2018 FALL TRIPS & PROGRAMS
We all share the woods– remember to wear blaze orange or hi-vis yellow while hiking this fall! Safety vests will be available at most in-town trailheads to borrow while on your walk. Don’t forget gear for your canine hikers, too!
BEAUTIFICATION OF HANOVER & THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL
Monday, Sept. 17, 7pm – Julius Mason, a Hanover mail carrier for 37 years, devoted countless hours to planting and caring for roadside gardens for all to enjoy. Find out how his legacy lives on. Meet: R.W. Black Community Center. Co-sponsored by the Hanover Garden Club, Hanover Historical Society and Sustainable Hanover.
ANNUAL HAWK WATCH AT BALCH HILL
Saturday, Sept. 22, 11am-1pm – See the hawks on their migration south and enjoy the view. Families welcome. Bring your binoculars and hope for clear skies and cruising hawks! Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Leaders: David Merker and Gail McPeek.
FALLFEST AT STORRS POND
Friday, Sept. 28, 4-6pm – Annual family favorite with live music, crafts, games, swimming, cookout and more! Visit our table for fun nature-themed crafts and new 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.
A.T. FAMILY HIKING DAY AT GREENSBORO RIDGE
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2-4pm – Join the growing celebration all along the East Coast for this annual trek on the Appalachian Trail. Meet: Top of Velvet Rocks Drive. Rain date: Sept. 30. Leaders: Courtney Dragiff and Gail McPeek. Level: Moderate with some tricky footing; 1-mile loop. Co-sponsored by Hanover Parks & Recreation.
10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT GREENSBORO RIDGE
Thursday, Oct. 4, 4:30-6:30pm – Enjoy refreshments and live music as we celebrate the 2008 conservation of this incredible property! Entertainment can’t get more local than a group of talented Hanover High School jazz musicians! Learn about the project’s history and reasons for conservation with brief remarks beginning at 5. A guided, moderately difficult 1.5-mile loop hike begins at 5:30. Rain date: Oct. 5. Meet at the top of Velvet Rocks Drive at the public trailhead and parking area.
UNSPOOKY FOREST NIGHT HIKE AT RAY SCHOOL
Friday, Oct. 19, 6-8pm – Meet nocturnal neighbors on a guided hike through the woods by Camp Brook to the colonial house for campfire and treats. Find out which mushrooms glow in the dark, identify owl calls & more with activities to make you smile, not scream! All ages (& costumes) welcome. Meet: Ray School Rain: Oct. 20.
IN THE MOMENT: MINDFULNESS AT MINK BROOK
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 – Deeply breathe in the crisp fall air and savor the warm sun as we enjoy an easy walk and guided mindfulness meditation along this peaceful stream. Perfect intro for beginners; relaxing and rejuvenating for all. Meet: Brook Road trailhead. Poor weather date: Oct. 28. Leader: Lee Steppacher
— This walk will involve several silent portions and moves at a slow pace; children are welcome at your discretion, but will likely prefer one of our family-friendly trips!
— As responsible users in a multi-use recreational area that allows archery hunting, trip leaders will have safety vests available to borrow. Participants are encouraged to wear bright clothing, including blaze orange or hi-vis yellow, as all hikers should during the Sept. 15- Dec. 15 deer hunting season in NH.
WHALES & TALES FROM THE OCEAN ALLIANCE | HC ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8pm – Join us for an exciting evening with Iain Kerr, President of the Ocean Alliance, as he shares innovations in whale research and trends in ocean health. Refreshments at 6:30; HC annual business meeting follows at ~8:15. Meet: Hanover High School auditorium (tentative). Check here for updates.
5TH ANNUAL HANOVER TRAILS CHALLENGE! – Mid-June through September 28th – This do-at-your-own-pace hiking challenge introduces you to easy-moderate, fairly short trails around Hanover that are suitable for all ages. More info here.
“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, but you can pre-register by emailing RSVP@hanoverconservancy.org. Receive trip updates and weather-related date changes sent right to your inbox!
- 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!