Wednesday Watershed Walks with CLF

Join the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper,CLF, the Forest Society, SELT, TNC, Acton Wakefield Watershed Alliance, Phillips Exeter and the Exeter Planning Department and Kittery Land Trust for for a series of Wednesday walks. Visit new preserves and learn how each property helps protect the health of our region’s waterways. The series includes walk at the Forest Society's Creek Farm on September 27 (see details at bottom).

• All events are from 4-6pm.

• All walks are weather-dependent - cancellations will be announced by 10am on the day of the walk.

• Please RSVP to Melissa Paly,, and/or to the host contact.

July 12 - Union Meadows, Union

Hosted by Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance

Contact - Jon Balanof,

Location – Harmony Drive off Route 16, Union NH

Join a unique 2-mile walk in the scenic Union Meadows wetland area downstream of Lovell Lake and Kingswood Lake along the Branch River. Water from Union Meadows flows into Milton Three Ponds, then to the Salmon Falls River and the Piscataqua River beyond. Learn about the waterways and issues of concern at the far northern end of the Great Bay-Piscataqua watershed.

July 19 – Pawtuckaway Forest, Epping

Hosted by SELT

Contact – Lizzy Franceschini,

Location – 36 Old Cart Path, Epping NH

The Pawtuckaway is one of the Lamprey River’s cleanest tributaries, beginning at Pawtuckaway Lake and connecting with the Lamprey in west Epping.  The Pawtuckaway River is located within a core focus area of the Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watershed, a publicly-created blueprint that identified large blocks of land throughout the region as top priorities for land conservation due to water quality, wildlife, and ecological benefits. Join local conservationist and writer Phil Primack for a guided tour of a portion of the reservation with gorgeous views of this important tributary. Expect to walk between 1-2 miles.

Registration required at


July 26 – Jeff’s Hill Loop Trail at Lubberland Creek, Newmarket

Hosted by The Nature Conservancy NH

Contact – Joanne Glode,

Location - 112 Bay Road, Newmarket

Capacity – 6 cars at the trailhead, an additional 10 cars at TNCs Great Bay Project Office


We’ll take a 1.5 mile hike of moderate difficulty due to uneven footing and slopes on Jeff’s Hill.  Sights include beaver ponds, heron rookery, oak-hickory forest, vernal pools, cellar holes, salt marsh, and views of Great Bay.  Learn about the land protection work of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, the diverse habitats and wildlife on the Lubberland Creek Preserve, and how the land protection work in the watershed connects with the health of the estuary.

August 9 – Leighton Forest, Barrington/Strafford

Hosted by SELT

Contact – Lizzy Franceschini,

Location – 30 Stagecoach Road, Strafford NH

Leighton Forest is a tranquil property located by the Stonehouse Brook in Barrington. Join SELT Board Member and Barrington conservationist John Wallace for a guided walk through the woods and down to this beautiful section of river. Expect to walk between 1-2 miles, with some of the walk off trail to allow for best river views.

Registration required at


August 23 - Exeter River, Exeter

Hosted by Phillips Exeter Academy & Exeter Planning Department

Contact – Warren Biggins (PEA) and Kristen Murphy (Town of Exeter),

Location – 3 Chadwick Lane, Exeter

We’ll take a 3-mile out-and-back walk along the Exeter River.  Learn about the Academy’s Natural Resource Management Plan and some of the work completed to date. We will also touch on the value of river front buffers, challenges and opportunities created by beaver activities, invasive plant management and more.


September 13 – Nooney Farm, Kittery

Hosted by Kittery Land Trust

Contact – Dot Avery,

Location – 17 Stevenson Road, Kittery

Visit Kittery Land Trust’s newest conservation property where we’ll take a 1-mile walk through working farmland, cross a boardwalk spanning a headwater marsh of Spruce Creek, and explore a lovely mixed-hardwood upland. Learn how KLT is protecting water, running a community farm where thousands of pounds of food are grown each year for area food banks, and creating new educational programs for Kittery students.


September 27 - Little Harbor Loop Trail

Hosted by Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Contact – Sarah Kern,

Location – 400 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth

Join our final walk on the 1.9 mile Little Harbor Loop Trail along the shores of Sagamore Creek and the Forest Society’s Creek Farm woodlands, with a narrow forest trail that neighbors the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. In this sheltered coastal inlet where the Piscataqua River meets the Atlantic Ocean you'll find freshwater wetlands, tidal pools, and at low tide, access to tiny Goose Island.]