For Families

Learning and growing in nature is fun for the whole family! From the Our Big Backyard series where adults and children ages 7-11 explore the wonders of nature during every month of the year to our seasonal Polliwogs program designed to introduce children ages 2 1/2 – 5 to nature through hands-on fun with a favorite grown-up, Prescott Farm offers a full array of hands-on experiential programs for all ages. Join us and reconnect to the people and places that matter most to you!


Our Big Backyard Series [FAMILIES]
$8 per person (FREE for Upgraded Members) Adult must accompany child. 

There is always something exciting to discover on our treks around Prescott Farm!  Age 7+ with an adult. Light activity.

Program Descriptions:

  • Pollinator Power
    Saturday, July 27; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Pollinators are amazing! These insects, birds and other critters are essential for plants to produce the bounty of fruits and vegetables that we eat every day. Come learn more about them and things we can do to help protect them.
  • Plants to Plates
    Saturday, August 17; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Summer is in full swing and green plants are everywhere! Join us to sample delicious edibles in the garden as well as wild foods from the forest and field.
  • Amazing Mushrooms
    Saturday, September 21; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Mushrooms are super cool! We’ll go on a mushroom hunt and find as many interesting varieties as we can as we learn about their important role in our ecosystem.

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  • Our Big Backyards series generously sponsored byKennell Orthodontics

  • Instructor: Andie Hession

Summer Polliwogs Program [Families]

Wednesdays // 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$6 per person (FREE for Members) Adult must accompany child . For ages 2 1/2 – 5.

A fun group for the littlest explorers among us! Join us and bring along your favorite grown-up to explore the forests, fields and gardens around Prescott Farm. Spring is a busy time as animals come out from winter, and these sessions are designed to keep children busy and engaged. You may choose to register for individual dates or the entire series! Great for grandparents and grandchildren to do together!

July 10- Signs of Summer: The forest and fields are alive with buzzing, chirping, and crunching. In our first Polliwogs meeting of the summer, we will see, smell, touch, and listen for signs of the season.

July 17- Life on the Farm: Imagine life at Prescott Farm when this land was still a farm. What animals lived here? What equipment did farmers use? Through games and crafts we will journey back in time.

July 24- Insect Investigation: It is no secret that bugs abound in summer. We spend a lot of time swatting them away, but these tiny critters play a big role in nature. From butterflies to ants and caterpillars to beetles, join us to explore buggy superpowers.

July 31- Dusk Defenders: Nature is all about balance. As the sun goes down, bats emerge overhead as insect eating machines. These flying mammals eat about half of their weight in insects each night!  We will explore how bats accomplish this amazing feat.

August 7- Monarchs and Milkweed: Monarch butterflies have completed their long journey from Mexico. We will find evidence that they are back by investigating the Monarch’s favorite plant – milkweed – for eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises. We might even glimpse this beautiful butterfly!

August 14 – The Learning Garden: Explore the colors of the Learning Garden, and then get ready to eat the rainbow!  We will harvest, taste, and prepare a few simple recipes fresh from the garden.

Instructor: Andie Hession

Forage for Fall Flair!  [Families]

Saturday, September 28; 1-3 pm
$8 (FREE for Members) * Minimum 1 adult & 1 child per party *

Let the colors of fall inspire your family to create nature-based decorations for your home. We will go for a walk around Prescott Farm to search for materials. Follow designs from our educators to then craft your discoveries into seasonal ornaments.

August 2019

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  • Summer Polliwogs Series (6 weeks) [FAMILIES]
  • Summer Polliwogs Series (6 weeks) [FAMILIES]
  • Our Big Backyard Series: Plants to Plates [FAMILIES]
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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 366-5695
(603) 366-5720 (Fax)

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