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Programs and Services
The Passport program is an elementary school fitness program designed to encourage children and their families to remain physically fit during New England’s long winter season. It emphasizes outdoor activities such as sledding, skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, building snowmen or igloos, or just playing in the snow, but also includes indoor physical exercise. Participants track the days on which they have engaged in at least one hour of physical activity in a booklet resembling a travel passport, progressing through several levels of achievement within a six-week program period. Like a board game, the children advance along a trail that progresses through a winter landscape full of animals enjoying some fun times in the snow. When they've reached achievement level milestones of ten, twenty or thirty days of physical activity the children receive their choice of a healthy incentive prize.
Outdoor Odyssey High School Trail Corps
The Upper Valley's new High School Trail Corps program established by UVTA with assistance by the National Park Service's Technical Service's program had a successful inaugural summer 2013 two week program. Ten public trails were improved with the help from 9 Trail Corps members. The Outdoor Odyssey program provides participants with a daily mix of trail care skills and hands-on trail work, fun outdoor activity time (such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, mtn. biking, adventure course skills - zipline and agility skills, swimming, & visits to local museums), and opportunities for team and leadership skill building.
Application available online now! Due May 1st, 2017
Community Trail Events Calendar
A compilation of regional activities of interest to trail-oriented people is compiled as part of our website in the form of a Trails Event Calendar. You do not need to be members of the UVTA to access this informative calendar. Special thanks to the many trail organizations in the Upper Valley for helping to offer a multitude of great events on this trail focused calendar.
Lake Morey Ice Skating Trail
This premier outdoor skating experience on Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT is a loop trail maintained by the Lake Morey Resort in partnership with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. It is approximately four miles in length, depending upon the lake’s ice and snow conditions. This trail is the site of UVTA's annual Skate-a-thon Fundraiser. Public access to the Ice Skating Trail is at the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Access parking area on the western side of Lake Morey. Lake Morey Resort has kindly offered public access to the trail via the west end of their lakeside facilities. Lake Morey Resort's Skate Shack, located accross the street from their main hotel facilities, is open on weekends for skate rentals. Use of the ice trail is solely at the risk of trail users; Upper Valley Trails Alliance does not guarantee the safety of the ice. It is your responsibility to test the ice each time before skating on it. Directions and more details
Regional Trail Networking and Planning
The Upper Valley Trails Alliance is taking the lead role in a major regional trail planning effort to link the towns at the heart of the Upper Valley (Lebanon and Hanover, NH and Norwich and Hartford, VT, extending in future phases to the adjacent towns) via a loop trail. This regional planning process is becoming one of UVTA’s major areas of focus. The “Trails Connect” regional planning forum held in March 2008 at Lebanon City Hall was the beginning of a new phase of this project. In the spring of 2011 the Upper Valley LOOP trail sign installations were completed for a 17-mile route. The route is primarily an on road bike route with plans to move more trail away from the road as mulit-use path development opportunities become available.
The Upper Valley Trails Alliance provides skill-building workshops as opportunities to introduce participants to active lifestyle skills. Hosts of these workshops include organizations such as Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Health Improvement Program. Workshops are offered in Walks for Wellness, Nordic Walking, Trail Hiking, Ski Waxing Techniques, Boot-fitting, and more. Please contact UVTA staff to inquire about a workshop for your employees or organization.