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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

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Field Trip to the MacNeil Family Forest

Sunday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The proposed MacNeil Family Forest contains abundant signs of moose, deer and bear. With a mix of hardwoods and softwoods, the land is the highest quality habitat in the state, designated in N.H. Fish and Game's Wildlife Action Plan. The unmaintained Old Marlow Road, once the main travel route to Washington, is a popular snowmobile trail and a peaceful walking trail past many cellar holes and stone walls. Protecting the tract will connect adjacent blocks of conservation land including the Forest Society's existing Farnsworth Hill Forest, Washington's Town Forest, the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest and the Long Pond Town Forest. The MacNeil tract is located near Millen Lake and the Ashuelot River. Conserving the property will protect the water quality. This hiking field trip will share both natural and cultural resources of the MacNeil forest.

To register: User the button above, call Tina at 603-224-9945 x313, or email

Co-sponsored with Town of Washington Conservation Commission.

Special Events

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.

Click here for more information.

113th Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 27

Londonderry Country Club

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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.

Laughing Couple Interactive

Wednesday, August 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the husband and wife duo of storyteller Carolyn Hunt and visual artist Rick Hunt for an evening of interactive storytelling. The Hunts have been performing since 2006 all over New England and beyond, in venues ranging from elementary schools and colleges to museums, cultural events and even the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. As Carolyn shares tales of the native peoples of the region, Rick creates a spontaneous 4-by-8-foot mural to illustrate the stories. Participants will be invited to help illustrate the stories during the program.

Wildlife In Motion

Wednesday, August 13, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A naturalist from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will share myths and facts about how animals move and will bring three live animals along to illustrate the discussion. The program is interactive and designed to engage and educate audience members of all ages.

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.

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!

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
Opening reception: Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m. to 4 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.


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