Upcoming Events

Orford Star Gazing Party

September 18th (September 19th rain date)
Mountain View Farm Conservation Area
Mousley Brook Road, Orford, NH (Quinttown)

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

Join the Upper Valley Land Trust for an end of summer star gazing party 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. Plus, the large fields mean that each family unit can distance from other participants to safely enjoy this outdoor event.

Doors open at 7 pm for those who want to come early and find their perfect viewing spot. The tour of the night sky begins at 8pm. We highly recommend arriving by 7:30 at the latest to find your spot while there is still light in the sky! 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! Please note that there is no electricity, potable water, or restroom on site.

Covid Precautions
Each family will have their own designated viewing spot, at least 10 ft from anyone else. Please wear a mask upon arrival and departure and at all times when not eating or drinking if you bring a picnic dinner. When you arrive, UVLT staff or volunteers will help you find your seat and provide you with a glow in the dark tag. Please wear this tag so that you are visible to others should anyone need to move around in the dark.

Driving Directions

The directions are, starting from the junction of 10 and 25A:

Go 3.9 miles out 25A until you reach Quinttown Rd on the right. Turn onto Quinntown Rd
Follow Quinttown Rd for 1.8 miles
Turn Right onto Mousley Brook Rd
Right again to stay on Mousley Brook Rd
Mountain View Farm will be on the right. There will be signs to show where to park. Parking is in a flat field.

If you have questions about this event please contact Alison Marchione at alison.marchione@uvlt.org

Community Trail Workday

September 26th
10am – 12pm
Zebedee Wetland Conservation Area
Houghton Hill Road Trailhead, Thetford, VT

Our first ever open-to-the-public volunteer day went so well in August that we thought we should host another! Join us for our second Community Trail Workday of this year on September 26th in Thetford, Vermont. We’ll be meeting at 10 am on Houghton Hill Road at the Zebedee Wetland trailhead kiosk, 1 mile north of Thetford Academy. We will start with a short trail work lesson and then head out onto the loop around the wetland to put our trail maintenance skills to the test!

UVLT is following strict Covid-19 guidelines for our volunteer events: tools are sanitized after each use, masks are required upon arrival and when you are working within 20 feet of other volunteers, a Covid-19 screening form is sent to all participants ahead of time, and we are using a no-touch thermometer to take the temperature of volunteers.

Please RSVP so that UVLT staff can monitor attendance, provide you with more information regarding the event, and send you the Covid-19 screening form. To reserve your spot on the volunteer crew, email Paul.Blazevich@UVLT.org. See you on the trails!