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Local Wildflower Bloom Book by Joan Bonnette $10

Wednesdays 9-11 am   

The traditional Wednesday Wildflower walks lead you through the trails of Beaver Brook in search of each week’s blooming wildflowers.  Join the knowledgeable BBA instructor Rivka Schwartz on these walks.  Walks take place each Wednesday through June 24th.
Free for members of BBA /$5 donation for non members.  Call or check location on website each week to make sure you are at the right trailhead.  603-465-7787.

Wildlflower Bloom Book of Beaver Brook by Joan Bonnette available for sale $10.


Children’s Egg Hunt on Nesting Box Trail

Join BBA asst. Education Director Tara Happy for a free hike along the BBA Nesting Box trail. Families will receive a map plus instructions for how many and what color eggs their youngster can look for and gather while hiking. Enjoy a variety of habitats while you walk. This is a great, easy way to get your children more familiar with Beaver Brook if you are considering summer nature camp. Also enjoy the Grand Reopening of the Bird Loft Museum in Maple Hill Barn. There’s 100s of mounted bird specimens and cool nests, feathers, eggs and beak acitivities to explore. Great fun for the whole family. Free. Donations accepted. Drop in anytime during between 11 am -2 pm.

Summer’s Coming. Let us take your kids outside.

Don’t let your children succumb to Nature Deficit Disorder.  Beaver Brook Nature Center has experienced teachers, high quality programs and a beautiful campus for exploring the outdoors.  Find out more about our  Summer Nature Camp  and how your children can learn wilderness skills, make forts, find frogs, milk cows, take pictures, go hiking or paddling, do yoga, paint and more!

Camp for Young Ones  Digging in the Dirt July 6-10; Nature Detectives July 13-17; Earth Sprouts July 20-24; Nature Nuts July 27-31 and Superheroes of Nature Aug 10-14.


Flying Creatures Aug 3-7 for 1st and 2nd Graders:

Enjoy a fun movie of Summer Camp!

View some scenes and activities that make up part of our Summer Nature Camps at Beaver Brook.  Lots of fun, safe experiential learning goes on at this beautiful location!  Sign up now.

Why are Trees being cut on Beaver Brook Trail?




BBA has had a long history of forest management.  Jeff Smith, one of the founders of BBA, was one of the first Tree Farmers in the State of New Hampshire.  In fact, he donated his Tree Farm to BBA; thus, some of the woodlands have been managed for forest products since the 1920’s.

Every year, BBA conducts at least one timber harvest, as part of its long-term forest management plan.  The harvest is designed to enhance wildlife habitat, encourage diversity and forest health, maintain long-term aesthetics, increase the productivity of the forest for growing timber products, and generate income for the operations of BBA’s facilities and trails.  The volume of timber harvested from BBA yearly, is less than the volume that grows on BBA each year.

The timber harvest maintains long-term aesthetics by ensuring that trees have enough room to grow, and by removing unhealthy or trees at risk of being damaged by the elements, or disease.  Wildlife habitat is improved by creating a diversity of vegetation types and age classes to provide food and cover.  Productivity of the forest is improved by removing crowded, unhealthy, and mature trees to provide space for the remaining trees and encourage regeneration of the forest.


Most of the area being harvested in this operation has not had trees cut since the 1938 hurricane.   A small 10 acre area (identifiable by the 30 to 40 foot trees in the understory) was clear-cut around 1978 by Lorden Lumber Company from Milford, NH.  In 2010, BBA purchased the land from the Lorden family.

Two silvicultural systems are being used in this harvest.  The shelterwood harvest system is being used in much of the area to create growing space for the best trees and let enough sunlight reach the forest floor for new trees to regenerate.  The group selection method is being used to mimic natural disturbances, like a windstorm or small fire.  The group selection method removes groups of trees up to half an acre in area.  This will allow more herbaceous plants to take hold, which will be beneficial to wildlife.  The larger openings also make it possible for shade intolerant tree species to regenerate.

Wilkins Lumber of Milford, NH is conducting the harvest.  The white pine and hemlock will be milled at Wilkins Lumber and sold to local area residents for building projects.  Pulp will be sent to New England paper mills or turned into shavings for animal bedding, hardwood logs will be sold to other mills in New Hampshire and hardwood firewood will be sold locally to firewood dealers and used in BBA’s buildings.

