Trips & Events

2019 SPRING 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. Please leave pets at home; service dogs welcome.

VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION AT RAY SCHOOL

Friday, April 26, 5-7pm 

Meet: Ray School parking lot, rain/shine. Leader: Courtney Dragiff. Level: Easy: off gravel path and accessible to all! A sure sign of spring is the awakening of frogs and salamanders—let’s greet them as they emerge from a long winter’s nap. Snacks thanks to our generous co-sponsor, the  Ray School PTO.

WORKING FOR WILDLIFE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

Thursday, May 2—6:30-8:00pm ~ Howe Library (indoor event)
We all can do our part to help nd afish and wildlife as conditions shift. What are current trends and how can you—and the conservation community—make a difference? Presented by Amanda Stone, (UNH Cooperative Extension), Lisa Wise (NH Sea Grant & Extension) & Adair Mulligan (HC).

Get helpful, hopeful updates on how we can take meaningful action to help wildlife.

BE IN THE MOMENT: MINDFULNESS AT KING SANCTUARY

Saturday, May 4, 2-3pm

Meet: Etna Library (co-sponsor). Leader: Lee Steppacher.

Enjoy spring’s best weather with an easy walk through a blooming orchard and guided mindfulness meditation. Perfect for beginners; relaxing and rejuvenating for all. Refreshments to follow.

KITE DAY AT BALCH HILL

Saturday, May 11, 2-4pm 

Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Parking is available at the Grasse Road/Trescott Road junction; limited parking also available at top of Hemlock Road.

Rain date: May 12. Leaders: Balch Hill Committee.

Bring your kites and kids to join us for this annual family favorite – a joyous afternoon of kite-flying on the breezes of Balch Hill. Snacks provided. Thanks to our sponsor, Red Kite Candy!

WILDFLOWERS OF THE BRITTON FOREST

Sunday, June 2, 11am-1pm

Meet: Top of Ibey Road off Three Mile Road.

Leader: Botanist Alice Schori.

Help us hunt for wildflowers on the newly-protected Britton Forest! We’re hoping for flowers in bloom as spring marches up the mountain. Bring a picnic lunch- we’ll stop to enjoy our snacks during the hike!

CELEBRATION & COOKOUT FOR MINK BROOK’S 20TH

Saturday, June 15, 3-6pm

Meet: Tenney Park pavilion, Brook Road.
20 years ago, the Mink Brook Nature Preserve could have become a 32-lot subdivision. Join us to celebrate its protection with a cookout and guided tours! Tours will leave on the hour at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Bring the whole family!

SPRING BIRD TRIPS

Along the CT River ~ Sat., April 27, 6:30-9am

Meet: Details coming soon.

Balch Hill ~ Sat., May 4, 7–9am

Meet:

King Bird Sanctuary/Hayes Park ~ Sat., May 18, 7–9am

Meet: Etna Library

Feathered Fridays with Mascoma Audubon Chapter at Mink Brook ~ May 3, 10, 17, & 24, 7-10am

Meet:

6th ANNUAL HANOVER TRAILS CHALLENGE

Registration opens Memorial Day; trails open June 15
Summer-long family treasure hunt on 8 new trails to help you discover the
wilder side of Hanover. Challenge concludes with FallFest at Storrs Pond.
Co-sponsor Hanover Parks & Recreation Dept. & generous local businesses.

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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 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!