Upcoming Program Descriptions

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Seasonal listings are below. To view the full year of programming, see the online calendar. Click the “Nature Connect 365” image (below) for the 2023 program guide.

Prescott Farm is here to help you connect with nature and the world around you, from our snowshoe series and Family Fun Days to gardening and maple sugaring. A number of other hands-on experiential programs for all ages are also offered throughout the year. Let our experienced environmental educators open the doors to the outdoors for you!
* Members can take advantage of FREE programming – pay only for guest instructor or materials fees in other workshops. 

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center Community Connection Programs physical demand scale and experience level


Winter Wonders Week February 21st-24th

By popular demand, Prescott Farm Presents Winter Wonders Week! Guests from neighboring states are frequently in New Hampshire in February & April just one week ahead of our traditional WildQuest Winter Camp weeks. We invite children and their families to get a taste of WildQuest Camp Fun by spending part of their vacation week with us exploring outside, learning about the natural world, and having FUN together!
See individual dates for program activities and physical demand scale. Each of these programs is offered at NO COST to Prescott Farm members and just $15 each for nonmembers. Space is limited!

Tap Into Maple

Tuesday, February 21; 10-12 pm

Experience a New England tradition that predates New England—making maple syrup! From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will take an inside look into every step of the syrup making process. Our naturalists will help you identify maple trees, learn the parts of the tree and their functions, and how the maple sap is turned into syrup.

Snowshoes or traction cleats will be available if conditions require them.

Recommended Ages: Multigenerational
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills.
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Quinzee (Snow Shelter) Building

Wednesday, February 22; 10-12 pm

Learn how to make a simple, fun style of snow shelter: a quinzee! Quinzees are made by digging out the center of a large pile of snow. We’ll show you how to make sure the shelter is strong enough to keep you warm and safe all winter long (at least until spring melts it away).

Recommended Ages: 8-14
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills.
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Making Maple Candy

Thursday, February 23; 10-12 pm

Maple season will just be starting, so let’s make something really special with Prescott Farm’s fresh maple syrup: maple candy! Participants will work together to turn maple syrup into two styles of maple candy to enjoy. We will also taste test maple sap and the different grades of syrup.

Recommended Ages: 8-14
Physical Demand [1] = Activity is indoors or outside with up to 1/10 of a mile walking; includes both sitting and standing
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Snowshoe Animal Tracking

Friday, February 24; 10-12 pm

Winter is a great time to see and identify animal tracks in the snow. Take a trek in the woods and search for signs of animals. Learn to identify animal tracks in the snow while asking and answering the questions “Who, What, When, and Why?” as we practice reading the stories of the animals

Snowshoes available (no extra charge) to borrow or guests may bring their own.

Recommended Ages: 8-14
Physical Demand [3] = Activity includes 1/2-1 mile of walking on uneven terrain; may include hills.
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members


Youth(8+) and Adults


Eyes on the Sky Astronomy 

How Telescopes Work
Saturday, January 28; 2-3 pm

How do telescopes show us far away objects? Join us in trying simple experiments figure out how reflecting and refracting telescopes work. (1 hour)

Recommended Ages: Youth with Adults
Physical Demand [1] = Activity is indoors or outside with up to 1/10 of a mile walking; includes both sitting and standing
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Trail Games

Forest Trail Games for Kids & Adults
Saturday, January 28; 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 25; 1-3 pm

Can’t convince your kids to go outside much less on a hike with you? Experience the many ways you can make time in nature with your kids fun through immersive games!

Recommended Ages: Youth with Adults
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members


Multigenerational


Maple Sugaring

Tap Into Maple
Every Saturday in March
90 minute programs begin at 10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 1:00; 2:00 & 3:00

Experience a New England tradition that predates New England—making maple syrup! From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will take an inside look into every step of the syrup making process. Our naturalists will help you identify maple trees, learn the parts of the tree and their functions, find a tree to tap, learn the history of maple sugaring, and enjoy the sweet aroma of boiling sap.

