Yoga and Snowshoeing
Saturday January 16 10 am -noon
Instructors: Rosemary Clough, Moving Spririt Yoga and Dance and Kap Siddall, BBA Naturalist
Fee: $22/20 Friends
Spear Room Maple Hill Farm
Learn some perfect yoga stretches to use prior to and after snowshoeing. These postures will warm up your muscles and stretch you out before you venture into the snow. Bring a yoga mat, and wear loose fitting flexible clothes. Bring layers enough to put on for the outdoor hike. You will need warm, securely fitting snow boots for the snowshoeing. We will provide snowshoes. Call to register.
Full Moon Snowshoe or HikesSaturday Jan. 30, 2010 Sat Feb 27 Sat Mar 27 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Place: Maple Hill Farm
Fee: (Includes snowshoes conditions permitting) Adults $10, Children $7
Instructor: BBA staff and Naturalists.
How often do you take time to enjoy the beauty of the night? Winter evenings are a unique time to get outside and explore the woods and sky. Join Beaver Brook staff on the near full moon Friday nights of January and February for a unique guided walk on Beaver Brook's trails. We will conclude our night hike with warm cocoa and cookies back in the warmth of Maple Hill Farm.
Wildlife Tracking in Winter
Sunday January 24, 2010 10 am -noon
Gail and Gerry Coffey, guides.
Park on Rocky Pond Road-Old City Trail Access next to wetland and mill Pond.
Free to the public but must call to pre-register .Hike the northern reaches of Beaver Brook Association for a tracking workshop. Meet at the parking area right after the wetland area on Rocky Pond Road. This is a great area to track a variety of animals - coyote, fisher, porcupine, mink, otter, ermine, fisher and other weasels. People should wear waterproof pants, boots, and snowshoes if the snow is deep. Prepare for some off trail hiking.
Martin Luther King Day -- Hike or Snowshoe around the Wildlife Pond
Monday January 18, 2010 Time: 10-12 am
Leader: Kap Siddall
Free but call to preregister and to to rent snowshoes.
Meet at BBA Wildlife Pond Parking area on route 130, 1.7 miles west of route 122.
Join BBA guides on this spectacularly beautiful pond loop. You'll enjoy the evergreens, the rocky outcrops, benches with scenic vistas, the Beaver dams and lodges and learn about wood duck boxes. Moose have been sited here and the beavers are always leaving signs of their activity. Trail is relatively flat with some roots. Free but please call to register so we have adequate guides.
Snowshoe rentals are available for $8 but you must call 465-7787 to reserve them.
Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Clinic
by Eastern Mountain Sports
Saturday February 6
Free to the public.
Come learn about many types of cross country skis and snowshoes. Try some on and take a spin around the fields and trails of Beaver Brook. Learn what works for you and in different winter conditions, terrain and for different activities.President's Day Hot Dog Roast and Marshmallow Toast-A Hike on the Old City Trail
Feb 15, 2010 Time: 10 am -1 pm
$5 pp/$20 per family. Snowshoe rentals are available for an additional $5 pp but you must call 465-7787 to reserve them.
Guides: Celeste Philbrick Barr and Peter Smith
Meet at BBA Wildlife Pond Parking area on route 130, 1.7 miles west of route 122.
Join BBA guides on this lovely trail that crosses the Wildlife Pond and follows Rocky Pond brook past the Sedge Pond to the Merganser Pond. Look for signs of wildlife in this quiet area of Beaver Brook and learn some interesting history of the "Old City" . This trail was the "Village street" or main thoroughfare of Hollis in the mid 1700s. We'll have a campfire back at the Wildlife pond with organic hot dogs and tofu pups. Please call to register so we have adequate guides.
Felt a Wool Hat
No previous fiber arts skills/experience required.
Thursday January 21 (28th snow date) 7-9 pm
Spear Room, Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm
$35/$30 Friends of Beaver Brook (includes $20 of materials)
Instructor: Stephanie Sewhuk-Thomas
Come and learn about this ancient form of cloth-making. We will take wool fibers and use the wet-felting method to create a no-sew felt hat. We will start with a short introduction on the history of felting. Supplies/tools needed to experiment with and expand on this craft at home will be listed. Participants will have instruction in completing the hat at home, and in supplementing their design with the needle felting method if they choose.
Materials fee includes---.5 lb Harrisville carded wool, felting needle; buttons for decoration plus foam for needle felting add-ons.
Babies and Bears (bring your teddy bears or stuffed animal friends)
Saturday Feb 20, 2010 Time: 10-11:30
Leaders: Musician Amy Conley of Music Together and a BBA Nature Guide
Fee: $8 per family
Spear Room, BBA Maple Hill Farm.
