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It may surprise you, but there are tons of things to do in the Upper Valley—summer or winter! Doing physical activities can promote intellectual development by making you think about how you are using your body to get through a challenge. Here is a sampling. Let us know if you find more!

Arts and Science | Parks and Recreation | Sports and Athletic Activities | Spirituality

Arts and Science

Audubon Society of NH (includes VT)
(603) 224-9909
That's bird watching! Field trips and monthly meetings at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT.
Fee involved.

AVA Art Gallery (Alliance for the Visual Arts)
(603) 448-3117
11 Bank St., Lebanon, NH
Year-round classes available.
Scholarships and volunteer opportunities available.

(603) 643-3337 or (802) 295-6545
33 Rayton Road, Hanover, NH 03755
A non-profit organization bringing chamber music to the Upper Valley via concerts, lessons, group ensembles, and camp.

Contra Dancing
refer to Valley News (local newspaper) or posters around the area for time and place. There is live music and learning on the spot. All ability levels welcomed. Usually every other weekend at Tracy Hall in the center of Norwich, VT
Fee involved.

Dance Collective
(603) 448-6021
Barbara Weiner, Trumball Hall, Etna, NH
Ballet and Jazz. Fee involved.

Hood Museum of Art
(603) 646-2808
Wheelock Street in the center of Hanover, NH
Free, monetary donations appreciated.

Montshire Museum of Science
(802) 649-2200
1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT
Classes in ecology and astronomy, science exhibits.
Fee involved. Volunteer opportunities available.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
(603) 675-2175
139 Saint Gaudens Rd., Cornish, NH
It features the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), one of America's greatest sculptors. Fee involved. Volunteer opportunities available.

Upper Valley Music Center
(802) 448-1642
PO Box 826
Lebanon, NH 03766
A nonprofit source of orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chorus education and performance opportunities for the Upper Valley.

Upper Valley Swing Dance Network
(603) 643-5341
Dances held in Norwich, VT, Hanover, NH and elsewhere.
UVSDN hosts monthly swing, salsa and ballroom dances at Tracy Hall in Norwich, Vermont. Lessons offered.

VINS Nature Center
(802) 359-5000
Rte. 4, Quechee (just 1/4 mile west of Quechee Gorge)
Open 7 days a week, year round. Programs are free with admission for adults and children (up to 16 Years.)

(603) 787-6944
UNH Cooperative Extension—call for local chapter.
4-H is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Annual New Hampshire 4-H Teen Conference. NH Camps Volunteer Program for Teens.

Parks and Recreation

Arrowhead Recreation Club
(603) 543-2416 ext 390
Claremont, NH
Skiing, riding, sliding, skating, mountain biking at non-profit fees. Volunteer opportunities available.

Claremont Parks and Recreation
(603) 542-7019
Broad Street, Claremont, NH

Hanover Parks and Recreation
(603) 643-5315
You really have to visit this site to get the inside scoop on what's happening in Hanover.
10 School Street, Hanover, NH

Hartford Recreation Department
(802) 295-5036
171 Bridge Street, WRJ, VT

Hartland Recreation Department
(802) 436-2790
Hartland, VT 05048

Lebanon Parks and Recreation
(603) 448-5121
51 N Park Street, Lebanon, NH
Activities include sports, swimming and skiing lessons, drama, music and art programs, outdoor education. Youth-In-Action, a teen volunteer program, involves young people in community service projects. Public parks & facilities include three ball fields, a swimming pool, ski area, boat launch, and over 800 acres of natural areas to explore.

Norwich Parks and Recreation
(802) 649-3040
300 Main Street, Norwich, VT

Storrs Pond Recreation Area
(603) 643-2134
Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH 03755
Includes swimming pool, two separate beaches, playground area with covered pavilion, picnic tables, snack bar, and tennis courts. Fee involved.

Windsor Parks and Recreation
(802) 674-6783
147 Main Street, Windsor, VT

Woodstock Recreation Department
(802) 457-1502
54 River Street, Woodstock, VT

Sports and Athletic Activities

CCBA (Carter Community Building Association)
(603) 448-6477
Carter Witherell Center, 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH
Swimming, weights, aerobics, racquetball, tennis, day camp.
Fee involved, scholarships available.

Campion Rink
(603) 643-1222
Route 10, Hanover, NH
Call for public ice skating times and fee information.

Dartmouth Cross-Country Ski Center
(603) 643-6534
Trail Conditions
(603) 643-5836
A great place to sled for free with your own sled or tube.
Rentals are available for cross country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing. Fee involved.

Dartmouth Riding Center at The Morton Farm
(603) 646-3508
Laramie Rd., Etna NH
Fee involved.

Dartmouth Skiway
(603) 795-2143
39 Grafton Turnpike, Lyme, NH
Fee involved. Special rates for youth who live in Lyme.

Ford K. Sayre Memorial Ski Council
(603) 643-2226
PO Box 471, Hanover, NH 03755
Ski classes at Dartmouth Skiway. Fee involved.

Horseback Riding
See the listing above for Dartmouth Riding Center at The Morton Farm and check the yellow pages under "Riding Academies" for more options.

Ledyard Canoe Club
(603) 643-6709
Hanover, NH (On the Connecticut River, next to the Dartmouth Boat house. At the base of the Ledyard Bridge)
Canoes and Kayaks available to rent seasonally.

Martial Arts Instruction
Offered by many municipality recreation centers, health clubs and private businesses which can be found in the Yellow Pages of your telephone book.

Northern Lights Gymnastics
(802) 295-2070
94 Olcott Dr., White River Junction, VT
Fee involved.

Storrs Hill Ski Area
(603) 448-4409
Storrs Hill Rd, Lebanon, NH
Fee involved.

Upper Valley Trails Alliance
(802) 649-9075
Experience the terrain of the Upper Valley by foot. This web site provides directions to hike in many parts of the Upper Valley.

Thompson Arena
(603) 646-2109
Public Skate is daily from September – mid-March. Call for schedule and fee.


In addition to meeting your spiritual needs, many congregations have special services and social activities for teens. Look in the yellow pages of your telephone book under "Churches" and at the valley.net website.