Franconia Notch Programs

The 2018 Discover the Power of Parks program year will begin soon. Interpretive rangers, Haley Lesmerises has 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

Date Events
October 3 9-10:30am  Leave No Trace #1
4-5pm  Winter Adaptations #3
October 4 9-10am  Leaf Peeping Tree ID #5
1-2:30pm  Glaciers: Movers & Shapers #4
October 5 9-11am  Just in Case #7
12:30-2pm  Snakes of NH #6
6-7pm  Bats! Fact vs Fiction #1
October 6 9-10:30am  Furbearers of NH #3
1-3pm  Busy Wings & Petals #5
8-9pm  Stargazing #1
October 7 9-11am  Bear Aware #1
4-5:30pm  No Time To Waste #3
October 8 9-11am  Fall Harvest #1
4-5pm  Survive Outside #1
October 9 9-10:30am  Invasive Species #1
4-5pm  Snakes of NH #6
October 10 9-10:30am  Winter Adaptations #1
4-5pm  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.