Franconia Notch Programs

The 2017 Discover the Power of Parks program year will begin soon. Interpretive rangers, Brain Donovan and Haley Doty have planned informative and fun programs for you to take advantage of while visiting Franconia Notch State Park. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required. Visit the Franconia Notch office or call 603-745-8391 for more information on upcoming programs.

You may also enjoy our Discover Power of Parks blog, posted weekly by our Interpreters this summer.

Park Programming Schedule


Date
Events
September 7
9-11am  Introduction to Franconia #2
4-5pm  Geology of Franconia #5
September 8
9-11am  Geology of Franconia #2
4-6pm  Ranger Patrol: Mt Pemigewasset
September 9
9-11am  Franconia Fish Friends #2
4-5pm  Franconia Fish Friends #3
8-9pm  Campfire Stories #1
September 14
1-3pm  Bear Aware #2
4-5pm  Leaf it to Me! #5
September 15
9-11am  Fall Harvest #2
7-8pm  Notch Night Hikes #4
September 16
9-11am  Frozen in Time #2
4-5pm  Leaf it to Me #6
8-9pm  Campfire Stories #1
September 17
9-11am  Leave No Trace #2
4-5pm  Glaciers: Movers and Shapers #5
September 18
9-11am  Bear Aware #2
4-5pm  Frozen in Time #3
September 20
9-11am  Franconia Fish Friends #2
4-5pm  Franconia Fish Friends #3
September 21
9-11am  Seasons of Change #3
1-3pm  Leaf it to Me! #5
4-5pm  Snakes of NH #5
September 22
9-11am Introduction to Franconia #6
3-5pm  Frozen in Time #6
4-5pm  Franconia Fish Friends #3
7-8pm  Notch Night Hike #4
September 23
9am-2pm  Ranger Patrol: Falling Waters Trail
4-5pm  Seasons of Change #6
8-9pm  Campfire Stories #1
September 24
9-11am  Bear Aware  #2
4-5pm  Frozen in Time #3
September 25
9-11am  Geology of Franconia #2
4-5pm  Geology of Franconia #6
September 26
9-11am  Seasons of Change #2
4-5pm  Seasons of Change #6
September 27
9-11am  Introduction to Franconia #2
4-5pm  Introduction to Franconia #7
September 28

9-11am  Fall Harvest #2
1-3pm  Leaf it to Me! #2
4-5pm  Seasons of Change #3
September 29
9-11am  Franconia Fish Friends #3
3-5pm  Frozen in Time #6
4-5pm  Ranger Patrol: Artists Bluff/Bald Mt
September 30
9-11am  Franconia Fish Friends #6
1-3pm  Snakes of NH #5
8-9pm  Campfire Stories #1
#1. Campground Amp.
#2. Hiker Cabin
#3. Flume
#4. Campground Store
#5. Tram Station
#6. Basin
#7 Echo Lake Basin

Program Descriptions

Glaciers: Movers and Shapers
Come learn about how Franconia Notch was transformed into the awe-inspiring valley we see today! Travel back in time to see how the notch was influenced by its surroundings and how you can help preserve it!

Leaf It To Me!
How well do you know your trees? Learn how to identify popular trees in the area based on their leaves alone. Also, learn why and how leaves change color in the fall.

Fall Harvest
Stop by the Hiker Cabin to learn about the bounty that fall brings! Learn about major fall crops, pumpkins and how apple cider is made.

Seasons of Change
Cold weather got you feeling cooped up inside? Visit with ranger Brian and learn about fall leaves, animal tracks, and recreational opportunities in Franconia Notch State Park.

The Snakes of New Hampshire
Visit Ranger Brian to learn more about the snakes of Franconia Notch State Park and New Hampshire.

Patrol and Public Contact

Keep an eye out for ranger Brian as he patrols the trails of Franconia. He is looking forward to answering your questions about hiking and nature.

Campfire Stories

Come gather round the campfire in the Lafayette Place Campground Amphitheater to hear local legends and spooky stories. Feel free to bring your own s'mores and prepare for a night of fun!

Introduction to Franconia
Visit Ranger Brian to learn more about the wonders of Franconia Notch State Park.

Geology of Franconia

Visit with ranger Brian and learn about the geology of the Appalachian Mountains and Franconia Notch!

Bear Aware
Welcome to Bear Country! Stop by to learn about black bears, make your own bear mask and develop good habits to keep both you and the bears safe.

Notch Night Hike

Life in the notch doesn't stop at dusk. Join Ranger Haley on a hike along the Pemi Trail after dark! Learn about nocturnal animals of the notch including the senses that make them so successful.

Seasons of Change

Cold weather got you feeling cooped up inside? Come learn about fall leaves, animal tracks, and recreational opportunities in Franconia Notch State Park.

Franconia Fish Friends
Have you ever wondered what fish do during the fall and winter? Find ranger Brian and Travis the trout to learn more!