Discover the Power of Parks


Welcome to the 2016 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.


Meet your interpretive rangers for summer 2016 here!
Jessie Paulson
Jillian Mather

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.

SEPTEMBER program descriptions and calendar

OCTOBER calendar

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


Summer 2015

The Spirit of the Notch 7/14/15

Curiosity and Imagination leads to discoveries 7/21/15
A Hidden Gem in the Notch 8/14/15

Lonesome Lake Trail: A guide to one of Franconia Notch State Parks most cherished hikes 9/2/15

Grandma conquers Franconia Notch State Park 9/8/15

The Old Man of the Mountain – An end is just a new beginning 9/29/15