Trips & Events



This do-at-your-own pace hiking challenge is a new favorite for families and hikers of all ages! Register through Hanover Parks & Rec here for $5/adult, $3/child and receive a T-shirt and a booklet of short, local trails. Complete 5 of the 8 hikes by FallFest at Storrs Pond (Sept 29, 4-6:30 p.m.) and you’ll be eligible for great raffle prizes. The HTC will introduce you to some of your new favorite trails- sign up today and start exploring Hanover!


ANNUAL BALCH HILL HAWK WATCH — Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-1pmSee the hawks on their migration south and enjoy the view from the summit.  Families welcome. Bring your binoculars and hope for clear skies and cruising hawks!  Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 24. Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Leaders: David Merker & Gail McPeek.  Level: Easy.

AUDREY McCOLLUM TRAIL DEDICATION — Sunday,  Sept. 24, 11am-noonTour the new boardwalk through the Trescott Wetlands linking Woodcock Lane to the Etna Library and King Bird Sanctuary. Join us and the McCollum family to celebrate this ardent Hanover environmentalistMeet: Etna Library. Please, no dogs.  Partner: Hanover Trails Committee. Tour follows remarks and refreshments. Level: Easy.

HANOVER FALLFEST — Friday, Sept. 29, 4-6:30pmFood, live entertainment, games & crafts for kids. Last day of the Fourth Annual Hanover Trails Challenge—bring your completed trail booklet to enter a raffle for wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. Co-sponsors Hanover Parks & Recreation and Hanover Improvement Society. Location: Storrs Pond.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL FAMILY HIKING DAY — Saturday, Sept. 30,  2-4pmExplore this National Scenic Trail right in           Hanover’s own backyard. We’ll visit the newly protected Hudson Farm and follow the white blazes on an easy loop hike.  Co-sponsor Hanover Parks & Recreation. Bring snack and water.  Rain date: Sun. 10/1 Meet: New parking area on Trescott Road opposite Partridge Lane.  Please, no dogs. Leaders: Courtney Dragiff & Gail McPeek.  Level: Easy-moderate.

TRAILS AND ALES!  — Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:15 pm—Enjoy fall foliage at the Mink Brook Nature Preserve, an easy walk from downtown Hanover. Hikers get a drink ticket to enjoy afterwards at Salt hill! Join us throughout the evening to swap stories, plan your next hike & find out what’s new on the trails. Headlamp or flashlight suggested. Meet: Salt hill Pub, Hanover.  Leader: Courtney Dragiff.  Level: Easy.

TALES FROM THE ARCTIC & ANNUAL MEETING  — Monday, Nov. 13, 7-9pmJoin us as Dr. Jackie Richter-Menge, pioneering CRREL Research Engineer and 2016 presidential appointee to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, shares career insights and observations from her decades of Arctic and climate change research. Refreshments will be served. A brief Annual Meeting follows at 8:15. Meet: Hanover High School Auditorium.


“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!