Beat cabin fever with winter hikes

CONCORD — The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is teaming up with WMUR and Stay Work Play New Hampshire to offer a series of five events to help participants get outside this season and to showcase conserved properties around the state. The events – four hikes and one evening of pub games and conversation – are all free and coordinated by Forest Society staff in cooperation with WMUR's "Escape Outside" segment and Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

The four hikes are scheduled at conserved properties in Alton, Bethlehem and Lyndeborough. Each will be guided by Forest Society staff and volunteers and require no prior hiking experience.

"The hikes are easy to moderate, and we'll go at a pace that's comfortable for everyone," said Dave Anderson, the Forest Society's education director. "We invite people to bring the whole family to enjoy nature and learn more about New Hampshire's wildlife, habitats and other natural resources."

To see detailed descriptions of each hike and to register, visit or call 224-9945. Directions and more information will be emailed to registered participants.

The first event will be on Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a snowshoe hike at the Evelyn H. and Albert D. Morse Preserve, Alton. The hike will follow a 1.7-mile loop that includes the summit of Pine Mountain, with its spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Range. Along the way, participants will learn about wildlife habitat, tracks and signs.