Public Programs

Our Big Backyard Series [Families]

$12/Adult-child pair ($10 Members) +$4/additional child
There is always something exciting to discover on our treks around Prescott Farm!  For ages 3-10, with an adult; Light activity.


  • Birds of PreySaturday, April 14; 10:00-11:30
    From the tiny American kestrel to the great horned owl to the majestic bald eagle, NH is home to many different species of birds of prey.  Learn how and what these birds hunt, survival strategies, and the best way to get a good look at them.
  • Amazing Vernal PoolsSat., April 28; 10:00-11:30
    Vernal pools are the ONLY place certain amphibians (such as wood frogs and spotted salamanders) lay their eggs.  We’ll explore the beautiful, wooded vernal pool on our property where we have found eggs in the past, and hopefully get a chance to see them up close.  Please wear mud boots!
  • Beginner BirdersSaturday, May 19; 10:00-11:30
    Calling all beginner birders!  We’ll explore Prescott Farm in search of our feathered friends and learn about the best places to find birds, how to call them for a better view, and how to identify some of the more common species.
  • Spring at the PondSaturday, May 26; 1:00-2:30
    Spring is in full swing and the pond is alive with all kinds of critters!  There are the big ones you’d expect—turtles, frogs, ducks—but there is also a whole hidden world of tiny creatures (including baby dragonflies) that live in the water.  We’ll bring our pond exploring gear and see what we can find.  Please wear mud boots!
  • DragonfliesSaturday, June 9;  10:00-11:30
    Zip, zip, zip!  There is nothing quite like watching dragonflies zipping through the air catching insects to eat!  Our exploration will take us to the pond to find baby dragonflies and the fields to observe adults in action.  Please wear mud boots!
  • Butterflies & MothsSat., June 16; 10:00-11:30
    What is the difference between butterflies and moths?  From the gardens to the forest, we’ll discover the best habitats for our fluttery friends and their interesting life cycle.


Bucky Brigade! (Service Learning Opportunity) [Families]
Saturday, April 14; 1:00-3:00
$10 ($8 Members)/adult-child pair
Come and meet Bucky, our locally-famous resident box turtle!  We’ll learn all about NH turtles, as well as how to take good care of Bucky. You’ll be certified to become a member of our “Bucky Brigade” – volunteers that come in regularly to help care for her!


Cultivating Edible Mushrooms [Adults] – THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Saturday, April 21; 10:00-12:00; $25 ($22.50 Members)
Growing your own shiitake or oyster mushrooms is easier than you might imagine!  In this workshop you will learn the basics of growing edible mushrooms on hardwood logs, help us inoculate logs for Prescott Farm, and keep one to take home!

This Program is FULL – please call the office to get on our Wait List, and stay tuned for more Mushroom walks and workshops in August, September and October.

Wild Foods of Spring   [Adults]
Saturday, April 21; 1:00-3:00
$12 ($10 Members) 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 pond, woods, and fields of 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.

Note:  First in a series – We will have a Wild Foods of Summer walk on July 21 and Wild Foods of Fall walk on September 22.


Soapmaking [Adults]
Spring –
Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:00-3:00 FULL*

Summer – Saturday, June 30, 2018 1:00-3:00 FULL*
$35 ($31.50 Members)
If you missed our soapmaking classes in the fall, 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.

* call the office to get on the wait list for the Spring & Summer Soapmaking workshops (603) 366-5695; and stay tuned for FOUR sessions of Holiday Soapmaking the first 2 weekends of November 2018.


Eyes on Migrators [Adults]
Saturdays, May 5 & May 12; 8:00-10:00am
$12 /session ($10 Members); $15 at the door
It’s early May and the woods are alive with the songs of migrating birds returning from the sunny south—birdwatching at its best.  If you love birds, this is the program for you. No birdwatching experience necessary.


Summer Solstice (Almost!) Campfire & Cob Oven Pizza [Families]
Saturday, June 16; 5:30-7:30pm
$10 ($8 Members); $12 at the door

Join us for a fun evening of food, fire and friends! Share stories around the campfire, delicious pizza from our cob oven, and the company of old and new friends. What a great way to spend a beautiful summer or evening and celebrate the upcoming summer solstice.


Exploring Herbal Medicines & Crafts Series [Adults]

Sign up for the entire series and get the initial May 5th Woods Walk FREE!!

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!

More classes in this series will be offered July-November—stay tuned!

Woods Walk with the Herbalist
Saturday, May 5 – 10:00-12:00
$16 ($14 Members)
In this gentle walk you will learn the uses of the forest plants & woods lore of the NH woodlands. Discover the “hidden” treasure of food, medicine and wisdom the woodland holds for us. Learn how to see the woods through an Herbalist’s eyes!

Art & Science of Aromatherapy
Saturday, May 12 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Members)
The use of essential oils spans throughout human history in perfumery, ceremony, and healing. In this class you will gain understanding of what an essential oil is, how essential oils work in healing and how to use them safely in many ways. You’ll even learn how to create your own blends for personal perfume and enjoyment!

Herbal Spa Day of Pure Beauty: Creative Non-Toxic Herbal Beauty & Spa Treatments You Can Make
Saturday, June 2 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Members)
Your skin is the largest organ of your body absorbing everything you put on it! Get away from the chemical shampoos, moisturizers and other potentially hazardous things you put on your body every day. In this class you will learn how to create safe non-toxic & edible herbal beauty treatments for your hair & skin that will give you glowing results and cost you less than commercial “beauty” products!

Making Baskets Using Materials from Garden, Field & Forest
Saturday, June 9 – 10:00-12:00
$35 ($30 Members)
Got lots of pruning & cutbacks from your garden headed for the burn pile? Finding lots of pretty bark in the woods? Why not turn it into a natural basket! Its a wonderful way to stimulate your Creative juice whilst making a “place for your stuff” or a one of a kind gift for someone. You don’t need special skills or materials, just an imagination and sense of fun to begin!


 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.

Intro to Organic Gardening (Service Learning Opportunity) [Adults]
Saturdays, May 5-June 9; 10:00-12:00; $60 per person for 6-week course

Are you interested in growing food but not sure where to start or lack space for your own garden?  In this 6-week series, you’ll get your hands dirty learning all the basics—garden planning, soil preparation, starting seeds, building raised beds, weed ID, care and maintenance and more.  By June, you and your new “green thumb” will have the skills to become part of our essential garden volunteer crew!


Keeping Chickens (Service Learning Opportunity) [Families]
Saturday, June 30;  10:00-12:00
$10/adult-child pair ($8 Members)
Using our small flock as a model we’ll learn about chicken housing, food and water requirements, egg collection and more. You’ll be ready to start your own flock as well as      become a Prescott Farm volunteer to help take care of ours!