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Discover the Power of Parks

2014 Discover the Power of Parks Program Info will be posted late May - stay tuned!

Welcome to the 2013 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.

Tuesday, October 1
3:30pm: Fall Foliage Hike

Wednesday, October 2
4pm: Park Yourself

Thursday, October 3
3pm: Bear Necessities

Friday, October 4
7pm:Nite Hike

Saturday, October 5
10-2pm: By Gorge! It's Gorge-ous!

Sunday, October 6
10am, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Life on the Edge

Monday, October 7
3:30pm : Park Yourself

Tuesday, October 8
4pm: Natural History of the Notch

Wednesday, October 9
6:30pm: Nite Hike

Thursday, October 10
3;30pm: Bear Necessities

Friday, October 11
7pm: Fireside Stories

Saturday, October 12
10am, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Life On the Edge
8pm: International Observe the Moon Nite

Sunday October 13
10-2pm: By Gorge! It's Gorge-ous!

Monday October 14
4pm: Natural History Hike

Nature Programs at Franconia Notch State Park

The Bear Necessities
Come learn about the history of Black Bears in Franconia Notch. Do black bears really hibernate? Where do they go in the winter? We will discuss how to stay safe with bears around, and what you can do to help provide a healthy lifestyle for bears in the future. Meet at the Lafayette Place Campground Amphitheatre.

Fireside Stories
Come enjoy the evening by the warm, crackling fire. A selection of kid-friendly stories and legends are waiting to be shared! See the interpretive program schedule for dates and times. All ages are welcome to attend! Meet at the Lafayette Place Campground Lodge.

Fall Foliage Hike
Not an expert hiker? Join us on this moderate 1.5 mile hike and you’ll get an inspiring view of the State Park, including Echo Lake, for your efforts! Discover more about the region’s natural history, enjoy the view and do a fun activity at the top. Bring water and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Please note: this hike involves walking up hill and climbing down stairs. Meet at the Artist’s Bluff Trailhead across the street from Peabody Base Lodge.

“By Gorge, It’s Gorgeous”
Investigate and explore your surroundings with a fun scavenger hunt! Complete the targets and learn about the awesome history of the Flume Gorge. Bring your camera to help you remember your findings! See the Interpretive Ranger at the nature table near the Flume Gorge ticket counter.

Life on the Edge
This ½ mile rim trail nature walk is completely family friendly! Meet at the top of Cannon Mountain (just outside of the tram) to start an adventure into the alpine zone. Learn about the history of skiing on the mountain, as well as the plants that call these higher elevations home and get some tips on lessening the impact of hiking in this habitat!

Park Yourself Presentation
Rest your feet and park yourself in a seat for this fun and relaxing trip through the Notch. Learn more about the natural history of the park during this presentation by one of the park’s Interpretive Rangers. This ‘Park Yourself Presentation’ does not require walking! Meet at the Old Man Historic site just off the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot.

Natural History of the Notch
Come join us for gorgeous and easy walk along the Pemigewasset River! This guided walk will explore the region’s rich history. Learn more about Franconia Notch and enjoy the fall forest with one of the Interpretive Rangers. Meet outside the Lafayette Place Campground Hiker Information Center. Being water and wear sturdy shoes!