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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

10th annual Branch River Paddle

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Branch River, Milton Mills

Bring your kayak or canoe for this scenic paddle along 4.5 miles of the Branch and Salmon Falls Rivers and Milton 3 Ponds presented by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm. Introduction to riparian buffers by Nels Liljedahl of the NH Natural Resources Conservation Service. River stops to see birds and learn about restoring stream water quality. Boat transport and picnic lunch provided. No pets please. $15 Donation suggested at the gate. Pre-registration required and numbers limited so sign up early! Call (603) 978-7125 or email Thanks to our business sponsor M&M Boat Storage/Sunshine Acres Campground!

North Country Calendar

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

Turtles, Amphibians and Vernal Pools

Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem

Have you ever wondered what's making all that noise in the spring pools as the days get warmer?

As the spring days grow warmer, new life begins in the forest. Vernal pools come alive as wood frogs and mole salamanders re-emerge from the ground to migrate and breed in their natal vernal pools.

Join us for a fascinating evening program and a visit to a vernal pool with Mike Jones and Liz Willey. Mike and Liz are accomplished authors, speakers, researchers and photographers. We will go outside after the indoor program on turtles and amphibians to see a vernal pool just a few steps away. Bring a flashlight and warm clothing for the outside portion.

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The Wild Turkey, Almost the National Bird!

Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem

If you've ever wondered how turkeys got their name, where they sleep, or why they gobble, join the local chapter of the Audubon Society and Forest Society staff member and wild life enthusiast Nigel Manley to discover the wild turkey, how it got its name and how it became domesticated. This program is for everyone who is interested in these magnificent birds, be it for watching or hunting.

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Avoiding Bear-Human Conflicts

Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem

Conflicts between black bears and humans are on the rise in New Hampshire, especially as the area's bears seek food after a long winter. Backyard birdfeeders and accessible garbage bins make easy pickings for hungry bears, leading to problems for both bears and people. Nancy Comeau, a wildlife technician for the USDA Wildlife Services who specializes in nuisance bears, will discuss bear habits and ways to avoid bear-human conflicts.

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Secrets of Black Bear Society

Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Littleton Conservation Commission will host noted wildlife biologist Ben Kilham for a presentation about black bears. Proceeds from the $10 admission fee will be put toward improvements to the education center at The Rocks.

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Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Workshop

Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 12 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). Bring a bag lunch. Snacks and water provided. You may 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!

Work Days

Moose Mountains Trail Workdays

Saturday, April 26 and Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Rain dates: April 27 and May 4)

Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton

Join Land Stewards Jason Morris and Scott Lavoice for a day (or two) of trail work at Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton, NH. We will be continuing to build a new trail up Phoebe's Nable Mountain that was started last Fall during several workdays. Work will primarily consist of clearing and duffing out the new trail corridor, improving the trail tread before the trail can be opened, hopefully in early summer. Meet at the Moose Mountains Reservations trailhead at the end of New Portsmouth Road in Middleton. It is a bit of a hike into the worksite, but definitely worth the expansive mountain views at lunchtime! Jason and Scott are looking for 6-10 participants per workday.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, work gloves, and sturdy work clothes and boots. If you have a shovel, pick mattock or loppers bring those along, too. 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

Lost River Workday

Tuesday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lost River Reservation, North Woodstock

Join Forest Society Staff and other volunteers for a day of spring cleaning at Lost River Reservation. Trail clearing, native garden pruning, and other assorted tasks to help Lost River get ready for opening weekend. Lunch will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to walk through the gorge and caves in the afternoon.

What to bring: work clothes, gloves, boots and water (lunch provided)
How to sign up: contact Carrie Deegan at or 603-224-9945

Wooden Sign Making Workdays

Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord

Learn the steps involved in creating and/or refurbishing the beautiful routed wooden property signs that grace our Forest Society reservations! We are looking for some handy and energetic folks to help stencil, route, plane, sand, stain, varnish and paint signs during this workday blitz. There is something for all interests and abilities. We will bring the music and spring for a pizza lunch – you just need to bring enthusiasm and your work clothes! Limit of 10 people each day.

What to bring: old clothes, work gloves. If you have a belt sander or router you're willing to bring, that would also be helpful!
How to sign up: email Carrie Deegan at or call 224-9945. Limit of 10 people per day.

Morse Preserve Trail Workday

Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morse Preserve, Alton

Forest Society staff and volunteers will work on some routine maintenance of the trail system on Pine Mountain at the Morse Preserve on this day. Many of the trails go through open country and need to be cut back occasionally so that they don't grow in. We're also looking for folks to prune dead wood off of old apple trees, to prepare them for a spring pruning of live wood!

How to sign up: contact Carrie Deegan at or 603-224-9945

Monadnock Trails Week

July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Friday through Tuesday), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey

Join conservation professionals and other volunteers from the Forest Society and NH State Parks in restoring hiking trails on New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock! Come for one day or several, alone or with friends! Prior trail maintenance experience is very welcome but not necessary. Tasks for the week will include restoring trails, building waterbars, improving trail tread, and constructing footbridges and stone staircases.

Where: Mount Monadnock (meet at Park HQ at the end of Poole Rd in Jaffrey, NH at 9 a.m.)
What to bring: old clothes, work gloves (if you have them), a bag lunch, and plenty of water. Trail tools will be provided!
How to sign up: email Carrie Deegan at or call 224-9945.

Exhibits at the Conservation Center

Exhibits are open for viewing weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A percentage of sales will benefit the work of the Forest Society.

Please call 603-224-9945 before visiting as the exhibit room may be in use. It also serves as a meeting space.

Stories in Wood

March and April

Craig Altobello uses the grain, texture and natural color of wood to create images from nature. This ancient technique is called marquetry. He uses primarily North American woods including local species such as black locust, apple, hickory, aspen, butternut and figured maples. His colorful wood panels include birds, blossoms, botanical illustration and landscapes. Learn more and see more examples of Craig's work at the Monadnock Art website.


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