Prescott Farm provides winter programs

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is offering a variety of programs that get people outdoors, active and connecting with nature all winter long.

Snowshoe strolls will take place on Saturdays in January and February from 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Whether you are an avid snowshoer or just beginning, join the center for a refreshing walk and exploration of the winter landscape of Prescott Farm. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if participants don't already have their own. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10/person ($8/person members of Prescott Farm)/person with pre-registration; $12 at the door).

Moonlit walks will be offered Fridays, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 and Saturday, March 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. Environmental educators will guide participants on a moonlit walk and encourage attendees to use their senses to explore Prescott Farm in a different and special way. Learn to identify several constellations in the night sky, discuss the habits of several nocturnal animals, and practice night vision abilities. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10/person ($8/person members of Prescott Farm)/person with pre-registration; $12 at the door).

WildQuest Winter Camp will take place during February school vacation week (Feb. 27-March 3) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is for children ages 6-12. Winter camp is one of the farm's favorite programs — it has a "personality" that is so different from spring and summer camps because attendees see Prescott Farm from such a different perspective. Depending on the weather, the week will be a mix of animal tracking and snowshoeing adventures; sledding; winter games such as "Weasels & Voles"; building "quinzhees" or igloos; a Winter Quest; exploring the frozen pond; winter-themed art and craft projects; maple sugaring; and stories around the campfire. Extended care is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $235/week or $47/day ($185/week or $37/day members of Prescott Farm). Prices do increase for registrations received after Feb. 21, please go to www.prescottfarm.org for more information.

"The Art of Seeing: An Intro to Animal Tracking" will take place Saturday, Jan. 14 from 2:30-4 p.m. Learn the basics of animal tracking on this fun and interactive walk and gain the skills to better determine what our animal neighbors are up to in the winter. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10/person ($8/person members of Prescott Farm)/person with pre-registration; $12 at the door).

"We enjoy connecting people with nature, getting them outside, active and having fun year round," said Kimberly Drouin, director of marketing at Prescott Farm.

Prescott Farm offers public programs designed to encourage environmental exploration for all ages; field trips; WildQuest Day Camps (during school vacation weeks – Feb., April & June-August); a Naturalist in the Classroom program which fosters long-term partnerships with local elementary schools; and Fledglings, a nature-based preschool. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation during the month of March, heritage gardens and a forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hiking trails and the Natural Playscape are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Snowshoes are available to rent (onsite use only) for $5/pair (members of Prescott Farm get free snowshoe rentals).

Pre-registration is available for all Prescott Farm's winter programs online at www.prescottfarm.org. The public can call (603) 366-5695 to save a spot. Space is limited, and programs fill quickly. Walk-ins are welcome, but do note the cost is more the day of.

 

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Snowshoe strolls at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will take place on Saturdays in January and February from 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. (Courtesy photo)