Mission & Vision for Distant Hill

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."  Robert Louis Stevenson

Our Mission

The Mission of Distant Hill is to make nature and the outdoors accessible to everyone, and to inspire children and adults, no matter their ability, to cultivate an intimate connection to the natural world through education, observation, and play. 

A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on the flower of a Common Milkweed at Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, New Hampshire.
A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on the flower of a Common Milkweed

Our Vision for Distant Hill

Our vision is to develop Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail into an accessible venue for environmental, horticultural, health, wellness, and nature-based classes, workshops, and research, and to make the land and all of its resources available to local educational facilities, educators, students, and the public. 

Our Strategy for Impact

We hope to serve as a model of environmental stewardship, and to teach and motivate children and adults to become more informed stewards of the land. It is our goal that visitors to Distant Hill will leave with a better understanding of the vital connections between plants, animals, and humans, and how we can use Earth's resources in a way that strengthens and sustains those connections, making the world a healthier and more vibrant place to live and work. 


We are dedicated to fostering a deep connection with nature, offering accessible trails, cultivated gardens, and educational programs aimed at inspiring sustainable landscaping and conservation practices.