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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

First Day Hikes! Monadnock State Park

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Onsite Registration: 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Event begins at 11:45 p.m.

Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey

Join Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests land stewards for a guided 3 mile hike along the Parker Trail to the Little Mountain Viewpoint (approximately 3 hours). For those looking for a more leisurely hike of 2 miles, join park staff for a nature walk along the Parker Trail to the Cliff Walk Trail junction and back, which will take approximately 2 hours on relatively flat terrain. Park staff will share tips on spotting animal tracks, plant/tree identification, and some of the mountain's history. After the hike, take part in a warm drink and snack while warming up next to the fire in the Hiker's Cabin. Stop by the Eastern Mountain Sports tent to check out the latest and greatest gear for this winter season. Tubbs Snowshoes will offer a limited supply of demo snowshoes for the hike. Register Online here.

First Day Hikes! Little Harbor Loop Trail

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Onsite Registration: noon to 12:45 p.m.
Event begins at 12:45 p.m.

Creek Farm Reservation and Wentworth Coolidge Historic Site, Portsmouth

Join Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests land stewards for a guided natural history tour of the Little Harbor Loop Trail. The Loop Trail is considered an easy hike, 1.5 miles in length, and approximately 1-1.5 hours to hike. Land Stewards will be present to share the natural history of the abutting Creek Farm. Join us to seek signs of wildlife, watch shorebirds on the tidal flats, discover a tidal pool and enjoy the many varieties of tree and plants that highlight Creek Farm as a unique costal habitat. After the hike enjoy a warm drink and snack inside the beautiful Drift Art Gallery and stop by the Eastern Mountain Sports tent to check out the latest and greatest gear for this winter season. Register Online here.

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Snowshoe Hike, Wenny-Baker Forest

Saturday, January 10, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wenny-Baker Forest on Thompson Hill, Hillsborough

Join land stewards Cheryl Houston and Richard McNamara for a short but moderately strenuous snowshoe hike (1.5 miles round trip) on the Wenny-Baker Forest in Hillsborough. We will enjoy many opportunities for beautiful views both during the hike and while at the summit of Thompson Hill. The hike is a steep ascent, leveling off at the top, with a mostly gradual but at times steep descent. Please bring snowshoes, appropriate winter boots/clothing, plenty of water, and a bag lunch/snacks. Due to limited parking availability, we will meet at the hike leader's residence at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead (directions upon registering).

Pre-registration is required. Use the Register button above or email

Special Events

Farm & Forest logoJoin us at the 2015 NH Farm & Forest Expo!

Friday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire, Manchester

Fun for all ages! A winter standard since 1984, "New Hampshire's Greatest Winter Fair" offers commercial exhibits, educational sessions, demonstrations, and activities for attendees of all ages. Be sure to stop at the Forest Society's display booth to meet our staff and volunteers.

Cost: $7.00 for adults; children 16 and under free. Save $1 off the admission price by bringing 2 non-perishable food items to benefit the NH Food Bank. For more information visit

Winter Mammal Tracking and Wildlife Ecology

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Snow date: Sunday, March 1

The Fells and Hay Forest Reservation, Newbury

Mid-February and Valentine's Day is peak breeding season for many wild mammals! Learn animal tracking tips and who is most active in the winter woods during this workshop led by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests' Dave Anderson. A 30-minute indoor presentation will review four basic track patterns followed by a guided outdoor hike. Bring your own snowshoes; off trail hiking may be possible dependent upon snow and tracking conditions.

Meet at The Fells Gatehouse, 456 Route 103A Newbury, New Hampshire.

Fells or SPNHF members $16, non-members $20.

Limit 20; advance registration and payment required. To register, call 603-763-4789, ext 3.

Co-sponsored by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and The Fells.

Save the date! Saving Special Places 2015

Saturday, April 11

Saving Special Places is New Hampshire's largest annual conservation event. Whether you're new to conservation and want to learn from the people who do it every day or you're an old hand wanting to network with colleagues, Saving Special Places is not to be missed. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

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.

The oil paintings of Mary Crump:
Rural and Scenic Landscapes of New Hampshire

November and December
Artists reception: Friday, November 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In “Sanctuary at Sunset,” painter Mary Crump of Concord has captured the last golden light of a summer's day streaming over green marsh grasses and quiet water. The rich colors evoke the warmth and vibrancy of moments that don’t last as long as you want them to.

But in Crump’s painting, the golden hour never ends.


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