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

Summer 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 Summer Programs (July-September) flyer HERE!


Garden & Property Tour
Every Thursday, July 7-October 27; 10:00-11:00
$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!

The Magnificent Big Trees of Prescott Farm
Every Friday, July 8-September 9; 10:00-11:00
$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!


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Every Saturday, September 24-October 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.


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, September 10; 10:00-12:30:  September’s herb workshop brings us cooler temperatures and with that we will scout for forage “food.”  We will learn about how trees can provide food, medicine, and many other survival necessities to get us through lean times, too.

Seeing Smartly:  Connecting with Nature Through the Lens of Your Smartphoneimages
Sunday, September 18; 1:00-3:00
$20 ($18 Members)
Learn how to capture the moment and magic of the natural world with your smartphone!  Join nature photographer Jackie Bonafide for this fun and interactive workshop which will introduce you to focusing, using light, composition, and framing to take amazing nature photos – no fancy camera required, just your phone!  Note: Though the content and format of each class will be similar, participants who choose to participate in all three will have the opportunity to see changes in nature as summer transforms into early fall! 

You CAN Do It:  A Beginner’s Guide to Food Preservation
Saturday, September 3, 2016; 10:00-12:00
$15 ($12 Members)
So you’ve grown some beautiful veggies in your garden or have extras from your CSA or local farmers’ market – now what!?  Learning to preserve food may seem daunting, but with a few tips and tricks you’ll be getting started (and saving money!) in no time.  Join us for an overview and introduction to the various methods of preserving the harvest – water bath canning, freezing, drying and fermentation (which was used widely before refrigeration to preserve vegetables).  Participants will sample a variety of foods preserved using these techniques, and leave feeling empowered to get started preserving food in your own kitchen!

Introduction to Timber Framing DJRounds_20130817_8313
Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11; 9:00-4:00 each day
$150 ($120 Members)
Join historic preservation expert Ian Blackman for an introduction to timber framing. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to learn basic traditional timber framing skills as they help reconstruct a garden shed on the property.  Please Note:  In addition to the registration fee, participants must purchase a framing chisel (approximately $60-80; a link to purchase one will be provided upon registration).

Introduction to Permaculture:  A Framework for Greater Food and Energy Security
Thursday, September 22, 2016; 6:00-7:30pm
$15 ($12 Members)
Come and learn what permaculture is all about, and why it is important to you! What could it mean for your property or community? How does permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainability?  This session, led by professional planner and certified permaculture teacher Steve Whitman, will be especially useful for homeowners, community organizers, design professionals, farmers, and gardeners.  Topics covered will include: An introduction to permaculture ethics and principles, the permaculture design process, site analysis and assessment, food and energy security, natural systems and biodiversity, examples from a range of projects, additional resources for your backyard or community.  If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, join us!

Permaculture Design Charrette
Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2016
$475 (All-inclusive fee includes housing, 3 lunches & 2 dinners)
Learn to use the permaculture design process on a real-life project, refine your design skills, and build your portfolio!  Prescott Farm is currently updating its strategic plan and is excited to utilize the permaculture design process to guide campus growth and use of existing resources.  For this 3-day charrette we are looking for a diverse team of permaculture practitioners, students, teachers, leaders of other nonprofit organizations, architects, landscapers, and others to collaborate with us on this project!  Previous experience with permaculture design is helpful, but not required. Participants that have completed a permaculture design course will earn an Advanced Permaculture Design certificate.  The skills gained during the charrette will be extremely useful as participants tackle similar projects with their own properties or organizations.  For more information, please visit our website:


Camp Sampler: Summer Fun for the Whole Family!
Every Wednesday, July 6-August 17; 10:00-12:00
$20/family ($18/family for Members) per session
Experience what the Lakes Region is all about and get your family out in nature!    Join us for a morning of fun activities with a different theme each week.  From art projects to wildlife to gardening and more, these diverse topics are a fun way to spend a morning outside as a family!  Please Note:  Parents MUST stay with children – no drop-offs.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the program!

July 6 – Circle of Life
Explore a forest habitat and play games that illustrate how all forms of life, from bacteria to moose and humans to trees, are connected to one another.

July 13 – The Sensational Sun
Experience the many ways the sun plays a role in our lives – it provides light and heat, helps us grow food and can be used to make art (we’ll make sun prints to take home).

July 20 – Eco-Artists
Use natural objects to make a sculptural work of art to leave in the woods at Prescott Farm for others to enjoy as well as one to take home.

July 27 – Nature Detectives
Go on a Quest through the forest and look for clues to solve an intriguing Prescott Farm nature mystery.

August 3 – Garden to Table
Sample veggies right out of the garden and harvest some herbs to make delicious homemade herbal butter.

August 10 – Water, Water Everywhere!
Explore the pond and learn about the diverse critters including frogs, newts, birds and insects that call the pond “home.”

August 17 – A Little Bit of Everything
Go on a scavenger hunt to learn more about the animals, gardens, forests and history of Prescott Farm.



Reservations are required for all our programs.  For more information on any of these programs, or to place your reservations over the phone, please contact us at:

Phone: 603-366-5695
Email: [email protected]


Reservation/Cancellation Policy:

All of our programs require reservations unless otherwise noted.  When your reservation is made we ask that you provide a credit card (MC or Visa) to hold your space (your card will not be charged unless you request to pay with it that day).  On the day of the program you may choose to pay by cash, check, or by the credit card on file.   If you must cancel your reservation, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible, since we often have a waiting list.  Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the program and “no-shows” will be charged full program fees to the credit card on file.