Return Home
Field Trips and Events | Hikes, lectures, training, exhibits, and more
| Sign-up for field trips and events
Annual Meeting info/registration | September 27th at Londonderry Country Club
Home | Return home
Field Trips And Events

Field Trips and Events

Come explore New Hampshire and rediscover what makes living here so special! The Forest Society offers a full program of fun, educational field trips, workshops and events designed to meet your interests and celebrate the people and places of this great state.

Choose from a wide range of activities – for all ability levels – held throughout the state.


Field Trips

Active Timber Harvest Tour

Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Land Steward Andy Powell invites anyone interested to a tour of an active timber harvest on a 35-acre, mixed hardwoods with some softwoods, portion of his 100-acre Tree Farm in Danbury. The management goals are harvesting of mature trees, timber stand improvement, expansion of wildlife habitats and trail improvement. The harvest is being done with a cable skidder under the supervision of a forester. Andy is a recent SPNHF Land Steward, an active member of the NH Coverts program and has been member of a town conservation commission. If you can't make the tour date and want to take an individual "walk & talk" email Andy.

To sign up: Contact Andy at

DIRECTIONS: From the center of Danbury at junction of routes 4 and 104 take North Road (between the Country Store and the Fire Station) for about 2 miles. Bohonon Road will be a hard right onto a dirt road. Go 1/2 mile to gray house on left.

Moonlight Walk at Moose Mountains Reservation

Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Moose Mountains Reservation, Middleton/Brookfield

Naturalist Sally Cornwell will lead families on a Moonlight Walk at Moose Mountains Reservation starting near dusk with the moon rising and just a day past full. The guided walk will follow about a mile of woods roads and foot paths to the old Burrows Farm, during which Cornwell will talk about the wildlife and plants that can be seen along the way. The destination will be a hillside, where Cornwell will further entertain and educate children and parents with stories from the Native American tradition.

The outing is free but participants are asked to pre-register by calling (603) 978-7125 or emailing Please bring blankets to sit on and flashlights if needed for the return walk.

Presented by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and sponsored by Trager Massage, LLC.

Fall Foliage Collecting & Preserving Colorful Autumn Leaves!

Monday, October 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fells, Newbury

This short, easy 1-hour walk led by a Forest Society naturalist will identify the most common deciduous trees at The Fells. Learn how and why leaves change colors each fall. Learn tree lore including wood use by people and food for wildlife. Gather your own collection of colorful leaves. Learn and see how to easily preserve your leaves. We'll offer suggestions for festive autumn decorations or seasonal greetings to send to loved ones from the colorful autumn forests of New Hampshire. Family-friendly program. Meet at The Fells Gatehouse. Cost $5 members & $10 non-members. Register with The Fells at 603-763-4789 Extension 3.

Co-sponsored by the Forest Society and The Fells.

register for this event

Timber Harvest Tour: Hope Forest

Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Emily & Theodore Hope Forest, Danbury

The Forest Society's 375-acre Hope Forest in Danbury is the site of a mechanized whole-tree timber harvest this autumn. This careful timber harvest on Moulton Hill includes forestry prescriptions for group selection, oak seed tree and wildlife habitats. Learn the basics of conducting a careful timber harvest at an active logging site. This field trip will detail logging equipment, road and timber landing layout, and wood markets. Join Forest Society staff, a consulting forester and logging contractor to learn about forestry objectives and non-timber considerations. This is a moderate hike with uphill hiking required. Registration is required -- use the Register button above, email or call 224-9945.

register for this event

Mount Major – Hidden History & optional Guided Summit Hike

Saturday, October 25; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. easier walk; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. summit hike

Learn the cultural history and forest ecology of Mount Major in Alton. This special, 2-part guided hike will visit lesser known cultural history features, glacial boulders, and the rock shelters located off-trail along the lower slopes. A more strenuous afternoon option will follow: a naturalist-guided hike to the summit with Forest Society and LRCT staff. See the magnificent views. Learn the names of local landmarks. Learn about recent land conservation success in the Belknap Range. Meet at trailhead parking lot. Pre-registration is required. To register, use the Register button above, email or call 224-9945.

Co-sponsored by The Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Forest Society.

Special Events

view event details

Deer Management and Forest Health

Monday, September 8, 2014
Discussion for landowners, stewards, and foresters, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Forum for residents of the Upper Valley, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Howe Library, Hanover

Too many deer? How can we tell? What to do about them? Many questions. Join us to explore some answers.

Topics to be covered:

  • Forest Health: regeneration / biodiversity / browse indicators
  • Points of View: deer management objectives
  • Cornell Plantations Deer Management: experiments / outcomes
  • Deer Management Measures: options within state rules
  • A Regional Approach: can we make it happen?

Sponsored by the Hanover Conservation Commission and Biodiversity Committee. Co-sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy and the Upper Valley Land Trust.

2014 New Hampshire Tree Farm Field Day

Saturday, September 13, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Greentree Forest - Meadowsend Sawmill, 136 Old Holmes Road, Hopkinton

The 25th Annual Tree Farm Field Day will be held at the Robert French's Tree Farm in Hopkinton to honor Bob and the exceptional work he has done on his Greentree Forest - Meadowsend Sawmill Tree Farm. This year's audience will include Tree Farmers and their families, forestry community and general public. Events for the day include: tours of the Tree Farm, educational programs, a pig roast and barbeque, and many other activities to educate and entertain attendees. Visit for details and registration.

113th Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 27

Londonderry Country Club

Cick here for details.

North Country Calendar

Visit for a calendar of events happening at The Rocks and in the surrounding area.


Sweet Trail Workday & Basic Trail Maintenance Skills Training

Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sweet Trail Parking Area, Dame Road, Durham

Join conservation partners at the Sweet Trail (which runs through the Forest Society's Dame Forest) for a day of learning, fun, and trailwork. From 9 to 10 a.m., brush up on your trail maintenance skills, and then put some of your talents to work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tasks will include brushing out trails, repairing bog bridges, installing signs, and marking trails.

Bring: Bag lunch, water, and work gloves

To sign up: visit Questions can be directed to Joanne Glode at 603-659-2678 x12.

Conservation Commission Field Training Series

Come join the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC) and UNH Cooperative Extension for this year's outdoors-based Conservation Commission Field Training Series. These workshops are aimed at those who serve on their town's conservation commissions, but are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Sessions include:

  • Engaging Youth with your Conservation Commission
  • Wetlands Applications and Permitting
  • Mobile Technology for Mapping
  • Wetlands Identification
  • Learning to Live with Beavers
  • How to Lead an Invasive Plant Work Day
This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors this Spring, Summer, and Fall and learn some essential skills. The best part is that the sessions are free, though there is a $10 suggested donation to help defray the costs of running them.

For more details, take a look at the workshop flyer. Please feel free to print or email the flyer to distribute to those who may be interested in attending.

Click here to register. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Lord at or 603-224-7867.

See you in the field!

Work Days

Moose Mountains Reservation Trail Workdays

Saturdays 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Rain dates: the Sunday following each date)

Moose Mountains Reservation, Middleton/Brookfield

Join Land Stewards Jason Morris and Scott Lavoice for a blitz of trail work at Moose Mountains Reservation. We will be continuing to build a new trail up Phoebe's Nable Mountain that was started Fall 2013. Moose Mountains Reservation will be included in the new edition of the AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide due out in Spring 2015, and we want this trail to be ready. Work will primarily consist of clearing and duffing out the new trail corridor. Meet at the Moose Mountains Reservation trailhead at the end of New Portsmouth Road in Middleton. We will drive/car pool up to the field which is a short distance from the trail head. We will break for lunch on Phoebe's Nable with a 180-degree view.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, work gloves, and sturdy work clothes and boots. If you have a metal rake or loppers bring those along, too. We will have the heavy trail tools. If you have taken the Forest Society's chainsaw safety course and are willing to bring/use your saw, that may be helpful as well.

To register: Email Jason Morris at

Stoddard Reservations Workday

Tuesday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Peirce Reservation and Upton Forest, Stoddard

For this workday we'll be breaking into two work parties if possible. One group will work on replacing some bridging around the pond at Upton Forest, and a second will brush out the "Trout Pond to Bacon Ledge" trail on the Peirce Reservation, including restoring the view cut at Bacon Ledge.

Bring: a bag lunch, lots of water, and work gloves.

To sign up: Contact Carrie at or 224-9945

McCabe Forest Trail Workday

Wednesday, October 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

McCabe Forest, Antrim

This fall workday will focus on improving the trail system at the McCabe Forest. We will repair several bridges along the trail system, install some trail signage, spruce up the parking area, brush out trails, and re-paint trail blazes if necessary. There should be something for everyone!

Bring: a bag lunch, water, and work gloves

To sign up: Contact Carrie at or 224-9945


Website issues or comments?

© 2004-2014 Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Powered by SilverTech