Discover the Power of Parks

Welcome to the 2019 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.

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.

October Program Calendar

October Program Descriptions

See current and archive blogs from Discover the Power of Parks / NH State Parks.

Meet this summer's Interpretive Rangers...


Hi! My name is Eilís and I’m from Maryland. I graduated from Vassar College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (with a focus on Earth Science and Geography) and German. The New Hampshire Corps has been my first SCA position and I’m enjoying it immensely so far. I am pleased to say that I’ll be one of two Interpretive Rangers at Franconia Notch State Park this summer. I can’t wait to explore this beautiful park and hopefully present some programs about local geology, seasonal changes in flora, and maybe even nocturnal wildlife. See you this summer!


Hey there! I'm Sarah, your new Franconia Notch State Park Interpretive Ranger! I am a 22-year-old who was raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and grew up hiking the White Mountains. In 2018 I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Psychology and a minor in Statistics. My prior service with the SCA as the Visitor Center and Education Intern at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in St. Michaels, North Dakota confirmed for me that I want a career as an Interpretive Ranger with the National Park Service. My goal is to gain the necessary skills and experience for such a position while helping create educational and memorable experiences for visitors at the beautiful Franconia Notch State Park! Feel free to come visit me at the hikers' cabin or attend my campground programs this summer 2019.