Our (Out)doors are Open
Under New Hampshire’s "Safer at Home" orders from the Governor, we can all continue to enjoy the outdoors. Our 190 Forest Reservations are open and you don't need to register in advance to use these protected spaces, except for Lost River Gorges & Boulder Caves and Mt. Monandock. We urge you to #BeSafeBeWellBeLocal (see guidelines for recreating responsibly at bottom) and to avoid well-trafficked hiking spots when possible. Use our Reservation Guide to find a quiet outdoor place near you.
- Use our Forest Reservation Guide to find a Forest Society property that is open to visitors (58 properties host marked trails). You can also use our Easement Lands Guide to find lesser-known properties with public access.
- Use our "Hike Local" guide, organized by region, to find additional trails on conservation land across the state owned by other nonprofits and local agencies.
- Lunchtime LIVE: We'll be posting new videos and hosting weekly Lunchtime LIVE presentations with Forest Society staff members on Facebook. Follow our Facebook page to join in the fun or you can re-watch recent content here, including virtual field trips and fireside readings. Past Woodshop Wednesdays woodworking projects with carpenter Andy Crowley are also archived.
Listen & Learn
- Listen to our past Something Wild podcasts, mini-lessons on the natural world, including these topics:
Maple sugaring- Forest Society Senior Director of Education Dave Anderson was featured on NHPR's The Exchange and there's a video of a visit to his sugarhouse included in the post; plus, you can find curriculum on maple sugaring including evaporation and grading here.
Wildlife tracking- you can check out this Something Wild episode on wildlife tracker Susan Morse, read an article with tracking tips and tricks, or join a subreddit of people across the country interested in animal tracking.
- Learn: Check out our storymaps, interactive articles that include photos, videos, and maps: why we cut trees for conservation, a virtual view of farms on our conservation land, and the Easement Lands Guide.
May We Recommend.... Read, Watch & Interact
- Check out our staff's recommendations for books to read, films to watch, and podcasts to listen to...
- Watch NHPBS' Windows to the Wild online.
Lesson Plans, Curriculum & Hands-on Activities
- At home Ag-tivities from the national Agriculture in the Classroom program.
- Learning resources from the Seacoast Science Center in Rye.
- Interactive research and reports from the Hubbard Brook Research Forest on ice storms, bird migration, and much more.
- 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 and TheCornellLab's bird cams.
- Check in with our many partners to find other sources of environmental education, including the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth, Project Learning Tree, and The Nature Conservancy's Nature Lab for curriculum. Leave No Trace offers indoor nature activities for kids too.
- NH Girl Scout Chloe Gross put together this EcoKids curriculum for camp and after-school programs that want to connect kids with nature!
- Use the Home Advisor tree identification guide to identify trees in your neighborhood (hat tip to Hailey!).
*Please follow these guidelines if you are planning a visit to our reservations.*