Lunchtime Live Episodes Available Here
The Lunchtime Live series is part of our ongoing initiative to keep you connected with the outdoors closer to home. It's now airing once a week as staff head back into the field for the summer months. You can see past virtual field trips, fireside Friday readings, and more here. We've also put together some of our most popular Woodshop Wednesday project videos on our site here for you to learn from carpenter and Land Steward Program Coordinator Andy Crowley.
Virtual Field Trip to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves- June 18, 2020
Did you know that the Forest Society started protecting Lost River Gorge way back in 1912? It's now managed by White Mountains Attractions and we're excited to share that it's OPEN for the 2020 season! Take a virtual field trip to the gorge and caves with the Forest Society's Digital Outreach Manager, Anna Berry, as your host.The outdoor attraction is open Friday-Monday and advance reservations are required online: lostrivergorge.com. Read our Forest Journal article on opening day, originally published in the Union Leader, here.
Virtual Field Trip to Derryfield Park & Weston Observatory - June 10, 2020
Did you know the Queen City has a 76-acre park with woods and wildlife? On this Virtual Field Trip, Anna Berry visits Derryfield Park with her family and finds the Weston Observatory, wildflowers, and the history behind the infamous Amoskeag Ledge.
Fireside Friday with Anna Berry- May 29, 2020
Digital outreach manager Anna Berry reads stories with her family: Hiking Day, and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
Wildlife Wednesday with Dave Anderson, "An Introduction to Bird Watching"- May 27, 2020
Join Naturalist and Forest Society Senior Director of Education Dave Anderson as he watches and listens to birds and takes viewers on a woods walk to listen for common bird songs at his Tree Farm. The middle of May features both year-round resident birds and newly-arriving spring migrant birds. You can also read more about this miraculous month for bird watchig in his Forest Journal column.
Virtual Field Trip to Whitten Woods, Ashland, with Andy Crowley- May 25, 2020
Join Andy Crowley on a virtual field trip to the Squam Lakes Association's Whitten Woods in Ashland. As part of Our (Out)doors are Open initiative, we're visiting protected lands that are local to our staff members. (Add this property to your bucket list if you don't live nearby!) We encourage you to accept the #homehikechallenge and #recreateresponsibly this spring. Thanks to the Association for allowing us to share this beautiful trail! Learn more: www.squamlakes.org.
Fireside Friday with Tom Howe- May 22, 2020
Senior Director of Land Conservation Tom Howe reads from Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life, by the late New Hampshire author Philip Simmons, for this Lunchtime Live program.
Virtual Field Trip to Sleeping Astronomer Forest, Bethlehem, with Nigel Manley- May 18, 2020
Join Nigel Manley, director of The Rocks Estate, for a virtual field trip to Sleeping Astronomer reservation in Bethlehem. (#BeSafeBeWellBeLocal: Add it to your bucket list if you live south of the notches!) This 90-acre forest was once destined for house lots, but was "saved" by Dr. Henry W. Valliant and George R. Mathey in 2004 and is now managed as part of the Forest Society's The Rocks reservation. A short trail on the forest travels through dense forest cover that is home to snowshoe hares, ruffed grouse, and predators that feed on these species.
Fireside Friday with Anna Berry- May 15, 2020
Join Anna Berry, digital outreach manager for the Forest Society, and her family to read poems and stories by the (virtual) fireplace, including the poems, "To the Thawing Wind," by Robert Frost, "Tree House," by Shel Silverstein, and "April Rain Song," by Langston Hughes; and children's books, Sometimes Rain, by Meg Fleming, and Blueberry Shoe, by Ann Dixon.
Virtual Field Trip to Bretzfelder Park, Bethlehem
Join Nigel Manley, director of The Rocks, on a virtual field trip to Bretzfelder Memorial Park in Bethlehem. (Add it to your hiking bucket list if you live south of the notches!) This park is managed jointly by The Rocks and a town committee and highlights include a family-friendly Tree ID trail with species common to northern New Hampshire, as well as a giant white pine tree, estimated to be more than 200 years old. In the late 1800s, when Bethlehem was a haven for city folks seeking the clean air of the mountains, the tree became a popular place for visitors, who would wander down the quiet road and relax beneath the tree's branches, enjoying picnics in the quiet beauty of the forest. Learn more about the history here.
Fireside Friday with Matt Scaccia- May 1, 2020
Forest Society Recreation Manager Matt Scaccia shares the history of Henry David Thoreau's four trips to Mount Monadnock and reads excerpts from from Thoreau's journals documenting his observations and experience. Matt wrote the Forest Notes feature story on the American philosopher, poet, and environmental scientist and his beloved mountain. Read the full story in our Forest Notes magazine.
Virtual Field Trip: Tiny Trout Adventure with Carrie Deegan- May 4, 2020
Join the Forest Society's Carrie Deegan, Community Engagement and Volunteers Director, and her family on a fun adventure fishing for Eastern Brook Trout. Did you know you can search our Forest Reservation Guide for activities like fishing (state regulations apply), birdwatching and paddling? Try it out here.