News from Beaver Brook
Winter Happenings heading into 2010
In This Issue
Fitness Hiking & Snowshoeing
Winter Classes
Why BBA is so valuable
Trail Notes

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Snowshoe rentals available M-F 8:30-4:30 .   Friends of Beaver Brook may rent for weekends by prior arrangement.
$2-$8 per day.
Call 603-465-7787 for more information.
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Amy Conley entertaining at Fall Festival 

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Fitness Hiking

Fridays  Jan. 8 - April 23 Time: 9 - 11 a.m.    Place: Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm
Fee: $50 includes use of snowshoes when conditions are appropriate.
Guide: Celeste Philbrick Barr
and KC Morgan

Create a healthy routine by getting outside on Friday mornings for some aerobic hiking. We explore different trails of Beaver Brook and area conservation land at a moderately fast pace to stay warm and burn calories.  Guaranteed to raise your endorphin level for the day!  Snowshoes included when the conditions are right.  Call to register.  Crampons recommended when there is no snow (call Celeste to discuss which ones work and don't work).  Typical terrain entails rolling hills and the pace is moderately fast.  We save enough air to laugh while hiking.  Outdoor activity combats seasonal affective disorder and cabin fever.

Fred Lyford Annual  Volunteer Awards

The Founder's Award is the highest honor a volunteer can receive at Beaver Brook Association and is awarded by a vote of the Board of Trustees for outstanding long-time service to Beaver Brook in a variety of capacities.

It is awarded to a volunteer who bests exemplifies the spirit of dedication and volunteerism, which has long been a tradition at Beaver Brook.


This recipient was asked by co-founder Hollis Nichols to join the Board of Trustees. He was a Board member for nine years, which is the maximum term a Board member can serve. This person is also a former member of the Funds Development Committee and Land Protection Committee, and served in many other capacities at Beaver Brook.  He is well known for his generosity offering countless printing services to Beaver Brook from his Hollis-owned business. He is currently a Member of the Corporation, which is the group that oversees the Board of Trustees. Although his life is extremely busy with other charitable endeavors and a healthy obsession with growing the perfect New Hampshire wine grape, he recently agreed to chair this group to elevate the group's role at Beaver Brook. He has already spearheaded several high level projects, including updating the current by-laws and improving the selection process for new Trustees. This year's Founder's Award goes to Fred Lyford.

photo shows Fred Lyford receiving a custom made walking stick from BBA Board Pres. Drew Kellner.

                 Awards to Volunteers of Special Merit                     

Andrea Schoemmell has been an integral volunteer for BBA in the office. She came to us via the Accomplished Gardener Class.  Earning the 20 hour Accomplished Gardener Certificate wasn't enough for Andrea.  She began volunteering for us each week doing several different tasks.  At a moments notice, she helps Ilga in the office with typing, filing, copying, and mailings and has tirelessly volunteered helping Celeste with Educational materials.  She is willing to do almost anything from folding Summer Youth Program T- Shirts to cutting out letters for a Children's Loft display for Fall Festival. Her steady, calm demeanor has proven to be what we need in a volunteer at BBA!  She lives in Nashua with her husband, Harold.


Dave Pyle came to us from a request published in our LOG for a volunteer who could help streamline our Summer Youth Program database.  He took our ailing database and breathed new life into it!  He once again made it dynamic software that we could get timely and accurate information from.  He took a daunting task for so many of us and made the process easy to use and understand.  He listened to staff, took our ideas and created new solutions, all along keeping site of our goal to move to a paperless system. Dave has even traveled with Cliff to analyze new donor database software.  He is a dedicated and committed volunteer who has gone out of his way to be accessible to everyone.


Dick Brown of Hollis has been quietly volunteering for us behind the scenes for several years.  With the Maple Hill Gardens being featured as one of the showcase gardens for the Colonial Garden Club Tour this year, Dick sprang into action tirelessly volunteering along side his wife, Liz and fellow Maple Hill Gardeners each and every week.  He did everything from repairing fencing to spreading mulch, rain or shine!  Over 250 people viewed our gardens back on June 27th and we all felt proud of the public praise we received that day!  Dick always has some interesting fact he read and loves to share it with the staff.  He is a strong proponent of the recycle and reuse theory and he has an uncanny way to bring things back to life at Beaver Brook!


The Fall Festival Core Committee consists of Wally Key, Kathleen McDonnell, Pam Gustafson and Peter Powell.  Over the last three years, these four individuals have provided exceptional, year round volunteerism to Beaver Brook taking on a specific component of the Festival.  Pam provided a detailed and organized process to selecting a featured Artist for Fall Festival. Wally and Kathleen have been instrumental in soliciting donations to our very successful raffle fundraiser.  Peter has continually taken responsibility for taking our poster from development to printing.   The Festival would not run without the tireless efforts of these four volunteers.


The Siddall family of Dunstable, MA, came to us via a very large nature center in Michigan where they worked and volunteered for several years.  They were moving to New England and wanted to give back to an organization in the same way they did back home.  Jon, Kap, their two sons and various friends have supported us in every way possible at Beaver Brook.  From sourcing and picking pallets of apples for our apple pressing demonstration at Fall Festival to countless volunteer hours harvesting bark and building the wigwam that was in much needed repair!  The Siddall family has made several fire building kits to be used in our Fall school programs and they have consistently volunteering at our Maple Sugaring demonstration.  Their energy is infectious to all who volunteer alongside them!




