Public Programs

Our Big Backyard Series [Families]

$12/Adult-child pair +$4/additional child (FREE for Upgraded Members*)
There is always something exciting to discover on our treks around Prescott Farm!  For ages 7-10, with an adult; Light activity.


Fall Foliage Walk – Saturday, October 13; 10:00-11:30
It’s about “peak” leaf season, but WHY do our leaves change color? We’ll go on a nature walk and explore the beauty of our forest in the fall!

Our 8-Legged Friends – Spiders! – Saturday, October 20; 10:00-11:30
‘Tis the season for creepy-crawlies! Spiders are an extremely important part of our ecosystem and perhaps not as creepy as you might think! Come learn a bit more about our spider friends!

Beautiful Bats – Saturday, October 27; 10:00-11:30
Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in our ecosystem! Come learn about the life of bats and just how important and interesting they are!

Turkey Quest – Saturday, November 3; 10:00-11:30
Gobble, gobble! Join us to learn more about NH’s largest bird, the wild turkey. You’ll visit four stations and collect parts to make a fun turkey craft.

Getting Ready for Winter – Saturday, November 10; 10:00-11:30
There’s a chill in the air and animals are busy getting ready for winter. Who sticks around, who sleeps through, and who heads south for a sunny vacation? We’ll explore all the options!


Backyard Composting [FAMILIES]

Backyard Composting [FAMILIES]
Saturdays, September 29 & October 6; 10:00-12:00
$24/Family (FREE for Upgraded Members!*)

Have you always wanted to learn about composting but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for this two-part program to explore what compost is, what goes into it, and the benefits of using it on your garden. You’ll also help us build a compost bin system for our gardens, and your own worm composting bin to take home!
Backyard Composting
Register HERE

Farmhouse Kitchen Series [Adults]

$20 (Upgraded Members*—$10 Materials Fee)/class
We’ll use Prescott Farm’s historic farmhouse kitchen to make a variety of homemade delicacies! Please note that the series continues into October (Applesauce and Bread).

Tomatoes — Saturday, September 8; 1:00-3:00
The bounty of the garden is coming in! Join us to learn several ways to prepare one of our favorites: tomatoes. We’ll learn the basics of water bath canning as well as make a fresh salsa.

Sauerkraut — Saturday, September 29; 1:00-3:00
Making sauerkraut involves the ancient method of lacto-fermentation to preserve food by harnessing the power of beneficial bacteria. Learn how sauerkraut and other fermented foods can be beneficial for your health and the basic techniques to start making your own!

Applesauce – Saturday, October 13; 1:00-3:00
Water bath canning is an easy and fun way to preserve the bounty of your garden.  Learn the basics and get hands-on experience as you make a batch of delicious applesauce!

Bread – Saturday, October 27; 1:00-3:00

Love bread?  Learn to bake your own from scratch!  We’ll use a simple no-knead recipe that makes a delicious, crusty artisan loaf.  We’ll also experiment with a hand cranked grain grinder and learn a bit about the science behind how bread rises.


Mushroom Walks [Adults]

Wild Mushroom Walk (Beginner Level)
Saturday, October 6; 10:00am – noon

$20 (Upgraded Members*—$10 Guest Speaker Fee) with pre-registration; $22 at the door
Join us for a wild mushroom foray in the woods of Prescott Farm!  Collect wild mushrooms, learn what features to look at when beginning to identify wild mushrooms and enjoy a walk in the woods!

Intermediate Mushroom ID Walk
SUNDAY, September 9; 10:00-1:00
$30 with pre-registration; $32 at the door
(Upgraded Members*—$25 Guest Speaker Fee)
Join Eric Milligan of New Hampshire Mushroom Company for a more advanced look at the fascinating world of fungi. Breeze through the basics and spend more time in the field. Note: For those that have attended a Wild Mushroom Walk here or elsewhere in the past and want to delve deeper!

REGISTER HERE for Wild Mushroom Walks

Wild Foods of Fall [Adults]

Saturday, September 22; 1:00-3:00
$12 ($10 Upgraded Members*)/person with pre-registration; $15 at the door

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered!” –Emerson. Join us to explore the woods, fields and pond surrounding Prescott Farm and meet some wild “weeds” which are also extremely nutritious and delicious foods. Basic plant identification, ethical harvesting and safety will also be addressed.

