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ART in the WILD
Summer camp for ages 9-12
June 27 – July 1
Offered by AVA and incorporating visits to the nearby Jackson Conservation Area, this camp will include hands-on activities from the Upper Valley Land Trust’s new nature education curriculum as well as creative art projects featuring organic materials. Learn more here.

Earth Day Walk at Starr Hill, Lebanon
Friday, April 22
3:30 p.m.

We’re going to celebrate Earth Day with a walk at Starr Hill. This city-owned conservation area is tucked into a forested hillside near Alice Peck Day Hospital and The Woodlands, in Lebanon. Join UVLT and the Lebanon Conservation Commission on this springtime walk in the woods in memory of Laurel Letter.  The hike will be led by Ron Bailey, along with John Roe and Anne Janeway from UVLT.  Laurel’s husband Sid will be joining the walk. The Letters were the driving force behind the conservation of this wonderfully accessible area.

Highlights: wetlands (Figure Eight Pond, beaver pond); boulders and exposed bedrock (steep cliffs along western boundary); wildlife (spotted salamander, wood frog, woodpecker, turkey, fox, fisher, deer, bear, and moose).

Easy walk.  Between 1- 2 hours. Open to all.

We will be gathering at the Wheatley Street entrance off of Eldridge and Young streets coming from Rte 120.  There is limited parking there.  Carpooling encouraged.  Interested participants can contact Anne.Janeway (at) UVLT.org or call 643-6626 x102 for more information, to check on weather, or to register in advance.

Shaker Spring Forum
April 22-24

The Enfield Shaker Museum will host its annual Spring Forum April 22-24. A weekend of lectures by Shaker scholars, tours of the Museum and a trip to Smith Pond is planned. UVLT’s John Roe will speak at 7:30 on Saturday evening, to share information about the Shaker Forest land we’ve acquired. We look forward to meeting historians, scholars and supporters and learning more about how UVLT and the Museum can cooperative bring the history of this area to light. Learn more about the forum here.

Volunteer Conservation Easement Monitoring Training
Brookmead Conservation Area (formerly Norwich Farms)
Saturday, April 23
9 am – 3 pm

Join the UVLT team of volunteers: become proficient in map and compass skills, using GPS tools, and “reading” the conservation landscape. Volunteer easement monitors explore the amazing places that we’ve conserved firsthand. And with nearly 50,000 acres conserved now, we need more volunteers to assist with our annual visits to each property. We’ll spend about 1/2 the day in the classroom learning more about conservation easements and what they mean, and map and compass skills, and the other half outside walking the fields and forests. Near the end of the day, we’ll come back to the classroom, and write up a monitoring report from our walk. To learn more, contact Jason Berard at jason.berard (at) uvlt.org.