2019 FALL TRIPS & PROGRAMS
Never miss a trip: current Conservancy members receive a printed trip card in the mail each season.
All trips and programs are free and open to all (unless noted). Please leave pets at home; service dogs welcome.
MINDFULNESS AT MINK BROOK *POP-UP TRIP*
Date & time TBA via e-news and website! Lee Steppacher will lead us on this easy, slow-paced walk as we breathe in the crisp fall air and listen to the music of Mink Brook as it cascades among mossy boulders. A great introduction to mindfulness for beginners, and relaxing and rejuvenating for all levels. Meet: 11 Brook Rd at Mink Brook trailhead.
FALLFEST AT STORRS POND
Fri., Sept. 27, 4-6pm—An annual family favorite with live music, crafts, games, swimming, cookout and more! Visit our table for fun nature-themed activities and pick up some trail maps. FallFest marks the end of the Hanover Trails Challenge; bring your completed booklet to enter a raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses.
ANNUAL HAWK WATCH AT BALCH HILL
Sat., Sept. 28, 11am-1pm—See the hawks on their migration south and enjoy the view. Families welcome: summit is an easy <10 minute walk from the Grasse Road trailhead. Bring your binoculars and hope for clear skies and cruising hawks! Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Park at dirt lot at junction of Grasse Road/E. Wheelock St/Trescott Rd. Leaders: David Merker and Gail McPeek.
Sun. Sept. 29, 3-5pm—Get personalized tips from certified physical therapists on how to protect your joints and feel your best while hiking. Group size limited; pre-registration required. Register online here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (603) 643-3433. Leaders: Cioffredi & Associates. Rain Date: 10/6.
HARVEST MOONRISE OVER MOOSE MOUNTAIN
Fri., Oct. 11, 6-7:30pm—From the Chapman Trail on Balch Hill, watch the moon appear over Moose Mtn. as we enjoy hot cocoa and listen for barred owls. Easy 1 mile loop; bring headlamp or flashlight. Meet: Grasse Rd. trailhead. Park at dirt lot at junction of Grasse Road/E. Wheelock St/Trescott Rd.
CHaD HERO Hike- A community event
Sunday, Oct. 20, 10am-3pm — Register now for the CHaD HERO hike, one of many wonderful options to support the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock at this annual event. This is the third year of the hike option, which includes a 5 mile, easy-to-moderate hike through Mink Brook, Sachem Village and along the Connecticut River. Route is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. NEW THIS YEAR: Enjoy a StoryWalk as you hike, provided by the Howe Library!
UNSPOOKY FOREST NIGHT HIKE AT RAY SCHOOL
Fri., Oct. 25, 6-8pm—Meet nocturnal neighbors on an easy hike along Camp Brook, ending with a campfire and treats. Find out which mushrooms glow in the dark, identify owl calls and more with activities to make you smile, not scream! All ages (and costumes) welcome. Co-sponsored by Ray School PTO.
LIVING WITH BEARS | HC ANNUAL MEETING
Thurs., Nov. 14, 6-8pm ~ Hanover High School Auditorium
World-renowned bear expert and author Ben Kilham is a keen observer of bear behavior and biology, preparing generations of orphaned bear cubs for life in the wild. Learn how to protect our resident bears and be a good neighbor to wildlife. Join us for free refreshments in the atrium from 6-6:30. HC annual business meeting follows Ben’s talk at approximately 8:15 p.m.
“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!