DIY Soapmaking [Adults] **WAIT LIST ONLY** Please call us at (603) 366-5695 to be added to the wait list!

Saturday, September 22; 10:00-12:00
$35 (Upgraded Members*–$20 Materials Fee)

If you missed our soapmaking classes in April & June, you’re in luck! We’ll learn the basics of soapmaking and each participant will take home about 10 bars of seasonally scented soap to enjoy.

Soapmaking for the Holidays [ADULTS]  **WAIT LIST ONLY** Please call us at (603) 366-5695 to be added to the wait list!
Saturday, October 6; 10:00-12:00 OR Friday, October 26; 5:00-7:00pm
$35 (Upgraded Members– Just a $20 Materials Fee!)

Join us to make your own homemade soap to give as holiday gifts! Choose from gingerbread, pine or peppermint scents. You’ll go home with about 10 bars.


Exploring Herbal Medicines & Crafts Series [Adults]

Foray into the wild and tame world of herbs in this very fun educational class series. Led by Master Herbalist Melissa Morrison of Dragonfly Botanicals, students will learn how to identify herb medicine plants of the fields & forest; how to harvest and use the herbs in preparations for pleasure and medicine. Come to learn, come to enjoy the seasons and play with the herbs!

How to Make Herbal Oils, Salves, and Ointments
Saturday, September 29 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($21 Upgraded Members*)
Do you have Itchy flaky hurting skin that needs soothing? Need a really awesome dipping oil for your artisan bread? This class will show you how to make herbal preparations you can use for food and medicinal purposes that work, and taste great. All with items you’ll find in your kitchen or yard.

Coming up in the FALL…

Herbs and Healing Foods to Create a Strong Immune System
Saturday, October 20 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Members or $21 speaker fee for Upgraded Members*)
Winter is coming…time to fortify your immune system! In this class, you will learn various ways and traditional herbs that naturally resist the onslaught of seasonal immune challengers, including “Hippocrates’ Tonic” from common yet powerful healing foods and herbs.

Old Fashioned Herbal Holidays: Heartfelt & Homemade Herbal Crafts for Gift Giving
Saturday, November 17 – 10:00-12:00
$40 ($36 Members or $24 speaker fee for Upgraded Members
Do you miss the true spirit of the winter holidays? Bring back the meaning of the heartfelt gift by creating simple yet elegant herbal gifts that people will love! In this workshop you will make herbal spa items to pamper, tasty herbal treats, and even a gift for your feathered friends. Come share the fun and warmth of the holidays and take home herbal gift samples for yourself!

Register HERE for Herbal series

 Our Guest Herbalist: Melissa Morrison M.H.,RMT is the Clinical Master Herbalist and Vitalist Nutritionist of Dragonfly Botanicals Wisdom Center in Belmont,NH. Melissa has taught Alternative/Herbal Medicine at the NE Women’s Herb Conference (from 2010 on), Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Herb Retreat Center and other educational venues around the North East. Melissa is commited to teaching people how to use food, diet, and plants for health & healing through her apprenticeship courses and classes.

Nature-Inspired Holiday Ornaments

Saturday, December 1; 10:30-12:00 [ADULTS] or
Saturday, December 1; 1:00-2:30 [FAMILIES]
$12/Adult or Adult-child pair +$5/additional child (FREE for Upgraded Members!)

What better gift to give than one you can assemble with materials found in forests and fields? Learn to make wool felt acorns, beeswax-dipped pinecones, small wreaths, birch bark stars, a variety of pinecone and milkweed pod critters and more!

Register HERE

Season of Light: DIY Lantern Workshops [FAMILIES]
Saturday, December 8; 10:30-12:00 OR
Saturday, December 8; 1:00-2:30
$15/Adult-child pair +$5/additional child (FREE for Upgraded Members!)

In preparation for our upcoming Solstice Lantern Festival, join us to make your own lantern to enter in our parade and contests! Choose from tin can lanterns that mimic the look of a traditional punched tin lantern or something more colorful made from translucent tissue paper and other upcycled materials.

Register HERE

* Members can upgrade now to take advantage of our new pricing, including FREE programming – pay only for guest lecturer or materials fees in other workshops. Members who choose not to upgrade will continue to pay for programming under their current membership plan (see registration forms for pricing).