Join us in welcoming Matt Harris as Resident Caretaker for CSVW. Matt and his significant other, Shayna Purdy, reside in the Chapman house. Matt's a Plymouth State University graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration. He's an avid year-round outdoors-man and nature lover. If he looks familiar to you, it's because he's worked at Booty Farm in Sandwich, as well as Huckins Farm in North Hampton. Matt enjoys designing and making furniture from re-purposed wood and is the owner of Recycled Roots LLC. Shayna graduated from UNH with a B.S. in Zoology, minoring in Animal Behavior. She works at Meadow Pond Animal Hospital and volunteers at two wildlife and science centers. Matt and Shayna are nature enthusiasts who enjoy hiking NH's mountains and exploring woodland trails.
Spring is a great time to come and enjoy the natural beauty of the Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods trails, woodlands, meadows, and gardens. Visit the Calendar of Events page for dates and times of upcoming CSVW nature and wildlife programs.
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CSVW is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit. To maintain this classification, we depend heavily on foundation grants and individual donations. Join hundreds of our loyal supporters who value all that CSVW has to offer nature, bird, and wildlife enthusiasts. With several giving options available, it’s easy to find a donation level that suits your budget. Our newly addedPayPaloption means your CSVW membership is just a click away!
Established in 1955, Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods (CSVW) operates as a not-for-profit nature, bird, and wildlife sanctuary inCenter Sandwich, NH. It is a place for children, families, and adults to connect with nature and explore wildlife in their natural habitat across more than 160 acres of woodland trails, meadows and streams, of which CSVW owns 114 acres. CVSW is open to the public year round from dawn to dusk free of charge, and depends on individual donations and grants for financial support.
CSVWproperty abuts White Mountain National Forest land and is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Our gardens and woodlands are a photographer’s dream, and we have picnic tables for you to enjoy your lunch. At any given time, visitors enjoying our 10 miles of walking trails, meadows, and perennial gardens may observe or encounter fox, bear, moose, deer, beavers, otters, turtles, woodland animals, and dozens of wild bird speciesin their natural habitats. Points of interest, including the 300 year old hemlock “Witness Tree” on the Cold River, are marked with permanent Information Stations. Educational activities led by New Hampshire nature, bird, wildlife, and habitat specialists are offered throughout the year.