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Franconia Notch State Park Programs

The 2015 Discover the Power of Parks program year starts at the end of June. Interpretive rangers, Nicole Cram and Vicky Benko 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.

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

September Programs

  • September 10       Settler's Journey,  5-7pm 
  • September 11       Ancient Survival,  7pm
  • September 12       Stories, Stars and Smoke,  7pm
  • September 17       Discovery Table,  5-7pm
  • September 18       Campfire Stories, 7pm
  • September 19       Owl Be There!, 7pm
  • September 20       Settler's Journey,  5-7pm 
  • September 24       Don't take it for Granite!, 10am-1pm
                                   Super Snakes, 2-4pm
                                   Campfire Stories, 7pm
  • September 25      By Gorge, It's Gorgeous!, 10am-1pm
                                   Fantastic Falcons, 2-4pm
                                  Owl Be There!, 7pm 
  • September 26      If Trees Could Talk,  10am-1pm
                                  Alpine Adventure, 2pm
                                  Ancient Survival,  7pm
  • September 27     Settler's Journey,  5-7pm 

Program Descriptions

By Gorge, it's Gorgeous!: Investigate and explore your surroundings with a fun scavenger hunt! Keep an eye out for Ranger Nicole or Ranger Vicky at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center to grab your materials. They will be there marveling at your discoveries and passing out fun surprises!

Ancient Survival: Join Ranger Nicole for an epic night of time traveling, spear throwing, bow drilling, and learning about the people that used to live in northern New Hampshire! Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.

Fantastic Falcons: Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds in the world, and have inspired humans for generations.  Come visit Ranger Vicky’s table at Profile Lake and learn about the falcons of Franconia Notch!

Don't take it for Granite!: Swing by the Basin and visit Ranger Vicky's cool geology table!  Learn about the past geological events that have shaped New Hampshire and Franconia Notch.
Owl be There!: Come learn about the fluffy terror of the night sky, the owl! Learn about their silent flight, big eyes, and amazing ears! Join Ranger Vicky for a fun evening filled with a story, craft, and games!
Alpine Adventure: Join Ranger Niccole for a ½ mile nature walk around the rim trail! Meet at the top of Cannon Mountain (just outside the tramway) to start an adventure into the alpine zone!

Discovery Table: Come visit Ranger Vicky outside the Campground store to learn about some of the animals that live in New Hampshire, do some crafts, and do a scavenger hunt around the campground!

Campfire Stories: Join the Rangers for a fun-filled evening of wonderful interactive stories! Meet at the Campground Amphitheater early to learn how to build a campfire, but BYOM (bring your own marshmallows)!  

If trees could talk…: Discover the trees that call The Basin home! Join Ranger Nicole for an afternoon of tree ID, a treasure hunt, and a fun, treetastic craft!

Stories, Stars, and Smoke: Discover the wonders of the night sky with a few fascinating Native American tales, quick facts, and fun activities for the whole family. A campfire will be provided but BYOM (bring your own marshmallows)!  Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.

Super Snakes!: Join Ranger Vicky at the Tram and learn about more about the snakes of New Hampshire. Make a really cool craft and find out what makes these snakes super!