Trips & Events

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

Additional notes:
— 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.

American cranberry bush flowers at the new King Bird Sanctuary
American cranberry bush flowers at the King Bird Sanctuary

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.

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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, 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!