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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Workshop

Friday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Conservation Center and Estes Forest, Concord

This is a half day workshop using classroom and field instruction to teach you how to work safely with a chainsaw in the woods. Topics will include safety considerations, felling, bucking and routine maintenance. NOTE: This training is required for Land Stewards to operate chainsaws on SPNHF properties.

What to bring: Please bring your own saw, fuel, oil, maintenance tools, and safety equipment (chaps, gloves, helmet, eye protection and ear protection). You may want to bring a lunch or snacks if you haven't already eaten by 12:30! You can also attend this workshop without a saw, and learn by observing others use their saws.

Cost: $30 for non-members, $20 for SPNHF members, FREE for Land Stewards

How to sign up: email Tina Ripley at or call 224-9945. Space is limited to 12 participants!

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

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


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