A field trip committee organizes outings year round. In the Spring, Summer & Fall these outings are walks or hikes. In the Winter, naturalists don their snowshoes and continue to pursue their interests. All these outings are an opportunity for club members to get together and explore the natural world. These occasions are always congenial and highly enjoyable. Do participate!

These excursions are of varying levels of difficulty and are rated as follows:

  1. EASY – level ground and short distance.
  2. MODERATE – variable terrain, usually 3–4 hours long.
  3. DIFFICULT – full day hikes, involving challenging terrain.

Participants meet at Billy’s Restaurant unless indicated otherwise. From this location we car pool and if you share transportation, a contribution to the driver for gas is usually appreciated. The public is invited to participate in these field trips.


  • Please phone the leader of the outing a day or so beforehand.
  • Participants are expected to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy boots.
  • Carry a lunch and a drink.
  • Children are welcome but consult with the leader to determine if the trip is suitable.
  • Dogs not allowed on outings.

NOTE: Changes are often made. Check this website to ensure that the date and information is correct. Those people who are not members of VFFN must sign a waiver at the start of the trip.

2018 List of Outings

(Click on the name of the hike for more details)

Gold & Ghosts
June 24th, 2018
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Involves a visit to Granite City, Blakeburn, and Collin’s Gulch—Granite City was a gold mining bonanza, Blakeburn was the site of a coal mining disaster, and Collin’s Gulch is where Blackeyes Trail came down to Camp des femmes. The level is easy, mostly driving with short walks, bring lunch and drink, meet at Billy’s @ 9:00 a.m. Phone 295-7154 or email mhmasiel@gmail.com to confirm participation.

Happy Hollows Loop and Lunch
July 7th, 2018
Meet at 11:00 AM

Janis Wright has graciously agreed to lead a short hike around Happy Hollows Loop with a wiener roast to follow. Bring your own food, beverage and lawn chairs. Guests more than welcome. NO DOGS.

Meet Bev and Charles Webbers at 1193 Hwy 3 at 11:00 am with the campfire starting at Noon.

Contact Tip Anderson at 295-3369 or Johanna Nott at 295-3875 for more information.