Visit the Etna Library to enjoy the Nature Poetry Walk through the Hayes Farm Park- back up through the end of October!
Our heartfelt thanks to Gail McPeek, former Board member and longtime dedicated volunteer, for putting together the wonderful Nature Poetry Walk at the Etna Library this summer! The Poetry Walk has been removed for fall mowing of the Hayes Farm Park, but we know future StoryWalks will be shared in that wonderful space. Thanks to Barbara Prince at the Etna Library for coordinating this with Gail!
Join the Town of Hanover and the Hanover Conservancy this fall for a limited series of guided hikes at the future Mink Brook Community Forest on Greensboro Road. Hikes will be offered every Tuesday between September 15th and October 13th, with rain dates on Thursdays. Strenuous, off-trail hikes will alternate to the north and south parcels each week at 9 a.m., with a gentle meadow walk every week at noon.
Note: No public access is permitted outside of the scheduled guided walks.
Pre-registration required; group size limited to 10 people (leader plus 9).
Guided hikes to this posted property- to be conserved next year by the Town of Hanover with support from the Trust for Public Land and the Hanover Conservancy- are being held this fall!
Learn more about dates, events and pre-register for these limited trips through the Town of Hanover at this link.
This fun mailbox on the summit of Balch Hill is filled with pens and postcards so visitors can write a note with their favorite memories of this natural area, whose summit we protected 50 years ago.
Some notes so far: “I am 7 1/2 years old and my Dad brought me here today for the first time! Thank you for keeping this place open. I love the butterflies.”
“This hike is magical. I do it weekly. We are privileged to life in such a beautiful place as this.”
“In honor of Dr. Susan Harper; a mentor and beautiful spirit whose legacy will flourish in the Upper Valley forever.” For more about Susan, visit the News page of our website.
Did you know that Balch Hill nearly became the site of over 100 homes? Fifty years ago, the Hanover Conservancy led a group of concerned neighbors to raise the funds to purchase and protect the summit of this iconic place.
Over the last half century, the Balch Hill Natural Area has grown with more lands owned by the Conservancy, Town of Hanover, and Dartmouth College, and managed by a volunteer neighborhood stewardship committee with support from Town and Conservancy staff.
On August 1st, we are launching a 50 day fundraising campaign for the Balch Hill Stewardship Fund, ensuring that this beloved property will be maintained for the next 50 years! Please consider making a gift today. Your donation will support trail maintenance, mowing, invasive plant treatment, sign replacement and many other projects at the hill.