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Monadnock State Park Programs

The 2013 Discover the Power of Parks program will continue through September. Interpretive rangers, Kelsey Johnson and Rachael Esh have planned informative and fun programs for you to take advantage of while visiting Monadnock State Park. 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.

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

Fall Programs

Fall foliage season is a busy and exciting time at Monadnock State Park and the Interpretive Rangers are here to help enhance your visit!  You will often find us at the information table located on the porch of the Visitors Center and hiking on the White Dot/White Cross Trails.  You can easily identify an Interpretive Ranger by our powder-blue button-ups and our big smiles, so make sure to ask us any questions you may have about the mountain!  

We also have programming available for visiting school groups and groups camping at the Youth Group camping area located at the Monadnock Headquarters Area. All of the programs are intended as pre-hike programs in order to make your visit to Monadnock more meaningful.  We are offering your choice of one of three programs and would also be happy to combine programs if you would like to learn about several topics.  

If you are interested in having a pre-hike program for your group, please contact us at Monadnock State Park, 603-532-8862.

Reading Between the Signs
Look over there.... deer tracks! Up in that tree.... a bird’s nest! By that log.... a porcupine’s midden! Everywhere you look, you can find signs of your furry (and not so furry) friends. Before the start of your hike, come learn a few simple ways that you can become an animal signs detective here at Monadnock!  We will have pelts, skulls, and scat (replicas of course!) for you to explore.  

Monadnock Mysteries and Histories
Did you know that there was once a building on the summit?  Or that the mountain and its surrounding areas were a favorite vacation spot for famous writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain?  Monadnock is a mountain full of history, lore, and mysteries.  Discover stories of the people and events that have transformed Monadnock into one of the most beloved mountains in the world.  These tales will help bring the mountain to life, enhancing your experience as you trek your way to the summit!   

Hike Safe - Hike Smart
Monadnock can be a strenuous hike for even the most experienced of hikers.  It is important to know how to keep yourself and others safe while heading up the mountain.  Join us for a program that covers the essential items you will need, what to do in case of emergencies, and how to get the most out of your hiking experience!  We will come with games, examples, and tips... you will leave a safe and prepared hiker!