Get Out and Play Weekend! - Oct. 3 & 4

Date Time Name of Event Org. Town Cost Tel. Link
10/4/2009 1:30-3:30pm Kingman Farm Hike  Seymour Osman Community Center Madbury (Kingman Farm, Route 155) Free SOCC:749-6692, Cell: 969-6924  None

Families from the Seymour Osman Community Center are invited to an afternoon hike at Kingman Farm in Madbury, NH. Transportation will be availible for a limited number of families at 1:00pm (leaving from the SOCC). Come and enjoy a few hours exploring local trails as a family! Trail maps and water provided.

10/4/09 9 to 11 a.m. (start any time) Boulder Dash Orienteering! Up North Orienteers Hancock (Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, 36 Sargent Camp Road) $8 per adult or group with adults
$3 for youth going out on their own
978-621-0607 (cell)

Try orienteering with the family at this weekend festival. Up North Orienteers will have basic instruction and three levels of courses (beginner, novice, and intermediate) for recreational orienteers. Register on site. Compasses available on loan. Free "String-O" course for small children. A national competition for experienced orienteers will also be taking place each day. Refreshments.

10/3/09 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (start any time) Boulder Dash Orienteering! Up North Orienteers Hillsborough (Fox Forest, Center Road) $8 per adult or group with adults
$3 for youth going out on their own
978-621-0607 (cell)

Try orienteering with the family at this weekend festival. Up North Orienteers will have basic instruction and three levels of courses (beginner, novice, and intermediate) for recreational orienteers. Register on site. Compasses available on loan. Free "String-O" course for small children. A national competition for experienced orienteers will also be taking place each day. Refreshments.

10/3/2009 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Centennial Plantation at Pine River State Forest NH Division of Forests & Lands Ossipee - Pine River State Forest (Follow signs from intersection of Rtes. 16 & 171) Free 603-271-2214

The NH Division of Forests and Lands is celebrating its 100th anniversary! This event is open to the public and will include planting an area devastated by the tornado of 2008. Division foresters will be teaching children and adults how to properly plant a tree in the forest. The seedlings will be provided by our NH State Forest Nursery. The public is encouraged to participate by trying their hand planting trees in this Centennial Plantation. There will be exhibits, hikes and short informational programs about tree and native plant identification, Pine Barrens wildlife, fire ecology, forest insects and diseases, and much more. Smokey Bear will be in attendance. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

10/3/09 10 am - 2 pm Harvest Fest The Community School South Tamworth Free 603-323-7000

A day of fun outside on our rolling fields, sheltered between the Ossipee and Sandwich Mountain ranges. Activities: apple bobbing, face painting, and pumpkin decorating, fun games in the field. Music by local folk musicians Ed and Heidi Fayle. Stock up on squash, pumpkins, and other fall produce from the school’s 4-acre certified organic farm. Try our hot soups, cider, homemade bread, apple crisp or pie for lunch.

10/3 and 10/4 all day Free trail admission for kids Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Holderness Free 603-968-7194

All children (under 15) will enjoy free trail admission with a regular adult or senior paid admission. No charge for members.

10/4/09 10am-2pm Kayak trip - Connecticut River Bold Paths Adventure Hanover/Lyme $25 rental fee pre-register only:
Paddle with guide/instructor on the Connecticut River, flat water. Families welcome. Meet at Wilson Landing on Rte 10, 4 mi north of Hanover. Kayaks for all abilities available to rent. Bring water bottles, lunch and snacks, hat, sunglasses, raincoat, extra clothing. Call for details.
10/3 and 10/4 various - see below Peabody Mill Environmental Center (PMEC) Amhest, NH $1 to $20, depending on event; see web for details 603-673-1141 or 603-673-6248 info:

PMEC has many events and opportunities lined up for Get Out and Play weekend, including Creature Feature, Fishing Rentals, Orienteering Program, and Full Moon Hikes. See the website for info or to register.

10/4/09 1-3 PM Family Hike and Picnic NH Sierra Club; NH Audubon Massabesic Center Auburn, NH free 603-622-3637

NH Sierra Club Outings Chair Peter Hope will lead a short hike on a portion of Audubon's trail system, including views of Lake Massabesic. Visits are planned to the UNH Urban Gardens Project and/or Milne Pond. Bring a picnic lunch, water and binoculars.