Recommended Ages: Multigenerational
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); $0 for Members


Adults


Moonlight Tours

Moonlight Snowshoe
Saturday, February 4; 5-7 pm
Tuesday, March 4; 6-8 pm Full Moon

Explore Prescott Farm in a different and special way. Inspired by the weather and the dynamic calendar of the natural world, topics discussed on our moonlit walk will vary but may include: identifying constellations, habits of nocturnal animals, and testing your own night vision abilities.

Snowshoes available (no extra charge) to borrow or guests may bring their own.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); $0 for Members

Homemade Soap

Soapmaking 101
Saturday, January 7; 10 am-12 pm

Learn how to safely make your very own soap. We will cover the basics of soapmaking, and each participant will take home about 10 bars of seasonally scented soap to enjoy.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [1] = Activity is indoors or outside with up to 1/10 of a mile walking; includes both sitting and standing
Cost: $45 (Non-Members); $20 for Members

Snowshoe Tours

Beginner Snowshoe
Saturday, January 7; 1-3 pm
Saturday, February 4; 1-3 pm

Learn the basics of snowshoeing from learning how to put on a pair of snowshoes to getting outside and having some winter fun with them!

Snowshoes available (no extra charge) to borrow or guests may bring their own.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [3] = Activity includes 1/2-1 mile of walking on uneven terrain; may include hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Snowshoe Adventure
Saturday, January 14; 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 18; 1-3 pm

A winter adventure awaits! Whether you are an avid snowshoer or just beginning, join us for a refreshing walk and exploration of the winter landscape of Prescott Farm.

Snowshoes available (no extra charge) to borrow or guests may bring their own.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [5] = Activity includes 1 or more miles of walking on uneven terrain with hills; may include some off-trail walking
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Animals of NH

Tracking: NH Wildlife in Winter
Saturday, January 14; 1-3 pm

Not all New Hampshire animals hibernate or migrate. There are lots of native animals who live in NH year round! Join us to learn how they survive and practice reading their tracks to know what they’re up to.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [3] = Activity includes 1/2-1 mile of walking on uneven terrain; may include hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Eyes on the Sky Astronomy 

Stars, Planets & Constellations
Saturday, January 21; 5:30-7 pm
Saturday, February 11; 6-7:30 pm

What planets, stars, and constellations are visible in the winter night sky? Join us indoors for a short tour of the highlights of the month and then head outdoors to view the real thing with binoculars and telescope.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [1] = Activity is indoors or outside with up to 1/10 of a mile walking; includes both sitting and standing
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Beginning Birding

Winter Birds
Saturday, January 21; 10 am-12 pm

In the wintertime, birds are busy and easier to see! Learn about the birds that visit bird feeders, natural food sources for birds, and strategies used by birds to survive the cold.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [3] = Activity includes 1/2-1 mile of walking on uneven terrain; may include hills
Cost: $15 (Non-Members); Free for Members

Snowshoe Yoga

Snowshoe Yoga
Saturday, January 28; 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 11; 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 18; 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 25; 10 am-12 pm

Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of nature as you practice yoga on snowshoes! Snowshoes help keep you on top of the snow and provide a more stable base. Experience inner calm and a sense of wellness in nature with yoga poses, a guided walking mediation, and this introduction to shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.”

Snowshoes available (no extra charge) to borrow or guests may bring their own.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [4] = Activity includes around 1 mile of walking on trails with uneven terrain and hills
Cost: $32 (Non-Members); $17 for Members

Fiber Arts

Needle Felted Landscapes
Saturday, February 11; 1-3 pm

Join us for a beginner needle felt class. We’ll enjoy the view of the mountains as we learn the basics of needle felting and each participant will take home a felted landscape.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [0] = Entire activity is indoors and seated
Cost: $30 (Non-Members); $15 for Members

Felted Coasters and Pot Holders
Saturday, February 25; 10 am-12 pm

Use the shrinking properties of wool to wet felt wool coasters or a pot holder of your own design.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand [1] = Activity is indoors or outside with up to 1/10 of a mile walking; includes both sitting and standing
Cost: $30 (Non-Members); $15 for Members

 

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 366-5695
(603) 366-5720 (Fax)

info@prescottfarm.org

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