like summer than the beginning of fall! Today, a group of seven intrepid Ranchers headed out the door with loaded backpacks and food for two days as they began a hike and...

A season of returning to Vermont, planning, and bidding adieu

Posted: August 18, 2017|

It’s hard to believe that the summer is flying by! In Vermont, the nights are coming earlier and it’s definitely cooler.  I just returned from a hike in the Sierra mountains in California, which were immensely beautiful, but I have to say that it’s wonderful to be back in verdant Vermont. 

Are there some problems that we should't try to solve?

Posted: August 11, 2017|

As part of our exploration of potential models for the Ranch’s future and in reflecting on the Ranch’s history and core values, I came across a podcast called "The Problem With the Solution," on NPR’s program, Invisibilia. In the program, the reporter takes a trip to Geel, Belgium. As you may recall, Geel has been home to thousands of people with mental...

Spring Lake Ranch featured in research and news

Posted: July 7, 2017|

My voicemail in-box has been interesting over the past few days. Sometimes it feels like even the people down the road from us don’t know about the Ranch. Other times, like this week, it feels like we’re getting calls from all over! This is publicity I welcome.  

A tradition of land conservation and a sad good-bye to Echo

Posted: June 30, 2017|

I hope this finds you well and enjoying summer. This past Saturday, we had about a dozen people join us to learn about the Ranch’s involvement with conserving land through the Vermont Land Trust. This was part of VLT’s 40th Anniversary celebration in which they are highlighting 40 properties around the state that have been conserved through their...

Notes from the 30th Annual All-Ranch Canoe Trip

Posted: June 24, 2017|

This past Thursday, we enjoyed what might be roughly the 30th Annual All-Ranch Canoe Trip. It’s quite a feat to organize all of the participants, creating pairings for paddling together, vehicle logistics, contact with the outfitter who provided the canoes, and, probably the most difficult, encouraging people to try something different outside of their...

Memorial Day celebration and frank discussions about opioids

Posted: May 27, 2017|

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

At the Ranch, we’ve combined Memorial Day with May Day. As such, on Monday, we’ll be hoisting the May Pole, getting out the green and yellow ribbons — which I believe Barbara Hoffman made rosining up the bows, and carrying on the tradition. It can be a little bit of a hard sell to those who haven’t heard of the May Pole...

Support the Lakehouse Project!

Posted: April 27, 2017|

NEWS!!!!! Thanks to a grateful family, all gifts directed to the Lakehouse project will now be matched 1:1 untiL we reach our goal of $25,000! Make a gift today and watch it double!

From the Desk of Executive Director Lynn Pilcher

Posted: August 22, 2016|

Dear Friends—

I’m particularly fond of the Spring Lake Ranch Mission Statement adopted in 1990. It’s not our current missions statement, and I understand why we went to something more concise, but I feel the earlier version has a richness and detail which embodies much of what we strive to do every day. In case you don’t know it, I include it here:

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner Alissa Johannsen Rubin Comes to Vermont

Posted: June 30, 2016|

Join 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, New York Times Paris Bureau Chief and Spring Lake Ranch Trustee, Alissa Johannsen Rubin, for a special lecture and Q&A.