Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail

One of the many reasons to be thankful to live in Walpole. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! – Lil

Like    Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail eNews: Thanksgiving 2022***Happy Thanksgiving!There is Much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving***THE CATERPILLAR LAB at Distant HillSam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab came to Distant Hill twice in 2022!I’m Thankful for the Return of Workshops and Group EventsAfter a two-year hiatus due to Covid, 2022 brought the return of educational workshops, talks, and group events to Distant Hill. And we had LOTS of them!Nature Based Leadership Class at Distant Hill - photo by Sean SoutheyAntioch University ‘Nature Based Leadership’ class – October 2022Open Space Habitat Workshop 2022Pollinator Habitat Workshop led by Molly Jacobson – July 2022***Puimpkin on the Story WalkI’m Thankful for the Story Walk® Books on Distant Hill Nature TrailA big THANK YOU to Julie Rios from the Walpole Town Library for keeping the Story Walk books coming, month after month!Julie has been posting a new children’s book, page-by-page, every month on Distant Hill Nature Trail since August of 2020. That’s over 2 years! The Story Walk® is a big hit with families, with many returning every month.“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”—Thomas Berry***7A72529E-E7B3-42D3-B145-499899E55F69 1 201 aThanks to all the volunteers who helped with trail building in 2022!I’m Thankful to All Who Volunteered at Distant Hill in 2022!To all of you who volunteered at Distant Hill in 2022 – those who helped with the building of the new wheelchair and stroller-friendly Geology Trail, or helped with invasive plant control or trail maintenance, or the many presenters for the educational workshops and events at Distant Hill, and more…A BIG THANK YOU!“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”—Sherry Anderson***Trail Building has Ended for 2022Thanks to you, we were able to build another 2,000 feet of wheelchair and stroller-friendly trail at Distant Hill.I’m Thankful to Have Finished the Accessible Half of our Distant Hill Geology TrailInspired by David Hudgik, a frequent user of the accessible trails at Distant Hill, making Distant Hill Geology Trail wheelchair and stroller friendly was high on my list of planned projects for 2022. (See more on David below)To fund the purchase of the gravel and other materials needed to do the work, we participated in the NH Gives 2022 online fundraiser.I’m happy to say that, thanks to your generous donations, we were able to finish the project in early November. We now have almost a mile and a half of wheelchair and stroller friendly trail!And we finished with no room to spare – we installed the last tractor bucket of gravel just one day before our first snow!Geology Trail Drone Photo 1An aerial view of a section of the newly completed wheelchair and stroller-friendly trail at Distant Hill.“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”— Henry David Thoreau***C77CD9E8-9B42-4E02-A006-49B722F3845E 1 201 aThis is from our June/July Newsletter. I thought it was appropriate to re-post it for Thanksgiving. I recently spoke to David and he can’t wait for the snow to melt so he can try out the new accessible Geology Trail!INSPIRING WORDS FROM A FREQUENT USER OF DISTANT HILL NATURE TRAIL“I am a C4-C5, wheelchair-bound quadriplegic living in Keene, NH, and I have never experienced life outdoors quite like I have at Distant Hill Nature Trail.”“Before my accident, I spent much of my free time skiing, hiking and enjoying being close to nature. After my accident, I lost most of my mobility and ability to access the outdoor world. I have struggled to find an outdoor wheelchair accessible place where I could get around independently. Distant Hill Nature Trail is just such a place, where I feel welcome and free; a place where people of all ability levels can appreciate and connect with nature, and escape the daily stresses of life. I would love more accessible trails at Distant Hill to explore!”Thank you for the freedom, David H.“I would love more accessible trails at Distant Hill to explore!”***Thank you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!Michael Nerrie 
_CEO (Chief Environmental Observer) 
Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail_DONATE ***IMG 0978The ‘Ironing-Board Flower’ at the entrance to the Nature Play Area on Distant Hill Nature Trail.Distant Hill Nature Trail on ‘Trail Finder.com’ Distant Hill Nature Trail is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk, Free of Charge… and dogs are welcome on leash!***“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”― Friedrich Nietzsche***  ©2022 Distant Hill Gardens | 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608Web Version  Preferences  Forward  Unsubscribe    
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