Some Unique Outdoor Events in the Lakes Region this Week

campfire cookingNot ready to go indoors completely before winter comes? Interested in learning some new outdoor skills? This weekend and next there are some great events happening in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that the whole family will enjoy. From getting up close to wildlife, to seeing an old-fashioned logging demonstration, and to participating in some hands-on wilderness cooking and shelter-building, there are plenty of ways to keep the cold at bay while enjoying nature!

Wise About Beavers – On Saturday, November 8th at 10am, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness will present this wonderful session for families with children ages 5 and up. Visitors will be “busy as beavers” discovering the special lives of these amazing creatures through activities, story, crafts, and, of course, visiting with a live beaver! Guests will learn how beavers prepare for winter, how they find food, and how they stay warm by designing parts of their own habitat. The cost for the program is $9/member and $11/non-member. The Science Center is offering a $2 discount with advance registration before program date. For more information or to register, please visit the Center’s website at www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Logging on the Farm with Horses – Also on Saturday, November 8th at 10am, the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton will host a demonstration of logging with horses as they cut down some of their red pines. The folks from Belgian Meadows Farm will be on hand with two teams of horses to twitch the logs out of the woods. Guests can try rolling logs with a peavey, see the museum’s collection of 300 axes in the big yellow barn, browse the tractor barn and blacksmith shop, and visit with the farm animals. There will be bean hole beans to sample along with homemade soup for sale. Admission is $5/adult and $3/child ages 5 and up. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.farmmuseum.org or call 603-652-7840.

Campfire Cooking: Dutch Oven, Reflector Oven And Open Fire – On Wednesday, November 12th at 5:30 – 8pm at the Barn at Moody Mountain Farm in Wolfeboro, Tim Smith, the founding director of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School and registered Master Maine Guide, will lead this informative and fun workshop. Participants will learn all the different methods of cooking over an outdoor, open flame fire, including Dutch ovens, reflector ovens, and how to set up a pot suspension system. Then, after the equipment is in order, the group will cook and share a meal together! The cost to participate in the workshop is $15/person. To register or for more information, please call 603-539-6460, email contact@galacommunity.org, or visit www.galacommunity.org.

School of the Forest – Next Saturday, November 15th at 10am, Jack Mountain Bushcraft and Guide Service in Wolfeboro will be hosting School of the Forest. This outdoor monthly workshop is a great way for kids and families to unplug and feel at home in the woods. This month’s School of the Forest begins at 10am as usual, but for the adventurous, the session will not be ending at 2pm. Instead the group will be staying overnight in the shelters they build during the day!  For more information or to register, please visit jackmtn.com/forestschool.html, email morgen@jackmtn.com, or call 207-518-8804.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of G.A.L.A.

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