Greenfield & Monadnock Programs

The 2018 Discover the Power of Parks programs has begun! Interpretive rangers, Claire Adams and Tom Fischer have planned informative and fun programs for you to take advantage of while visiting Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

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

Complete the Discover the Power of Parks quest and receive a complimentary patch!

Greenfield: Programming Schedule



Day
Events
September 14
4-6:30pm  Welcome Table*
September 15
10am-12pm  Pondemonium**
1:30-2:30pm  Naturally Curious*
3-5pm  Glaciers, Berries & Bogs*
September 16
10am-12pm  Trash Talk*
September 21
4-6:30pm Welcome Table*
September 22
11am-12pm  Naturally Curious***
1:30-2:30pm  Herpetology Olympics**
4-5:30pm  Colors of Fall Hike*
September 23
10am-12pm Trash Talk*
September 28
4-6pm Welcome Table*
September 29
10am-12pm  Pondemonium**
2-4pm  Glaciers, Berries & Bogs!*
October 5
4-6pm Welcome Table*
October 6
10am-12pm  Naturally Curious**
1:30-2:30pm  Herpetology Olympics**
4-5:30pm  Colors of Fall Hike*
* Meet at the Office
**Meet at Beaver Pond/Camper's Beach
***Meet at Camp Store
All Programs are weather dependent. Adult supervision required on hikes and night programs

Monadnock: Programming Schedule


Day
Events
September 19
10-11am  Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
September 20
10-11am  Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
September 22
10-11am  Hike Safe*
12-2pm  Falling into Fall**
September 23
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Monadnock History**
September 26
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
September 27
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
September 29
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Falling into Fall**
September 30
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Monadnock's History**
October 3
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
October 4
10-11am  Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
October 6
9:30-10:30am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Falling into Fall**
October 7
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Monadnock's History**
October 10
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
October 11
10-11am Hike Safe*
12-2pm Furensics**
* Is located at the Visitor Center by the White Dot Trailhead
**Will occur along the White Dot Trail


Greenfield Program Descriptions

“Pondemonium”
Have you ever wondered what lives in the ponds and wetlands of Greenfield State Park? Come find out about those little creatures with Ranger Claire as we search for them in Beaver Pond. Test your identification skills and learn about how these animals help determine how clean and healthy Greenfield’s water is.

“Wetlands: Nature’s Water Filters and Nurseries”

There are many ponds and swamps here at Greenfield State Park. Have you ever wondered why they are here and how the water travels around the landscape? And what makes them so important for plants, animals, and people? If you’re curious, then stop by the Picnic Beach with Ranger Claire to learn all about the wonders of wetlands. *We will be interacting with models that involve water, so come prepared to get a little wet.

“Glaciers, Berries, and Bogs, Oh my!”
Greenfield State Park is home to a unique ecosystem of this region of New Hampshire: a bog. While named Hogback Pond, it is home to many plants and animals that are almost exclusively found in bogs. Many of those plants are edible to humans, including berries and the leaves, roots, and bark of trees. Come explore this special place as we learn about its history and identify its wild edible plants on a hike with Ranger Claire.

“Nighttime Creature Powers”
Even though most people go wildlife viewing during the day, there are many amazing animals that are out-and-about after the sun goes down. In order to survive well in low light, these animals have adapted some unique but helpful behaviors. Come meet at the Office for a night hike with Ranger Claire.

“Naturally Curious”
Have you ever been on a hike and wondered what the names of the trees all around you were? Come learn how to identify some common New Hampshire trees as you create a nature journal with Ranger Claire. Stay and take part in a scavenger hunt around the beach to fill-in your journal, too.

“Trash Talk”
New Hampshire State Parks have started recycling again! Since the program is new and you may be visiting from out-of-state, Ranger Claire is here to help. Come find her at the dumpsters on Sunday morning to learn the importance of recycling and what can and can’t be recycled from your trash before checking out of your campsite.

“The Power of Pollinators”

Summer is the time to enjoy a wide array of beautiful wildflowers, and Greenfield State Park is home to many. But did you know that those flowers would not be here for us to enjoy if it weren’t for the animals that feed off of them? Come take a short wildflower walk to learn about the dependent relationship between these amazing animals and the beautiful blossoms with Ranger Claire.

“Build-a-Flower”
Flowers are beautiful to look at, but how much do we really know about them? Come find Ranger Claire for a craft to make a flower and learn about how the parts of a flower attract the pollinators they depend on.