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Discover the Power of Parks Fall Outreach 2013

The NH Division of Parks and Recreation, is offering a series of interpretive programs free to NH schools, community groups and organizations Tuesdays through Fridays from September 4th through October 11th, 2013. Programs are offered at the Bear Brook, Pawtuckaway, Lake Francis and Umbagog Lake State Parks or at your site*.

The Discover the Power of Parks program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Presentations come to you on site and are adjusted to all ages and audiences, with individual programs up to one hour in length. All programs will be facilitated by SCA NH Corps members serving as interpretive rangers in NH State Parks this summer.

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and is made possible by generous financial support from Public Service of New Hampshire and the Tillotson Foundation.

Bear Brook/Pawtuckaway Programs

Presenters: Andrew Post and Emily Barry
Contact Info: DPPOutreach@dred.state.nh.us or 603-485-2191
*Programs are offered at Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway State Parks or at your site within a 20 mile radius of Bear Brook State Park. All programs are flexible and can be adapted to best serve the audience.
  • Fascinating Flora
  • New Hampshire Plants are full of functioning parts that help them to grow and flourish.  Learn about photosynthesis and the parts of a plant with fun games and activities to get you moving!  Reflect on the lesson with a nature craft, wild edible, or creative writing.
  • Furs, scat, and skulls oh my!  
  • Make scientific observations and compare them to animal descriptions to find the match.  Explore the different ways New Hampshire animals are preparing for the approaching winter.
  • Wander the Woods
  • Does moss really only grow on the north side of trees?  Learn the truth behind this myth and discover other methods of finding your way in the forest.  Practice some primitive skills that may one day prove very useful.
Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway Fall Outreach Programs


Lake Francis/Umbagog Lake Programs

Presenters: Caleb Savage and Steve Gang
Contact Info: DPPGNW@dred.state.nh.us or 603-538-9510
*Programs are offered at Lake Francis and Umbagog Lake State Parks or at your site in the communities of Pittsburg, Stewartstown, West Stewartstown, Clarksville, Colebrook, Wentworth Location and Errol.
  • The trees in your backyard!
  • Learn all about the trees in the Great North Woods. We will teach you how to identify some of the different species found in your area, through the bark and leaves found on these trees. Join us as we make leaf rubbings and play some interactive games to better our Treemendous knowledge!
  • Wildlife Signs of the Great North Woods
  • Have you ever wandered through the woods and seen a set tracks but not known what made them? In this program we will teach you some of the tracks the fur-bearers of New Hampshire leave behind, along with some other signs you might step in! This program includes many hands on interactive activities.
  • Local Folklore and Past History
  • Did you ever realize that Lake Francis used to be a thriving farming community! What about some of the stories going back to the times of the Indian Stream Republic. Learn about some of your own local history, including some fun trivia games to test your knowledge.
Lake Francis and Umbagog Lake Programs