About Rock Point

Introduction to Rock Point:
A welcoming sanctuary in the heart of Burlington.

Since 1855, Rock Point has served as a unique center of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, welcoming friends and neighbors attracted to its natural beauty and its peaceful, quiet, and social embrace. Each year, nearly 10,000 people come to Rock Point, finding a place to walk, seek solitude, learn, play, sing, pray, think, share, and be.

Rock Point is a special place of wonderment and rejuvenation, of discovery and transformation; where friend and stranger, teacher and student, parent and child, can reconnect with the land, themselves, and each other. The land at Rock Point embodies the experiences of all that have left pieces of themselves behind. Whether through a reflective walk along the shores of Lake Champlain, the warm embrace of a friendship forged at Rock Point Camp, the seeds sown at Rock Point Gardens, the connections uncovered at a workshop in Bishop Booth Conference Center, or the challenges overcome at Rock Point School, the network at Rock Point invites welcomed guests to leave a piece of themselves. Visitors from all backgrounds are invited to share Rock Point.

Our Mission

Rock Point, a property of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, serving as a home for the Bishop and a place for education, is dedicated to the Christian mission “to restore all things to unity with God and each other in Christ.” Rock Point seeks to express its mission through the following:

 

Our Vision

To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training, and environmental stewardship.

 

General Information

Rock Point partners and friends are committed to re-creation, conservation, and education. These commitments are demonstrated through our Mission and Vision.

Land Use

Rock Point offers over two miles of walking and hiking trails and 130 acres of privately owned land along the shores of Lake Champlain, available for public use (see guidelines). This serene land provides reflection, inspiration, and a sense of renewal for those who visit. Rock Point is also the location of the historic Bishop's House, which was built in 1895 by Vermont's third Episcopal bishop, the Rt. Rev. Arthur C. A. Hall, and has served as home for subsequent bishops. Additionally, the Diocesan Office of the Episcopal Church in Vermont is located at Rock Point and provides a wide range of ministry support to Episcopal congregations statewide.

Bishop Booth Conference Center

Bishop Booth Conference Center is a welcoming meeting place for groups and organizations to hold events or retreats. The conference center is surrounded by 130 acres of natural habitat, making it an ideal venue for reflection, education, team building and collaboration. Lodging and catering is available.

Rock Point Camp

Rock Point Camp offers programs for all ages. Youth and adults can learn and play in the beautiful surroundings of Rock Point. Campers young and old connect with Rock Point, new friends, and returning friends through spiritual exploration and outdoor adventure. Rock Point Camp is an opportunity for campers to learn and play, where they will discover a deeper, spiritual connection with themselves. Campers leave Rock Point with increased confidence and independence, new skills and shared experiences that will transform them.

Rock Point School

Rock Point School is an alternative boarding and day school for students who who have not found success in traditional school settings and who are searching for a way to get back on track. The School offers a welcoming and friendly environment where students can excel on their own terms and is a supportive community where both staff and student are transformed. Members of the Rock Point School community share a mutual vision of Rock Point as a place of renewal, a place to reconnect, and a place to grow.

Rock Point Gardens

Through community gardens, school gardens, medicinal herb gardens, an apiary, and a maple sugaring stand, the Rock Point Gardens embody the vision of Rock Point. Namely, to educate, conserve, and re-create through gardening and community. Numerous partnerships work toward this end, including the University of Vermont; Rock Point School; Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront; Crow’s Path; and Spoonful Herbals. Rock Point Gardens bring people together to learn from the land in a productive and sustainable way. Initiatives like the Homeward Bound Collective, Partners’ Pantry, Outdoor Kitchen, and Rooted Heart Rising educate participants and connect them spiritually with the land and each other.

Governance

The Rock Point Board has oversight responsibility for the Diocese's property at Rock Point. If you have feedback of questions for the Rock Point Board, please contact the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, who in addition to his role as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont serves as president of the Rock Point Board (tely@diovermont.org), or contact the Rev. Craig Smith, Director of Rock Point Operations and Program (csmith@diovermont.org).​ The Episcopal Church in Vermont owns two institutions located on the diocesan property at Rock Point in Burlington -- the Bishop Booth Conference Center and Rock Point School. The latter is governed by its own Board.

 
 
 

Geology, Natural History & Ecology, Human Land-Use History

The University of Vermont has compiled a treasure trove of information on Rock Point's unique geology, natural history and ecology, and human land-use history. An interactive encyclopedia, complete with photos and illustrations, can be found on the Burlington Geographic website. Click here to learn more!

Media Relations

If you are a member of the media with questions pertaining to Rock Point or the Episcopal Church in Vermont, please contact Maurice L. Harris, diocesan communications minister, by email at mharris@diovermont.org or by phone at (802) 451-0249.