Our (Out)doors are Open
Under New Hampshire’s "Stay-at-Home" orders from the Governor, we can all continue to enjoy the outdoors. Our 190 Forest Reservations are open. However, we urge you to “hike local” and avoid popular hiking spots like Mount Major. Use our Reservation Guide to find a quiet outdoor place near you.
- You can use our Reservation Guide to find a Forest Society property that is open to visitors. 58 properties host marked trails.
- Two articles from our recreation issue - 9 Places for Respite and Renewal and Where to Go for H20: 5 Peaceful Ponds and Relaxing Rivers - including some hidden gems.
- Use our Forest Explorer web-based experience to follow trails and find points of interest at 10 of our reservations.
- Virtual Field Trips: We'll be posting new videos to our social media channels and hosting weekday Lunchtime LIVE presentations with the Forest Society on Facebook. Follow our Facebook page to join in!
- Listen to our past Something Wild podcasts, mini-lessons on the natural world, including: maple sugaring (Forest Society Senior Director of Education Dave Anderson was also featured on NHPR's The Exchange recently and there's a video of a visit to his sugarhouse included in the post; plus, you can find lessons on maple sugaring including evaporation and grading here), why spring peepers are so loud, and the always-popular 3 cool facts about turkeys.
- Learn about wildlife tracking, including this Something Wild show on wildlife tracker Susan Morse, an article with tracking tips and tricks, or join a subreddit of people across the country interested in animal tracking.
- Check out our storymaps, interactive articles that include photos, videos, and maps: why we cut trees for conservation, and a virtual view of farms on our conservation land.
- At home Ag-tivities from the national Agriculture in the Classroom program.
- The Hidden Worlds of National Parks: Google arts & culture exhibit and interactive documentary on national parks.
- The Natural Inquirer has lesson plans for middle-schoolers.
- The American Museum of Natural History has extensive curriculum and Ology, a science website for kids.
- The iNaturalist app, a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, allows you to photograph wildlife and wild species you observe and quickly crowdsource identification. Plus, you're contributing to biodiversity science!
- Check in on wildlife cameras in the state and around the world; here's a look at a Peregrine falcon's nest in Manchester.
- Check in with our many partners to find other sources of environmental education.
*Please follow these guidelines recommended by our friends at Mohonk Reserve if you are planning a visit to our reservations.*
- Stay Home – Sick individuals should stay home except to receive medical care and all others should strongly consider staying home to avoid exposure.
- Stay Local – Recreate close to your home and avoid high traffic destinations.
- Stay Solo – Limit yourself to non-contact activities and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others at all time.
- Stay Safe – Avoid risky recreational activities which could lead to injury and further challenge overburdened rescue and healthcare personnel.