All programs are open to the public. Please pre-register by filling in the form below, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 603-463-9400, unless noted otherwise, so that Bear-Paw can provide adequate materials for everyone and notify participants in case of any last minute changes.
Bear-Paw One Step at a Time
Bear-Paw has protected more than 8,000 acres of our region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farms, but there is another benefit for us all – more than 6,000 of those acres are open to the public! Where are all these places? How do you get to them?
Do they have trails? Explorations of Bear-Paw’s conservation easement properties and preserves continue this fall and winter. Please let us know if you would like to be on the email blast list for updates on these and other walks and watch the Bear-Paw website and Facebook for meeting places and times.
Burbank Woods Preserve
Saturday, October 28 • 9:30am –11:30
Coffeetown Road, Deerfield
Come see Bear-Paw’s newest preserve for yourself! Al Jaeger, Bear-Paw Board member and Burbank Woods Preserve neighbor, will lead this trip along the Great Brook Trail starting from the Preserve trailhead.
Black Friday #Optoutside Walk on the Dowst-Cate-Weiss Conservation Area
Friday, November 24 • 10am–12 noon
Nottingham Road, Deerfield
Bear-Paw’s Third Annual Black Friday “Skip the Malls and #Optoutside” walk. The loop trail on this 110-acre forested property passes a variety of wildlife habitats. The property abuts the Great Brook conservation lands and is an important part of the Deerfield greenway.
Winter Solstice Walk on the Cahill Easement
Thursday, December 21 • 3–5pm
Willey Pond Road, Strafford
Take a break from Christmas preparations to celebrate the Solstice on the fields and forests of this 55-acre conservation easement. If there is enough snow, we may finish the snowshoe trip with a bonfire.
Flint Hill Ramble
Saturday, January 13 • 10am–12 noon
Flint Hill Town Forest, Raymond
The Flint Hill easement provides 145 acres of protected wildlife habitat for the many New Hampshire animals that do not mind living relatively close to human habitats. With decent snow cover, this could be a good chance for spotting tracks of many that stay active in winter.
Bear-Paw Annual Meeting with Michael Marchand
January 27 • 9am–3:30pm
Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett
Please join us for Bear-Paw’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, January 27 at the Hooksett Public Library. Mike Marchand, the NH Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program Supervisor, will talk about the rare and endangered wildlife species that are found in the Bear-Paw Region. He will discuss ongoing population studies that his program conducts on turtles, snakes, mammals, and birds; including details on field research and tracking techniques. We will learn how these studies provide data that informs conservation efforts like the state Wildlife Action Plan and land conservation priorities. Join us for this special opportunity to go behind the scenes with NH Wildlife Biologists saving rare species.
At the morning’s meeting, in addition to Mike’s talk, we will share news about Bear-Paw’s conservation efforts around the region. We will also have our usual raffle of interesting donated items and that hot and hearty potluck lunch everyone enjoys each year.
Contributions from our members for either the raffle or the lunch are always welcome. Please call or email the office if you would like to bring a crockpot for lunch or have a raffle item to offer.
After lunch, we will visit Bear-Paw’s 400-acre Great Marsh Preserve in Hooksett. Watch for your mailed invitation with more information in January!
Take a Walk Along the North River
Saturday, February 10 • 10–11:30am
Kimball Family Forest Preserve, Nottingham
With a forest edged by the North River, a marsh, a swamp, and a peatland, this 22-acre preserve has a choice of watery habitats for wildlife. A loop through the forest gives a chance for us to see them all.
Winter Walk with Frank Mitchell
Saturday, February 24 • 9–11am
Wells Town Forest, Mount Delight Road, Deerfield
Natural resource specialist, Frank Mitchell, will lead us on a winter exploration of this 83-acre town forest on the side of Nottingham Mountain. The property has several beautiful wetlands including one at one of the highest elevations in our region. The forest lies near the Epsom town line and is within one of the largest unfragmented forests in our region. With Frank’s guidance, we will investigate the signs of the wild residents. Be prepared for an uphill walk.