Natural History Programs at The Rocks Estate

The staff at The Rocks Estate is well-versed in the natural history of northern New Hampshire and enthusiastic about the trove of wildlife treasures found in and around our 1,400-acre property. We offer a plethora of programs - both at The Rocks and at venues around the region - about the area's wildlife, conservation efforts, and farming.

Winter at The RocksVernal Pools
Each spring, as the snow melts and spring rains fall, vernal pools form throughout the forests of New Hampshire. The state is home to 11 species of salamanders and 10 species of frogs, and they all depend on these temporary bodies of water. The amphibians lay their eggs in the vernal pools, where the young are able to develop in relative safety. Discover more about the vernal pools and the spring life they harbor during this program, offered each April at The Rocks.

Moose and Bear
These two species are perhaps the most well-loved animals in New Hampshire. Outdoor enthusiast and Rocks Estate Manager Nigel Manley has spent countless hours observing moose and bear in the wild. During this program, Nigel divulges some of the animals' secrets, using antlers, pelts, and skulls as part of his educational and entertaining discussion of their habitat and habits. The Moose and Bear Program is offered at The Rocks, as well as at other venues, including the Balsams Grand Resort and the Mount Washington Resort, throughout the year. Please visit our online calendar to find a scheduled program - or call 603.444.6228 or email info@TheRocks.org to book the program for your group.

The Wild Turkey
Almost our National Bird! - A native species of North America, the wild turkey was extirpated from New Hampshire and many other states by 1900, due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. But the turkey has recovered remarkably, thanks in large part to a dedicated conservation effort, and the large birds are commonly sighted in fields and meadows throughout New Hampshire. Participants in the Wild Turkey Program have the opportunity to touch feathers, see spurs, and hear the sounds of the wild turkey as they discover how the bird got its name and how it was domesticated and learn about different sub-species of turkey, including a tropical form of the turkey. The program is offered at The Rocks, as well as at other venues. Please visit our online calendar to find a scheduled program - or call 603.444.6228 or email info@TheRocks.org to book the program for your group.

Maple Sugar TappingMaple Sugaring
Through our New Hampshire Maple Experience, visitors may explore the history and process of creating sweet maple syrup from the sap of sugar maple trees. Maple Tours are offered at The Rocks during sugaring season, the last three weekends of March and the first weekend of April each year. From June 1 through Columbus Day, our interactive Maple Museum is open to self-guided exploration. For more information, please visit the New Hampshire Maple Experience website.

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