SPRING TRIPS & PROGRAMS
QUEEN OF THE SUN – Film ~ Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. – Explore the mysterious world of the beehive in this award-winning documentary. Filmmaker Taggart Siegel takes a profound look at the global bee crisis, weaving an unusual and ultimately uplifting story of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world. Q&A with a local beekeeper to follow. Tickets: $5 Hanover Conservancy members and all students; $8 non-member adults. Location: Nugget Theater, Hanover. Sponsor: LindeMac Real Estate.
MINK BROOK BIRDING ~ Saturday, April 29, 7-9 a.m. – Look for waterbirds and other spring migrants along Mink Brook, one of the most popular birding spots in New Hampshire! Bring binoculars and, if available, spotting scopes. Participants should be prepared to walk as much as a mile over fairly level terrain. This trip will be canceled in the event of steady, heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions. Location: Mink Brook Nature Preserve and Mink Brook West. Park at the electric substation on the west side of Route 10.
GEOLOGY OF THE SOUTH ESKER – Saturday, April 29, 10-11:30 a.m. – Family-friendly hike back in time to when a mile-thick glacier moved over Hanover, followed by an icy lake. Today, beautiful trails along the Connecticut River take us past the esker left behind. Meet: South Esker trailhead at Pine Knoll Cemetery. Please, no dogs. Leader: Dartmouth Earth Sciences Professor Carl Renshaw. Level: Easy.
HAYES FARM PARK/ KING BIRD SANCTUARY – Birding Trip ~ Saturday, May 6, 7-9 a.m. – Spot the avian residents and visitors of this beautiful park in downtown Etna, located behind the Etna Library. Bring binoculars and, if available, spotting scopes. Participants should be prepared to walk as much as a mile over fairly level terrain. This trip will be canceled in the event of steady, heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions. Location: Park at Etna Library.
HANOVER’S HISTORIC WOLFEBORO ROAD: Two-part series –
Saturday, May 6, 1-5 p.m. – PART 1, WEST – Explore this 1770’s road built for colonial Governor Wentworth to attend Dartmouth’s first commencements. Begin at the Howe Library with a program by historian Jay Barret. Those who wish can then hike with us on the old road through the Trescott lands, Oak Hill to Dogford Road. Carpool back to start. Series continues May 13. Please, no dogs. Meet: Howe Library, co-sponsor. Leaders: Jay Barrett and Adair Mulligan. Level: Moderate. Rain Date: May 7.
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. – PART 2, EAST – At Hanover Center’s Parade Ground, historian Ed Chamberlain shares the history of this village. Those wish can join us on a challenging hike from Hanover Center over Moose Mountain to the historic Tunis Schoolhouse; carpool back to start. BYO lunch and search for wildflowers as we go! Please, no dogs. Meet: Hanover Center. Leaders: Ed Chamberlain, Courtney Dragiff and Adair Mulligan. Level: Strenuous. Rain Date: May 14. Co-sponsor: Etna Library
HUDSON FARM BIRDING ~ Saturday, May 20, 7-9 a.m. – The open meadow at the newly-protected Hudson Farm attracts grassland-nesting birds you might otherwise not see near Hanover’s large swaths of healthy forest. Bring binoculars and, if available, spotting scopes. Participants should be prepared to walk as much as a mile over fairly level terrain. This trip will be canceled in the event of steady, heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions. Location: Hudson Farm parking lot, across from Partridge Lane off Trescott Road.
KITE DAY ON BALCH HILL – Saturday, May 20, 2-4 p.m. – Bring your kites and kids to join us for a joyous and colorful afternoon of kite-flying in the breezes of Balch Hill. This annual favorite makes for great family fun, with snacks and more. Dogs welcome if on leash. Thanks to our sponsor, Red Kite Candy! Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Rain Date: Sunday, May 21. Leaders: Balch Hill Stewardship Committee.
FERNS OF MOOSE MOUNTAIN – Saturday, June 3, 1-3 p.m. – The soon-to-be-conserved Shumway Forest has a rich variety of habitats where ferns of many types unfurl as spring marches up the mountain. Come enjoy the gorgeous shades of green- artists, budding botanists and explorers of all ages welcome! Meet: Top of Moose Mountain Lodge Road. Rain Date: Sunday, June 4. Leaders: Botanist Alice Schori and Courtney Dragiff.
“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!