Trips & Events



American cranberry bush flowers at the new King Bird Sanctuary
American cranberry bush flowers at the King Bird Sanctuary

Be sure to check our home page and Facebook page for trip updates, especially in case of inclement weather! Current members receive a printed trip card in the mail at the beginning of each season.
VERNAL POOLS AT GREENSBORO RIDGE – Saturday, April 28, 2-4pm – There’s no surer sign of spring than the awakening of a vernal pool—and no better spot to see one than our Greensboro Ridge Natural Area. Celebrate its 10th anniversary and meet denizens of these wild wetlands. Meet: Top of Velvet Rocks Dr., rain or shine. Leader: Craig Layne, Dartmouth Dept. Biological Sciences Level: Moderate off-trail hiking. Wear waterproof boots. Please, no dogs.
CELLAR HOLES AT THE TRESCOTT LANDS – Saturday, May 5, 9:30-noon – Be a citizen-archeologist! Family-friendly hike back in time to a once-busy neighborhood and its one-room school. We’ll document and survey the Stone family’s home place. Meet: Trescott Road trailhead. Please, no dogs. Rain date: May 6. Leader: Adair Mulligan. Level: Easy 2-mile walk. Co-sponsored by the Hanover Historical Society.
WILDFLOWERS OF THE SHUMWAY FOREST – Saturday, May 12, 11am-1pm – The newly-conserved Shumway Forest has a rich variety of habitats where wildflowers bloom as spring marches up the mountain. Picnic on the South Peak. Meet: Top of Moose Mountain Lodge Rd. Please, no dogs. Rain date: May 13. Leader: Botanist Alice Schori.
KITE DAY AT BALCH HILL – Saturday, May 19, 2-4pm – Bring your kites and kids to join us for this annual family favorite – a joyous afternoon of kite-flying in the breezes of Balch Hill. Snacks provided; dogs welcome if on leash. Thanks to sponsor, Red Kite Candy! Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Rain date: Sun., May 20. Leaders: Balch Hill Stewardship Committee.
BE IN THE MOMENT: MINDFULNESS POP-UP AT TUNIS BROOK – Late spring weekend, 10:30-noon – Take advantage of spring’s best weather with an easy walk and guided mindfulness meditation. Perfect intro for beginners; relaxing and rejuvenating for all. Date TBA on Facebook, HC website and e-news. Meet: Tunis Brook Mill Lot trailhead, Goose Pond Rd. Please, no dogs. Leaders: Lee Steppacher & Courtney Dragiff.


Spring Birding:

“Feathered Fridays” at Mink Brook in Hanover – May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 7:00-10:00 AM.  The Hanover
Conservancy is pleased to join the Mascoma Chapter in sponsoring these weekly birding excursions.
Meet in the parking area, west side of Rt.10, 0.5 mile south of Hanover.
International Migratory Bird Day at Balch Hill – Saturday, May 12, 7:00–9:00 AM.  Celebrate
International Migratory Bird Day with some bird-watching. Bring binoculars. Meet in the dirt parking area at junction of Grasse and Trescott Roads. Leaders: David Merker and Len Reitsma.





“There are two things that interest me; the relation of people to each other,

and the relation of people to the land.”   -Aldo Leopold


Conservancy trips, led by our staff and experienced volunteers, explore the wilder side of Hanover with snowshoeing, birding, family hikes, habitat demonstrations, wildflower walks, and history tours.  Members receive a seasonal colorful trip card before public announcement. Thanks to member and corporate support, outdoor trips are free and most are open to all.

  • No registration required unless noted.
  • Dress for the weather in layers, with sturdy foot gear (we go out rain or shine).  Many trips are designed for families.
  • Pets – We love our dogs too, but please leave them at home.
  • Past Trips: See where we went and what we did here!