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Franconia Notch State Park Programs

The 2014 program year has begun. Interpretive rangers, Becki Linhart and Monica Casey are offering 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.

New this year: Complete the Discover the Power of Parks quest and receive a complimentary patch!

August Schedule

Friday, August 1
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*
Friday, August 15
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Saturday, August 2
10 a.m-12 p.m: Flume Find*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please
Saturday, August 16
10 a.m-12 p.m: Flume Find*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please
Sunday, August 3
7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Sunday, August 17
7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Tuesday, August 5
7 p.m: Magnificent Mammals
Tuesday, August 19
7 p.m: Magnificent Mammals
Wednesday, August 6
8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Wednesday, August 20
8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Thursday, August 7
7 p.m: Survival Skillls
Friday, August 22
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*
Friday, August 8
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Saturday, August 23
4:30 p.m: Bees, Please
Saturday, August 9
10 a.m-12 p.m: Flume Find*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please
Wednesday, August 27
8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Sunday, August 10
7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Friday, August 29
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Tuesday, August 12
7 p.m: Magnificent Mammals
Saturday, August 30
10 a.m-12 p.m: Flume Find*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please
Wednesday, August 13
8:30 p.m: Delight of Night

*Paid admission required for the Flume

Program Descriptions:

Sensory Hike
How in tune is your sense of smell? Touch? Sight? Meet an interpretive ranger outside of the Lafayette Campground Store and go on a short nature walk that will indulge the senses!

Magnificent Mammals
Where can we see a moose? How can we safely camp around bears? During this program at the Lafayette Campground Amphitheatre, learn a bit more about the furry friends that we find in Franconia Notch! There will be games and activities for all!

Survival Skills
Do you know what to do when you encounter the unexpected? Ranger Becki will teach you some basic survival skills and safety tips that every hiker should know. Build a shelter and learn how to tie a few basic knots. Gather up your hiking buddies and meet at the Hiker Information Cabin at Lafayette Place!

Bees, Please!
Find out why bees are so important to our everyday life! Ranger Monica will explain how busy the life of a bee is and why we shouldn't be so afraid of our buzzing buddies. Take this opportunity to learn how to "bee"-come a friend to these incredible insects. Meet at the Lafayette Campground Amphitheatre.

Flume Find
Meet your interpretive rangers in front of the Flume to grab a scavenger hunt and see what you can learn about this geographic wonder. Don't forget your camera!

Delight of Night
Calling all night owls! Join Ranger Monica at dusk to venture out of the light and into the night! This night hike will start at the Lafayette Campground Store and involve several activities that touch on the adaptations that nocturnal creatures possess. Bring your flashlights and a sense of after-dark adventure!

Campfire Stories
Gather 'round the campfire and get ready for some s'more-worthy stories! Ranger Becki has plenty of kid-friendly tales to intrigue the imagination! Meet at the Lafayette Campground Amphitheater.

September Schedule

Saturday, September 6
8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Friday, September 19
11 a.m-1 p.m: Discovery table

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Sunday, September 7
6 p.m: Fall in Franconia
Saturday, September 20
8 a.m: Early Birds

10 a.m - 12 p.m: Flume Finds*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please!

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Thursday, September 11
8-11 p.m: Special Event:
Skywatch with NH Astronomical Society!
Sunday, September 21
6 p.m: Fall in Franconia
Friday, September 12
8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Wednesday, September 24
6 p.m: Fall Photography
Saturday, September 13
8 a.m: Early Birds

10 a.m - 12 p.m: Flume Finds*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please!

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Friday, September 26
11 a.m-1 p.m: Discovery table

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Sunday, September 14
6 p.m: Fall in Franconia
Saturday, September 27
8 a.m: Early Birds

10 a.m - 12 p.m: Flume Finds*

4:30 p.m: Bees, Please!

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Wednesday, September 17
6 p.m: Fall Photography
Sunday, September 28
6 p.m: Fall in Franconia
*Paid admission required for the Flume

Program Descriptions:

Fall Photography
Grab your cameras and attend a scenic walk with Ranger Monica and her special guest photographer, Greg Keeler! Not only will you receive tips on how to take the perfect snapshot, but you'll also have your “shot” at fame! Learn how to submit your photos for a chance at being featured on Franconia Notch's social media outlets! All experience levels welcome. Meet at the Campground Store.

Discovery Table
If you find yourself racin' to the Basin, be sure to stop by Ranger Becki's Discovery Table! She'll have tracks, pelts, and a special craft! Add an extra dose of discovery to your day! Meet at the Basin.

Campfire Stories
Gather 'round the campfire and get ready for some s'more-worthy stories! Ranger Monica has plenty of kid-friendly tales to intrigue the imagination! Meet at the Lafayette Campground Amphitheater.

Flume Find
Meet the interpretive ranger in front of the Flume to grab a scavenger hunt and see what you can learn about this geographic wonder. Don't forget your camera!

Bees, Please!
Find out why bees are so important to our everyday life! Ranger Monica will explain how busy the life of a bee is and why we shouldn't be so afraid of our buzzing buddies. Take this opportunity to learn how to "bee"-come a friend to these incredible insects. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.

Delight of Night
Calling all night owls! Join Ranger Becki at dusk to venture out of the light and into the night! This night hike will start at the Campground Store and involve several activities that touch on the adaptations that nocturnal creatures possess. Bring your flashlights and a sense of after-dark adventure!

Early Birds
Rise, shine, and explore! Start your Sunday off with a short walk with Ranger Becki to learn about migrating birds and other wildlife that are active in the early hours of the day! Meet at the Campground Store.

Fall in Franconia
Get ready to "fall" in love with Franconia Notch's famous foliage! Ranger Becki will be leading this extraordinary excursion on the Pemi Trail to learn about the changes that the flora and fauna go through to prepare for winter! Meet at the Campground Store.