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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!

July Programs

  • July 9      Tree Cookies,  10am-1pm
                    Mossin' Around,  2-4pm
  • July 10    By Gorge, It's Gorgeous!,  10am-1pm
                    Batty for Bats,  2-4pm
                    Stories, Stars and Smoke,  8-9pm
  • July 11    Don't take it for Granite!  10am-1pm
                    Batty for Bats!  2:30-4:30pm
                    Owl be There,  8-9pm
  • July 18    Discovery Table 10am-1pm
                    Campfire Stories,  8-9pm
  • July 23    By Gorge, It's Gorgeous!,  10am-1pm
                    Fantastic Falcons, 2-4pm
  • July 24    Fantastic Falcons, 10am-1pm
                    Don't take it for Granite!  2:30-4:30pm
                    Owl be There,  8-9pm
  • July 25    Mossin' Around,  2-4pm
                    Batty for Bats,  10am-1pm
                    Campfire Stories,  8-9pm
  • July 30    Alpine Adventure,  12-1:30pm
                    Discovery Table,  3-5pm
  • July 31    By Gorge, It's Gorgeous!,  9am-12pm
                    Alpine Adventure,  1:30-3pm
                    Atlatl: Spearing your way to Dinner,  8-9pm

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!

Moosin' Around: Join Ranger Nicole at the Tram and learn about one of New Hampshire's coolest residences! Please being your sense of wonder and creativity for exploring moose artifacts and crafting.

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.

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!

Atlatl: Spearing your way to Dinner: Join Ranger Nicole for an epic night of time traveling, spear throwing, 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!

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)!