Trips & Events

2020 WINTER 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.

POWDER POP-UP SNOWSHOE TOURS

Explore a special spot with us—at its best in fresh powder! Date, location, level and meeting place will be announced via e-news, website, and Facebook.

POP-UP XC SKIING AT THE TRESCOTT LANDS

Freshly snow-covered early roads offer excellent cross-country skiing in the  vast lands that supply Hanover’s drinking water.  We’ll check for signs of wildlife and learn about  new trails. Date: A post-snowstorm Sunday, 10am-noon,       announced via e-news, website, and Facebook. Meet: Dogford Road trailhead. Leader: Trescott Recreation Committee Chair Tom Jack. Level: Moderate.

FAMILY MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE & BONFIRE

Saturday, Feb. 1, 5-8pmProwl the Slade Brook watershed by moonlight and   discover 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.

TRACKING WILDLIFE AT TUNIS BROOK MILL LOT

Sunday, Feb. 23, 1-2:30pm – Pry into the secret lives of moose, otter, mice and more as we follow their sign on this hidden gem of a property. Detailed directions on our website! Leader: Adair Mulligan. Level: Easy ~1 mile round trip, fairly flat. Spikes or snowshoes recommended, depending on conditions.

WINTER HIKE AT BALCH HILL

Saturday, Feb. 29, 9-11am All ages will enjoy this easy hike to the summit     of Balch Hill, a Hanover gem that was protected 50 years ago!  We’ll look for  animal tracks and enjoy the summit views while sipping hot cocoa.  A great outing for the Passport to Winter Fun.  Depending on snow depth, bring snowshoes. Meet: Grasse Road trailhead. Leader: Gail McPeek. Level: Easy.

COMMUNITY WORKPARTY: APPLE TREE PRUNING

Sunday, Mar. 8, 3-5pmCelebrate the time change with us as we reclaim apple trees on the open summit of Balch Hill. Fingers crossed for a sun-drenched afternoon! Meet: Summit of Balch Hill. Bring clippers or loppers if available. Leader:    Courtney Dragiff. Level: Easy. Great for all ages – youthful tree climbers needed!

 

 

 

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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!