Valley View Nature Preserve
Valley View nature preserve is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked. “We had been in Milford for over a year and yet I had yet to venture back to the preserve. It was a group trail run that led me back into Valley View, and since then that path has been one of my most traveled.” Says RRT Owner Bryan. The best part was that the beautiful trails that cut through field and forest are less than a mile from the doors of RRT.
The property hosts wildlife, a community garden, a trail system, a hops field, river access, and a walk through history. Although their footprint is relatively smaller at about 150 acres, it is easy to find yourself exploring a new trail or stumbling upon an old barn or beautiful farmhouse on the property. Their message is simple: conserve land, preserve history, and share with the community.
This message resonates loudly with the crew at RRT. We understand the importance of accessibility to the outdoors for all. That is why we strive to be strong partners with the Valley View . We want to encourage all of our neighbors to visit and support the organization and to take advantage of this gem in our backyards. In 2018, RRT owner, Bryan was elected on to the the board for Valley View so that he can have a greater impact with the organization in both fundraising and outdoor recreation. Bryan’s first task was to help organize the resurgence of “Run for the Bottoms”, a 5k and 10k race through the grounds. With over 80 participants year one we had a great success in raising nearly $3,000 for the foundation.
RRT has worked to financially support the foundation since 2015 when they held their first in-store fundraiser. That year we were able to write a check for an additional $500 to the Foundation, followed by $650 in 2017 and over $1,000 in 2018. We also sponsor and promote their “Toast to the View” fundraising event with premier raffle items like our popular kayaking package! Teaming up with Patagonia we released a limited edition tee celebrating VVF’s work in the future removal of the low head dam on the East Fork of the Little Miami. 2019 marked our first secured grant for the foundation, given from our friends at Patagonia. The $1,000 grant will help fight invasive plants on the property.
Bryan is now the chair for the programs committee and organizes events to welcome people on property, tell the Valley View story, and help them reconnect with nature. Look for more RRT and Valley View events like our new “Howl at the Moon” full moon hikes once a month. For more information on the Valley View please visit: