Founded by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and family in 1987, Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary is one of New England’s foremost conservation education centers. Located on 600 acres within nearly 80,000 acres of contiguous wilderness in Unceded Abenaki Territory (commonly called central Vermont), this land has provided a sanctuary for over thirty years to plants, animals, and people.
Sensitive and rare natural communities, from forests to fens, are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including deer, bear, moose, beavers, bobcat, otters, and fox. These same ecosystems also host the diverse flora that make this sanctuary so unique and rich with medicine.
Faced with growing threats due to climate change and development, our mission is to protect and restore these highly biodiverse habitats, advocate for conservation of adjacent wilderness corridor, and curate hands-on, multi-disciplinary educational programs focused on earth stewardship and personal wellness.
Our work centers around the conservation and restoration of large ecosystem habitats that support keystone wildlife species alongside rare and medicinal plant species. We collaborate with state and federal agencies and fellow nonprofit organizations, contributing to conservation research and wilderness advocacy to maximize the impact of our efforts. We support the continuing education of our neighbors and students around the world through onsite and online classes, a research library and digital archive, and a botanical garden and herbarium of rare plant species.
Day Visitors are now welcome by appointment:
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
August 5 through October 16
10 am – Sunset
Suggested donation to conservation fund: $20 per person
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Spend a day wandering through the gardens and forest, soaking in the magic of Sage Mountain. Check in with your host for a review of the facility and resources, then enjoy a day of self-guided exploration through our medicine & pollinator gardens and over ten miles of trails through our wild forests. Your donation includes a garden and trail brochure to spark your adventure on the mountain, fresh mountain spring water for refilling your bottle, and restroom access.
As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by birds and butterflies. Wandering our gardens, you’ll meet hundreds of medicinal plant species. Hiking along our forest trails, you’ll encounter signs of the many wildlife species who call this mountain home.
Whether you are a student reuniting with the prayers you’ve rooted on this land, or a follower of Rosemary’s teachings with a desire to touch the heart of her herbal legacy, we are delighted to welcome guests for day visits here on the mountain. Wear comfortable shoes, bring rain gear just in case, and enjoy a day infusing your spirit in the serenity that has enchanted students and guests to our sanctuary for over three decades.
Contact us to secure your spot advance –
Limited spaces are open per day.
Join Sage Mountain in our mission of conservation, education, and healing
Experience the magic of Sage Mountain from the safety of your home. Explore our growing gallery of online educational programs and resources.
Join us on-site for interactive nature based educational programs, personal retreats, and opportunities to learn from the land through curated activities.