Franconia Notch Programs

The 2018 Discover the Power of Parks program have begun. Interpretive rangers, Haley Lesmerises and Kate Seader have planned 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.

Park Programming Schedule

July 3
9-10:30am Invasive Species #1
4-5pm  Leave No Trace #3
July 4

9-11am  Furbearers of NH  #1
4-5:30pm  Snakes of NH #5
July 5
9-10:30am  NH Bird ID #4
1-2:30pm  Just in Case #7
July 6
9:30-11am  Busy Wings & Petals #6
2:30-4:30pm  Trash to Treasure #3
8:30-9:30pm  Campfire Stories #2
July 7
9:30-11am  Furbearers of NH #5
3-4:30pm  No Time to Waste #3
9-10pm  Stargazing #1
July 8
9-11am Glaciers: Moves and Shapers #1
4-5pm Busy Wings & Petals #5
July 9
9-11am No Time to Waste #1
4-5:30pm  Artists of Franconia #4
July 10
9-10am  Leave No Trace #1
4-5:30pm  Snakes of NH #5
July 11
9-10:30am  Invasive Species #1
4-5:30pm  Furbearers of NH #3
July 12
9:30-10:30am  Ethno-Botany Hike #5
2-4pm  Franconia Fish Friends #6
July 13
9-11am  Snakes of NH #5
12:30-2pm  Just in Case #7
8:30-9:30pm  Campfire Stories #2
July 14
9-11am  Glaciers: Movers & Shapers #1
7:30-8:30pm  Bats! Fact vs. Fiction #1
July 15
9-11am  No Time to Waste #1
4-5:30pm  Busy Wings & Petals #1
July 16
9-11am  Survive Outside #1
4-5:30pm  Artist of Franconia #4
July 17
9-11am Furbearers of NH #1
4-5:30 Invasive Species #3
July 18
9-10:30am  NH Bird ID #1
4-5:30pm  Snakes of NH #5
July 19
9-10:30am  Glaciers: Movers & Shapers #4
2:30-4:30pm  Trash to Treasure #3
July 20
9-10:30am  Franconia Fish Friends #6
12:30-2pm  Just in Case #7
9-10pm  Stargazing #1
July 21
9:30-10:30am  Ethno-Botany Hike #5
2:30-4:30pm  Furbearers of NH #6
8:30-9:30pm  Campfire Stories #2
July 22
9-11am  Busy Wings & Petals #3
4-5:30pm  Bats! Fact vs. Fiction #3
July 23
9-11am  Glaciers: Movers & Shapers #1
4-5:30pm  No Time to Waste #3
July 24
9-10:30am  Leave No Trace #1
4-5:30pm  Snakes of NH #5
July 25
9-10:30am  Invasive Species #1
4-5pm  Furbearers of NH #3
July 26
9-10:30am  Franconia Fish Friends #6
2:30-4:30pm  Busy Wings & Petals #5
July 27
9:30-10:30am  Ethno-Botany Hike #5
2:30-4:30pm  Trash to Treasure #3
8:30-9:30pm  Campfire Stories #2
July 28
9-10:30am  Snakes of NH #6
12:30-2pm  Just in Case #7
8:30-9:30pm  Night Walks with Nighthawks #5
July 29
9-11am  Glaciers: Movers & Shapers #1
4-5:30pm  No Time to Waster #3
July 30
9-11am  Busy Wings & Petals #1
4-5:30pm  Survive Outside #1
July 31
9-10am  Invasive Species #1
4-5:30pm  Furbearers of NH #5
#1. Hiker Cabin
#2. Campground Amp.
#3. Campground Store
#4. Profile Lake
#5. Basin
#6. Flume
#7 Mt. Lafayette Trailhead

Program Descriptions

Artists of Franconia
Many artists have found inspiration in the beauty of Franconia. Could you be next? Basic art supplies are provided but feel free to bring your own.

Bats! Fact vs. Fiction
Debunking myths, bat related games and more!

Busy Wings & Petals

Come learn about our wildflowers and the wonderful creatures that pollinate them. Flower crafts, anatomy, and pollinator matching.

Campfire Stories

Come end the day around the campfire with some folklore, myths, and legends.

Ethno Botany Hike
A short hike that will focus on identifying plants that held cultural, medical, or agricultural significance to past and current peoples of New Hampshire.

Franconia Fish Friends

Come learn about different trout species of NH and see some for yourself!

Fur Bearers of New Hampshire
Come learn about some of NH’s furry residents! Examine pelts and tracks of some of NH’s furbearers with Ranger Haley!

Glaciers Movers and Shapers
Did you know this whole valley was once covered in ice? Come learn about the things that shaped the Notch: glaciers, erosion, and us!

Invasive Species
It’s important to keep our forests healthy and to do that we need to do our best to keep out invasive pests. Come learn about invasive insects and how we can all help keep those little buggers out!

Just In Case
New Hampshire Parks wants you to hike safe. Come test your skills, learn some tips, and hear some stories about Search and Rescue.

Leave No Trace
We all want to enjoy the beauty of Franconia Notch. Come learn the principles of Leave No Trace to discover how we can all keep our footprints small.

New Hampshire Bird ID
Come learn about the bird species of the White Mountains with Ranger Haley and how to ID them yourself!

Night walks with Nighthawks

Come on a guided nighttime stroll and listen for the sounds of our local nightjars and owls.

No Time to Waste
Can I recycle a plastic bag? How long before an apple core breaks down? Have your questions answered and learn how you can make a positive impact by reducing our waste!

Snakes of New Hampshire
Our slithery friends are important to the ecosystem too! Come learn about the snakes of NH including the endangered Timber Rattlesnake with Ranger Haley!


Come and listen to some of the tales behind the constellations, or spend a relaxing evening simply gazing at the beautiful star-lit sky.

Survive Outside

Compass skills, knot tying, & cloud reading.

Trash to Treasure

Join the rangers in making arts and crafts out of things that often get thrown away.