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Seasonal listings are below. To view a full year of programming, click the image Nature Connect 365.

Prescott Farm is here to help you connect with nature and the world around you, from our herbal wellness series and Farmhouse Kitchen workshops to gardening and winter snowshoe walks. 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!

WINTER 2020

SNOWSHOE PROGRAMS

Beginner Snowshoeing
Saturday, February 15; 9:30 – 11:30 am
$15 (FREE for Members)

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

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demands: [4]


What to Wear: Winter at Prescott Farm
Tuesday, February 4; 6:30 – 7:30 pm
$10 (FREE for Members)

Snowshoe yoga, building winter shelters, or learning to snowshoe are only a few of the many options for getting outside with Prescott Farm this winter. Don’t let cold feet, hands, or noses stop you from gaining a new skill and experiencing the fun. This program will be your guide to layering and staying warm and dry in winter weather.

Recommended Ages: All
Physical Demand: [2]
Experience: Interested


Moonlit Snowshoe Walks
Saturday, February 8; 6-8 pm
Monday, March 9; 6–8 pm
$15 (FREE for Members)

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 provided as needed.

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demands: [5]


Snowshoe Yoga
Saturday, February 1; 10-12 pm (this session is full, go to registration site to get put on the waiting list).
Saturday, February 8; 10-12 pm
Saturday, Febuary 22; 10-12 pm
Saturday, March 7; 10-12 pm
Saturday, March 14; 10-12 pm

$25 ($17 for Members)
Please note – Snowshoe Yoga is very popular and class size is limited. Pre-registration is highly recommended!

Enjoy the outdoors this winter while doing yoga! In this unique and peaceful snowshoe experience, immerse yourself in the peacefulness of nature as you practice yoga in snowshoes, are guided through a walking mediation, and are introduced to shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.”
Special: Register for a 2020 Trail Yoga with Kate Kretschmer to receive $5 off! (Non-refundable, payment must be made at time of registration.)

Recommended Age: Adult
Physical Demands: [5]


Farm to Table Cooking: Maple Syrup at Every Meal 
Saturday, March 28, 2-3:30 pm
$25 ($10 for Members)

Sap is flowing, the evaporator is running, and a new batch of maple syrup is ready. This sweet treat is for more than just pancakes! Get inspired and learn how to add this New Hampshire staple to a variety of recipes. Bonus: sample sap and discover its uses (weather dependent).

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demands: [2]

You can register now for any 2020 Farm-to-Table programs!

Saturday, May 9; Fiddleheads
Saturday, June 6; Rhubarb Recipes
Saturday, July 11; Early Season Pesto
Thursday, September 3; The Garden Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 21; Baking Bread


Discover Nature: Winter Tree ID 
Saturday, February 1; 1-3 pm
$15 (FREE for Members)

Distinguishing features of bark, branches, and buds help to identify trees in winter. We will cover both deciduous (broadleaved) and coniferous (evergreen) trees. Challenge yourself to learn the species of trees found on our trails, and leave equipped with the skills to identify trees at any time of the year.

Recommended Ages: 14+
Physical Demands: [5]

You can register now for any 2020 Discover Nature program!

Saturday, April 18; Big Tree Tour: Buds!
Saturday, October 10; Fall Foliage Trail Walks


New Series! Wilderness Survival: Winter Firestarting 
Saturday, February 8; 1-3 pm
$20 ($10 for Members)

With snow and ice covering much of the necessary materials, starting a fire in the winter can be a challenge. This program will cover a variety of ignition methods, foraging fire making materials from nature, as well as inventive artificial methods you can prepare before going out in the woods.

Recommended Ages: 14+ (Under 18 must be accompanied by adult)
Physical Demand: [4]

You can register now for any of the 2020 Wilderness Survival programs!

Saturday, April 11; Knots
Saturday, May 9; Knife and Saw Safety & Strategies
Saturday, September 12; Campfire Cooking
Saturday, September 26;  Overnight (Intermediate)
Saturday, October 17; Debris Shelters


Soapmaking 101 
Saturday, February 8; 1- 3 pm

This program is FULL. Please proceed with the registration form to be added to the waitlist.
$45 ($20 for Members)

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

Recommended Ages: Adult
Physical Demands: [2]

Register now for any of our 2020 Soapmaking programs!

Saturday, February 8 (Soapmaking 101)
Friday, April 10 (Laundry Stain Stick)
* Saturday, May 16 (Soapmaking 101)
Saturday, September 26 (Soapmaking 101)
Saturday, November 14 (Soapmaking 101)
Friday, December 11 (Soapmaking 101)
Saturday, December 12 (Soapmaking 101)

*This session is full; click registration or call 603-366-5695 to be put on the waiting list.


New Series! Explore Together: Animal Adaptations
Saturday, February 15; 1-2:30 pm
$12 (FREE for Members)

Take an up close look at animal furs, mammal mounts, skulls, and more. Learn about different adaptations that give animals the ability to survive and thrive in New Hampshire. Snowshoes or traction cleats will be provided as needed.

Recommended Ages: All
Physical Demand: [2]

Register now for any 2020 Explore Together programs!

Friday, February 21; Owling
Saturday, April 11; Mud Tracking
Saturday, May 9; Vernal Pool Tracking
Saturday, July 25; Plant-based & Natural Dyes
Tuesday, August 18; Monarch Monitors
Saturday, December 5; Nature Based Ornaments

 


New Program! Understanding Bobcats in New Hampshire: NH Fish & Game Wildlife Stewards

Friday, January 31, 2020; 6-7:30 pm
$8 (FREE for Members)

This presentation offers a chance to learn about the natural history of our native wildlife, related research and management activities in New Hampshire, and the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes the work possible.

