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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!

Summer Schedule

Wednesday, July 2
7 p.m: Breaking it Down
Friday, July 18
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Thursday, July 3
4 p.m: Bear Country
Saturday, July 19
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Friday, July 4
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*
Sunday, July 20
11 a.m: Forming Franconia

7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Saturday, July 5
Cannon 4th of July Parade
Wednesday, July 23
7 p.m: Breaking it Down
Sunday, July 6
11 a.m: Forming Franconia

7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Thursday, July 24
4 p.m: Bear Country 
Wednesday, July 9
7 p.m: Breaking it Down
Friday, July 25
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Thursday, July 10
4 p.m: Bear Country
Saturday, July 26
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night 
Friday, July 11
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Campfire Stories
Sunday, July 27
11 a.m: Forming Franconia

7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Saturday, July 12
10 a.m-1 p.m: Flume Find*

8:30 p.m: Delight of Night
Wednesday, July 30
7 p.m: Breaking it Down
Sunday, July 13
11 a.m: Forming Franconia

7 p.m: Sensory Walk
Thursday, July 31
4 p.m: Bear Country
*Paid admission required for the Flume

Program Descriptions:

Bear Country
It's no secret, Franconia Notch has a healthy black bear population! With your Discover the Power of Parks interpretive rangers, learn the tips and tricks to hike and camp safely around our furry friends. Meet at the Lafayette hiker cabin!

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

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. Receive a special prize when you are finished! Don't forget your camera! *Paid admission required for the Flume

Forming Franconia
How much do you know about Franconia Notch's exciting history? At the Old Man of the Mountain museum, join Ranger Becki on a short walk to learn about the geologic and human influences that have shaped this beautiful park.

Breaking it Down
On this hike along the Pemi Trail, see what is responsible for decomposing the forest! Use a magnifying glass to check out funky fungus and learn how a tree is still important even after it dies. Solve the mystery about what eats rock around here! Meet Ranger Monica at the Lafayette Campground Amphitheatre.

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.

Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt

Our Discover Power of Parks interpreters created this fun scavenger hunt for kids and families to use while walking through the Flume Gorge. Print it out and bring it with you to add some adventure to your next visit.
Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt