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


Trail Programs Director

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance seeks a full-time, experienced Trail Programs Director (TPD) to lead our expanding trail design, construction and maintenance efforts. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with professional trail building skills to expand a proven program.

Reports to: Executive Director

Full time: 40 hours per week salaried position, including occasional evening and weekend work. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, and 11 holidays a year, and a retirement package. Flexible weekly schedule for the right candidate.

The Trails Program Director will manage a diverse portfolio of trail design, building and maintenance projects, and, in collaboration with other Trails Alliance staff and volunteers, will work to implement the organization’s broad array of events and community-based programming.  

Core Responsibilities
Develop: Work with local trails organizations, landowners and volunteers to design, build and maintain public trails.
•    Manage a growing portfolio of trail design, construction and maintenance contracts.
•    Partner with other local groups to ensure volunteer support for trail projects.
•    Pursue new community relationships to expand trails and trail networks across the Upper Valley.

Educate: Expand regional trail maintenance and development efforts through educational outreach and special outdoors events.
•    Support Trails Alliance youth programs, such as our High School Trail Corps and Passport to Winter Fun, to cultivate the next generation of trail users and stewards.
•    Design and teach skills workshops to expand trail maintenance knowledge of Alliance partners and UVTA volunteers.

Advocate: Engage in community outreach through partnerships, presentations and advocacy focused on furthering local trail development and connections.
•    Seek to achieve partnerships that further the Trail Alliance’s vision of a connected network of community trails.
•    Convene regional trail planning meetings aimed at connecting trails across communities and educating local advocates on the benefits of regional trails.
•    Represent the mission and vision of the Trails Alliance at meetings with local officials, town planners and regional and state agencies.

Additional responsibilities
•    Assist in the writing of grants, letters and articles.
•    Develop interpretive information and signage for trails.
•    Help with fundraising efforts.

Specific requirements include:
•    Experienced team leader passionate about the outdoors and trails in particular who has a strong record of partnering with colleagues and others, particularly volunteers, to complete assignments.
•    At least three years of experience in designing, building and maintaining a broad variety of trails.
•    Significant experience in hardened trails and rock work (stone steps, rock cribbing, stone walls).
•    Broad carpentry skills including bridges, trail shelters, bog bridges, and kiosks preferred.
•    Knowledge of trail tools (loppers, shovels, grubbing hoes, pick mattocks, etc.) and mechanized equipment (chainsaw, woodworking tools, etc.) and their maintenance.
•    Working knowledge of sustainable trail standards and practices as well as the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
•    Proficiency in GPS usage and mapping technology preferred.
•    Successful record of working with community volunteers. Trail crew leader experience is strongly desired.
•    Strong management skills overseeing complex, multifaceted projects.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
•    Passion for the missions of the Trails Alliance.

Please send resume and cover letter by February 1, 2017, to
Russell Hirschler, Executive Director:
or c/o:
Upper Valley Trails Alliance
PO Box 1215
Norwich, VT 05055

Electronic applications preferred.

More information about the Trails Alliance can be found at

TPD Job Description Final.pdf

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