Monadnock Programs

Our 2019 Discover the Power of Parks nature programs have begun! Interpretive rangers, Nell Davis and Xandri Clifton 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.

Monadnock Program Schedule

*Interpreter Comments:  all programs, particularly those on the trails or at the summit, are weather-dependent. No outdoor programs will take place if thunderstorms are forecast.  Trails covered by interpretive rangers will vary day-to-day. Times listed for trails and summit programs are aproximate.
Day Events
August 1 (Thursday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 2 (Friday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 3 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 4 (Sunday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 5 (Monday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 6 (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 7 (Wednesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 8 (Thursday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 9 (Friday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 10 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 11 (Sunday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 12 (Monday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 13 (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 14 (Wednesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 15 (Thursday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August16 (Friday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 17 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 18 (Sunday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 19 (Monday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 20 (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 21 (Wednesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 22 (Thursday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 23 (Friday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 24 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 25 (Sunday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 26 (Monday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 27 (Tuesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 28 (Wednesday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 29 (Thursday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 30 (Friday) 8:30-9:30am: Ranger at base of mountain*
10:00am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*
August 31 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00am: Ranger at base of mountain*
9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails*
12:30-2:00pm: Ranger on summit*

Program Descriptions

Avian Ascent
How do owls blend in to the forest so well?  What do osprey eat? The birds all around us are using the same environmental resources as humans, but we often overlook them.  Come learn about your avian neighbors and how they survive outdoors without all of the extra amenities we humans use.

Topographic Trees
Monadnock is known for its bald summit, but the forests lining its slopes are fascinating in their own right.  Learn to identify some common New England trees, and then see how many you can spot on your hike as you gain elevation!

Fantastic Furs
Have you ever wondered how a coyote blends in to the landscape so well?  Or how a beaver stays warm in the water all the time?  Come look at animal furs and learn how wildlife survives outdoors all year and all around us.

Trail Trivia
Which is the oldest trail in the park?  What is the longest direct route to the summit?  What is the steepest section of trail on Monadnock?  Come test your knowledge of Monadnock trails, landmarks, and other unique features.

Summiting Safely
Monadnock is a wonderful day hike for most park visitors, but it is still a challenging hike.  It can also be a dangerous mountain for those who are not prepared or who do not make intelligent, informed decisions.  Learn more about what you need to safely hike the mountain and what sort of pressures might skew your outdoor decision-making.

Planning Paths
Have you ever seen a trail crew at work and wondered what they were doing?  What about wondering why you have to follow those annoying switchbacks?  Come learn about some basic trail route planning, trail work, and trail engineering.

Changing Clouds
Mount Monandock can be dangerous, especially if bad weather rolls in. Do you know what the different types of clouds mean?  Can you tell which ones will bring rain or hail?  Talk about different types of clouds, the mountain weather they indicate, and how to stay safe on your hikes.

Mountain Memories
Monadnock is famous in part thanks to the people who have lived near it.  Learn the stories of some of these locals and how they impacted the mountain we know today.  Gain an understanding of what living near the mountain was like for people, both celebrated and unknown, throughout history.

Studying Scenery
What do you notice when you walk though the forest?  Do you see trees or an interactive history book?  Learn how to read the history of the landscape around you by observing the plants, human features, and topography of the area.

Peak Personalities
Mount Monadnock has always attracted people who want to help the mountain, gain inspiration from it, and incorporate it into their lives.  Come learn more about how Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Willa Cather, Abbott Thayer, William Preston Phelps, and other literary or artistic celebrities connected with Monadnock.  Additionally, learn about some of the people who work on and with Mount Monadnock today, keeping hikers safe, protecting the mountain, and drawing on it for a new generation of inspiration.

Compass Competence
You should always pack a compass when you go hiking, but how many of us actually know how to use one?  Learn about compass basics, shooting a bearing, and how to navigate effectively with only a map and compass.
 

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