Public Programs (for adults, families and homeschoolers): Oct.-Dec. 2015

We have a very exciting schedule of Fall Programs lined up for YOU! You are welcome to enjoy them all with us, just make sure to reserve your spot soon, as they do fill quickly!


Celebrating the Seasons Series:
$10 ($8 Members) per session (homeschoolers pricing is different: $10 per student and adults are FREE!)               

The natural world is constantly changing. If you take the time to look, each month brings new and exciting phenomena to learn from and delight in. Using authorMary Holland’s book Naturally Curious as a month-by-month guide to the wonders unfolding in the fields, forests and wetlands of New England, each month participants will go on a leisurely hike with one of Prescott Farm’s naturalists, with the goal of cultivating their observation skills and deepening each person’s relationship with the natural world. Note: Program titles and descriptions are used with permission from Mary Holland. This series will be continued monthly in 2016.

Saturday, October 10; 10:11:30 (Adults only); 1:00-2:30 (Families)
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 1:00-2:30 (Homeschoolers ages 8-12)
The summer has come to an end and hints of the coming winter remind us of changes brewing. For many plants and animals, these changes are life-threatening. They include the disappearance of the food that many relied on over the past six months; the cooling of the air that determines the body temperature of cold-blooded animals; and strong, cold winds that can quickly desiccate plants. This time of year provides many examples of ways in which both plants and animals have adapted to New England’s changing seasons.

Saturday, Nov. 7; 10:00-11:30 (Adults only); 1:00-2:30 (Families)
Wednesday, Nov. 4; 1:00-2:30 (Homeschoolers ages 8-12)
New England temperatures can fluctuate greatly in November. Within a given state, climatic conditions can be wildly erratic. First snows may fall in northern New England, yet balmy days are not unheard of. Throughout the Northeast most deciduous trees have lost their leaves and many animals have disappeared from sight. Reptiles and amphibians that didn’t enter hibernation last month do so in November. Insect sightings become more and more scarce. The last of the migrant birds are leaving. Mammals that don’t remain active through the winter have entered hibernation or dormancy. The natural world is bracing for winter.

Saturday, Dec. 5; 10:00-11:30 (Adults only); 1:00-2:30 (Families)
Wednesday, Dec. 9; 1:00-2:30 (Homeschoolers ages 8-12)
Many creatures have disappeared from sight. Those that remain include “feeder birds,” those whose interactions present an opportunity to assess hierarchy within a flock as well as between species. While there are fewer mammals around, the signs of those that remain active are more evident, and change daily. As soon as the first snow falls, animal signs—be they tracks, scat, scent posting, feeding holes, or markings of any kind—offer the observer an intimate look at animal activity. Plants, for the most part, are dormant, with next year’s growth safely sealed within protective buds, awaiting lengthening days.

Other Events & Walks:

Moonlit Campfire
Friday, October 30, 2015; 6:00-8:00 — All ages welcome
$6 ($5 Members)
Is there any better way to spend a fall evening than gathered around a campfire? Come meet new friends and celebrate the change in season under the full moon. We will serve local hot apple cider and pizza samples from our cob oven. Note: We will be offering Moonlit Walks monthly continuing in 2016—stay tuned!

Solstice Walk
Tuesday, December 22; 5:00-6:00– All ages welcome
$10 ($8 Members)

Join us for a walk to celebrate the Winter Solstice! With just 9 hours of daylight today, we are experiencing the shortest day before the amount of light starts its slow increase again. During the walk our educator will discuss why the length of day changes throughout the year and share solstice traditions from around the world.

Homeschool/Youth Programs
In addition to the Celebrating the Seasons programs for homeschoolers listed above, homeschool groups, church groups, other youth groups (and schools, of course!) are welcome to register as a group for any of the programs in our School Programs booklet. Programs are not limited to those listed in the booklet—we can work with you to design a program that meets your group’s specific needs and interests. Please call us at the number below with any questions and to book your program.

View our Fall Programs flyer here.

Reservations are required for all programs. For more information on any of these programs and to reserve your space, please contact us at:

Phone: 603-366-5695

 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.