Valley View Foundation
Valley View is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked. “We had been in Milford for over a year and 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 is that the Foundation’s beautiful trails cutting 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 small at 190 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 Foundation. 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 onto the the board for the Valley View Foundation so that he can have a greater impact with the organization in both fundraising and outdoor recreation. Bryan’s first task was to 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 and raised nearly $3,000 for the foundation.
RRT has worked to financially support the foundation since 2015 when they held their first in-store fundraiser. Together, our store fundraisers have raised $3,150 for Valley View. 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. This will provide continuing fundraising dollars and bring additional recognition to their awesome work. Our first secured grant for the foundation was in 2019, given from our friends at Patagonia. The $1,000 grant was to fight invasive plants on the property.
Look for more RRT and Valley View events like our “Howl at the Moon” full moon hikes once a month. For more information on the Valley View Foundation please visit: