2019 WINTER TRIPS & PROGRAMS
Never miss a trip: current Conservancy members receive a printed trip card in the mail each season.
POWDER POP-UP SNOWSHOE TOURS
A post-snowstorm weekend TBA, 10am-noon – Explore a special spot with us—at its best in fresh powder! Will it be the newly protected fields and forests of the Hudson Farm with their beautiful views? The lovely Slade Brook valley with its new bridges? A Moose Mountain and Mill Pond tour? Location, level and meeting place will be announced via e-news, website, and Facebook.
WINTER AT THE TRESCOTT LANDS
Saturday, Jan. 26, 9-11:30 – Guided snowshoe trip to explore a new corner of the vast lands that supply Hanover’s drinking water. We’ll check for signs of wildlife, discover an immense porcupine tree and hear about upcoming new trails. Meet: Ball field parking lot at 41 Grasse Road. Leaders: Dartmouth College professors Tom Jack and Laura Conkey. Level: Easy. Snowshoes available.
NIGHT HIKE AT BALCH HILL
Saturday, Feb. 16, 7-8:30pm – See Balch Hill in a new light as the moon rises over the summit. Listen for barred owls along the trails and look for nocturnal visitors by the reclaimed apple orchard as we enjoy hot cocoa with a view. Meet: Grasse Road trailhead. Leader: Courtney Dragiff. Level: Easy. Micro-spikes, warm layers, and headlamp recommended.
TRACKING WILDLIFE AT THE BRITTON FOREST
*Conservancy members only — group size limited*
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 -12:30 (approx.)– Pry into the secret lives of bear, bobcat, moose, and more as we gather a wildlife list for our newly protected Britton Forest on Moose Mountain. Leaders: Alcott Smith and Don Cutter. Level: Moderate to challenging off-trail hiking; snowshoes available.
A HALF CENTURY OF SKIING ON MOOSE MOUNTAIN – Indoor Program
Saturday, March 9, 3:30pm – Trace the times, trails, and tales of iconic Moose Mountain Lodge and early downhill skiing on the mountain’s slopes through historic photos and personal reminiscences. Tour the Lodge inside and out through the lens of noted Etna photographer Jim Block. Discussion with local historians, and long-time Lodge proprietor Kay Shumway. Co-sponsored by Etna Library and Hanover Historical Society. Meet: Trumbull Hall, Etna.
FAMILY MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE & BONFIRE
Saturday, March 16, 5-8pm – Prowl the Slade Brook watershed by moonlight, discovering two new bridges, trail loops, and Vermont views. Bonfire follows with hot cocoa and more. Bring headlamp or flashlight. Suitable for ages 8 & up. Co-sponsored by Hanover Parks & Rec. Dept. Meet: 11 Old Lyme Road. Leader: Hugh Mellert. Level: Moderate; initial uphill climb. Snowshoes available.
“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 with young children.
- Pets – We love our dogs too, but please leave them at home unless they are a service animal.
- Past Trips: See where we went and what we did here!