Upcoming Program Descriptions

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Seasonal listings are below. To view of full year of programming, see the online calendar.

To register for any program in 2021, visit our ONLINE CALENDAR.

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 our new pricing, including FREE programming – pay only for guest lecturer or materials fees in other workshops. 


New for 2021! Winter Break Outdoor Explorers

Looking for something to do on your vacation (or staycation)? We selected some of our WildQuest Winter Campers’ favorite activities and we are excited to share the fun with your group. We’ve got you covered for BOTH of the traditional February Vacation weeks in our region so everybody wins! There is something new to explore every weekday from 10 am – noon. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather

Shelters
Monday February 15 & 22
Stuck in the woods with a storm on the way? Use what is around you to build a warm shelter with guidance from Prescott Farm educators.

Tracking
Tuesday February 16 & 23
Unlock the mystery of clues left behind in the snow. Who was here? Where did they go? Become an animal track detective through a whole bunch of silly fun!

Snow Science
Wednesday February 17 & 24
Prescott Farm is your laboratory as we discover that there is more to snow than sledding and snowballs. In the event of a melt, we will conduct other cool experiments (pun intended!).

Winter Art
Thursday February 18 & 25
Celebrate the beauty of winter with outdoor arts and crafts.

Snow-lympics
Friday February 19 & 26
The snowball roll! The sledding hill sluice! Participate in a variety of fun games and challenges. In the event of a melt, we will substitute the activities.

Recommended Ages: Kids (with Adult)
Cost: $12 Non-Members; $5 for Members


Snowshoe Yoga

Sat, February 6; 10-12 pm
Sat, February 13; 10-12 pm
Sat, February 27; 10-12 pm
Sat, March 6; 10-12 pm

Conditions permitting, additional snowshoe yoga dates may be added in March.

 


Snowshoe Programs

Strap snowshoes on your feet and explore Prescott Farm in winter. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if you do not already have your own. In the event that there is insufficient snow for snowshoeing, we will continue with the program as a winter hike.

Cost: $12 (FREE for Members)
Recommended Ages: Adult

Snowshoe Big Tree Tour
Sat, January 30; 1-3 pm

As the trees stand tall and bare, enjoy a twist on our popular program with a winter-time offering of our Big Tree Tour. The walk will include a trip to our “Belknap County Champion Big Trees” and other huge, old trees, as well as fascinating fun facts about ecology, history and how trees have adapted to New Hampshire winters.

Snowshoe Adventure
Sat, February 20; 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.

 


Beginner Snowshoeing

Sat, February 20; 10-12 pm

Cost: $12 (FREE for Members)
Recommended Ages: Adult

Never been on snowshoes? No problem! We will show you the basics of snowshoeing and take it slow. Discover how much fun it can be to get out and travel the trails in the winter. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if you do not already have your own. In the event that there is insufficient snow for snowshoeing, we will continue with the program as a winter hike.


 

Full Moon & Moonlit Programs

Cost: $15 (Free for Members)
Recommended Ages: Adult

Thu, January 28; 6-8 pm Full Moon Snowshoe
Sat, February 27; 5-7 pm Full Moon Snowshoe
Tuesday, March 30; 6:30-8:30 pm (Almost) Full Moon Snowshoe

Use your senses to 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, discussing the habits of nocturnal animals, and practicing your own night vision abilities.

Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if you do not already have your own.


Winter Polliwogs

A fun group for the littlest explorers amongst us! Join us and bring along your favorite grown-up to explore Prescott Farm in the winter.

Cost: $6 ($3 Members)
Recommended Ages: Child (2.5-5 years) with Adult

4 Wednesdays; 11:00-12:00

Jan 20 – Animal Prints
Jan 27 – Sledding
February 3 – Snowshoes
February 10 – Sugaring

NOTE: order of programs may be subject to weather conditions.


Nature Up Close

Join us to pause and examine the tiny details that make the natural world so captivating. For winter programs: Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if you do not already have your own.

Cost: Varies (see individual programs)
Recommended Ages: Adult

Smartphone Snowflake Photography
Sat, January 30; 10-12 pm
Catch a falling snowflake! With a macro lens attached to your phone camera, learn how to capture the icy details of an individual flake- and why this is an important picture to take. Please come with a charged smartphone; the macro lens included in the program and is yours to take home. ($60; $45 Members)


Wilderness Skills

Winter Survival Day
Sat, February 6; 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $48 (Non-Members) $24 (Members)
Recommended Ages: Adult

Spend a Saturday challenging your winter survival skills. Build a quinzee with the group. Between steps, practice skills like winter firestarting and more. In the event of a melt, we will explore options for shelter using resources found in the forest.


Volunteer Training: Maple Sugaring

Sat, February 13; 10 am-2 pm

Would you like to be more involved in maple sugaring at Prescott Farm? In this in depth training you will learn the basics – everything from tree ID to the correct consistency of the finished maple syrup – while we prepare our sugarhouse and trees for the upcoming sugaring season. Put your new knowledge into practice as a volunteer during our Tap into Maple programs in March. On these days, you will keep the fire going and monitor sap boiling, carry sap to the sugar house, and assist our educators with other aspects of the program.

Recommended Ages: Adult (Minors must have guardian signature)
Cost: Free with commitment to volunteer during sugaring season


 

Locate Us

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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