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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.

Special Events

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.

Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series

The annual Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series is a free series of entertaining programs held at Bretzfelder Park in Bethlehem each August and February. Owned by the Forest Society and managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem, the park was bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, and includes a classroom, educational trails, a pond and several picnic sites. For more information about any of the programs listed below, visit, email us at, or call 444-6228.

Weather Wise and Otherwise

Wednesday, August 20, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The weather is a favorite topic of discussion in New England, and we've all heard sayings like, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." Meteorologist Mark Breen will discuss these sayings, or "weatherlore." Even as people access up-to-the-minute forecasts and weather radars on smartphones, and television and radio provide constant weather updates, many of these weather sayings have passed the test of time.

The senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Breen has been the voice of Vermont Public Radio's Eye on the Sky on weekday mornings for more than 30 years. He also hosts the 90-second Eye on the Night Sky star-gazing program on VPR, heard each weekday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

The History and Life History of Moose in New Hampshire

Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.H. Fish and Game Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines will discuss the history and life history of moose in New Hampshire, with a special emphasis on the mortality increase currently being studied by Fish and Game. Her discussion will include the rise of the winter tick and how it is affecting New Hampshire's moose population. Rines is a New Hampshire native with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from Michigan State University. She has worked for N.H. Fish and Game for 30 years, including 28 years as the moose project leader.

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

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

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.

Treasured Memories of Quieter Times:
Watercolors of Conrad Young

June, July and August
End of Summer Sale: 15% off selected framed art
Meet the Artist, Tuesdays in August, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Conrad Young shares his best memories of growing up in rural New Hampshire and Maine in an exhibit of watercolor paintings at the Conservation Center in Concord during June, July and August. Young will host an opening reception for the exhibit on June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Young's portrayals of woods, flowers and mountains evoke the serenity of nature in all seasons, while his covered bridges and historical buildings celebrate New Hampshire's heritage.

For the month of August, all framed art with a yellow sticker will be 15% off, excluding covered bridges and historical paintings.


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