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Donate to preserve connections to Nature

Beaver Brook relies on donations, memberships, and program fees to maintain their operations.

We honor donor’s preferences for gifts to benefit underserved youth, the handicapped, children who have lost a family member, the gardens or the trails, or Buildings and Grounds.

Your gift allows us to:

* offer year-round environmental education programs for all ages and incomes,

* actively manage our property and trails using sound conservation practices,

* continue our efforts to further protect land

Your donation will make a tremendous difference in preserving the natural world around you, particularly the local rural characteristics of southern New Hampshire.

You receive a 10% discount on all our programs, invitations to special events, early summer camp registration and reciprocal benefits to over 150 nature centers worldwide (ANCA).

Annual Giving

 

Beaver Brook relies on the generous donations of people who care about the natural world to maintain their operations.

You may donate in honor or in memory of someone or specify your gift be directed to benefit underserved youth, the handicapped, children who have lost a family member, the gardens or the trails, or Buildings and Grounds.

Your gift allows us to:

* offer year-round environmental education programs for all ages and income groups,

* actively manage our property and trails using sound conservation practices,

* continue our efforts to further protect land

Your donation will make a tremendous difference in preserving the natural world around you, particularly the local rural characteristics of southern New Hampshire.

You receive a 10% discount on all our programs, invitations to special events, early summer camp registration and reciprocal benefits at over 150 nature centers worldwide (ANCA).

Read our 2016 Annual Report

GIVE THE GIFT OF NATURE

Give the Gift of Nature to someone this year.  They can visit over 150 other nature centers in the U.S. and Canada for free with their Beaver Brook Membership card!   Nearby you can gain free entrance to the Squam Lake Science Center and Seacoast Science Center.  Or maybe  they’d like to travel to Tybee Island Marine Center, Manatee Observation Center in FL or the Canyonlands Institute in Moab, Utah.    See the list.

Mail in a check for $50 (Individual) or $75 (Family) specifying the recipients name and address or make on online donation in their name right here. You can send an e-card right away or we can snail mail a card.  We’ll even make you a custom gift basket or membership-in-a-bottle  with a tshirt for you to present as a gift if you call us  603-465-7787!

Consider a donation to Beaver Brook Nature Center.  Your donation will go toward:

  • Preserving the rural character of the region with 2187 acres of open space, historical buildings, gardens and trails.
  • Migratory bird seed plots
  • Bird feeding station
  • American Chestnut Nursery
  • Free weekend guided hikes
  • Butterfly habitat trail

Become a Friend of Beaver Brook today!

A gift card will be mailed to the recipients specified. If you choose to make them a Friend of Beaver Brook, a member packet with color maps and trail guides, a decal, and member card good at 153 nature centers nationwide, will be mailed to them.

Baby porcupine at Beaver Brook

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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

Holiday Wreathmaking Hikes & Workshops

Green Cleaning Basket of Products

Sun Dec 3 10 am or 1 pm  Labelle Winery Rt. 101 Amherst NH

This workshop will teach you how to make non-toxic, natural cleaning products. You can make 4 items and create a gift basket for someone. Take home the recipes and make a whole bunch more as gifts for all your friends and family. These non-toxic products will include: Super Duper all-purpose cleaning spray, eco glass cleaner, non-abrasive bathroom scrub, and foaming hand soap all scented with your favorite essential oil. (Using products that really clean and which smell nice to you makes cleaning a happier experience). $25 pp. Herbalist Rivka Schwartz will explain the health benefits of the various essential oils. There will be wine tastings plus the café and gift shop are open also.  Register for the session you want at www.beaverbrook.org

 

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
Overall
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 www.beaverbrook.org

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 https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BeaverBrookAssociation0?season=1657303

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.