Recommended Ages: 14+
Physical Demand: [1]


New Series! Adult Nature Craft: Winter – Summer

  • Candlemaking
    Saturday, February 1, 2020; 1-3 pm (this session is full, go to registration site to get put on the waiting list).
    $25 ($10 for Members)
    Lighting candles in the midst of winter brings light, warmth, and joy. Learn the process and make your own hand-dipped candles. Personalize candles with natural materials foraged from Prescott Farm. Participants bring home approximately 2, 4 ounce candles.
    Recommended Ages: Adult
    Physical Demand: [2]
    Experience: Interested

Register now for any 2020 Adult Nature Craft programs!

Saturday, April 18; 1:00-3:00- Log Cabin Garden Planters
Saturday, May 30; 1:00-3:00- Terrariums


New Series! DIY Science

Spending time in nature leads to a lot of questions. Answer some of those queries with us through hands-on experiments and outdoor exploration. For families with children excited about hands-on science.

    • Snow Science
      Saturday, February 8; 10- 12 pm
      $8 (FREE for Members)
      The white stuff that falls from the sky and gives us hills to sled down is more than a pretty coating on the landscape. Learn awesome properties of snow by identifying common shapes of snow crystals, dissecting a snowpack, and more. Use your new skills during our next blizzard to wow your friends with cool snow facts! Note: In the event of a thaw, we will still have plenty of options to explore the science of snow.
      Recommended Ages: Child + Adult
      Physical Demand: [2]
      Experience: Interested  

Register now for any 2020 DIY Science programs!

Saturday, April 4; 1:00-3:00- Homemade Weather Station
Wednesday, July 15; 1:00-3:00- Build a Terrarium
Saturday, September 12; 1:00-3:00- Make & Use a Compass
Saturday, October 17; 1:00-3:00 The GRANITE State


New Program! NH Astronomical Society: Sky Watch*

Tuesday, February 25; 7-9 pm
FREE!

Join the NH Astronomical Society in a “beginner-friendly,” enjoyable, and educational experience using a telescope to observe the night sky. Join us at 6:00 for a presentation that will precede the skywatch, and then head outside. Society members will set up their equipment and choose their celestial targets for you. All are welcome to this FREE program!

Recommended Ages: All
Physical Demand: [5]
Experience: Interested   

Register now for fall Sky Watch program!

Tuesday, November 17; 6-8 pm


New Series! Trail Tours

Our trails vary not only in length and intensity, but also in the flora, fauna, and historic landmarks you will find on the way. Our educators will guide you along the trail and reveal some of these natural features. Program topics will vary depending on season and trail.

  • Blue Trail
    Saturday, February 15, 2020; 1:00 – 3:00pm
    $12 (FREE for Members)
    Take about a mile walk in the woods and pass by rock wall remnants, vernal pools, forested wetland. Learn about these and more as you enjoy our longest trail.Recommended Ages: All
    Physical Demand: [5]
    Experience: Interested   

Register now for any 2020 Trail Tours programs!

Saturday, May 30; 10:00-12:00- Yellow Trail
Saturday, August 8; 9:30-11:00- Orange Trail
Saturday, October 24; 10:00-12:00- Red Trail

 


Maple Sugaring Intensive
Saturday, February 22, 2020: 9:00 – 1:00pm
$25 ($15 for Members)

Have you always been interested in making maple syrup but don’t know where to start or lack the trees or time for your own sugaring operation? In this more in depth program you will learn the basics – everything from tree ID to the correct consistency of the finished maple syrup – starting in the classroom and then outside as we prepare our sugarhouse and trees for the upcoming sugaring season. Take the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice as a volunteer during one or more of our public education programs in March. On this day (or days!) you’ll keep the fire going and monitor sap boiling, carry sap to the sugar house, and assist our educators with other aspects of the public program.
Participants must be 18+ and in good physical condition (able to use snowshoes, hike uphill and lift buckets of sap).

Recommended Ages: Adults
Physical Demand: [5]
Experience: Interested  


Tap Into Maple
Every Saturday in March (7, 14, 21, 28)
90 minute programs beginning at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, & 2:00pm
$10 (FREE for Members)

Experience an old-fashioned New England tradition—making maple syrup! From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will participate in every step of the syrup making process. Our environmental educators will help you to build tree identification skills; learn the parts of a tree and their functions; use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap; use historical and modern tree tapping tools; learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends; and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.

The program involves a 20 minute walk to our Sugar House with an uphill hike back after the program. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes or traction cleats will be provided as needed—bring your own if you have them!

Preregistration highly recommended
Recommended Ages: All
Physical Demand: [5]
Experience: Interested


Interested in Organic Gardening and Maple Sugaring?

Take a look at our Service Learning Opportunities!

Service Learning OpportunitiesClick Here

* Members can take advantage of our new pricing, including FREE programming – pay only for guest lecturer or materials fees in other workshops. 

January 2020

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  • Beginner Snowshoeing
  • Painting at Prescott Farm: Winter Wonders
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  • Full Moon Snowshoe
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  • Farm to Table Cooking: Winter Squash Soups
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  • Discover Nature: Animal Tracking
  • Wilderness Survival: Winter Shelters
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  • Snowshoe Yoga*
  • Soapmaking: Shampoo Bars
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  • Understanding Bobcats in New Hampshire: NH Fish & Game Wildlife Stewards

 

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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