Discover the Power of Parks


Welcome to the 2017 Discover the Power of Parks program!
Our interpreters from the Student Conservation Association are based out of Lafayette Campground and have planned a whole summer of informative and fun programs for you to take advantage of while visiting Franconia Notch State Park.


Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Ranger Program
Their programs highlight local history, ecology and traditional lore through both the spoken word and activities. Information-packed hikes are more than just guided walks, they’re imaginative explorations of the wildlife habits and habitats of amphibians, black bears, fish and many more species. The program is made possible through our partnership with New Hampshire State Parks with generous funding from Public Service of New Hampshire.


Click for September Program Descriptions and Program Calendar

Click for October Program Descriptions and Program Calendar


Meet your interpretive rangers for summer 2017!


Haley Doty - Degrees in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with a minor in Entomology from North Carolina State University makes Haley uniquely qualified to be the Visitor Services Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park. She is looking forward to apply her educational experiences in school to educate others about the amazing world around them. You can find her in the Hiker Cabin adjacent to the Lafayette campground and throughout Franconia Notch. Don't be shy to say hi because she definitely won't be!





Brian Donovan - Originally from Southern California Brian graduated from the Evergreen State College in the summer of 2016. Majoring in fish biology, he enjoys researching local wildlife as well as educating the public about the importance of freshwater ecology. Brian will be stationed at Franconia Notch State Park this season. He is looking forward to informing hikers about trail conditions and discussing all things wildlife with the public.





See current and archive blogs from Discover the Power of Parks / NH State Parks. You can also click the links below to specific blogs from Franconia Notch!


Summer 2016

Franconia Notch: Welcome to the Wild 6/30/16

The Black Bears of Franconia Notch 7/19/16

Fishing in Franconia Notch 8/2/16

Nightlife in the Notch 8/19/16