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Friendly Halloween Night Hike & Campfire

Saturday October 28, 2017

6:30-8:30 pm

Join Beaver Brook naturalists for an ‘unscarey’ night hike and campfire.  You will learn about night vision, nocturnal animals, and bust myths about bats, owls, bears and other wildlife.  Enjoy some Beaver Brook cider and cook marshmallows over a campfire. We will even sing songs around campfire accompanied by ukelele!  Cancelled if raining. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shows. Adults $15. Children $8.  10% rebate for BBA members.  Must pre-Register online

37th Annual Fall Festival & Art Show Winners

Thank you to all the volunteers, corporate sponsors, new members and old friends that attended Fall Festival.


2017 BBA Fall Festival Art Show Winners 

Photography  All Other Media:  
1st Title: “Perfect Fall Day” 1st Title: “This Bud’s for You” “’’ “Thi”
Artist: Sally Turner Artist: Kathy Clericuzio
2nd Title: “Sunny Day” 2nd Title: “Breaking Dawn”
Artist: Catherine McDonah Artist: Diana Caron
3rd Title: “In the Storm” 3rd Title: “Fresh Water Meets Salt”
Artist: Christopher O’Keefe Artist: Pam Haynes
Best in Show: Best to Theme:
Title: “Wild Wonder” Title: “Blandings Turtle Emerges”
Artist: Howard Muscott Artist: Melanie Chouinard


Children’s Art Show Winners

Place K-3rd Gr. 4th-6th Gr 7th-8th Gr. 9th-12th Grade
1st Autumn Raindrops by Kelly Ryan Weasel in Garden by Gabriella Bonnoitt Pollen Central by Max Cohen Uncle Tim’s Canoe by Danny Kennedy
2nd Hummingbird by Evalina Garruba Song by Olivia Ostermiller Frog Pond by Isabelle Colantuonio View from Mt. Washington Auto Road by Aidan Fournier

tied with

Lotus in Bloom by Sreekar Chilakapati

3rd Hoot by Colbie Ann McElroy Busy as a Bumblebee by Amelia Garruba Butterfly at Beaver Brook by Jocelyn Ryan

People’s Choice Award: “Hoot Hoot” by Mrithula Premchanth


Barred Owl by Zachary Zahn

Barred Owl by Zachary Zahn




Beaver Brook Fall Festival

Pete Smith Educational Scholarship Fund

In order to provide scholarships for underserved children to attend summer camp and underfunded schools to afford class trips to Beaver Brook’s “outdoor classroom”, a generous donor has offered a challenge to match his $50,000 grant offer. Wisconsin businessman David Woods has promised $50,000 if Beaver Brook Association can match it.  Woods who grew up in Pepperell, Massachusetts with his friend, the long-time Beaver Brook naturalist Pete Smith.  Inspired by their own experience 65 years ago when the two were able to attend camp thanks to need-based scholarships they have decided to pay it forward.

Beaver Brook Association is seeking donations to match the $50,000 grant to establish the Pete Smith Scholarship Fund.  A donation of $250 will provide a week-long summer camp experience to a child or a two hour educational class trip for 25 students.  Woods’ pledge will double the number of children who benefit if the organization can meet the challenge. To date Beaver Brook Association has raised almost $37,000 toward the goal and hopes to raise the rest by the end of November when the challenge is due. Tax deductible checks supporting this endowment fund should be made out to: Beaver Brook Association with “Pete Smith Scholarship fund” on the memo line and mailed to Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, NH  03049.  Online donations can be made here  and entering “Pete Smith Scholarship fund” on the individual’s name line in the In Honor of section.


S.T.E.M. for Homeschoolers

Wednesdays 10:00 – 1:30

For students 6 to 12 years old


STEM refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In this class students will study the natural world through the eyes of these various disciplines with hands-on projects, large group activities, and lots of outdoor time How many nocturnal animals can you name? Have you ever closely studied animal feet? Or “called” a worm to come out and say hello? Maybe you’d like to make your own musical instrument. We’ll make an underwater ponding scope, play with homemade slime, and explore Beaver Brook’s diverse plant and animal life.

