Trips & Events

IMG_6917WINTER TRIPS & PROGRAMS

SKI MOOSE MOUNTAIN – New—POP-UP TRIP! —Explore the backcountry ski trails of the Shumway Forest and other nearby protected lands—at their best in fresh powder. Date: A post-snowstorm Saturday to be announced, 10am-noon; check THIS SPACE for details and updates. Hot chocolate follows. Take home a new trail map. Meet: Top of Moose Mountain Lodge Road, Etna. Leaders: Nancy Collier & Linde McNamara. Level:  Easy to moderate.  Please, no dogs.

 

SNOWSHOE TOUR OF THE TRESCOTT LANDS – Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-2:30pm (with option for longer hike) Family-friendly trip to explore a new trail and hiking loop on the vast lands that supply Hanover’s drinking water.  We’ll check for signs of wildlife and discuss the history of this area as we go. Take home a new trail map.   Meet: Trescott Road entrance. Snowshoes available. Leaders:  Adair Mulligan and Tom Jack. Level: Easy.  Please, no dogs. PLEASE NOTE: This new trail is currently closed to the public due to logging activity in the vicinity.  Jeffrey Smith of Butternut Hollow Forestry, managing forester for the Trescott Water Supply Lands, will guide us safely through this area and explain what is being done there from a forest management view point as well as the complexities of working in and around recreational trails.

Turkeys visit the Dana Pastures

WINTER WILDLIFE AT GREENSBORO RIDGE – * Registration required—priority to Conservancy members* – Saturday, Feb. 17, 9am-noon (approx.)– Pry into the secret lives of bobcat, fisher, and other wildlife as we explore the Greensboro Ridge Natural Area—113 wild acres close to town. Leader: Alcott Smith. Level: Moderate with off-trail hiking.  Group size limited; priority to Conservancy members. Contact us to register. Snowshoes available.  Please, no dogs.

FAMILY MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE & BONFIRE  – Saturday, Feb. 24, 5-8pm – Prowl the Slade Brook watershed by moonlight, discovering a new bridge, trail loops, and Vermont views.  Bonfire follows with hot cocoa and more. Bring headlamp or flashlight. Suitable    for ages 7 & up. Co-sponsor Hanover Parks & Rec. Dept.  Meet: 11 Old   Lyme Road.  Snowshoes available.  Leader: Hugh Mellert. Level: Easy to moderate; initial uphill climb.  Please, no dogs.

WINTER WAYFINDING AT BALCH HILL – Saturday, March 3, 2-3:30pm Questers of all ages are welcome to join this fun family hike exploring the Hill. We’ll follow clues in a quest written for this event, check out views from the summit, and enjoy cookies at our destination.  Meet: Grasse Road trailhead. Snowshoes available. Leader: Courtney Dragiff. Level: Easy.  Please, no dogs.

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

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

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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!