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37th Annual Fall Festival & Art Show


September 23 & 24 11 am-5 pm

Theme:  Wild Wonders

Featured Artist: Heather Crowley plus the art of  75 other artists from the region

Saturday, September 23, 2017

11:00 – 4:00     Petting Farm – presented by Carriage Shack

11:30                 Wildlife Encounters – Live animal show

12:30                 Honey Bee Talk

1:00 – 2:00      Harmonica Saints – Live Music

2:00 – 2:50      North American Birds of Prey presented by Wingmasters

3:00 – 4:00      Guided Hike with BBA Naturalist

3:00 – 4:00      Tina & Sierra Landel & Friends – Live Music

4:00 – 4:50      North American Birds of Prey presented by Wingmasters

Sunday September 24,  2017

11:00 – 4:00      Petting Farm

12:00 – 1:00     Robie Bones – Live music

1:00 – 1:50        Eyes on Owls

2:00 – 3:00      Guided Hike with BBA Naturalist

2:00 – 3:00      Kip Ferguson – Live Music

3:00 – 3:50      Eyes on Owls

4:00 – 5:00     Robie Bones – Live Music


  • Artwork on display and for sale by over 75 artists in the region in the Maple Hill Barn
  • Carriage Shack Petting Zoo
  • Tree Identification Display
  • See angora rabbits and spinning of their fur to yarn
  • Follow the animal tracking trail to the Yurt and enter a special raffle
  • Free Children’s Nature Crafts
  • Homemade food for sale
  • Potted perennials, wreaths, maple syrup for sale
  • Raffles and Silent Auction items galore!
  • Campsite with hot dogs for purchase to roast
Barred Owl by Zachary Zahn

Barred Owl by Zachary Zahn





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

give the gift of nature image

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.


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.                                                            



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


Beaver Brook 5K Snowshoe Race & Walk

Sunday  Feb 1, 2015  10 am
117 Ridge Road Beaver Brook, Hollis, NH
Race $25.00 pre-entry fee  $30 on race day.
Enjoy the beauty of winter along the scenic trails of  Beaver Brook Nature Center

Colorful Beaver Brook 5K Gloves or T-Shirts to the first 100 entrants
Amarello’s Famous Kale Soup at the Finish Line

Online Registration and preregistration of snowshoes.



Beaver Brook 5K Trail Race

Maple Hill Farm  117 Ridge Road Hollis NH

It’s on!  But it’s  a Trail Race!  Shorts & running shoes!


February 26, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

The Beaver Brook 5K  Races* have been featured in several running and outdoor magazines.  Join in the fun.  These races are casual, for all speeds of people but include beautiful trails, good competition, unique T-Shirts and useful awards. We have plain, not flavored water at the finish line— no squeezable yogurt — plus jokes by the race director before and after the race!

Pre-Entry Fee Per Race: $16.00 — Post Entry Fee: $20.00

Registration available online or via mail. Register On Line at   Colorful Beaver Brook 5K T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 125 runners! Prizes for top 3 Male and Female Overall and top 2 Male & Female in 7 Age Groups. Raffle for all runners includes: Hamteens, 3CRP Hats, RoadID Kits, FuelBelts, & more!!! Goodie Bags to all runners! Course Map:

* Race course is just short of 5K but will feel like it!