The limbs and unmerchantable portions of the trees will be left in the woods to decompose and provide nutrients to the soil.  The brush and rotting logs are important for salamanders and insects at the bottom of the food chain.

If you would like to find out more, please call Peter Smith @ the Beaver Brook Association office at 465-7787.                                                            



Take only Pictures–Leave only Footprints

Take a hike in Hollis this summer.  Visit the four highlighted trails chosen by Beaver Brook, the Hollis Old Home Days Committee, Hollis Conservation Comm. and the Hollis Nor’Easters.   At Beaver Brook, you can enjoy a 1 loop trail starting at 117 Ridge Road and follow the Blue tape markers from Cow Lane to Wigwam Trail to Maple Hill Ridge Trail and back.  Visit our tent at Old Home Day September 21st and pick up a prize for hiking the trails!

Other featured trails in Hollis:

2.  The Conservation Commission is highlighting a trail at the junction of Rideout and French Mill Roads.  This trail leads to the Nashua River and a view of the Overlook Golf Course.  It is 1 mile round trip.

3.  Town Forest Trail begins at the back section of Silver Lake State Park parking lot on route 122. This is a nice trail that goes around Parker Pond–watch for Blue Heron.  This trail is wide in most areas and easy walking.

4.  The Hollis Nor’Easters chose 2 trails to highlight.  They are the new Loop and Vista Trails off Federal Hill Road across from the Monson parking lot.  If you go bring binoculars.  The skyline of Manchester can be seen from the Vista Trail.   This is a steep climb for a short distance but well worth the effort.  The trail starts on Federal Hill Road at the Hollis/Milford town line marked by 2 posts.  There is parking on the east side of the road.


You Can still Flock to Nature at Summer Camp!

Make a fort under the trees
build a fairy house
cook over a campfire
draw in the shade garden
hike a stream
milk a cow
photograph flowers
catch frogs
These are everyday activities at Beaver Brook’s Summer Nature Camp.

Sign up now so you don’t miss all this good fun.

Choose classes and Register online!




Teen outdoor adventures at Beaver Brook

Off the Couch and Into Nature!

June 8, 2013

9-Noon. Free!

Keyes Memorial Park Elm Street Milford NH

NH Children in Nature Network.

Please join us for a morning of simple, hands on activities inspired by nature. Children and families will have opportunities to engage with fields, streams and forests through fun nature based exploration and experimentation. Pediatrician Dr. Andrew Jones will be on hand to speak with parents. Come prepared to be outdoors with water, snack, sunscreen & bug spray. Children must be accompanied by an adult to participate!
Pre-Register now at


Valentine's Couples Hike, Snowshoe, Bonfire

Limited spots.  Call to reserve!

Enjoy a refreshing evening out in the calming fields and forests with someone special.  You will take a night  snowshoe hike following the lights along the main trail at Beaver Brook.   We’ll investigate the magic of nature at night. Dress in layers and wear sturdy warm hiking boots.  Brings hiking poles, or your own crampons or snowshoes if you prefer yours.  We also will have crampons and snowshoes for you to use.  Hike for 1.5 hours and return to the Beaver Brook Yurt to enjoy warm refreshments, chocolates and homemade sweets. $25/couple/  $22 Friends of BBA   Call to register 603-465-7787.

"It’s SNOWtime Like Winter" Vacation Camp

Tuesday through Thursday, February 25-27th, 2014
Grades 1-4
$135 members/ $150 non-members
Maple Hill Farm 117 Ridge Road Hollis

When school is out, spend your days off playing at Beaver Brook! We will explore the woods and trails; looking for signs of animals and discovering nature in the winter. If there’s snow, we will build snow forts and use snowshoes!  Activities include: searching for animal tracks, making bird feeders for attracting birds here and at home, discovering the science of snow, eating s’mores around the campfire and lots more. We will have indoor activities too, making crafts and playing games. Children should bring a refillable water bottle, snack, and lunch. Come prepared for outdoor discovery with layers and winter gear (snow pants, boots, gloves, etc.). Program held snow or shine.
Space is limited.
Reasons to get outside:

1. Sunlight will lift your spirits–take a walk at noon.

2.  Avoid those germs at the gym.

3.   Give your head and lungs a break from the indoor air.

4.  Connect with nature

5.  Conserve gas and money by finding free beautiful places to explore near home

6.  Avoid or reduce severity of colds by getting regular outdoor exercise in winter