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Stewardship Center

What we can do for you

The Upper Valley Stewardship Center brings over 150 years of collective stewardship and experiential education knowledge to the table.  The diverse group’s collective resume includes farming, forestry, wildlife management, horsemanship, conservation, and education.  We are happy to offer our collective wisdom, resources, and greater network to the Upper Valley community.

The greatest asset we can offer the Upper Valley is our land.  Our land is open to the public and we are happy to support any organizations or educators wishing to use our land as an outdoor classroom site. The Upper Valley Stewardship Center manages a 2,000 acre working farm, forest, and wildlife preserve to promote its diverse community values.  Our multi-use philosophy means we have something for everyone.  Whether your interest lies in farming, wildlife, forestry, environmental science, or recreation, our land and miles of biking, hiking, skiing and horse-back riding trails are open to you.  Please see our "Mixed-Use Campus" section for more details.

Latest News from the Upper Valley Stewardship Center

2014 Pike Fall Festival

The Stewardship Centers Pike Fall Festival went off without a hitch. The weather was a little bit chillier than what everyone had expect, but that didn't stop the festival from being a success. We had great food prepared by The Oliverian School and from MVTC's Chef, Jay DesTroismaisons. We raffled off three bicycles to members in the community, sent many community members for a fun ride on our Ropes Course, and CRA building trades supplied birdhouse kits which many people built on site. We had hay wagon rides up the mountain road, Dalton's horse pulled carriage rides, it was a fun day. Glad everyone could make it out to join us, and hopefully you all left with a carved pumpkin. 

Thank You everyone for making this event a success. Hope to see you next year.

The Upper Valley Stewardship Center is an alliance of educators, natural resource professionals, and landowners dedicated to collaborative management of a 2000 acre campus and advancing stewardship, outdoor recreation, and experiential education in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.  Through our activities, we hope to nurture a culture of environmental awareness, physical and mental fitness, healthy communities, and long-term sustainability of the Upper Valley’s natural and cultural resources.

The Stewardship Center represents the landholdings of six different ownerships: Upper Valley Stewardship Center, Oliverian School, Joan Wolter, JCSCR LLC, Oliverian Recreation Association, and the Wolter Trust.  In collaboration with the Mount Prospect Academy, East Haverhill Academy, and Mountain Valley Treatment Center, these landowners have formed an alliance to forward a set of commonly held goals and values.  Such cross-boundary collaboration allows the alliance to: share resources and professional experience; maintain a diverse four season trail system; coordinate and share management costs; ensure a steady stream of sustainably harvested forest and agricultural products; and manage for wildlife and water quality at the landscape-scale.  While each landowner ultimately determines the fate of their property, the alliance provides an open forum to share ideas and solicit input on management activities and challenges.
Trail System 
The Center’s four season recreation system is open to hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.   The Center maintains a variety of trails from narrow primitive footpaths to wide, gentle pasture roads.  Our non-winter recreation system includes almost 18 miles of footpaths and multi-use (hiking, riding) trails.   Trail maps are available here or at our primary trailheads.   During the winter, the Center maintains almost 4-miles of groomed trails for skiing and snowshoeing. Winter trail maps are available here or at our primary trailheads.
Trail Updates
We have nearly completed installing our trail signage. The upper portion of the Joan Wolter Trail is still under development.  The portion of this trail upslope of O’Brien’s Way is not yet signed or cleared.  We hope to complete this in summer of 2015.   Bear Cub Loop is closed.

6/21/14.  All of our trails are open, but we are continuing to make improvement to the Blue Moose Trail.

The John Wolter Trail, Upper and Lower Becket, Yahoo, There and Back, and the Challenge Course Loop are all in great shape and clear of trees and brush.   The eastern portion of Blue Moose is also in great shape.

We do allow hunters onto the property, seasonally. During November and early December, please follow our map here with designated hunting areas. The hunters are only allowed to hunt from 3pm-8am.
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