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Bear Brook State Park Programs

  The 2015 Discover the Power of Parks program year starts at the end of June. Interpretive ranger, Christie Conway  has planned informative and fun programs for you to take advantage of while visiting Bear Brook 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.

New this year: Complete the Discover the Power of Parks quest and receive a complimentary patch!

If you are visiting Bear Brook on the weekend, check the program board by the store to see whats happening.

August Programs

  • Thursday:     Meeting House History,  1pm-3pm
                           So You Think You Can Camp?,  4pm-6pm
  • Friday:          Young Explorers Hike,  10:30am-11:30am
                           Furry Friends,  4-6pm
                           Once in a Blue Moon,  9pm-10pm
  • Saturday:      Sketching at Spruce,  9:30am-11am
                           The Life Aquatic,  2pm-4pm**  
                           Smoke in the Stars,  9pm-10pm
  • Sunday:        Meeting House History,  9am-12pm
                           The Life Aquatic,  2pm-4pm**     

**On Saturday The Life Aquatic will take place on Beaver Beach, and on Sunday it will held on the beach at the day-use area off of Deerfield Rd. 

Program Descriptions

Meeting House History: What would it be like to live in Bear Brook 200 years ago?  Who lived here and what did they do?  Explore one of New England's most unique historical buildings and discover the answers to these questions in addition to your own curiosities!  Meet me at the Meeting House on Deerfield Rd across from the CCC museum. 

So You Think You Can Camp?: Camping at Bear Brook is a fun and essential part of the summer, but do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness and appreciate nature sustainably?  Stop by my table outside the store to learn some must-know knots, hot to practice Leave No Trace principles, how to identify wildlife signs, and other tips to enhance your outdoor experience!

The Life Aquatic: There is an exciting ecosystem below the surface of the pond, waiting to be explored!  We will use nets to find creatures then refer to the dichotomous key to  identify what we find.  So 'water' you waiting for?!  Come ponding!

Smoke in the Stars: Join me around a Leave No Trace fire in the baseball field as night takes over to hear some stories!  We'll start with a constellation story then progress to something a little spooky!

Young Explorers Hike: This one's for the kids!  On our short hike around Spruce Pond we will play some fun games, partner up for a blindfolded activity, and even learn some cool facts about trees! 

Furry Friends: Get ready to have some new (B)BFFs:  Bear Brook Furry Friends!  Stop by my table outside the store to get to know some of NH's coolest animals!  There will be pelts, antlers, and you'll even be able to hear what kinds of sounds they make!

Sketching at Spruce: Spruce Pond is a close, yet hidden serene gem at Bear Brook.  Whether you're a pro-sketcher, an experiemental water colorer, or just a fun doodler, I've got all the supplies you'll need to let your artistic imagination go!  Meet me outside of the store morning of.
Once in a Blue Moon!: SPECIAL BLUE MOON HIKE. That's right!  Join me for a short moon-lit adventure to learn some interesting moon myths and facts, all while enjoying the beautiful Blue Moon!