Bring your young children, ages birth to five (older sibs welcome), and enjoy a program of animal and nature songs with Amy Conley of Music Together." Amy will accompany the singing on banjo and guitar. If the weather cooperates we will go out side and play in the snow and have a scavenger hunt afterward. www.AmyConley.com
Beaver Brook is a partner in NH Children in Nature Network and Leave No Child Inside Initiative.
Winter Wonder Walks and Discoveriesfor Parents and Young Children
Mondays 12:30-1:30 Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1 or
Tuesdays- 9-10 AM or 10:30-11:30 am January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 1 Maple Hill Farm
Fee: $40/$35 Friends of BBA for 5 weeks (siblings $6 per class)
Instructor: Ellen Roos Unger
Take time out with your young children to explore winter. Each session will include a story or poem to stir up our curiosities, a cool winter craft, and a venture out to the special places of Beaver Brook for first hand investigation. Geared for ages 2-5. Younger siblings are welcome to come along. Programs will take place snow or shine! Classes will be rescheduled if it is a snow day in Hollis/Brookline schools, or if the high temperature of the day is below 20 degrees. Please bring snowgear each week. Call 465-7787 to preregister as these groups fill quickly.
Warm Up With Winter and Hibernation
Read a book about hibernation. Learn how some animals keep warm all winter in NH. Go on a winter discovery walk. Make a hibernation craft.
Seeds In Winter- Food For Forest Friends
What do animals eat in the winter in NH? Where can you see a variety of birds looking for a snack? Let's make bird feeders and take a peek at some of our fine feathered friends.
Cool and Colorful Things About Ice and Snow
Let's read some snowy stories and conduct some experiments with snow. What will happen when we mix colors into snow? Can you make a frozen dream catcher? Meet at Maple Hill Farm to find out.
We LOVE Nature
Come and celebrate a love of nature for Valentine's Day. Make a beautiful Valentine's Day craft with nature materials. Go on a winter hike to find a tree to hug! Listen to Valentine's Day stories to warm your heart!
Who's Making Tracks in the Snow?
What do animal tracks look like? Do you make tracks in the snow? Let's take a look at a variety of animal tracks and make prints of our own. We'll look for signs of animal life on a hike on our trails.
Ready for Winter Puppet Show
for ages 5-8 during afterschool StoryTime
Hollis Social Library Children's Room
4-5 pm. Free!NEW this Year by Beaver Brook, this puppet show animates the concepts of hibernation, adaptation and migration with a story using our new puppet theater. A whole parade of local NH wildlife visits the story to coach the defiant woodchuck into hibernation. Instructive and fun!
Valentine's Day Snowshoe Hike for CouplesAdventures for Women: Beginner Snowshoe Hikes
Friday, February 12, 2010 Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Place: Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm
Fee: $25 per couple
Guides: Kap & Jon Siddall
An evening walk through the peace and quiet of the snowy forest is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone special. BBA educator Kap Siddall will lead an adventure on snowshoes into the woods which will include a bonfire, warm beverages and dessert.
Saturday, Jan.2 1-3 pm
Saturdays Jan 30 and February 27 10 a.m. - Noon
Place: Meet at Spear Room, Maple Hill Barn, Hollis, NH
Fee: $10 includes snowshoes and guide
Guide: Kap Siddall, BBA staff and Naturalist
Take a little time for yourself this winter and head out into the woods in the company of other women. Join educator Kap Siddall in a two hour snowshoe hike where we will get comfortable on snowshoes, enjoy some exercise while looking for signs of how the plants and animals survive the challenging conditions of winter in New England. Snowshoes provided by BBA or bring your own.
ACCOMPLISHED GARDENER PROGRAM
A great GREEN GIFT for someone!! Call for us to make you a gift certificate.
March 5 to May 7, 2010 (ten weeks) Friday mornings 9:00 AM to Noon
Fee: $175/$150 Friends of Beaver Brook
Are you interested in producing more of your own food? Are you interested in doing this in a sustainable and natural way? This course is designed for environmentally concerned gardeners and homeowners. We know that locally grown food is generally more nutritious because it loses less nutrients due to travel and lengthy storage. But with locally grown food, you also can know what goes into the production. Having rich soil produces more nutritious, organic food, and you can learn all about it in this course.
Even if you aren't going to grow food, you can enrich your flowers, herbs, trees, and lawn. This intensive and interesting course will turn you into "A More Accomplished Gardener."
Topics include: Composting
Introduction to Botany
Organic Lawn Care
Soils & Fertilizers
Vegetable Gardening & Associated Pests & Diseases
Fruiting Plants, Bushes and Trees
Pruning of Fruit, Ornamental Shrubs & Trees
Environmentally Friendly Landscape Design
Organic Gardening-Fruits, Vegetables & Flowers
Herbs-Cultivation of Medicinal, Fragrance & Culinary Herbs
Invasive Plant Species-How to Identify and eliminate them