Public Programs (for adults and families): September-December

Fall is here, and we have a variety of programs for all to enjoy! Bring your family and friends to the Farm and enjoy this season to it’s fullest! Please keep in mind that reservations are required for all our programs and can be made online or by giving us a call at 603-366-5695.

View our Fall Programs (September-December) flyer HERE!


Garden & Property Tour
Every Thursday, October 6-27; 10:00-11:00. **The 10/20 and 10/27 tours have been cancelled.
$7.50 ($6 Members)
Prescott Farm is truly a gem of the Lakes Region!  Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay, our 160 acre property is home to forests and field habitats as well as beautiful flower, herb and vegetable gardens.  Join us for a one-hour naturalist-guided tour which will immerse you in nature, our gardens and the many ways in which the two interact with one another.  Please note:  Mild hiking – please wear sneakers or hiking boots and bring a water bottle!  Note:  If you would like to schedule a Garden Tour for a private group, please contact us at 366-5695.


The Magnificent Big Trees of Prescott Farm
Every Friday, October 7-28; 10:00-11:00.  **The 10/21 tour has been cancelled.
$7.50 ($6 Members)
Prescott Farm is home to some pretty big old trees, including a black walnut which is in the running to be recorded as the largest one in Belknap County!  These trees are quite magnificent to behold, and can also teach us a great deal — just imagine what they have “seen” over the course of their lives!   On this one-hour naturalist-guided tour, you will learn about trees (of course!), but also fascinating facts about ecology, history and how our landscape has changed over the years.  Please note:  Mild hiking – please wear sneakers or hiking boots and bring a water bottle!

Register HERE!

“Not-So-Ordinary” Pumpkin Patch
Every Saturday, October 1-15; 11:00-12:00 & 1:00-2:00
$7.50 ($6 Members)
Join us for a naturalist-led tour of our “Not-So-Ordinary” Pumpkin Patch – an experimental examination of the natural history and taxonomy of pumpkins including about 30 unique varieties of pumpkins that highlight newly developed hybrids and extremely hard-to-find heirloom varieties. Colors range from sun yellow to white and even black and pink varieties. There are varieties that are grown solely for eating their seeds, their beauty, and their culinary use.  While you are here, plan to pick your own pumpkins from our more traditional pumpkin patch after the tour. It truly is a wonderful fall tradition to enjoy with family and friends. All pick-your-own pumpkins are Jack-O-Lantern varieties and can be purchased at the Education Center.

Pre-registration is suggested for these tours and can be made HERE or by calling 603-366-5695.



Wild Mushroom Walk
Sunday, October 2; 10:00-12:00
$20 ($18 Members)
Join us for a wild mushroom foray in the woods of Prescott Farm with an expert from the NH Mushroom Company.  Collect wild mushrooms, learn what features to look at when beginning to identify wild mushrooms and enjoy a morning in the woods! Register HERE!

Herbal Pathfinder Series
$35 ($33 Members)/class
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!

Saturday, October 8; 10:00-12:30:  The last workshop of this herb series brings us to the “roots of Herbal Medicine” by digging roots and learning how to use them in a special old time health preparation to keep you healthy through winter….Fire Cider! Nature walks through the garden will give you a better understanding of the life cycle of the tame and wild herbs so students will know what to look for next spring for medicine and food.

Register HERE!


Sheep to Sweater
Saturday, October 15; 1:00-3:00
$15 ($12 Members)
Join us for a cozy afternoon to learn the basics of turning raw sheep wool into yarn.  Participants will help card (comb) wool, try their hand at a drop spindle as well as watch a demonstration of a spinning wheel in action, and learn about using plants for dyeing the finished yarn.

Soapmaking 101 – FULL!
Saturday, October 29; 1:00-2:30
$35 ($28 Members)
Back by popular demand – learn to make your own homemade soap!  Participants will get hands-on experience making a batch of vegetable-based soap (either lavender or honey oatmeal) to take home – plenty to give as holiday gifts.

This workshop has filled and we are no longer taking registrations. Thank you!


Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon
Saturday, November 5; 10:00-12:00
$50 ($40 Members); includes carving knives to keep
The wooden spoon is the perfect union of art and function.  Learning to carve a spoon using basic hand tools is an age-old skill that one could spend a lifetime refining.  This hands-on class will be a brief overview of the tools and techniques required to carve a spoon.  We will cover wood selection, knife selection and care, knife sharpening, basic wood carving techniques. Registration closed – is now FULL (11/4/16)!  ~ Thank you

Heartfelt & Homemade Herbal Holiday Crafts for Gift Giving

Saturday, November 12; 10:00-12:30
$40 ($36 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!

TEACHER BIO: Melissa Morrison the Clinical Master Herbalist of Dragonfly Botanicals Wisdom Center in Belmont, NH. Melissa has taught herbal medicine at the NE Women’s Herb Conference, Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain and other herb educational venues around the North East. Melissa is committed to teaching people how to use plants for health & healing through her herb apprenticeship courses and classes. Visit Dragonfly Botanicals Wisdom Center FB page for more info on her educational offerings!

Registration is now closed for this!




Prescott Farm Special Places
Saturday, October 29; 3:00-4:30
$10 ($8 Members)
Have you ever been to the “Octopine”? How about Scat Ridge? Join one of our environmental educators for a guided walk around Prescott Farm’s trails to discover some of the most beautiful and interesting places on our 160 acre property!

Register HERE!


Nature-Themed Holiday Ornaments FULL!
Saturday, December 3; 10:30-12:00
$15 ($12 Members)/adult or adult-child pair, +$4/additional child
What better gift to give than one you can assemble with materials found in forests and fields? Learn to make pinecone owls, milkweed mice, wool felt acorns, birch bark sleds with pinecone critters and many more creatures with the collection of natural materials we’ll provide.

This workshop has filled and we are no longer taking registrations. Thank you!


Upcycled Holiday Ornaments
Saturday, December 3; 1:00-2:30
$15 ($12 Members)/adult or adult-child pair, +$4/additional child
You might find yourself looking at the items in your recycling bin differently after this afternoon of holiday crafting. Join us to create one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments and gifts from 2-liter soda bottles, cardboard milk cartons, business envelopes, and more!

Register HERE!


Season of Light:  DIY Lantern Workshop – FULL!
Saturday, December 10; 1:00-2:30 (added 10:30-12:00pm) – both sessions are FULL as of 12/5/16.
$15 ($12 Members)/adult or adult-child pair, +$4/additional child
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.

Registration is now closed for both sessions of this workshop. Thank you and we will see you Saturday!

Solstice Lantern Festival
Saturday, December 17; 4:00-7:00
$3/person (Free for Members)
Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – with fun activities to welcome back the light!  Events will include a lantern parade, bonfire, and contests for lanterns.  Participants may enter their own lanterns of any kind, and we will have a lantern-building workshop the Saturday before the event.