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Burlington Earth Clock
1 Flynn Avenue

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes - Availabe in Oakledge Park.


Circles for Peace is a Vermont grassroots non-profit organization that is based on the philosophy that by witnessing of the rhythms and cycles of nature we can restore inner peace and inner strength.

Their first project is The Burlington Earth Clock.

The Earth Clock is a 43-foot diameter stone circle consisting of 14 five-to-ten-foot-high stones in a ring. The stones are aligned like a compass. When you stand in the center and look west to the Adirondack Mountains, the five stones on that side are positioned to mark the horizon where the sun sets at the Solstices, Equinoxes and the mid-points between these times of the year. For more instructions, click here.

The center of the circle will be a sundial made of flat granite, so when you stand in the exact center of the circle, your shadow tells the time of day.

The Burlington Earth Clock is located at Blanchard Beach on the bike path just north of Oakledge Park. The land was provided by the Burlington Parks Department and is an ideal spot for watching the sunset.

The Burlington Earth Clock is being completed in three phases.

The First Phase has been completed. It included achieving non-profit status and obtaining Parks Department land, permits, and neighborhood support.

The Second Phase is the installation of the stones, landscaping, new benches, signs and the 6′ granite sundial in the middle.

The Third Phase will be the creation and use of curriculum for K-12 in the areas of science and math, art and history. As well as display boards at the site for students, artists and the community to submit their artwork, poems, essays and mathematical calculations.

All of the funding is derived from private donations, and much of our progress has been in the form of in-kind donations from businesses. For more information on you can help, please click here.

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