Coping with Climate Change 12,000 to 10,000 Years Ago

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Richard Boisvert present “Coping with Climate Change 12,000 to 10,000 Years Ago” Boisvert discusses the end of the Ice Age not simply being the warming of the Earth resulting in the melting of the great continental glaciers and northward expansion of the woodlands and prairies. It was a time of abrupt change, climatic reversals and broad movements of people, plants and prey. The colonization of the Northeast by Native Americans is a dynamic story of adaptation to a unique environment. This presentation will show how these people not only established themselves but also thrived through this period.

Richard Boisvert is a NH native, born and raised in Lebanon, NH. He received his BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin and his MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Boisvert practiced archaeology in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and France before returning to NH to work in the NH Division of Historical Resources. From 1987 thorough 2018, he was the Coordinator of the NH State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program, conducting research throughout the state. In addition, he served as State Archaeologist beginning in 2002. He has had a particular research emphasis on the northern part of the state and has investigated several Paleoindian sites in Colebrook, Berlin, Jefferson and Randolph.

The free program is open to the public and is part of the annual winter Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Bretzfelder Park. Pre-registration is not required.

Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses an indoor classroom, restrooms, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites. Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in February and August. For more information and a calendar of events please visit, email us at, or call 603-444-6228. The Rocks is the North Country Conservation & Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Bretzfelder Park

Prospect Street
BethlehemNH 03574