10/3/2009 1-2:30 pm Falconry Program New Hampshire Audubon - Massabesic Center  Auburn, NH $8M/$10NM Individuals  $20M/$30NM Family 603.668.2045
Join us for a look into the world of falconry with Rita Tulloh, General Falconer, and her three year old red-tailed hawk, Scarlett O'Hara.  Learn about the history of falconry, technique and most of all, these incredible birds of prey!
10/4/2009 1-2:30 pm Fall Family Hike The Fells Newbury, NH Free with Fells daily admission. 603-763-4789 x5
Join Fells Education Director Mary Kronenwetter to hike the Fells ecology trail, discovering the plant and animal inhabitants along the way. Nature journals will be given out to use in making leaf rubbings, and drawing pictures of our finds. This is an event for the whole family and includes a moderate hike. No registration required.
10/3/2009 5 – 8 pm Songs, Games and S’ mores Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Bedford, NH; New Durham, NH; East Dorset, VT; Gorham, NH; Northfield, VT; Brandon, VT; East Charleston, VT; Franklin, NH; Hardwick, VT; Richmond, VT; St. Albans, VT 12 locations throughout Vermont and NH on same day!  (Directions provided with event registration confirmation letter)  888.474.9686  X 111
Learn new games and play some all-time favorites in the outdoors!  Bring a bag dinner and water bottle.  Dessert, S ‘mores, provided!  Sing silly camp songs and traditional Girl Scout songs around a community fire!  Girls receive a patch!   $5 per person  Must register for event through Girl Scout council on-line or phone for assistance.
10/4/2009 3:30 – 5:30 pm Fall Foliage Open House Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains No fee.  Call for directions & details. 888.474.9686 X 142
Come discover the beauty of our our Residential Camp Property located on Gregg Lake, Antrim NH. Walk the grounds. Connect with Nature and Staff.
10/3/2009 11 am - 2 pm Hike, Picnic, Kayak & Fish at Lake Massabesic Derry Montessori School Derry, NH No fee.  1-603-432-8345   School 1-603-434-0575   Home 1-603-490-3935    Cell
Hike, kayak, Picnic and fish at Battery Point at Massabesic Lake, Starting point Deerneck Bridge.  Parents and community members are invited to visit the Audubon Center at Massebesic Lake (just down the road from our hike) after the hike for a picnic and some nature activities.  We plan to start the hike at 11 AM and finish around 2 PM.  Parents are invited to brink a blanket, a snack, or let their kids drop a line to fish when we arrive there.  This event will take place unless it is raining.
Sept. 26 & 27, Oct. 3 & 4 12:00-5:00 PM 29th Annual Fall Festival and Art Show, "Designs of Nature" Beaver Brook Association Hollis, NH (603)465-7787
Beaver Brook will host a myriad of activities including a "Live Birds of Prey" presentation by Wingmasters, a storybook reading and signing with Cathryn Falwell, author of "Scoot!" and "Turtle Splash", a presentation on the Asian Long-horned beetle by NH Cooperative Extension, and live traditional scottish and contemporary folk music with Kip Ferguson on Oct. 3.  Festivities continue with rock splitting demos by Andres Institute of Art, music with the Harmonica Saints, and the Grumbling Rustics (old time Celtic Music), and a new "Getting Ready For Winter" animal puppet show.

Are you an organization that offers great outdoor activities? Do you already have something planned for October 3 or 4, or would you like to organize a local nature-based program or event that weekend? Following the NHCiNC October 1 “Building Nature Based Communities” conference, we’re taking our message to the broader public, inviting any and all interested groups and individuals across the state to get children, youth and families outside. You could plan a hike, bike ride or paddle in your area, a nature play hour or perhaps an evening building fairy houses in a local woodland. Nature is all around you, and the possibilities are vast, so be creative. Events can be 1 hour or day-long, daytime or evening. Whether or not you or your organization can host an activity, we encourage you to participate – by letting people know your organization’s doors are open or simply urging friends and family to go for or walk or share a picnic lunch.

Working together, we can take an important step toward developing a strong network of communities and local leaders who value the connection between people and place.

We’ll post your activities right here. And, we’ll provide promotional flyers to help you reach new audiences for your event. Join us – let’s get out and play!

Email only the following information to Scott Fitzpatrick at

  • Name of Organization (if applicable)
  • Name of Contact Person
  • Name of Event
  • Date and Time
  • 100 word description
  • Location or Meeting Place
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Web link to your event (if applicable)

(We’ll be compiling follow-up data, so please plan to get a count of the number in attendance at your event.)

You can also contact Scott for more information or if you have any questions about the weekend.

Please help us spread the word to anyone who might be interested!

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