Trails Alliance Resources

Books and Guides for Kids



As I relaxed in the heat and watched my daughter catch salamanders in
our local pond this weekend, I realized that yes, we are really in
the middle of our short summer in the Upper Valley. But like any other
New Englander, I realized that the fall months with their cool days
and changing colors are not far off. I started prioritizing
activities for what’s left of time off from school, and at the top of
the list is spending time OUTDOORS with the kids. There are many
ponds, lakes, brooks, hidden swimming holes and trails to explore in
our community, as wells as the wonders of our yards. I’ve listed some
wonderful nature stories for kids to get us all thinking about
exploring outside, as well as some guides and activity books to provide
some ideas for outdoor activities.

By Becky Lewandowski

Click here for our list: Summer Book list for Kids.pdf


UVTA Program Manager

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance, a growing non-profit that aims to encourage trail usage and development throughout the region and to train the next generation of trail stewards, seeks a Program Manager.
Job summary
The primary role of this position is to organize, lead and promote the UVTA’s events and education programs. The program manager will also participate in all other aspects of the organization’s work, including trail building and community outreach.

Summary of essential responsibilities
•      Direct all aspects of the UVTA’s popular winter program designed to encourage elementary school children to be outdoors and physically active, including program design, outreach to schools and solicitation of prizes. 25%
•      Take the lead in planning our four main annual events. 20%
•      Create and implement our communication strategies for social media and newsletters. 20%
•      Assist with providing content for the organization’s new website. 15%
•      Participate in other important initiatives, including fundraising, trail building and community outreach. 20%
Desired Skills
•      Bachelors degree
•      Strong communication skills
•       Experience implementing social media campaigns
•      Experience working with school-aged children
•      A self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team
•      Ability to plan and manage multiple assignments
•      Strong computer and design skills
•      Attention to detail
•      Willingness to work a flexible schedule
•      A love of the outdoors
The Program Manager is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.
Submit cover letter, resume, writing samples and media postings, and three references to or Russell Hirschler, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, PO Box 1215, Norwich, VT 05055. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Approximate start date: June 1, 2018.

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance: People. Paths. Possibilities.


UVTA Program Manager-Updates 3.6.18.docx



Summer Trail Crew leader



The Upper Valley Trails
Alliance is currently seeking a trail crew leader for an 8-10 week period in
support of our summer High School Trail Corps program, Outdoor Odyssey. Trail
crew leaders will work with high school crew members to perform trail
improvements within the beautiful and historic Connecticut River Valley region of
NH & VT. You’ll have the opportunity to work with natural resource
managers, trail building professionals, work outdoors, and build lasting friendships!

Summer 2018 Trail Crew Leader position.docx


Upper Valley Trail Sign Forum - Feb. 15, 2012 Notes

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 the Upper Valley Trails Alliance hosted a public forum to discuss the need for improved trail signage and developing recommendations for trail marking standards.Trail “Sign” LanguageBalancing aesthetics and information to help you find, follow, and enjoy Upper Valley trailsLocation: Tracy Hall, Norwich Several questions were discussed, including:What trail signs are out there and what would you like to see? - Trail Names- Painted Blazes/Disks - Destinations - Permitted Uses - Travel Times - Distance Markers - Trail Ethics/Rules - Map Boxes/Kiosks - Trail Maintainer/Ownership Info - Electronic Map Codes (QR codes)Thirty-two participants representing twenty-one groups joined in on a two hour presentation and discussion as we explored the multitude of Upper Valley trail sign possibilities and help plan for future trail enjoyment.

Trail Sign Forum notes 2.15.2012.pdf

Slideshow presented at Forum

Trail Signs: BLOG comments

UVTA Proposed By-law Change

The Board of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance has proposed a by-law changes. The text is in the attachment below. As per our existing by-laws, our membership may comment on the propopsed changes via email or by attending our October 12, 2016 Board meeting at 5:30 at the Howe Library, Murray Room, Hanover, NH. Feel free to email comments or your intent to join our meeting at

UVTA bylaws 9-14-2016 proposed changes.doc