Upcoming Events

Mission Monarch!

Saturday July 31st
10am – 12pm
Up on the Hill Conservation Area
Richardson Road, Charlestown, NH
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Join Education and Outreach Specialist, Dawn Dextraze, and Upper Valley Land Trust’s Program Director, Alison Marchione, as they lead a program about monarch life cycles as part of the 2020 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz, July 23 – August 1!
During this event we will actively search milkweed plants for monarch eggs, caterpillars and adults. Observations will be recorded on data sheets and uploaded into the Mission Monarch database.
We will be outdoors and distanced throughout this event and we ask that if you are not vaccinated that you please wear a mask to attend this event. All equipment will be provided and most can be taken home with you. All equipment will be sanitized before hand and handled with care.
Please wear long pants and sunscreen/bugspray and bring water and some snacks. Bring your lunch and have a picnic afterwards if you like. See you there!
Directions: Route 12 in Charlestown to Morningside Lane , left onto Richardson Rd. Richardson road is a long dirt driveway with a parking area at end. You will see a kiosk.
Please register to attend, so we can prepare for proper social distancing. To register, use the link below. Contact Alison Marchione (alison.marchione@uvlt.org) if you have trouble registering. Call Dawn at 603.504.1004 with questions.
Raindate: Sunday, August 1, 1-3pm

Stargazing Party at Mountain View Farm

Thursday August 12th
8-11pm (“doors” open at 7:30)
Mountain View Farm Conservation Area
Mousley Brook Road, Quinttown, Orford, NH
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Join the Upper Valley Land Trust for a night under the stars led by Bobby Farlice-Rubio of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium!
Mountain View Farm in the Quinttown region of Orford is the perfect place to take a tour of the night sky. It’s remote location, 360 degree view, and lack of electric light pollution mean you can see the whole sky on a clear night.
Doors open at 7:30 pm for those who want to come early and find their perfect viewing spot. The tour of the night sky begins at 8pm. In the past, participants have brought a picnic dinner to enjoy the time spent waiting for the sun to set.
Please bring your own blankets and chairs, and a flashlight or headlamp. Flashlights will be necessary to find your way when leaving the event! We do ask that you keep all light sources off during the presentation. Please note that there is no electricity, potable water, or restroom on site.
This event is free and open to the public but donations may be made at the “door” (aka check in station) and can always be made on-line here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/givetoUVLT.

Monarch Tagging at Up on the Hill

Sunday September 12th
1-4pm
Up on the Hill Conservation Area
Richardson Road, Charlestwon, NH
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September 3 –15 is PEAK Monarch Butterfly Migration Week for our area. Adults are riding the southerly winds during the day and feeding in the late afternoon. They roost in trees nearby overnight and are off again the next morning.
Scientists who study monarch migration use information gathered from observations recorded online and tagging programs to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon. Everyone is invited to help SCCD & Upper Valley Land Trust collect more information through monarch tagging.
There is no charge to participants and no experience is necessary – so bring yourself, your kids (all ages), your friends, and your neighbors! If you have a net, bring that too, though SCCD will provide the tags, nets, and instructions on how to net and tag monarchs. The monarchs will most likely be foraging for nectar among the flowers in the field and fueling up for the next day’s flight, so it’s a good idea to wear long pants, sneakers and a hat. Bring plenty of water too!
Directions: Route 12 in Charlestown to Morningside Lane or Chestnut Flats Rd and right onto Morningside Lane, left onto Richardson Rd. A dirt road. Look for signs for the event. Parking area at end. You will see a kiosk. Continue walking down the road to the barn. Tagging will happen in the fields near the pond. Look for a tent.