Bring a snack, lunch, and a water bottle in a backpack. Dress for weather and wear waterproof boots.
$315 members/$350 for 10 weeks. 10% off for siblings.
Register online at

Natural Wonders: for Preschoolers and their Grownups

Tuesdays 10-11 am Sept 14- Nov 15, 2017

Take time out with your young children to explore autumn. Each session will include a story to stir up our curiosity, an arts & craft, and a venture out to the special places of Beaver Brook. Programs will take place rain or shine! Overall objective to create a connection and love of outdoors. This is a great way to get your Vitamin N (nature!)
Themes may include: ome Autumn senses, Travelling Nuts and Seeds, Bird Migration, Autumn Days, Bats, Native Americans and Owls and Get ready for Winter.
Gail Basiliere, teacher.
$80 for 10 weeks
$72 for members
$10 per class. + $8 /wk extra sibling.

Register at

Garden, Trail & Kiosk Volunteers needed

Enjoy learning about flowers, ferns, flowering shrubs and trees by volunteering at the Beaver Brook Maple Hill Gardens at Ridge Road in Hollis NH.

Here you can enjoy 12 theme gardens, many of which contain native wildflowers.  Nearly 350 plant species are labelled in our gardens.  We need help weeding, watering and edging our gardens.  Paula, the lead gardener is great fun to work with.

Also needed are trail monitors who commit to walking a trail segment once a month and letting us know if any trees have fallen or work needs to be done.  Contact the office at 603-465-7787 for more information.

Submit a Volunteer Application .








Job Description for Trail Monitors

Do you have a favorite trail that you walk often? Then becoming a Trail Monitor might be a natural for you! Trail Monitors walk one designated trail at least once monthly to monitor trail conditions including fallen trees or limbs, water damage or problems, and markers. The goal is to recognize emerging problems so that they can be addressed quickly. After walking your designated trail once a month you would report your findings to the Beaver Brook office. Trail Monitors are NOT required to participate in activities requiring physical labor.

ALSO NEEDED:  Keeper of the Kiosks! Adopt one or more kiosks on your favorite trails and we’ll supply you with a key, posters and thumbtacks so you can keep visitors updated on what’s happening at Beaver Brook.


Clean Energy

Beaver Brook is now using 100% clean electricity! Tolemac Solar invited us to join their group-net-metering project. Their photovoltaic (PV) solar field is offsetting the electricity usage of Beaver Brook plus 19 New Hampshire households. Whenever the sun is shining, the panels are making clean energy, and they will produce about 280 MWH over the course of a year.

A group-net-metering solar project allows multiple households to join together with one large solar installation, allowing people who can’t install solar panels to benefit from the clean energy they produce. Some houses are not well-suited for solar power, due to cost, the angle of their roof toward the sun, the strength of the roof, or shading from trees and buildings. Or in the case of Beaver Brook, land that is either mostly trees or in agricultural and educational use.  If one person has a good location, they can be the host and join with others to offset their combined electrical usage.

Tolemac Solar is owned by our neighbors Kathy and Frank Grossman, who have installed PV panels on one acre of their 7 acres of land They were motivated by their desire to have clean energy and to work against climate change. They hired Solar Source, a Keene company, to install 507 panels made by TenK.

Putting solar panels on your roof or in your yard, joining with others to do a group-net-metering system, and making your home more energy efficient are all great ways to lower your carbon footprint, fight global climate change, and have a cleaner environment.

We have already put solar panels on our yurt, and joining with Tolemac Solar to do group-net-metering has helped us greatly reduce our carbon footprint.


Tom Sileo hiking blog at Beaver Brook

Enjoy Tom Sileo’s hiking blog with lovely photos of the flora and fauna of Beaver Brook.  Follow his tracks…Chestnut Oak Acorn by Tom SIleoChestnut Oak leaves by Tom SileoTrail sign at Beaver Brook by Tom Sileo

Cardinal Flower 3 by tom sileo


Get Greener: Compost your Food & Yard Waste



  • Converts grass, leaves and table scraps into rich garden soil
  • 80 gallon capacity
  • 10 year warranty
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  • Hinged lid snaps securely to pail
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Mail a check or purchase online before March 24, 2017

Beaver Brook is offering a Composting ABCs workshop from 1-2:30 on Sunday May 14 at Maple Hill Farm 117 Ridge Road in Hollis. Learn how to get started composting. If you are already composting, learn some tips on how to make your compost break down quicker and without smelling or attracting nuisance animals.Tour the BBA compost court to learn the pros and cons of various constructions of composters. Vermicomposting will also be discussed.
Handouts will be available for all registrants to take home.

Beaver Brook Annual Report

Read Beaver Brook 2016 Annual Report