Beaver Brook 5K Snowshoe Run

Race #1 in the Granite State Snowshoe Series

Saturday January 2, 2010 11:30 AM
Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm
Please carpool with friends if possible.

The Beaver Brook 5K Snowshoe is a low key, but fun filled and challenging snowshoe race on the beautiful trails of Beaver Brook. It features useful prizes such as pint glasses, running books, FuelBelts, RoadID Kits, & more.  Pre-Entry Fee: $16.00 --- Post Entry Fee: $20.00.  Register online:
Prizes to the top 3 Male and Female Overall and top 2 Male & Female in 7 Age Groups. 
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 Hikes

Saturday 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 Winterwildlife pond

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
Time TBA
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 Hatfelt 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.      

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 Couples
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.

Adventures for Women:  Beginner Snowshoe Hikes
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.

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

CHildren snowshoeingWhy Becoming a Supporter at BBA is
Better than joining a Health Club
by Jennifer Starr, volunteer and Hollis Town resident
Have you and your family made a New Year's Resolution to get more exercise? If you've thought about joining a health club - don't do it! A Beaver Brook membership is cheaper and more rewarding.  And, you will enjoy a year of environmental exploration and fond memories.
Just like the health club, you can pick your workout.  For a heart-pumping aerobic workout, try the Rocky Ridge trail or Kibby's Climb.  The flat Beaver Brook trail loop is perfect for speed walking or strolling. In the summer and fall, you can hike and mountain bike or try a new sport like Orienteering.  In the winter, Beaver Brook is a great place to use those brand new snowshoes and cross-country skis.  And, if weather and conditions allow, you can even go sledding or skating. Meet kindred spirits by joining the Friday Fitness walks.
Unlike the health club, Beaver Brook is always open, even on Christmas Day.  Start a new holiday tradition by meandering along the Jeff Smith trail and toasting the New Year at the Wildlife Pond.  Bring a picnic lunch and hot chocolate to the Bird Blind near Brown Lane Barn and savor the bird songs and silence, rather than intrusive, bland, background music.  Wander through the Maple Hill Gardens and learn the names of some novel plants and herbs instead of sharing germs with the competitive jock in the weight room.
Are you still trying to find a gift for a friend who appreciates nature or loves the outdoors? Your friends will be impressed that you introduced them to a new place right in their backyard here in Southern New Hampshire. Not only can they bring their friends to Beaver Brook without paying guest fees, they can even take along their four-legged pals on a leash. Dogs love to follow the wildlife tracks and horses enjoy traveling the trails.  And, their owners are delighted to explore new territory.
Why not give someone the gift of a Beaver Brook workshop or program?  The aspiring gardener in your life might like the Accomplished Gardener program.  No child will be left inside if you enroll them in one of the Beaver Brook Summer Programs.
Although Beaver Brook is free to the public, membership dollars support all of the behind-the-scenes efforts that make for a great outdoors experience, but are sometimes taken for granted.  Beaver Brook staff and volunteers plow the parking lots, create the maps, post signs, and build and maintain the bridges and benches along the clearly marked trail system.  Your present of a Beaver Brook membership also underwrites sustainable forest and wildlife management and promotes local conservation efforts.
To get to Beaver Brook or the health club still requires overcoming inertia and training the "get-up-and-go" muscle. There are one thousand excuses for not exercising and even more reasons for staying inside.  But the changing scenery and range of activities at Beaver Brook will help beat the winter blues and cure cabin fever.  It is a gift that fits everyone!

BBA Trail Notes
by: Glenn Lloyd
            After a warm trend through November and early December winter has arrived with a substantial snow cover. Fortunately we were afforded time to clear leaves and debris from major drainages so we end the year in good shape. Trail corridors seemed to be in excellent condition all year with numerous favorable reports from users. Thanks again to all of our maintainers and monitors for making this possible.
            Welcome Steve Taylor of Milford who has volunteered to monitor the Ashcroft Trail and Milford trails thereby providing our maintainers with an extra set of eyes to quickly identify any problems.
            On the Jeff Smith Trail Pete Smith and John Spear did a beautiful job upgrading the foot-bridge crossing Rocky Pond Brook north of Rte. 130. Ease of crossing and safety has been vastly improved. Other minor repairs to bridgework and elevated boardwalk were also completed on Beaver Brook, Tepee and Jeff Smith trails. Multi-use trail markers were re-painted over the entire length of Dam Road and Old City Trail. Removal of trail-side debris left over from last December's ice storm is a continuing process.
            We currently hava a full complement of maintainers and monitors covering the trails. However, anyone interested in volunteering for these activities should contact the Beaver Brook office at (603) 465-7787. We will contact you as new opportunities arise

We Count on You
To fulfill our mission of environmental education and natural resource stewardship, we rely on our wonderful supporters:  those who become Friends of Beaver Brook.  To learn more call the office 603-465-7787 or donate online at
Thank you and Happy New Year. 

Contact Info
To register for any of the above classes call Beaver Brook Association
117 Ridge Road
Hollis, New Hampshire 03049
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