Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Celebrates the “Biosphere in Your Backyard”

Attendees of the 14th Annual CVNHP International Summit.

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) selected the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Region to be the focus of its Conservation & Community interpretive theme in 2024. The CVNHP awarded $275,134 to support 10 projects that highlight, interpret, and support the goals of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Network (CABN) in 2024. 

The 14th annual CVNHP International Summit was held at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont on September 17 and 18, 2023. More than 80 people participated in the meeting, including members of the CABN Steering Committee and attendees from New York, Vermont, and Quebec. The meeting agenda prominently featured CABN, including a keynote titled “The Biosphere in your Backyard: Projects and Programs Aimed at Celebrating the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere in 2024,” presented by CABN Coordinator Katie Darr.

CABN Coordinator Katie Darr delivering the keynote presentation “The Biosphere in your Backyard: Projects and Programs Aimed at Celebrating the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere in 2024.”

In addition to providing an overview of the biosphere region’s international recognition  and the value of connections to regional, national, and international networks, she highlighted the 10 CVNHP-funded projects which will be central to the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Network’s 2024 “Biosphere in Your Backyard” campaign. Following the keynote, attendees participated in a knowledge café to exchange ideas for best practices to highlight and collaborate on the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Region in 2024. 

The CVNHP has been a major supporter of CABN since 2016. Leveraging their partnership has strengthened CABN’s capacity by opening funding channels and fostering connections to individuals and organizations working at the interface of cultural and natural heritage in the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Region. The 2024 “Biosphere in Your Backyard Campaign” is intended to help build a stronger sense of place and pride for the special resources in the biosphere region and the individuals and organizations working to create a positive future for people and the environment.

The summit featured field trips to sites of cultural and historic importance in the biosphere region including the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, pictured here.

The organizations undertaking the 10 CVNHP-funded projects will work with communities to execute projects that help build a sustainable future and increase awareness and appreciation of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Region. Learn more about the projects here.  

Contact CABN Coordinator Katie Darr at for more information. 

All photos courtesy of Lake Champlain Basin Program

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