Vermont Public Television’s Outdoor Journal, celebrating Vermont wildlife, outdoor recreation and natural habitats, will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of numerous regional and national awards, Outdoor Journal raises awareness of Vermont’s natural landscape and the state’s wondrous array of recreational opportunities.

The Emmy Award-nominated program, now in its twelfth season, welcomes back longtime host Lawrence Pyne and correspondent Gina Bullard for more than a dozen segments that explore a variety of outdoor recreational activities, wildlife, local conservation efforts and some of the state’s most pristine wilderness tracts.

Highlights from the new season include skydiving in Addison, scuba-diving in Lake Champlain, a profile of Fall Doe Camp in Canaan, bass fishing on Kent Pond in Killington, panning for gold in Smugglers’ Notch and efforts to protect Vermont’s threatened bat population. Hosts also explore striped bass fishing on New York’s Hudson River, a goose round-up at Dead Creek and more.

Neil Hilt, program producer, shared his excitement for the new season. “It’s great to be part of a long-running program that has captured the essence of our region and the attention of so many viewers.”

The new season airs on Vermont Public Television Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., repeating Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Full episodes and individual segments are also available on demand at vpt.org.

Production funding for Outdoor Journal is generously provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Image courtesy Vermont Public Television

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