Monadnock Programs

Discover the Power of Parks nature programs will begin again on June 21, 2019. 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.

You may also enjoy our Discover Power of Parks blog, posted weekly by our Interpreters this summer.

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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
June 19 8:30-9:30am: Fantastic Furs
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 20 8:30-9:30am: MonadRocks
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 21 8:30-9:30am: Talking about Ticks
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 22 8:30-9:30am: Summiting Safely
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 23 8:30-9:30am: Maintaining Monadnock’s Majesty
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 24 8:30-9:30am: Topographic Trees
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 25 8:30-9:30am: Mountain Memories
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 26 8:30-9:30am: Studying Scenery
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 27 8:30-9:30am: Planning Paths
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 28 8:30-9:30am: Talking about Ticks
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 29 8:30-9:30am: Summiting Safely
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit
June 30 8:30-9:30am: Maintaining Monadnock’s Majesty
*9:30am-12:30pm: Ranger on trails
*12:30-2pm: Ranger at summit

Program Descriptions

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.

MonadRocks
Monadnock rocks, and its rocks are pretty interesting!  Did you know that “monadnock” is a geological term for “lone mountain” that comes from Mount Monadnock’s unique geology?  Or that this whole area was underneath a giant ice sheet only a few thousand years ago?

Talking about Ticks
Ticks are a reality of being outdoors in New Hampshire; many people are concerned about tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, but few know much about tick life cycles or where they prefer to live.  Come learn about tick habitats, their habits, and how to protect yourself from tick-borne illnesses.

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.

Maintaining Monadnock’s Majesty
How long does that water bottle take to decay?  What about your apple core?  Why is it so important that hikers pack out everything they bring to the mountain?  Come learn more about the idea of minimizing your impact outdoors.

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!

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 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.

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.