Forest Society Education Center at Creek Farm Opens Improved Visitor Facilities

Popular exploration spot in Little Harbor area is now even more family friendly.

February 15, 2024
Creek Farm
The new rest facility adjacent to the education center.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is excited to announce the opening of new restroom facilities at their popular conservation property, Creek Farm in Portsmouth.

The new facility, located adjacent to the Forest Society’s Education Center, has two ADA-compliant restrooms with a seasonal water bottle fill station, a changing table, and a covered waiting area. The family-friendly restrooms are available for public use daily and during evening programs. The facility was designed by Placework and built by Chinburg Builders. 

The new restrooms at Creek Farm as viewed from entrance.

Two walls of the new structure feature pine siding sourced from trees that were felled on Little Harbor Road and milled onsite by AJ Dupre of the Urban Forestry Center, part of the NH Division of Forests and Land.  A new bench, built by volunteers, is constructed of the same wood, also milled onsite.

“This is a much-needed improvement that will enhance Creek Farm as a great local destination for visitors,” said Jack Savage, president of the Forest Society. “Whether you’re here for a walk on the Little Harbor Loop Trail, to paddleboard in Sagamore Creek, to attend a program in our Creek Farm Education Center, or to attend a Gundalow camp during the summer, the new rest area will help ensure that this conservation area is welcoming and accessible to the community. We especially appreciate the partnership of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, which provided both financial and volunteer support.”

This project was made possible through contributions and funding from the French Foundation, the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Altus Engineering, Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation, Chinburg Builders, Messina's Flooring & Carpet, Monadnock Security Systems Inc., and many generous individual donors.

A view of the new family-friendly restrooms at Creek Farm.

The Forest Society Education Center at Creek Farm, formerly known as the carriage house, opened in 2021 and provides year-round program space for the Forest Society and partner organizations, such as the Gundalow Company. The separate Carey Cottage, built in 1887, is leased by GoodWork, a nonprofit organization.

Creek Farm offers outdoor space, a rocky beach, trails, and hand-carry boat access to Sagamore Creek. It is enjoyed by people of all ages participating in educational programs, the Gundalow's summer camps for kids, and self-guided outdoor activities.