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2015 Great Park Pursuit

What is the Great Park Pursuit?

The New Hampshire Great Park Pursuit is a challenge designed to help families (teams) enjoy the recreational opportunities offered by the state and municipal parks, forests, and waterways in New Hampshire State Parks.

Teams follow trails, catch fish, and visit historic sites while learning about the health and educational benefits of being more active in the great outdoors. They discover the rewards of becoming healthy, environmentally conscience citizen, becoming stewards of public lands, and have fun every step of the way!  

How does it work?

To participate in the Great Park Pursuit, families (teams) need a minimum of two members (at least one adult 18 years or older and one child under 18) and the desire to have a great time. Teams are invited to participate in guided events (must pre-register) and a series of self-guided quests throughout the course of the summer.
    Guided Events provide scheduled activities focused on outdoor recreation, history, and environmental education with the help of our program partners.

    Self-guided quests
    are created for families (teams) to do at their leisure any time throughout the summer. They will include suggestions for places to explore and activities to do while visiting NH State Parks. Teams are encouraged to go on at least one quest to add adventure to their Great Park Pursuit experience. Day-use fees are NOT waived for self-guided quest. 2015 Self-Guided Quest 

2015 Great Park Pursuit Event Schedule

June 13th, Bear Brook State Park    "Discover the Power of Parks" 10:00am-2:00pm
  Join us to “Discover the Power of Parks” a series of interpretive programs presented by the Discover the Power of the Parks Program interpreters. You will discover all the great things to do when visiting a state park.  You will learn about geological events, learn Leave No Trace and a variety of camping techniques, and find what aquatic critters live in Catamount Pond.

Fee: Day Use Fee waived with Pre-Registration.
July 11th, Pawtuckaway State Park   "Children in Nature Day" 10:00am-2:00pm
  Join the NH Children in Nature Coalition and its partners for “Children in Nature Day” a unique event for experiencing nature with your family. You and your family will learning how to connect with nature in fun and safe ways by exploring the local forest, searching for aquatic wonders, and learning all about animal adaptations and the aquatic food webs of Pawtuckaway Lake.

Fee: Day Use Fee waived with Pre-Registration.
August 8th, Hampton Beach, (Seashell)   "Beachapalooza!" 10:00am-2:00pm
  Join us for a day in the sun for “Beachapalooza” a series of programs presented by the Blue Ocean Society related to the coastal habitat of New Hampshire. You will discover how small you are when standing next to a 65ft inflatable whale, what coastal living is like under a rock, and what just doesn’t belong on a beach. 

Fee: There is no fee or pre registration to participate in the event, however metered parking is in effect and meters must be paid to avoid being ticketed. Meter parking is $2.00 an hour and we accept cash, coin and credit cards.


To register for an event please send an email with the following information. First and last name, # of adults, # of children, email address, home address and which events you will be attending.

To Register: email

Also please download, print and bring the liability release form to the event. Let the adventure begin!

Self-Guided Quests

Looking to explore parks at your own leisure any time this summer? Quests are suggestions for places to explore and activities to do while visiting our parks.   2015 Self-Guided Quest 

For more information contact Eric Feldbaum at

Images from the 2014 Great Parks Pursuit